Sunday, June 5, 2011

Great Gift Ideas for the Running Dad

Father's Day is just around the corner! If Dad is a runner, be sure to check out the running gift ideas below!

Knuckle Lights—For $39.99 you get two lights that provide 45 lumens per light, a wide beam, included batteries, free shipping, a 5-year warranty, and a money back guarantee. What more could you ask for? I've tested these lights and they work great. I was worried that them beams may move too much and bother me, but what I got instead was a wide steady beam. They fit securely over your knuckles in a way that you don't have to "hold" them. They just stay in place. They are also very light weight and you forget they are there once you begin your run. So, if day is running in the dark, keep him safe and get him a pair of Knuckle Lights.

Long May You Run—Is Dad a new to running? Long May You Run by Chris Cooper, is a lighthearted book that will motivate and inspire Dad with inspirational quotes, basic training tips, and info on great destination races. He'll also learn "how you can win a race even when finishing last." The book also provides some pretty uplifting stories about "real" runners who've overcome some monumental personal challenges through running.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running—From the best-selling Idiot's Guide® series comes the newest release, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running by Thomas Hollowell and Dr. Craig Richards. This book is perfect for anyone contemplating taking up barefoot running. Starting from page one, you'll learn how to successfully transition to barefoot and minimalist shoe running as you perfect your running form and reduce injury from the ground up. Written by a renowned doctor along with a prominent barefoot running coach, it is filled with the latest scientific research and cutting-edge training methods. Like having a personal coach by your side, you'll discover how to gradually transition into barefoot running, develop efficient running form, engage your "natural springs" and core strength, perfect your landing, stride, and gait, run faster with less impact and more endurance, prevent injuries that plague most runners, use minimalist shoes like Vibram FiveFingers, navigate a variety of terrains with or without shoes, enhance your training & racing experiences, and fuel the barefoot way.

Warrior Training Bracelet—These bracelets are made to wear while running, cycling, working out, sweating, racing...or all day long. Each features a positive and powerful keyword or phrase to help you train, perform and live with greater strength of body and mind. Available in multiple sizes to fit both women and men.

Halo Headbands and Hats—Halo headbands and hats are one of my favorite products. If your dad sweats like I do, then he's probably often annoyed by the constant stream of salty water running into his eyes. Halo Headbands are technically designed to keep sweat and sunscreen out of your eyes and off your glasses while training, working out, racing, or just working hard. He can choose from headbands, caps, and visors!

Arnica Muscle Gel—Arnica Muscle gel is a great remedy for sore or overworked muscles joints. You can use this lightweight gel as a spot treatment wherever you have pain or swelling. The key ingredient, Arnica extract, is known for its natural wound-healing, anti-inflammatory and soothing skin properties, which are excellent for treating bruises and sprains. It also contains willow bark extract which is a natural source of Salicylic Acid and rich in tannins which helps to exfoliate skin and improve its appearance. The menthol in the gel works to instantly cool inflammation. A multi-mineral cocktail of zinc, copper, and magnesium supplies the necessary elements for healthy skin function. It has an immediate heating and cooling sensation that works to repair damage, helping you to recover so that you can hit the trails once again.

Roo Hydration Bottle—The ROO Hydration Bottle is the 1st choice for athletes. It’s foldable, reusable and so portable!  When filled with water it stands upright and it is easy to hold – perfect for runners!  When empty it rolls up and fits easily into pockets, belts or bags.  The ROO bottle holds 16oz of liquid and is safe (BPA –free), washable, reusable and even freezable. We also include a carabineer and a writable area for identification.  The reusable ROO is very earth friendly.

UTag Sports Bracelet—Make sure Dad has identification on the run. UTag Sport Bracelet is a micro DogTag worn on a nylon strap (included) and is designed to be universally recognizable by both first responders and emergency personnel, it is the first reference in case of emergency. Each UTag micro DogTag is constructed out of durable aluminum alloy and embedded with a mini USB chip. It is weatherproof and water resistant up to 1m. Each mico tag has a Windows compatible program for storing and updating your personal information. In addition, there is a secure “private folder” for storing scanned copies of personal important documents. With the click of a button, UTag switches to your choice of 7 different languages for emergencies abroad. The UTag Sport Bracelet and micro Digitial DogTag is extremely lightweight, weighing only 6 grams.

Feetures! Elite Socks—As soon as you try on a pair, you know Feetures! Elite is special. Thanks to the technically advanced Sock-Lock™ support system, your foot and sock become one. The most extraordinary thing happens: the sock fits so well, it’s almost as if it’s not there. The Power Arch  is anatomically constructed to provide targeted support where it’s needed most. Anatomical right and left foot design enhances fit, delivering maximum protection by helping to eliminate blisters. iWick® fibers wick moisture to keep feet dry and odor-free. The PerfectToe™ provides a non-irritating seam.   Ultra thin construction takes up minimal room inside the shoe. These are RunnerDude's favorite socks!

RumbleRoller—Physical therapists, trainers, and athletes use foam rollers to relieve muscular pain and tightness (often called "adhesions", "knots", or "trigger points"). But conventional foam rollers have smooth, hard surfaces that further compress soft tissue. Rolling on top of them improves blood flow and tissue flexibility, but the effect is limited and relatively superficial, unless you spend a lot of time rolling. The RumbleRoller was created to perform this therapy more effectively. It manipulates soft tissue like a massage therapist. The surface of the RumbleRoller contains specially designed bumps that are firm, but flexible, much like the thumbs of a massage therapist. As you roll over the top of the RumbleRoller, the bumps continuously knead the contours of your body, gently stretching soft tissue (muscle and fascia) in multiple directions. This action erodes trigger points, helps restore flexibility, and brings quick relief to common types of muscular pain.

HydroWorx —Does Dad have a pool? Turn his static pool into a highly functional physical therapy pool and exercise pool and make it the ultimate fitness experience by providing gait training, balance enhancements and confidence building. This portable underwater treadmill offers low impact cardio for enhanced rehabilitation and conditioning. The unique fold-up design takes up a small space in your pool. This underwater treadmill can be easily transported and requires no installation.


gene @boutdrz said...

that treadmill looking device sure looks SAWEEEEET! i'll settle for some socks, though. at least no neck ties.

glad to see you are doing well!

Unknown said...

Trying to figure out how to send this to my wife anonymously...

Great stuff Dude!

gift for dad said...

I am going to give my daughter extra pocket money so that she can buy me a jet ski.

SPWS said...

I think my dad will be interested in having the Guide to Barefoot Running book. He's been visiting in order to learn how to make his first running sandals.

Angelique Caffrey said...

Thanks for talking about HydroWorx! We appreciate it!!!

Angelique Caffrey
PR Team
"It Just Worx Better!"