Running is an equal-opportunity sport, and that’s why we all love it. But it’s no secret that female runners and male runners have different, somewhat unique problem tendencies when it comes to running. So if you’ve got a lovely lady on your list this Valentine’s Day – or need some help with a birthday gift for that special someone – consider the following gifts (and to be frank – we have a few men in our lives who would enjoy these ideas as well!):
- A massage: Running is a de-stressor, but runners still often end up with backaches. Since it’s an occupational hazard, many runners won’t often treat themselves to massages, but a gift certificate for one will be a very welcome present. Make sure to choose a place that offers deep-tissue or sports massages for maximum benefit to your running friend!
- A pedicure: Ballerinas get a lot of publicity for having ugly feet, but runners’ feet are often not much better. That’s why a runner will likely almost never get herself a pedicure – because it’s bound to get ruined in the next week by a particularly grueling long run. But as a gift? We’re happy to indulge. (More on pedicures and running)
- Deep conditioning treatment. Lots of runners continue to train for the winter, and the cold, dry weather and wind can really do a number on runners’ hair. A deep conditioning treatment, whether in a bottle or in a salon, can be a lifesaver for our locks in the middle of winter.
- Aromatherapy. If the runner on your list is into scents and candles, a room spray or a scented candle can be a great gift. There are certain scents that are especially good for athletes. For example, sandalwood and eucalyptus can help runners with recovery, while lavender promotes relaxation and good sleep.
- IOU for babysitting, cooking, or dog-walking. Arguably the biggest annoyance for runners is running out of time in the day to actually squeeze in a run. So if you can somehow free up this runner’s time so she can head out for a good, proper one – you’ll be
- Gratitude journal. Many runners struggle with quieting down that mean little voice in our heads. A growing body of research has been showing that taking time to regularly express gratitude can actually boost self-esteem in athletes, as well as increasing overall happiness and reducing stress. But gratitude is a surprisingly difficult habit to get into. A tool like the Five-Minute Journal makes gratitude easy to fit into every day.
Written by Varia Makagonova.