Mother’s Day will be here before we know it (May 13th) so I’m going to share a few of my favorite ideas for Mother’s Day Running Gifts for those Running Moms out there. I’ve compiled a short list of ten gifts I’ve received in the past or things that I sure wouldn’t mind on the 2nd Sunday in May this year. “Awe gee thanks! You shouldn’t have!!” 😉
Top 10 Mother’s Day Running Gifts for Running Moms
1. Garmin GPS Watch (w/ or w/out heart rate monitor)
I’ve been thru at least a couple of Garmin watches over the last decade and am currently running with a Garmin Forerunner 620. I’m in love with it and having it gives me confidence in my training. It not only tracks the distance I’ve run, but it will tell me my cumulative average mile time, current actual mile time, total distance, calories burned, steps per minute, tracks my route and has a virtual partner to beep at me if I’m not hitting a certain pace. I also love that Garmin offers a pretty inclusive stats tracking website and app called Garmin Connect, that’ll sync my watches data after each run to my computer or phones app via Bluetooth upload. Pretty slick! There are a myriad of other features for the tech and data geek, but these are the main staples I use from day to day. And probably the best feature it has that my previous versions did not, is that it automatically pauses the timer when I have to stop to cross a street or I get hung up waiting at a crosswalk. (Don’t wanna skew that average mile time, right?!)
There are newer models out there but they can be a little pricier. The Garmin Fenix is kind of the newest lastest greatest of their models. And they finally came out with a little more feminine color and finish options.
2. New Plushy and Yummy Socks
For some reason as a runner, you can just never have enough socks. Compression socks, no show socks, socks with tabs, lightweight socks, funky socks, etc.
Specifically, compression socks have been a godsend to me. I’ve experimented and worn them during a long run and without. And can honestly say that the lower half of my leg muscles (calf, soleus, Achilles, etc) felt supported and less blood pooled. I’ve also experimented with wearing them as recovery socks after a hard workout or long run and the added support and compression is like the difference between heated seats and non-heated seats in a car during the winter months. Not gonna die without them, but they sure are a nice ‘extra’ that makes the ride just a little more comfortable and tolerable.
3. Paid Race Entry
What better show of love and support than to have someone pay for your next race entry registration. Especially nice if you’re planning a larger city race or a longer marathon race where the fees may be steeper. But I’d honestly be grateful for any race registration being covered. However, if it’s too early to even register for the race or you’re not sure if you can commit 100%, maybe even just a cute little handmade coupon that acts as a “Race Entry Gift Certificate”.
4. Road ID
This is another one of those smart and safe gifts. When I began running longer distances by myself, I figured it would be smart to purchase one of these custom i.d. bracelets for the ‘just in case’ scenarios. You can have any emergency contact info. printed on them, but you can also have fun with it too at perhaps have your own personal mantra printed just beneath.
There are also other types of Road ID’s. They offer ones that are a velcro strip that you can put on your shoelaces, or more elastic styles that are easy and convenient to slip on and off a wrist or ankle.
5. Running Gear – The WindBreaker
There are a few running apparel items that I will always have as staples in my closet. One of which is the windbreaker with an added bonus if it has water-repellent fabric. I love these because they’re lightweight, and can be a nice layer without adding bulk. Additionally, for as light as they are they’re easy to pack if you’re traveling and offer a nice shield cut from the wind.
6. Running Sunglasses
This the second item that I will always keep as a staple in my running arsenal. I used to be a contact wearer and on windy days these were my lifesavers from airborne crap getting into my eyes. They are like putting lotion on dry cracked hands during the blazing summer months.
I also read somewhere once that all human beings if they live long enough, will eventually develop cataracts at some points. Some people earlier than others but that the effects of cataracts are highly attributed by scientists to the effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Read below – http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataracts.htm
What Causes Cataracts?
The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it.
But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.
No one knows for sure why the eye’s lens changes as we age, forming cataracts. But researchers worldwide have identified factors that may cause cataracts or are associated with cataract development. Besides advancing age, cataract risk factors include:
- Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and other sources
- Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
- Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol
- Previous eye injury or inflammation
- Previous eye surgery
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Significant alcohol consumption
- High myopia
- Family history
7. New Running Shoes
My reasoning here is obvious! Because I love to run and a girl can never have enough shoes! Especially running shoes!! But I also like to cycle my running shoes out every 300-400 miles as recommended by many reputable and professional resources. There are some differences to take into consideration concerning how often to cycle in new shoes. For example, if you are a larger statured person or more of a pavement runner vs. trail or softer surfaces runner. Below are a couple of articles that you can read yourself and then choose what scenario might work best for you. But starting out in a fresh pair in the spring seems very logical to me and has been a traditional habit for me.
8. A Therapeutic Massage
Of course, as a licensed massage therapist for almost 20 years with emphasis in sports therapy, orthopedic and therapeutic massage I can talk all day long about the many benefits of massage for athletes and specifically runners. And who are we kidding, it just plain feels heavenly! There are many positive studies that have been concluded from pre and post event massage for runners. I’m attaching a quick easily understandable article instead of boring you with my own long drawn synapsis on the matter. Click to read more if you choose.
9. Breakfast in Bed and the Opportunity to Sleep in
A few weeks back and a few blog posts ago, I wrote an article called High Octane Fuel – “It’s What’s for Dinner”! Within that blog post, I pointed out a few ideas for Kodiak Power Cakes and some other various pancake concoctions from the Runner’s World cookbook. What a great and yummy way to start ‘Mother’s Day’ breakfast in bed!
10. A Guilt Free and No Strings Attached Run or Running Buddy
Lastly, on my list of Top 10 Mother’s Day Running Gifts is to offer to go for a leisurely run with your certain honored ‘Mother’. If you’re not a runner, then perhaps even offer to ride a bike alongside her. This is how my kids grew up learning to ride their bikes, and one of my favorite style training runs has been with my husband by my side on his bike.
I’d love to hear about your favorite Mother’s Day Running Gift ideas or things you’ve received in the past that you think are Top 10 worthy. Click on the Like button below and feel free to comment.