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Best Gifts for Runners

Give The Gift They Really Want: The Best Gifts for Runners

When you’re shopping for a runner, what is a gift they are sure to love?

Best Gifts for Runners

The Reaction You’re Going For…

On the surface, that sounds like a pretty easy question.

As an example, runners need shoes, so a new pair of running shoes would make a great gift, right?

Well…

If you get the “right” shoes for the runner that you’re shopping for, then a new pair of shoes is an amazing gift! The problem is, there are roughly 4,723,289 different running shoes available and only 1 or 2 of those would be the “right” shoe.

As a runner, I can confidently say that if you got me a brand new pair of shoes that weren’t one or two specific styles of a particular brand I would NEVER wear them running.

As runners, we are peculiar like that.

And here’s the really bad news, we are peculiar about all of our gear that we use on a regular basis.

Clothes, gels, shoes, drinks…

There are, however, some gifts that work for most runners no matter what their particular peculiarities happen to be.

Some of the Best Gift Ideas for Runners (For Any Gift Giving Occasion)

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Best Stretches for Runners

Most runners know they should stretch after a run, but what exactly are the best stretches for runners?

In this video, I’ll talk about why stretching is important and demonstrate what stretches are best for runners.

And here’s a hint, these stretches have been around forever and they are definitely some of the most beneficial stretches for runners.

So after your next run, make sure you add these stretches to your cool down routine!

Best Stretches for Runners

Get a free PDF guide to remind you how to properly perform the stretches talked about in this video.

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Shoe Review: The Altra Superior 2.0 (with Video)

Once I decided I was going to run regularly on the trails here in town, I knew that meant I was going to have to get a pair of trail running shoes as well.

As an Altra Ambassador, and just a huge fan of all things Altra anyway, it didn’t take me long to decide that the Altra Superior 2.0 was the shoe I was going to try.

And after the first run, I knew it was the right choice.

In this video, I’ll be talking about what makes this a great shoe, some of the positives of the shoe that I’ve experienced first hand to this point, as well as bring up a couple of questions/concerns that I still have about the Altra Superior 2.0.

***FTC Notice: As an Altra Ambassador, I received 2 free pairs of shoes from the company. Offering an honest shoe review is not required as an ambassador, and nothing stated or implied in this post/video has been influenced by anyone from Altra in any way. All opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.

Is There Anything Else You’d Like to Know About the Altra Superior 2.0s? Leave a Question Below!

Choosing the Right Running Coach for You and Your Goals (with Video)

For many runners, especially us “regular runners”, the thought of working with a running coach may seem like a luxury.

While it’s true that hiring a coach is not a requirement, there are many benefits for working with a running coach no matter how much experience you (do or don’t) have, and regardless of how fast you run.

But how do you go about choosing the right running coach for you?

Too often, the decision is made based on price and/or name recognition. I would argue that those factors should be considered, but they shouldn’t be the primary reason that one coach is hired over another.

When it comes to choosing the right running coach for you, the most important thing to consider is how you and the potential coach get along. Because the better you get along, the better your chances are of success.

No matter how famous the coach may be.

Have You Ever Thought About/Have Experience Working With a Running Coach? What are the Most Important Things About a Coach You’d Consider Hiring?

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I’m Excited to be Partnering with Bombas

If you listened to Monday’s podcast episode with Greg Unger already you’re in the loop, but for those that haven’t I’m excited to announce that I have recently agreed to a sponsorship deal with Bombas!

Bombas

In case you’ve never heard of Bombas, allow me to shine a little light on the company and why I’m so stoked to be partnering with them.


I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that when I got into running one of the last things I was concerned with was getting “running socks”. I just kept using the same old cotton socks I’d been wearing for year, meanwhile I upgraded my shorts, shoes, and just about everything else I had that was running related.

Then one day, I decided to “try” some “wicking” socks, so I bought the cheapest 3 pack I could find at Target, because I couldn’t figure out why I should spend more than a few bucks for socks to run in.

Oh sweet ignorance…

To be honest, I definitely noticed the difference between the wicking socks and the old cotton stand bys, but I pretty much just assumed that any “running” sock would be as good as the next.

And I now know that I was incredibly wrong.

As soon as I put my first pair of Bombas on, I could immediately tell the difference. Not only were these socks super comfortable (seriously y’all, it’s like clouds have swallowed your feet when you put these babies on), but I don’t even notice my feet getting even a little bit sweaty when I’m running.

And I’m running in Florida, remember, where swamp foot is a constant struggle.

So what makes Bombas feel so comfortable?

A few things.

They put some serious research into creating the best socks imaginable for people leading an active lifestyle, from the type of cotton they use, to the y-stiched heel, to the built in arch support, and the invisitoe “seam”.

In short, they made sure they were making the most comfortable sock on the market, and I’m here to tell you Bombas hit it out of the park.

Bombas Socks

And while these socks are worth every penny (promise!), the reason that I’m most excited about working with Bombas is because they are a company that cares as much about giving back as they do about creating the best socks on the market.

In fact, the company was founded BECAUSE of a desire to give back.

Did you know that socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in homeless shelters around the country?

Neither did I.

But when the founders of Bombas heard this little piece of information, they literally decided to start a company with the goal of solving the problem.

And, in my opinion at least, they go WAY above and beyond when it comes to giving back.

For every pair of Bombas socks that are sold, the company donates a pair of socks to a shelter in need.

To date, over 300,000 pairs of socks have been donated to shelters across the USA. Like I said, this company is all about giving back.

A quality socks for runners created by a quality company with the spirit of giving back. This is exactly why I’m so happy to have joined forces with Bombas.


So if you want to upgrade to the best running socks you’ve ever used, and make a serious difference in the lives of people in need at the same time, what are you waiting for?

Go order some socks!

Oh, and one more thing.

Bombas wants to give you 20% off of your first purchase, all you need to do is click any of the links in this post and you’ll go to a special page where you can put in your email address and they will send you a 20% off coupon code.

My advice, take advantage of the deal and buy some great socks!

 

*FTC Disclaimer-In addition to the monetary agreement I made with Bombas, they also provided me with 2 free pairs of socks so that I could try them out. That said, the opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone, and in no way are they influenced by anyone associated with Bombas. Seriously y’all, the socks are bad ass. Get some!