You know, putting this guide together for the second time (see here for more gifts that are still great for runners from last year's guide) made me realize that shopping for runners is pretty damn easy. I was surprised at how simple it was to find 20 gifts in all categories and price ranges that pretty much any runner would be thrilled to receive.
Of course, I did have some help this year! Last year, my list was completely made up of items that I have been using in my own running endeavors over the years. But this year I wanted to expand beyond that. Some of these items I do use and LOVE, some of these items have been on my radar lately, and some of these items were recommended by you, my dear readers! In particular, I asked y'all on Instagram what your favorite hydration packs and wireless earbuds are because these are two items I'm currently in the market for and I was curious what everyone else was using.
I've been running with my Garmin Forerunner 235 for almost 4 months now, so I think it's finally time to give this (awesome) sucker a full review. Many of you have asked (via Instagram) what I think about the Garmin Forerunner 235, and my general response has been that I LOVE it! But many of you have also aske me to do a full, in-depth review, so ... here it is!
To some the following statement might sound weird, but so far this winter I've already had the pleasure of being able to enjoy three or four snowy weather runs. How can running in the snow be enjoyable, you ask? Well, it's all about having the right gear. If you're dressed right with the best winter running gear, running in the cold, and yes, even the snow (and even while it's snowing) won't feel like a drag.
Believe it or not, in the five years that I've been blogging (and running!) I've never put together a running gear gift guide for the holidays. But there's a first time for everything, right? And this year I decided that it's time to finally share some of my favorite gear items with y'all — aka, the best gifts for runners of all types! Whether you're a non-runner shopping for the running fanatic in your life or you're a runner yourself on the hunt for the best gear and accessories (for yourself, or a friend or family member!), I promise that each of these items will spark excitement because I've tested each one and use them all on a regular basis (and by regular basis I mean, most of these things I've been using for years).
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How do you find good running shoes? Well, it's pretty simple and easy as long as you know a few basic ground rules. Just like with running apps, I very frequently am asked, "What are the best running shoes?" or "What running shoes are your favorite?" While it's not necessarily "hard" to find good running shoes in the sense that there are so many different top-quality running shoes available, these are still hard questions to answer because quite frankly, the answer is different for everyone. And just because I personally like a pair of running shoes, doesn't mean they're right for you
What are the best running apps? I get this question a lot, and it's not an easy one to answer because, as you probably know, there are many, many running apps to choose from. The good news is, even though I can't use all of them all of the time and I typically stick to one just for the sake of consistency (and my sanity), I have personally tried many, many of these different running apps and can at least help give you a better idea of which of the best running apps will actually be the best one for you