Favorite Things: Holiday Gift Ideas
Here is a short list of my favorite things in 2011. Things that made me happy, kept me healthy and that challenged me personally and as a runner. There is also a theme through these products, they are all from people who are highly passionate about running and sports!
Agloves Touchscreen Comfort
I fell in love with my Agloves the second I put them on. They have been the perfect cold weather companion while running and even when walking to work. The silver nylon thread conducts the bio electricity from your whole hand so that you can easily use any touch screen device.
New this season is the Agloves Sport. Designed to keep you warmer on active days, the snug-fitted cuff seals the wind out, while the 15% silver-nylon traps heat in. Also check out the stylish Bamboo variety. Order online and they will even gift wrap it for you! Tell them I sent you :)
Membership to All Sports Recovery Club
For the cost of just one massage or a PT session, you can have unlimited access to top of the line recovery tools like the Nortec MVP compression boots, self administered cold-lasers and ultrasound, free massage sessions and a bevy of other tools to keep you running healthy. Also on hand are experts in massage, MRT, Chiropractic and eastern medicine to get to the root of what ails you. I’ve been a particular fan of the inversion board lately and sipping a warm mocha while sitting in the compression boots.
Run on the Moon: Alter-G
You may have heard of many elite runners such as Dathan Ritzenhein and Kara Goucher running on the Alter-G treadmill when they are injured or safely looking to increase their mileage. Now there is one available to the public at High Altitude Spine and Sport where they also specialize in treatment & rehab for sports injuries using ART/Graston/Kinesiotape. The pressurized chamber around the treadmill effectively reduces the effects of gravity, safely allowing you to run with less impact to manage your injuries. The less body weight the more it resembles running on the moon allowing you to focus on form and leg speed without worrying about impact.
Buy a punch card of 10 or more sessions, you can even try it out for 15 mins for free.
Convert to Skirt
Since its inception 5 years ago, Skirt Sports has been inspiring and empowering women to get out and run, support each other, all while having fun and looking good. With such great programs as Kick it Forward and their fun Skirt Chaser 5k race, its easy to support such a great company.
Running the Edge
Former CU Buff superstar Adam Goucher and teammate Tim Catallano teamed up again to write a different kind of book about running. The book reveals key characteristics of what it takes to be a successful runner and how to carry that success in to all aspects of our lives. Adam and Tim have filled the pages with honest insights and fun stories from their own experiences as well as great quotes from other high level athletes. You too can become a running Maven!
Building a Better Runner DVDs
Want to become a stronger, more efficient, faster runner? Of course you do! These DVDs detail out multiple exercise routines to help you gain strength and symmetry, while decreasing the chance of injury. Each DVD is also a DVD-ROM and contains both iPod/iPad/iPhone compatible videos as well as Windows Media compatible files. They also include PDFs of each routine, with sequential photos of all of the exercises which you can print out and take with you anywhere.
Co-developed by Coach Mike Smith and Coach Jay Johnson, also a former CU Buffs harrier. Coach Jay also does the tip of the week NikeRunning.com and has great content on his blog at CoachJayJohnson.com
The Feed Zone Cookbook: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes
Boulder residents Dr. Allen Lim and chef Biju Thomas have worked with some of cycling’s most elite teams and athletes including Lance Armstrong, Levi Lephiemer and Team Radio Shack. While noticing that athletes had been under-performing on bland fare and processed bars and gels, they looked to make eating delicious and practical.
The Feed Zone Cookbook includes
- 150 delicious recipes illustrated with full-color photographs
- Allen Lim’s take on the science and practice of food
- Portable whole foods, including Lim’s famous rice cakes and more
- Dozens of quick-prep meals for before and after workouts
- Shortcuts, substitutions, and techniques to save time in the kitchen
- Gluten-free and vegetarian alternatives to favorite dishes
Good Quick Food for Athletes
Breeze Bars are a healthy, tasty alternative to heavy energy bars. Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free. Made by local cyclist Breeze Brown, she knows first hand what athletes need.
Whole Foods Boulder
The defacto place to go for a quick healthy bite to eat after a hard workout. You just can’t beat the variety of healthy whole foods and people watching.
Although not from Colorado, they are created by elite runners Lauren Fleshman and Steph Rothstein and are Gluten & Dairy Free, All Natural, AMAZING Tasting Energy Bars. Hey, how can you not love that?
What are some of your favorite things that you can’t live without or are looking forward to getting?