Favourite Gifts for Runners

What do you get a runner who has everything? {I know that’s what my husband is thinking}. The good news is that I don’t have “everything” but I do have a lot of favourite items I consistently use year round. You can never have too many ideas for gifts.

There’s a lot of “stuff” out there for runners from clothing to sneakers, from medal racks to yak tracks and fueling food to books. Each runner is different and each runner might not have tried it all. Having gift receipts might be handy for the person you are buying for as it gives them the option to exchange or return if necessary.

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My Favourite Running Items

These are a few of my favourite things (sing it, it sounds better). Some have been gifted to me and some I may have gifted myself 😉

Compression socks. Oh my how I love compression socks during long runs, post runs and when my legs are tired. There are many brands out there: ProCompression, CEP, Tiux etc., with various colours and sizing.

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Headbands. These can be great stocking stuffers and I may have bought some Frozen themed ones for my girls this year! I find headbands tricky as most slide of my head 😦 I have an awesome set of Asics headbands but they don’t stay put which is so disappointing. I’ve been using the same one from Sparkly Soul for a few years and recently bought two Badass Mother Runner {BAMR} headbands and love them! Again, different colours and styles are available.

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Fuel. This can be a tricky one but I’m a big fan of GU’s for long runs – they work for me. I’ve tried other stuff but it never sits well with me. I’m also a fan of Vega products not just because my husband is a vegan. However, in the last few months,  I recently found my new favourite “fruit punch” Nuun. I’ve tried many flavours but fruit punch was the best one (to me) and I’m down to my last tablet…hint hint Saï.

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Belts. I’ve had two different belts to put stuff in when I run. I don’t use the FLEXR belt anymore as it doesn’t fit much it in. A few years ago I won a Flip Belt and use it on almost every single outdoor run. I can fit a lot in it {cell phone, Gu’s} and it’s comfortable and easy to use. I also have a Nathan fuel belt that I bought for my longer runs; I can just squeeze in all my long run stuff plus water.

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Seasonal gear. One of my favourite items I received last year from my husband was this amazing winter toque from the Running Room. It’s really warm and my pony tail can fit through a little hole. I also received a great pair of running gloves – crucial for winter runner in Nova Scotia!

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Safety Tools. It’s so important to be visible to others when running outside, especially now while it’s darker longer than it’s light outside. YOU’VE GOT TO BE SEEN! I always run with a vest on at night and there are many different types out there. Last year I also received an awesome headlight or torch as my husband calls it. Investing in a good headlight is worth it.

This past year, I had the opportunity to review Night Runner 270 lights that go on your sneakers. These too are amazing! They are extremely easy to use and can’t even feel them on your shoes when running. They light up the street in front of you and anything reflective!

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The other items I received as a gift from my husband {remember he’s a paramedic} was a Road ID. In case something happens to you, you can have critical information on this ID and contact information.

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Gym Membership.  Not all runners like going to the gym to run on a treadmill…me, I love having access to a treadmill. Memberships to gyms like GoodLife Fitness can come in handy on those bad weather days in the winter or when you want a air conditioned place to run in the summer. If you are not a gym goer but want access to the occasional opportunity, day passes are great stocking stuffers.

REGISTRATION for a race! This has to be one of my favourite gifts to received and I’d be 100% happy to buy registration as a gift too. Even if you can’t register the person for the actual race, you can find out the fees and make a creative card to put the money in for their “registration”. They can either choose the race they want to go in or put it towards a race that they just couldn’t afford.

These are just a few of my favourite things {again, it’s better when you sing it like the Sound of Music}.

What’s your favourite running (or workout) gear?

Ever buy something new for a runner friend and they didn’t like it?

What do you want for Christmas {or other holiday} this year?

Note: This post is not sponsored and reflect my opinions only. I was not asked to write this post on behalf of any products lists. These are simple products that I’ve come to love and use all the time.

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Night Runner 270 Lights {Review}

I’ve been lighting up the pathways lately 😉 Well, my feet have been with the Night Runner 270 lights I received a few weeks ago. I’m going to say this upfront – THESE.ARE.AWESOME!

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It’s been getting dark earlier here and I’m still trying to run at night and early in the morning for my long runs. I’ve been wearing lots of reflective gear lately: vest, wrist pieces and clothing with reflective strips on them. The Night Runner 270 lights are the newest addition to my running.

The first night I tested them out I quickly put the lights on my sneakers after following the directions and was good to go! I was surprised at how easy it was to attach them to my runners. It was still fairly light outside when I started my run and I ran my normal 5k route in my subdivision. There were people out walking their dogs and children playing road hockey – can’t get more Canadian then that, eh!

When I passed the kids playing hockey, they turned to me and said “LOOK at her shoes” with surprised faces. I had a little laugh to myself and kept running. As it was getting darker the lights were making a noticeable difference in the ground in front of me. As my run progressed, so did the dark sky and I was running in complete darkness only able to see the ground in front of me with the aid of these lights.

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A few runs later I was scheduled to do my 18k long run on my own. It was extremely dark out at 6 am and I felt like the Night Runner 270 lights gave me a little more confidence. It made running in the dark a little safer.

Now the facts:

  • Two ultra-light LED light units
  • Back-facing red lights
  • 4-8 hour battery life
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • 150 total lumens (2 units)
  • 30+ meters in beam distance
  • Bi-lateral ‘wing’ design
  • Water-resistant unit
  • Secure, stable, multi-position shoelace clips
  • Free US Shipping (4-7) days
  • International Shipping – Flat rate $9.95 (7-25 days)
  • The patent pending bi-lateral ‘wing’ design features 270 degrees of visibility in front of the runner and two red ​tailights facing behind.

What I liked:

  • Easy to turn on/off.
  • They are easy to charge.
  • Easy to use (put on and take off sneakers).
  • Made me feel “seen” by oncoming traffic in the dark.
  • Charger wires and lights can be stored in a bag so you don’t lose them.
  • I like how I could see the uneven ground in front of me and what was coming up ahead.
  • Extremely light weight. I often forgot they were attached to my shoes a while after I had turned off the lights.
  • I also thought it was funny that I could see any reflective signs (stop signs, street signs) as I run. They light up far in advance to the point that I thought something else was lighting them up.

What I didn’t like:

  • To be 100% honest, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about them. As mentioned I often forgot they were on my shoe when not turned on.
  • I wish I could buy them at a local store, however you can purchase them online.

I need to back up a bit and share this with you. When I opened the box and tried them on in my house I had many thoughts go through my head. Everything from “sweet these will be awesome when the lights go out” to “I wondering if I can use them this winter to shovel the snow in my driveway. Seriously, I even thought that I could pay night-time tag with the girls in the house – could you imagine! No, they have yet to see how they work but once they do I know they will want to try them out 😉

To learn more about Night Runner 270 lights you can find it on social media here:

What do you think about these lights for running (or walking)?

Would these lights help your running?

Do you feel safe running in the dark?

Note: Thank you to Night Runner 270 for providing me your product to review. You have definitely change they way I run now.