Christmas Gifts for Novice Distance Runners - Unique Gifter

Christmas Gifts for Novice Distance Runners

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Have someone who’s just taken up running in your life? These Christmas gifts for novice distance runners are a great way to show your support and get them on the right track with this new hobby and fitness adventure.

One of the things that struck me about getting into running later in life, unlike in school when you just changed into your cotton gym shirt and shorts, is the amount of gear that’s out there. As it turns out, serious running where you log miles – and that’s miles, PLURAL – takes a bit more than tossing on yesterday’s tee and lacing up some old shoes.

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Sport Themed Christmas Gifts for Novice Distance Runners

Even if your distance runner is just starting out, it’s just the nature of the sport that they will inevitably need to replace all their basics when they log enough miles, so a few repeats of each are generally welcomed.

Balega Blister Resist Performance No Show Athletic Running Socks for Men and Women (1 Pair), Black/Red, Large

Performance Socks

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It feels like you can’t ever get enough of the perfect comfortable socks when you’re going to be together for 5, 10, 15, 20 long miles. We keep a steady supply of them on rotation because no one’s trying to be a hero running in holey socks.

Brooks Launch 5 Women's Running Shoes (Black/Purple/Print, 9)

Women’s Distance Shoe

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Unless they’re a barefoot runner, a solid running shoe with the right support is important to protect your feet and your knees from the road work.

Nike Mens Free Rn Distance Running Shoe (10.5, Black/White/Dark Grey/Wolf Grey)

Men’s Distance Shoe

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It’s a great idea to have a stride evaluation to know what kind of shoe is best for the runner’s foot for the proper support.

Opna Women's Short Sleeve Moisture Wicking Athletic Shirts Royal

Women’s Short Sleeve Shirt

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Technical shirts do a lot more for a runner these days than just keeping their bodies covered – the fabrics wick the sweat away and keep a runner’s temperature regulated.

BALEAF Men's Short Sleeve Compression Shirts Gym Base Layer Compression Tops Color Grey Size L

Men’s Short Sleeve Shirt

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Another thing you might not notice about normal shirts until you wear a technical shirt: the seams are flat so you aren’t chafed all up and down your seams, and some shirts provide compression as well.

adidas Women's Adizero II Visor, White/Light Onix, One Size

Women’s Running Visor

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Physical sun protection is as important as sunblock when out for a run where the runner may well sweat off or run for longer than the sunblock’s protection lasts.

adidas Men's Adizero II Visor, Black/Aluminum 2/White, ONE SIZE

Men’s Running Visor

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Some runners will opt for the visor to serve as a sunshade and a physical sweat barrier instead of a headband. Having a few spares is a good idea in case they don’t get around to washing them often enough!

BALEAF Women's Short Sleeve Cool Feeling Running Shirt Mesh Back Heather Charcoal Size XS

Women’s Long Sleeve Shirt

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On cold days, layers are a runner’s friend, starting with a long sleeve to keep their arms and torsos warm.

BALEAF Men's Long Sleeve Running Shirts Quick Dry Workout Shirts Athletic T-Shirts Lightweight Soft Fishing Tee Tops Grey Heather Size M

Men’s Long Sleeve Shirt

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This long sleeve protects against the sun and serves as a base layer for longer training days.

Amazon Basics High-Density Round Foam Roller for Exercise and Recovery - 36 Inch, Black

Foam Roller

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Runners swear by this deceptively simple twin of the baking implement for rolling out stiff, tense muscles and heading off a really bad morning after a long run.

ROAD iD Official Stretch ID Bracelet for Men and Women - Stretchable and Comfy Silicone Bracelets for Identification, Emergency & Medical Information for Athletes & Travelers (13mm Wide)

Road ID

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Lots of people run without their wallets, they’re bulky, but they should still have some kind of ID in case of an accident or emergency where they lose consciousness and can’t identify themselves. This goes double for people who have any medical conditions!

[2Pack]Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband,iBarbe 5.7 Inch Case for such as iPhone 8, 7, 6, 6S PLUS, Galaxy Note 8/S7 Edge/S8/S8+ - Adjustable Reflective Workout Band, Key Holder-silver+black

Phone Arm Band

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Whether they want it to have a playlist going or just to have a phone on hand, this armband lets your runner keep their hands free for more important things, like water!

adidas Originals Sport Waist Pack/Travel and Festival Bag, Black/Clear Mint Green, One Size

Fanny Pack

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People who find the armband annoying, or have a few more things to stash like a bit of cash and ID, might prefer the fanny pack. Get a good snug fit so that it doesn’t chafe!

Nathan QuickShot Plus Hydration Pack, Sparkling Cosmo

Water Bottle

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Proper hydration on the road or the trails is so important for actually surviving training regimens.

GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher, and Dairy-Free On-the-Go Energy for Any Workout, 24-Count, Assorted Flavors

Gel Packs

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Honestly these seem a little gross if you think about it too hard, but runners swear by them on long distance training runs. Lightweight and quick to access, they get a little shot of energy in gel form.

FlexiKold Gel Ice Pack (Standard Large: 10.5' x 14.5') Ice Packs for Injuries Reusable, Back Pain Relief, Knee Ice Pack Wrap, After Surgery, Ice Pack for Knee, Shoulder - 6300-COLD by NatraCure

Cold Pack

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It’s just about inevitable that a long distance runner is going to get injured at one point of training or another. They might be overtraining, or a klutz who looks one way and steps another. No matter the reason, a cold pack is invaluable.

4 Pack Cooling Towel (40'x12'), Soft Breathable Chilly Towel, Ice Towel, Microfiber Towel for Yoga, Sport, Running, Workout,Gym, Camping, Fitness, Workout & More Activities(Multicolor)

Cooling Towels

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After any real distance, the sweat starts pouring and one of these towels at the end of the run is a relief when it feels like you’re standing under Niagara Falls of your own sweat.

TrailHeads Women’s Ponytail Headband | Fleece Earband | Winter Running Headband - black

Women’s Headband

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The headband may feel a little 80s but it’s actually amazing for keeping stray hairs out of your runner’s face and soaking up the sweat on the road.

2in1 Headband & Face Mask, Stay Dry and Protected from Dust, Aerosoles & Elements, Performance Sweatband (Black)

Men’s Headband

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Men no less than women benefit from keeping longer hair off of their face, and sopping up sweat before it runs all down their face. Yuck.

Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Smart Watch - Black/Black

Heart Rate Monitor Watch

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This watch doesn’t just help with the running basics (pulse, heart rate, distances) for their workouts, it keeps track of sleep time and quality of sleep.

What’s your favorite gear for a long workout or run? Is there anything that helps you log extra miles? That can help you find more ideas when it comes to shopping for Christmas gifts for novice distance runners. You might also like these Gift Ideas for Ultramarathon Runners too!

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