Running Treats For Your Christmas
What’s on your Christmas wish-list? As well as the usual running shoes and clothing, add these unusual ideas and lovely treats.
Here’s what we’re hoping Santa will bring!
For A Twist On Traditional Gifts
Every Christmas stocking needs the “usual” – socks, chocs and undies. But female runners aren’t typical, so our Christmas goodies shouldn’t be either! Here are suitably running-focused twists on those Christmas classics.
Feetures Elite socks are a good thickness for Winter running, but super soft, comfortable and a great fit for female feet. They’ll keep your feet warm this Winter! Find them in most good sports stores or online at http://www.wiggle.co.uk.
Bridgedale make great running socks for Winter, too, including the Speed Trail socks with Merino wool, ideal for Winter running. http://www.bridgedale.com/speed-trail
We absolutely love Runderwear pants, designed for women to wear whilst running or working out in the gym. They’e extremely well designed, soft and comfortable, give just the right amount of coverage and a bit of support, too. Perfect for wearing under leggings this Winter. If you receive a pair of these, you’ll wonder how you ever coped without them! http://www.runderwear.co.uk
To keep your healthy credentials intact this Christmas, ask Santa for a bar (or two…!) of Ombar dairy-free, raw chocolate. It might sound saintly but it tastes positively sinful, with a range of gorgeous superfood-inspired flavours to choose from. Made with raw Ecuadorian cocoa, so you know you’re doing your bit for Fair Trade, too. Widely available, or online at http://www.ombar.co.uk
For Winter Running
For a lightweight Winter hat ideal for running (or wearing under a bike helmet), try Bridgedale’s Duo Lite Hat. It’s reversible, thin but protects against Winter winds and keeps hair under control. http://www.bridgedale.com/duo-lite
If Santa knows you like running outdoors in Winter, maybe he’ll think to bring you a Nathan Orion Strobe, a powerful clip-on strobe light which recharges via USB port. It’ll help keep you safe and seen over Winter months. (£27.99) From most good sports stores, or online from http://www.wiggle.co.uk.
Do you suffer with cold hands? Zippo’s new hand warmer could be your Winter saviour. This little pocket furnace stays hot for 12 hours, ideal for running, hiking, biking, walking the dog this Winter. Choose from silver or bright orange. (£22.90) http://www.zippo.co.uk
Need to warm up all over? ThermoSpa’s Heat Pad heats up to give hours of moist heat therapy, wonderful for relieving tight muscles, tension and muscle aches. It sits comfortably on and around all areas of your body, so you can use it for running aches and pains or everyday physical tension. It’s great for relieving indigestion or period pain, too. (£10) http://www.theheatpackcompany.com
For Recovery And Relaxation
Just because you love running, doesn’t mean all your Christmas gifts have to be sporty. We’re always reminding you of the importance of rest, recovery and sleep. So use Christmas as an excuse to suggest some relaxing treats you might not buy for yourself. Like Olverum’s gorgeous Bath Oil which has just been relaunched under British ownership. It smells amazing (the males in your household might try to steal it!). It softens skin and soothes aching muscles with 10 pure essential oils and can even be used to ease symptoms of Winter colds. https://www.olverum.com
If you’ve got aches, pains or bruises to sooth, do it whilst pampering your skin with Earthbound Organics Arnica and Ginger Balm. This lovely balm can be rubbed in or used as a massage balm and gently warms up the affected area, whilst treating bumps and bruises with arnica, ginger and rosemary. A real Winter skincare treat. http://shops.mysupermarket.co.uk/merchant-earthbound-organics/product-72002617
The delicate skin of the lips can really suffer at this time of year, and we love Zuzka’s Natural Beauty Therapeutic Lip Balm, with vitamin E, comfrey and three essential oils. It’s moisturising but also soothes cracked lips and can even help treat cold sores thanks to the essential oils. And it comes in a pretty little box, ideal for gift giving. http://www.zuzkanaturalbeauty.co.uk/
How about the gift of sleep? Sounds good to us! Kiss The Moon’s Glow bath oil is a lovely blend of orange, geranium and essential oils to sooth you into the mood for deep sleep, great for recovering from long cold Winter runs. And its natural oils will moisturise your skin overnight. Who says runners can’t prioritise skincare? http://kissthemoon.com
For An Unusual Gift
This is something any runner will really love – a custom-made map from Ordnance Survey! Each map tells the story of your running journey, with your choice of location placed at the centre of the map (where you live, where you run from, your favourite running spot?) with the surrounding area illustrated in the iconic OS map style. OS offer a few different custom-made map options, all of which you can see at https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/custom-made-maps.html (from £16.99)
For Healthier Snacks
Christmas isn’t Christmas without foodie treats and snacks. Ask Santa to support your healthier eating goals by suggesting a few choices of energy bars, protein bars and sports bars. Here are 5 we love:
– Grenade’s Carb Killa Bars, low sugar, low carb, with 23g protein per bar, which are so seriously tasty, you won’t believe they’re so low in carbs! http://www.grenade.com/
– America’s favourite CLIF bars (widely available over here), with their massive range which includes bars and flapjacks, all of which are soft, tasty and packed with healthy ingredients. http://www.clifbar.co.uk
– Bounce Energy Balls, handy little ball-shaped energy bars featuring good-for-you ingredients like nuts, oats and other healthy fuel ideal for runners http://www.discount-supplements.co.uk/bounce
– Bulkpowders High Protein Flapjacks, with 21g protein per bar, ideal for eating as a healthier treat or for recovering after a run. Lovely with a cuppa! http://www.bulkpowders.co.uk
– 9BAR gluten-free superseed energy bars, which aren’t just amazingly tasty and made from healthy ingredients, but are part of a new charity initiative, which sees them donating solar lamps to African schoolchildren. http://www.9bar.com