This year's perfect Christmas gifts for runners who love to race
Yes, we know. We all want world peace, safety for women runners everywhere, equal pay, some upper body strength and a lie-in for Christmas. But on the off-chance that they don’t happen by the end of December, we’ve made a list of some of the kit that makes us feel happy and empowered – which is definitely a Christmas gift worth giving or receiving.
Whether you’re shopping for the friend you always sign up to races with, or earmarking some new kit for yourself, here are all the things on our Christmas list this year for race runners…
1. REVVIES Energy Gels & Drinks | £9.50
Racing into 2022 like… a caffeinated champion? If energy gels and drinks slosh around in your gut, you should put these energy strips which dissolve on the tongue on your Christmas list. No chewing, no choking, no sticky fingers afterwards. (Slip one in after Christmas dinner and you’ll ace all the party games too.) You can get your first order for £8 including free shipping using exclusive code: WRTRY£8
2. SUPERNATURAL FUEL Energy Pouches | £21.20 (for 8 pouches)
When you speak to the elite runners about their diets, you realise it’s not about potions and elixirs, pills and tinctures; it’s about good natural food in the right quantities. We’re talking nuts, seeds and grains, not chemical formulas labelled in acronyms. Supernatural Fuel energy pouches contain a mix of natural plant carbohydrates, proteins and fats that provide sustained energy release for sustained performance.
3. ROADSALT Bath Muscle Recovery | £24
Roadsalt does sound like the stuff the trucks sprinkle on the roads when it’s icy, but don’t worry, this is not that. These salts are the type that detox and soothe tired muscles while you lie back in the bath and relax. They come in two varieties – Roadsalt and Roadsalt Trail – and the former makes the water jet black due to its activated charcoal.
4. MFB Eco Leggings | £38
Hey, speedsters. These leggings come in 15 different designs but we’ve heard you’re feline wild, so we went for Luscious Leopard. The deep waistband is comfy and secure and the fabric stands up to all the stretching and pouncing you can throw at it. They are made from recycled bottles, come in biodegradable packaging and a tree is planted for each purchase you make.
5. SAUCONY Endorphin Pro 2 | £190
[Puts on Persuasive Hat] Yes, you need a race-day shoe. No, it’s not a nice-to-have. When you line up on the start line after all those months of training, everything has to be 100% right, and these Endorphin Pro 2s are just like their speedy predecessors but with a snugger heel fit, updated mesh pattern for breathability and anti-slip laces. Besides, Christmas is the perfect time for a new shoe to be worn in by spring… How did I do?
6. MAAREE Solidarity High Impact Sports Bra | £64
Want to support your boobs at the same time as supporting a UK small business? The Solidarity is a consistent prizewinner when it comes to running bras and we just love how the products are borne from true passion and expertise. Take advantage of the one-on-one free virtual fitting service before writing your wishlist so you get the perfect size in your stocking.