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Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts for Runners

Friday, February 13, 2015
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It's February and love is in the air...or maybe it's just the funk from the pile of tech gear that I need to go wash when I'm done writing this. Either way, Valentines day is just around the corner and with work and marathon training, how do you find time to find that ideal gift for the runner in your life?

Notice how I said "your life." I am the runner in my life. My better half, Glenn, only runs if he's being chased.

Anyway...here's my five last minute gift suggestions for runners:

1. For the Valentine's Day traditionalist that wants to put a running spin on things, how about chocolate - fuel that is. Ok...maybe your runner doesn't like chocolate flavored gu or gels, but a heart shaped box filled with their favorite running fuel is creative and thoughtful.

2. Face it, training for a race is taxing on the body and much is needed by way of recovery. We all have our sticks, balls, and foam rollers to get us by but what we really need is the occasional massage. Unfortunately, may of us avoid the added expense. Treat the one you love to a sports massage. HINT: Touch base with their friends to see who they recommend. If you are local to me (Annapolis, Maryland area) then I suggest Judy at Eastport Bodyworks Massage. She is a rock star. .

3. What's one thing that we never have enough of? Shoes!! Sure, this is on the more expensive end of the Valentine's gift spectrum but shoes - actually new running anything - is the way to a runner's heart. Just don't go buying them unless you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have the right brand, model, and version. Err on the side of safety and go for the gift card at their favorite running store. Hell, face it; a gift card is a win all around.

4. Feeling creative? Hit the craft store for a basket and bow and then head to your local running shop for an assortment of running essentials to fill it with. Grab gels, energy blocks, and hydration tabs. Throw in some body glide and sun screen. Add some socks, a hat or visor, a spi belt, and sun glasses.

Want to take it over the top? Throw in a visa gift card with enough on it to cover a race entry of their choice.

5. Finally, want to go the extra mile?  Pardon the pun. Not really. Give the gift of your time. Find out when their next long run or race is, find out the route, and cheer them on.

Sometimes, the simplest gift can make the greatest impact.

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