With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about some gifts for the runners on your list (and maybe to drop some hints for yourself). Here are some holiday gift ideas from $50 to $150.
If someone on your list likes to do a lot of interval training on the track, the new Timex IRONMAN 150-Lap Tap Screen Watch is a great gift. Tapping anywhere on the watch face activates the lap timers. The Lap Management System records every lap for review later. The watch can also tell you whether you are ahead or behind your target time for the lap. It also has separate alarms for nutrition and hydration for folks who participate in marathons, ultramarathons, or triathlons.
Heart Rate Monitor
You can certainly spend a lot of money on a dedicated heart rate monitor, but I prefer a GPS Watch with a Heart Rate Monitor. If your runner isn’t interested in a GPS watch, or they already have one and want to monitor their heart rate during indoor workouts on Polar-compatible exercise equipment, the new Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitor is a good choice. It has a large, easy-to-read display
There are a couple of good GPS watches on the market for under $150.
The Garmin Forerunner 205 currently sells for about $120. It has all the features you might need in a GPS watch, except a Heart Rate Monitor.
The Garmin Forerunner 305 with Heart Rate Monitor currently sells for under $150. I use this model now and love it. I think it’s a great value at this price.
The most popular brand of sunglasses for running is Tifosi. They make very good sunglasses in the $50-60 range, considerably less than Nike sunglasses. Tifosi also has a very nice High Speed Red Fototec lens that changes from light to dark very quickly, as conditions change.
If your runner hasn’t jumped on the “barefoot running” bandwagon yet, you might consider getting them a pair of Vibram FiveFinger BILIKA's or Nike Free Run+ shoes. The BIKILA’s come in European sizes and are a little tricky to fit, so make sure you can return them, if necessary.
If your runner is looking to get in a little cross-training this winter and already has a bike, you might consider getting them a magnetic bike trainer. You can spend quite a bit on these, but the Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer has received good reviews and only costs around $100.
What’s on your holiday gift list this year? Tell me in the comments.
Watch for tomorrow’s post on gift ideas between $150 and $400.