Christmas gifts for runners

Last year, my rather unsubtle Christmas gifts for runners (named Emma) post was reasonably successful. While my family quite sensibly ignored the more expensive items in my guide, on Christmas Day I found myself unwrapping parcels containing a Lululemon running skirt, Shock Absorber sports bra and some running socks.

It’s now December and Christmas is rapidly approaching. Although I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve told my family I can’t afford Christmas this year, I keep getting asked “what would you like for Christmas Emma?”. As a result, I’ve decided to produce an updated Christmas gifts for runners guide.

Once again, I’ve included photos and links to each item to hopefully save my family time when they are shopping online.

Christmas 2017

Donation to my fundraising page My close friend Geoff was recently diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer. After a discussion with my him, I decided to use my place in the Cambridge Half to raise money for the Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust, the first registered charity in the UK dedicated solely to the support of people affected by thyroid cancer. At the moment my fundraising isn’t going very well. I’m hoping that my family and friends will start to feel more generous as Christmas approaches.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 trainers I’m aware that these were included in my gift guide last year. However, I genuinely believe that a runner can never have too many pairs of trainers. Although these trainers are expensive, they are cheaper than the physio sessions I needed last time I attempted to run in a different brand and model of trainers.

HydrateM8 water bottle I need to drink less Diet Coke and more still water. I’m hoping that a motivational HydrateM8 water bottle will help me to ditch the fizzy drinks and to embrace the clear stuff.

Entry into the Vitality London 10,000 I’ve included this rather random gift suggestion again because an entry into one of my favourite races would make an amazing Christmas present. I’m pretty certain that most runners would love to receive a race entry as a Christmas gift.

Garmin Forerunner 235 Unfortunately, my second-hand Garmin Forerunner 220 has been a little temperamental for quite some time and will probably need replacing within the next six months. A runner can always dream!

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones I’ve done my research, i.e. I’ve read a couple of blogs and online reviews, and the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones sound pretty awesome. When I (hopefully) move to Wallingford next month, I’ll be doing most of my training on a ‘dreadmill’ and will, therefore, need to upgrade my rubbish freebie phone headphones. If you do decide to treat me to a pair, blue is my favourite colour.

Shock Absorber Ultimate Run sports bra If anyone in my family knows what happened to the Ultimate Run sports bra I unwrapped on Christmas Day last year please let me know! My boobs have now had enough of the worn-out sports bras I bought from H&M over four years ago.

Bespoke eatnaturally nutrition plan While I’ve really enjoyed attempting to follow and recreate several of the recipes on the Fitnaturally website, I know that I’d benefit from a bespoke nutrition plan. You keep telling me that I’m getting a little “podgy” so here’s your chance to help me sort my diet out.

Jasyoga Hit Reset book I’ve been subscribing to Jasyoga for quite some time now and would love a copy of Erin Taylor’s Hit Reset book. If you don’t manage to track down a copy of the Hit Reset book don’t worry, Erin has written a second book called Work IN which is available for pre-order now.

The Running School biomechanical running analysis And finally, if you are searching for the perfect gift for an injury-prone runner, I’ve got a great suggestion; a biomechanical running analysis. I’ve included a link to The Running School; however, loads of places seem to offer a similar running analysis.

Have you asked for any running related gifts for Christmas this year?


12 thoughts on “Christmas gifts for runners

  1. AnnaTheApple says:

    I can HIGLY recommend the Aftershokz. I love mine and along with my Garmin are probably my most treasured running accessory.
    I’ve also done the Running School assessment thing. While it was good I did find it a bit generic (work your glutes more, here are some glute exercises) kind of deal.


    • Emma says:

      Your Aftershokz blogs have been really useful. After finding my recent long runs quite boring, I want to be able to listen to music/podcasts while remaining aware of my surroundings. The link I added to the Aftershokz site has been visited quite a few times so I’m feeling quite hopeful. Thanks for the feedback on the Running School assessment. If the assessment is really generic then I probably wouldn’t find it very useful.


    • Emma says:

      I’m also rubbish at blog layout stuff. My collage would be even better if I’d remembered to number my products… All I did was find and download pics of all my products I then used a site called Fotor (you need to register but it’s free) to make the collage. In Fotor there are three options edit, collage and or design. I used the design option and then custom size to end up with an empty template. Once I’d selected the size template I wanted, I imported the pics of my products and dragged them onto the blank template. It was then a matter of making the collage.


  2. Maria @ Maria Runs says:

    A great idea to do a post like this. I always like running socks as you can never have too many- the balega ones are good and nice bright colours too (I’m moving away from white socks as the mud colour never leaves them!).


    • Emma says:

      I almost included running socks but opted for the Shock Absorber bra instead. I’m lucky because I’ve just ‘inherited’ loads of pairs of unworn running socks from a friend who has had to stop running. I’ve only got one pair of white socks. Most of mine are pink and purple cheap socks from Sports Direct.


  3. Jenny says:

    I’ve asked for a sports bra! Mine are wearing out so I really need a new one. Also suggested things like a subscription to Runners World. I’d like some new running shoes as well but decided they were a bit too expensive to go on the list for family – I’ll just have to save and treat myself I think!


    • Emma says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read my Christmas Gifts for Runners guide. I’ve followed your blog. My sports bras are all seriously falling apart. It’s a good job I have small assets! I used to subscribe to Runner’s World but cancelled it a couple of years ago. Women’s Running is quite good. I suspect that most of my suggestions are a little bit too expensive for my family. A runner can always hope and then save up!


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