Best Gifts for that Special Runner in Your Life

Dear Santa Claus,

I was extra good this year. I trained for and completed two more marathons, I made sure not to complain about the state of my tight hamstrings at family functions, and I didn’t once swear (out loud) at my running coach. If you could please bring me some of these items on my Christmas list, I’m pretty sure I can PR at my spring marathon.

  1. Roll Recovery R8: A deep tissue massager that takes the work out of rolling. The new design features improved spring configuration, new stainless steel hardware fasteners, new bearing integration in all pivot points, soft-touch handles and interchangeable R8-Inserts for a customizable feel. It is a dream for sore or tight quads, hamstrings, IT bands, glutes and calves. ($129 with free shipping)

  2. Thera Cane: Long runs can take quite a toll on hard to reach back muscles. The Thera Cane allows you to easily relieve tight muscles and painful knots in hard-to-reach places. Just as useful after long days spent at the office as it is after hard workouts, the Thera Cane has a lifetime warranty and a comes in at an affordable price point. ($32 on - prime eligible)

  3. Garmin Fenix 5S Plus: The Fenix 5X Plus has all of the technology you could ever want in a running watch, but also features a style that works as well in the office as it does on the trails. The built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multisatellite (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) network capability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. This one isn’t inexpensive by any stretch of the imagination, but if you are looking to replace many watches with one solid and stylish choice, this is your jam. ($699 with free shipping)

  4. AfterShokz Trekz Air: Run with your favorite tunes while staying aware of your surroundings. Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds (cars, cyclists, other runners, etc.). The Air version is lightweight, flexible and incredibly comfortable regardless of the weather or the distance. ($149.95 with free shipping)

  5. Saucony Ulti-Mitts: Possibly the warmest mittens you will ever wear on a run, these unisex mitts are waterproof, wind proof, touch screen capable and reflective. The best part? They feature fleece strips that are soft against cold and runny noses. ($35 with free shipping)

  6. Iotrevor Running Lights: The single most important thing about running in the darker months is staying safe. The iotrevor lighted running bands can be worn on arms or legs and ensures you’ll be seen by motorists and other pedestrians. ($14.97 for a set of 2 on

  7. Goodr Sunglasses: No slip, no bounce, all polarized, all affordable and so so so many colors. When the suns starts reflecting off the newly fallen snow, you can’t go wrong with goodr running glasses. ($25)

  8. Run Fast. Eat Slow. Cookbooks: World-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky prove food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. The recipes in their original “Run Fast. Eat Slow.” and their new “Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.” editions take all of the guesswork out of eating foods that will fuel the body while feeding the soul.  (Approximately $17 each on

Karen Berenson