It’s not too late! There are still a few shopping hours left before the big day. Need something for that runner in your life? Here are a few super-last-minute gift ideas for the runner who seems to have everything.
That race your runner friend has been talking about? Go online and sign them up. (Just be sure they’re not signed up already.)
Headlamp: Petzl Bindi
Every runner who runs outside in winter needs a headlamp for visibility. The Petzl Bindi is a great little headlamp–simple, affordable, and powerful. Two hundred lumens, weighs only 35 g, is USB rechargeable, and costs only $60.
Great running reads for the holidays
Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory, by Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton (New York: Crown Archetype, 2018)
Deena Kastor holds the American marathon record (2:19:36, set at the London Marathon in 2006). She credits her coach, the legendary Joe Vigil, with introducing her to the idea of of training her mind as well as her body for the world-class success she has enjoyed at every distance she has raced. Her book is an easy, engaging and inspiring read for anyone interested in how the most successful runners in the world train.
Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, by Alex Hutchinson (Toronto: Harper Collins, 2018)
This book is also concerned with the mind-body connection as regards running and training, but it’s less about one runner’s personal experience and more about what science has to say on the subject. (Though runner and science journalist Hutchinson writes engagingly in the first person, and does share his own experience with trying to get faster.)