If you asked Kyle, he would tell you that I have every piece of running gear I could possible need. Being a runner for the past eleven years, he's probably 95% right. I see posts every year for a gift guide for your runner, but this one will be slightly different. This is a gift guide for the runner who already has everything! Most of the links in this post are amazon affiliate links. So if you buy something I get a few pennies off of it. Definitely check your local running store for any of these suggestions to help support your local businesses. Check out 605 Running Co. if you're in South Dakota!
Chances are, your runner has a favorite type of shoe they've ran in for years. Check the brand, type, size and you're well on your way to helping them stockpile shoes in their closet like they're their own shoe store (#goalz). I've been wearing Mizuno Wave Riders pretty religiously for the past 4-5 years, so I have several pairs (that are half OFF on Amazon!) on my list. I always stock up on the previous year's shoe model when the new one comes out to get the best possible deals!
Unless you live somewhere nice and warm, winter gear is a necessity. I've taken the last couple of years off from running, so I'm in desperate need of a nice running coat. My old ones are teeny, tiny, itsy bitsy, and in order for me to be teeny tiny itsy bitsy again, I need to run through the winter, hence needing a new coat. Bonus points for bright colors, warmth, wind breaking material, and reflective elements.
Night-time Running Gear
Speaking of reflective elements, it's been brought to my attention that perhaps I haven't always been the safest runner. I'm in an awesome group of female runners, and they are always so great about sharing tips for staying safe on the run. My idea of safety is letting Kyle know when and where I'm going running (usually). Everyone else shows up to group runs in full on reflective clothes, headlamps, blinking lights, EVERYTHING. So obviously I need those items as well! At the very least, I'd love a lightweight reflective vest to throw over whatever I'm wearing to run at night, and a handheld light.
It should come as no surprise that I love running books. I have read so many training books and tried to absorb as much as I could. Here are a few of my favorites: