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The Beginner Runner's Gift Guide

The Beginner Runner's Gift Guide

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 7 November 2017

The benefits of running are seemingly endless. Running is a great way to lose weight, decrease stress, prevent disease, eliminate depression, and boost confidence.

With so many positives, it’s no surprise more and more people are taking to the streets, sidewalks, and trails to run or jog. This spring, 65.05 million people in the United States alone had gone for a jog or run in the preceding 12 months; that’s up from 45.67 million in spring 2008.

If you or someone you know is looking to get into running, here are some great gift ideas to help get them started.

Sneakers

© Nike

© Nike | © Nike

One of the most important tools a runner has. Finding the right running sneakers might take some time, but being able to avoid nagging injuries such as blisters, plantar fasciitis or shin splints is worth it.

Clothing

© Under Armour

© Under Armour | © Under Armour

T-shirts and shorts are manageable clothing options for beginners, but as you increase your time and distance running, the baggy cotton clothes need to be upgraded. Just like wearing the proper shoes, having the proper clothing while running is vital.

Technology

© Fitbit / Courtesy of Macy's

© Fitbit / Courtesy of Macy’s | © Fitbit via Macy's

Technology has become more and more influential in most sports, including running. Keeping an eye on heart rate, distance, calories, mile splits and more can be done in the palm of your hand (or on your wrist) with a plethora of wearable devices and apps.

Training/recovery

© Spafinder Wellness 360

© Spafinder Wellness 360 | © Spafinder Wellness 360

Countless miles on your legs and body can leave you pretty sore and not looking forward to the next time you have to go running. That’s why proper stretching, rest, and recovery are necessary to keep your body in optimal shape for your training.

Energy

© MyProtein

© MyProtein | © MyProtein

Your body is a machine. Whether you’re training for a marathon, triathlon, Ironman, or just running to stay in shape, your body will need the proper fuel to keep running, literally.