It’s that time again. Christmas music, the inability to find parking spaces and lots of wrapping. Last year, I had tape stuck to my forehead on several occasions. Still, the holiday season is a time to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones. With the amount of family we have, Brett and I always try to do something creative. The past few years we made a popcorn snack blend and gave it away in Christmas cookie tins. We have a fantastic idea for this year, but we won’t spoil the surprise…yet
You know you’re a runner when all you want for Christmas involves athletic apparel, shoes, GU, Babyfood apple sauce like Happy Baby for longer runs, compression tights and did I mention shoes? Well, here’s a list you may want to print out or send to your loved ones (pssssttt….BRETT) before the holiday passes you by.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a night headlamp so I don’t eat the ground. If you’re a trail runner or frequent night runner, a night headlamp is essential for your gear. Having a light guide my way has saved me numerous times from becoming better acquainted with the pavement. REI is having great sales right now – you can get a Black Diamond night headlamp for under $50!
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a Road ID in case I don’t get #1. If you don’t have one, you should put it on your list for Santa. If something were to happen to you out on a run, wearing a Road ID gives those around you an easy way to identify you and an emergency contact. Given my inane ability to get lost or fall over, I wear mine on a regular basis even when I’m not running…don’t judge me.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…3 pairs of Smart Wool run light socks! As an avid hiker, I’m sure you’re just as amazed at the feel of smart wool as I am. My feet have never felt so good. Seriously. Stocking stuffer.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…Yurbuds to tune him out on long runs. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty skeptical about these alien looking earbuds. I was a super fan of the Skull Candy brand, but they easily fall out on longer road adventures. Put these babies in and twist. They. Stay. Put. It’s glorious.
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…BROOKS VAPOR DRY GLOVES! I had a pair of Brooks running gloves, but sadly, they got too familiar with Fred’s mouth. They keep your hands dry, warm and allow you to use your phone or iPod without removing your gloves. I would love a new pair!!!*&#@(&! *SUBTLE HINT
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…CW-X compression tights for when I’m so sore I can’t move. I always make fun of Brett whenever he goes to put on his recovery tights. He looks like a woman desperately trying to pull up and button a tight pair of jeans. After experiencing desperate soreness after a day on the trails and wearing my compression sleeves, I realized why he continues to struggle in putting them on. They really do help in supporting your muscles. It’s worth every second of the “jean squat” struggle.
On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…the Saucony ViZi jacket with LED lights included. In pink please. Shine bright like a diamond I have one of these jackets and I’m obsessed. I wear it in the fall, winter, spring and whenever it rains. The LED light is great for when you have early a.m. or p.m. runs to ensure your presence on the road. The bright colors and reflector sleeves help, too.
On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…Sunwarrior Protein to keep me full of vegan protein. For any of our vegetarian/vegan friends in need of additional sources of protein, we use Sunwarrior. Often, I’ll add some to my smoothies post workout and it gives me the energy I need to recover.
On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…car magnets to brag about my miles. You know you’ve seen them. Of course, they are rather annoying to non runners, but for those committed to running, having a car magnet is like a rite of passage. You bet that Brett purchased his 50 sticker after running his first ultra. Like it or not, this is a great present for your running pals.
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…an Ollydog belt so I can keep up with my dog hands free. The leash allows for some flexibility and frees up your hands from leash duty. Having the side pouch gives you a place to store your keys and any essentials you need with you. Our racer greyhound can only run a few miles so we don’t have to worry about carrying anything. He’s a speed demon with no stamina.
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a foam roller so I can roll out all that soreness. Foam rolling aka “a self-myofascial release,” helps muscles to recover from intense activity and assist in movement efficiency and flexibility. Make sure you consult the interwebs on how to properly roll. We’ll be posting a video soon with Brett as the foam rolling model
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…the ultimate running vacation on the planet! Just kidding…for now. Andes Adventures offers all-inclusive hiking and/or running packages in some really cool places around the world. It’s not cheap by any means, but if you want to travel and have a running/hiking adventure? This is for you. Brett and I dream a drool worthy dream that we’ll someday be able to go on the Galapagos vacation together. Le Sigh.
Merry running to all of our friends!
xoxo Rudolf and Scrooge