Holiday Gift Guide for Runners

Hi there!

We have reached the end of another week and now it is fast tracking to Christmas! If you have neglected your Christmas shopping up to this point, relax, I totally have you covered.

Buying for an athletic type on your list when you have no concept of the sport doesn’t have to be tricky. I have curated some of the greatest and best things out there at a low cost.

Check it out:

1. Adventuress Skin Care

This is a fabulous skin care line designed with active people in mind.

The founder of the company is active herself and began her company to fill a huge gap for women who were searching for products that worked as hard as they did.

A small company with fabulous product, this is sure to delight anyone on your list.

Retail: Range from $10 – $85



2. J Walking Designs

As a person that probably is wearing a sports bra underneath my blazer as I chose to run an extra 10 minutes instead of saving time for universally accepted bathing habits, the idea of workout gear that doubles as clothing WINS. J Walking Designs is an adorable start up company from the states that produces cute and quality product for $55.

3. Dessert Freedom Cookbook


Check out my review of it here.

This is a fabulous cookbook that offers 10 desserts that are actually healthy for you, providing Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-free options of your favourite Christmas goodies.

Written by Leanne at Healthful Pursuit, a multi-talented holistic nutritionalist, it is a beautiful and quality cook book.

Retails for $10.

Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 6.52.01 PM4. Smart Touch Running Gloves -

Any outdoor runner on your list will go nuts over a pair of good touch screen gloves so they can be rocking out to their favourite tunes while keeping their hands warm!

Retails from $20-$40.

5. Race Entry – 

If you REALLY want to surprise a runner on your list, buy them a race entry.

Search for local and unique races in your area and gift them with a certificate to the event.

For the road runner who is looking to shake things up a bit, a 5 Peaks trail entry would be a fun challenge and something to look forward to all year long!

6. Running Literature – 

For the runner in the midst of their off- season, a new book or a magazine subscription would be the perfect, thoughtful gift and a fabulous way to pass their new-found time. A few of the tried and true classics:

Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

Mind Gym – Gary Mack

The Lore of Running – Timothy Noakes

The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing – Philip Maffetone

Canadian Running

Trail Runner

7. Running Calendar – 

Runners World produces a new running calendar annually. It is full of beautiful photos of runners, motivational quotes and facts and a space to record your daily workouts.

Perfect Stocking Stuffers: 

All Natural peanut butter – This is a holy grail of food for runners. Delicious and protein-packed, they will be delighted.

Quality socks – There are few things a runner needs more than socks. Hit up your local running store and nab a couple pairs for the runner on your list.

What is on your wish list this year?

My little high school runner self

Running Heros

When I was in high school, I took my first tentative steps towards the world of running. Little did I know, I was in some of the very best hands.

I was a little uncertain when I tried out for cross country. I had waited until my final year to even consider it because of all my other obligations and well, my fear.
Our cross country team was coached by a shop teacher and assisted by a new English teacher. I went to a few practices and was hooked. The trails behind the school became a perfect stress reliever for me (or as much stress as a 18 year old girl can have..) I idolized my assistant coach and began to get over my irrational fear of racing because in spite of not practicing as much as everyone else because I lived quite far from the school, I was actually good at it. I loved the camaraderie of it all – the entire team piling into the van at an obscenely early morning hour, cheering each other on during the races and huddling in the team tent following the race, cold and shivering from the inevitable rain, sharing gatorade and bagels. I also loved the escape it provided, which is the reason I think it truly stuck. My final year of high school was an exceptional year for our family as my dad expanded the business into the new location and Jolene was rehospitalized. I just read a book by Christopher McDougall that explains that after almost every disaster in the US, there was an influx in running. It could just be a coincidence if it wouldn’t have kept happening. I believe it. I would not have been able to face my problems up front if I didn’t take a little bit of time that day to run away.

My little high school runner self

When the summer months hit and I had graduated high school, my coach tracked me down and told me that his daughter was willing to coach me over the summer if I wanted. Of course I said yes. I naively went week after week, knowing she was a “good runner” but having no idea of who she really was.

After the summer past, we went our separate ways and that was the last of it, or so I thought.

Last summer, on a beautiful clear day, I was driving along and was sidelined by an absolute running work of art. Jesse always complains that I judge people on their running gait, which may be true. We will pass a runner while we are driving and in mid-conversation I will blurt out “That’s an injury waiting to happen! Look at that heel strike!” But this was no injury waiting to happen. This human being was sailing along with an absolutely perfect gait and eating up the miles with ease. I stared slack jawed and dumbfounded.

As luck would have it, I ran into my old cross country coach that week and told him about this runner. Without missing a beat he said: O! That is Wesley! He is married to my daughter. Wanna meet him?”

Do I want to meet him? Really?

Wesley is one of the kindest, humble and genuinely talented human beings I have met. (Did I mention he won the Boston Marathon this year?) His wife and my coach for a summer, Tarah, are one of my role model couples. With this “couple crush” on my hands, you can imagine my delight when I was flicking through the latest issue of Runners World and happened upon this insert:

Tarah McKay and Wesley Korir are just two of my many running heros. Together, they started the Kenyan Kids Foundation and have been doing amazing things.

Who are your running heros?


Blogger Brunch and Magazine Review

This weekend, I had the pleasure to meet up with some Healthy Living Bloggers from the KW area for brunch at Cora’s.

It was my first blogger meet-up and I was a little nervous. I have been reading these ladies’ blogs for a while and I felt like I knew them, but I was unsure how it would be face to face.

I didn’t need to worry at all. They were every bit as lovely in person as they appear.

The food was fantastic….

…and so was the conversation.

NancyCallieHeena, and Angela are all beautiful, talented ladies and we all had a lot in common. We talked for over two hours and Heena gave us all a parting gift:

It was a tiramisu-like creation with 20 layers of crepes and creme filling that she had made. I ate it for dinner and normally I am a chocolate-for-dessert-and-chocolate-alone kind of girl. But this…it was out of this world fantastic.

It was a lot of fun to meet up with other bloggers and I am excited to do it again.

(Photo cred: Callie)

This evening, I received the second issue of Trail Runner in the mail. I received a free years supply from them this summer and I figured it was high time I did a review. I also subscribe (and pay) for Runner’s World so I feel like I have a good comparison. I took a picture this month’s issue of both magazines for comparison.

The first thing I noticed was that Trail Runner is about 1/2 as thick as Runner’s World and it is still more expensive. There are almost an equal number of advertisements so there is less content in Trail Runner. There was more play by play of ultra marathons then advice on proper form and training. There is about a 50/50 ratio of advertisements and content which is a set back for the high selling cost.

It is useful for the fact that it supplies specific training, gear and race advice for trail runners, but I was a little wary of how much they hate on road racers.

Trail Runner is a great magazine if trail running and ultra marathoning is all you do. I read mine every month and learn something useful to take with me on my runs every time. However, cost and content wise, when I am buying a magazine, I will stick to my Runner’s World.

What is your favourite magazine?

Mine is Runner’s World and Vogue.

Run Strong, lovies and have a stellar week!!