Gifted Runner (Giveaway)

There is not much more that I love than giving a good gift.  Sure gift cards are great but actually taking time to think about the person and buy something that you genuinely believe they will love and enjoy makes it so much more personal.  When it comes to runners it can often be hard to find something that is tangible enough for them to use.  Even if all runners “needed” were shoes, how would you know which size to buy?  So here is a list of cool things to get that special runner in your life.

1.  Fuel:  There are so many different fueling options out there!  Most runners tend to know what works best for them but even if you choose something at random, chances are they will give it a shot.  You can purchase fuel online, at a running specialty store or even your local WalMart or Target.  Some of my favorite fueling options are Gu, Gu Chomps, Sport Beans, Honey Stinger chews, and Clif Bar.  These make a perfect addition to any gift or are great just by themselves.

optimal fueling.

2.  Headbands:  My hair is always in a ponytail (even when I am not running) and having something to push those stray hairs out of my face is a must.  Even on days when I’m dressed in “normal” attire (jeans) I almost always have a headband in my hair.  My favorite kinds are Sweaty Bands and BIC bands.  I’ve also tried Active Bands and Chica Bands.   They compliment any outfit and can literally be ordered in hundreds of designs and colors.

just a few of my bands adorning my closet

3.  Phone cover:  My awesome friend Robyn surprised me with an amazing personalized phone cover for my birthday.  Once getting over the fact that it had my name on it, I realized that it had random running quotes on the back of it!  How neat?  Most people constantly have their phones with them so what better way to accessorize?  Plus, it is a great conversation starter!  Since this gift is personalized it will show that runner that you actually put some thought into their gift.

The phone cover that I currently have...featured in Fitness

4.  Nuun:  I only drink water.  Every now and then after a big race I might have a cup of Powerade if it is available but I mostly stick to water.  Proper hyrdation is a big issue runners face but water can often be boring.  The solution?  Pop a Nuun tablet in your water bottle and let the flavor take over.  My favorite flavors are Grape, Tropical, and Fruit Punch.  Nuun comes in an easy to carry tube so you can pop it in your gym bag or backpack.  Definitely a great gift for anyone!

it is Nuun somewhere

5.  Race entry fee:  Races are a great way for runners to show off their hard work and training but often come with a hefty price tag.  Even a small 5k can run at least 20 bucks.  If a local race is coming up or if a runner friend of yours has their eye on another one then you can pay their race entry fee.  A cute way to do it could be to either sign up for them (might want to talk it over with them first) or get a brochure from the event and enclose the right amount of money inside of it.  I had a friend sign me up for a race that I purposely did not sign up for due to the cost.  This gift is a great gesture and also personal.

the favored gift of race entry.

6.  Magazine subscription:  I’m a sucker for a good running or fitness magazine.  Typically you can get a year’s subscription for under 20 bucks.  This is a great surprise if you know the person’s address because they will automatically be sent to them with you footing the bill.  Plus it lasts for 12 months so it is a gift that keeps on giving.

good reads.

7.  RoadId:  I had my eye on a RoadId for quite some time but luck beat me to buying it.  I won a gift card at a 5k for one and ended up getting a cool purple one.  I’m not a fan of running with my phone and sticking your id in your shoe or bra can sometimes be a pain so RoadId is a great option.  It might even make you feel better knowing your runner friend is running with proper identification.  They are very cost friendly and some are even fashionable to be worn without running attire on.


These are just a few suggestions of things that I love and would give to a runner friend.  These all are great options too if you know someone just starting to run or is possibly thinking about running.  Gifts can be huge motivators and show someone that you thought of them.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!  So…since I love you so much I’m going to send a few gifts of my own.   Five lucky people will win one thing from the following:

  • One tube of Nuun
  • Sports Bean packets
  • Honey Stinger Chews
  • Headband
  • Bagtag (for your gear check bag or gym bag)

To receive an entry, simply post a comment telling me what is the best running related item you have ever received.  You can also tweet about it to tell your friends (@thegogirlblog) or mention it in a blog post to receive one additional entry.  Be sure to tell me both things in one comment.  Winners will be chosen at random on April 30 at midnight.  Yay for gifts!

45 thoughts on “Gifted Runner (Giveaway)

  1. My favorite running-related item has GOT to be my Garmin 305. Such a trusty tool. I also love compression capris, for obvious reasons. haha. And my Saucony Progrid Omni 10s!

  2. What a fun giveaway!!

    I’d say the best running gift I got was from my sister. She went to a specialty running store and bought me the most amazing socks I’ve ever ran in…and a few other things! It was so thoughtful and I wouldn’t spend that kind of money on socks just for me!

  3. My favorite running-related gift has, honestly, been my dog 🙂 he’s getting old, but we’ve run together for two years now. He’s still fast, and he helps to pace me and to keep up with him. I love the little guy, and he’s the best running buddy I have! 🙂

  4. The best running gift that I ever received was a pair of compression socks. I would have never bought them for myself, because they are so expensive. My husband bought me some for Christmas last year, and I absolutely LOVE them.

    Also–how do you manage to keep bands on your head? No matter what I do, they always slide off. Any tips? 🙂

  5. The best running related item I have is my treadmill! It wasn’t technically a gift, but I got it for super cheap on Craigslist so I think of it as a gift from the running gods.. or craigslist ones. Whichever. But I live up in New Hampshire, so having a treadmill is huge! It just gets way too cold out there to run unless you’re totally hardcore and it means I don’t ever have an excuse to not work out! Those nuun tablets look interesting – I’m going to have to look into those!

    Also, I tweeted. 🙂 (@megsican11)

  6. As someone who is very much a beginning runner, my favorite running items (which weren’t given to me for the purpose of running at the time) would be the PowerSox socks I received from my brother-in-law to go with my pink golfing attire & supplies and a cheap $15 MP3 player from my hubby’s aunt. I love the socks because they keep my feet dry and have found listening to certain songs on the MP3 tend to help push me when I really would just rather walk. I really enjoy reading your blog and hearing about the amazing journey you have gone through—YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!!!! 🙂

  7. Best running gift is a homemade bib plaque. My best friend made it for me for Christmas! It can hold all my race bibs, so they aren’t just sitting around in a drawer!

  8. Oooh…. nothing like a give away to draw me out of lurkerdom. My favorite running related gift is my Amphipod pack. Holds 20 oz, plus phone, ID, and gels, and it doesn’t bounce. Great for long runs on country roads.

  9. weeeeee. giveaways make me happy. esp one that includes some of my favorite things. lately my favorite gift was the new running shoes i got for Christmas 🙂 it was nice to not have to fork out the money myself for once. haha!

  10. We got Road IDs after I had a close encounter one morning two blocks from home. –I was lucky enough to have scored a couple gift certificates at a bike race of hubby’s and we each got one. I’ve since upgraded to an interactive one for myself and an interactive one for my father.

    My favorite gift, my Polar heart rate monitor from the hubby. I wear my watch all the time, the heart rate monitor I try to remember to wear 😉

  11. This is a great giveaway and I like your list a lot! My boyfriend, an avid hockey player, almost always gives me sports-related gifts. For my birthday, he made a donation to Girls on the Run (a charity I volunteer with regularly) in my name. It was so sweet and made me insanely happy!

    Oh, he also got me a Garmin for Christmas. Yep, I’m spoiled with the running love. 🙂

  12. The best running gift I ever recieved was new shoes. I know it’s simple, but as a beginning runner, those shoes made all the difference

  13. My mom bought me the Garmin 405 for Christmas the year before last – definitely the best running gift ever!!!! I never go on a run without it! Some of my fav’s that I’ve bought for myself are expensive anti-blister socks and a sleek runner’s belt to carry my inhaler and epi-pen – no fanny packs!

  14. Best running gift were smart wool running sock my husband got me for xmas. At the time I was like sock, gee thanks, but they are pure magic. I just found your blog through the Nuun Hood to Coast announcement and think it is great! Congrats.

  15. I’m new to the whole running game so I haven’t received any gifts. I will say that I can’t live without my iPhone while running. I can listen to my iPod and track my run with the MapMyRun App.

    Love your blog!!

  16. Great gift ideas… I think my family needs to read this post, they are always asking what to get me for holidays! I would have to say that my favorite item I have recieved would probably have to be my Garmin 405 (from my husband for Valentine’s Day). I feel naked running without it!

    P.S.- I mentioned this on Twitter. 🙂 Congrats on your Nuun relay!

  17. hi! best running related gift….toss up between my garmin (love it!) and a pair of north face capris (they were PERFECT in the colder weather). Actually, come to think of it, best gift was seeing my mom and sister right before the finish of my first half marathon cheering me on!
    congrats again on htc with nuun! So excited for you and everyone!

  18. Congratulations on making the Nuun Hood to Coast Team!! Can’t wait to meet you in August!!

    And I love my CEP compression socks….and of course, NUUN!!

  19. Awesome giveaway! Best gift I received was the bright orange foam roller from Trigger Point Therapy. It has all these wonderful nubbies for really getting into my tight IT band. I will tweet as well!

  20. Your blog is great! Hope you will follow me to my new site! The best gift was my ipod shuffle! Before I got it, I had trained all summer for a half marathon while carrying my iphone to listen to music. Too big. Def changes now since I take pictures of everything like a freak.

  21. What awesome ideas! I’m planning my first giveaway and thing these are great. Thanks!

    The best running related item I ever got was my finishers medal from the NYC Half Marathon (my first half!). It means so much to me. As far as gear goes, I couldn’t run without my iFitness belt, it fits everything and I love it!

  22. i haven’t gotten any running related gifts, yet! my parents are finally starting to take an interest in it though, so maybe soon 🙂 i’d love it if things like nuun and gu replaced mouthwash and toothbrushes as stocking stuffers at christmas.

  23. On my wedding day my husband gave me my Garmin. It is the BEST runners gift I’ve ever received. It has gone with me on every run since then. I found your blog through your give-a-away. SO happy I did. Your PRs are awesome. GO YOU!
    I also posted on my blog. 🙂

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