For those of you that follow along with my Instagram, you know that I’ve recently began training for a 5k in hopes to one day do a 10k. My first real 5k as a newbie runner will be this weekend at the Ugly Sweater 5k at National Harbor near DC. As a newbie runner I wish that someone would have told me some of the must have items before starting. Here are some great gifts for the newbie runner in your life.
1. Brooks Running Shoes
2. Running Shorts or Tights
ONE WORD! Chaffing! It doesn’t feel good at all for men and it doesn’t feel good for us ladies either. QUALITY, WICKING CONTROL tights or shorts are imperative. Brooks really is the one stop shop for all of your newbie runner needs. They have these great fitting Greenlight running tights that are reversible. One side features a flattering print and the other sports a coordinating solid color. No matter what side you choose, you’ll love the wide, flat, power waist that slims and stays put without the hassle of a drawcord. They are as comfortable as they are warm. For all of your apparel needs FYTSO is a wonderful place to get an outfit each month, look stylish and never have to leave home. A stylist will pick out your clothing for you. 🙂
3. Sports Bra
The Brooks Moving Comfort Hot Shot Sports Bra keeps the girls in check when running. Have you ever tried to run a mile with knockers bigger than a size A? Well, I’ve never done that either. I’ve had C Cup Bra Size since I was younger. My sister never had ta-tas until she had my niece. I on the other hand was not nearly as endowed as my teenager daughter is at her age but, certainly well more endowed than most teenagers. With that being said, ta-tas shouldn’t hit you in the face while running. The jiggle alone from an A cup would make it uncomfortable. It’s not comfortable, doesn’t feel good, and sucks. This bra keeps the ta-tas in place. Buying a quality sports bra is required. Don’t buy some cheap sports bra at Target.com and expect it to work. It won’t.
4. Running Jacket and/or Vest
The Brooks Running Women’s and Men’s Seattle Shell running jacket is fully loaded to be your portable shelter from the worst that Mother Nature can throw at you. It is their most technical jacket and it is made from DriLayer® SuperSeal fabric and seam-sealed for windproof and waterproof protection while remaining fully breathable. With a packable hood at the ready, it’s the perfect jacket for when running indoors is never an option. Grab this when you are committed to your training and the adventure no matter what nature brings. This needs to be a quality jacket as if you’re on the east coast like I am, you’ll use it every day.
5. Running Shirts or Tops
Brooks Running Women’s Distance long-sleeve running top is made with innovative Dri-Layer® Burst fabric that’s super-soft and odor-resistant to keep you looking and feeling great on or off the run. I’m always cold. I have ADHD and when medicated I have the coldest hands in the world quite possibly of a living, breathing human that is. I love these shirts. My husband is the opposite. He is NEVER cold and so he’s always in sleeveless attire. The Brooks Running Men’s Streaker running singlet is a great piece on its own or as a base layer. It’s made with moisture-wicking DriLayer® Steady thermoregulating fabric to keep you running comfortably at your favorite temperature, regardless of forecast highs and lows.
6. Bumbleride Indie Jogging Stroller or the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller
Alright there are two strollers here. The Bumbleride Indie Jogging Stroller is great for any newbie runner that needs an adjustable handlebar such as myself since I’m only 5’2.5″ tall and when I run with a kid the kid needs to be somewhere. Not that I run much faster than a child but, a child’s legs will get tired and they will eventually need to sit down. The Bumbleride Indie isn’t actually a jogging stroller but, because I’m so slow it works great for me. I can’t wait for the Speed to come out.
The Bumbleride Indie is designed for the active family who wants the ability of an all terrain jogger without sacrificing clean lines and intuitive operation. The Bumbleride Indie is infant ready on the lowest seat recline setting or with the included Infant Car Seat Adapter and belt. Indie is the lightest all terrain jogging stroller in it’s class at 20lbs. Indie’s fully adjustable backrest, footrest and handle create a customized fit for you and your little one. Featuring an easy, compact fold with dimensions of 32″L x 24.5″ W x 15″ H. Max weight capacity: 45lbs. Width: 24.5″ . Make it a ride for two for your growing family with our Mini Board toddler board.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller is great for anyone taller than 5’6″. If it only had an adjustable handlebar. The Zoom 360 Ultralight is the newest addition to the Joovy jogging stroller line. Made with 6061 aircraft aluminum, it is 10% lighter and its updated design is simpler, stronger and better looking than its predecessor. The new Zoom 360 Ultralight has a straight through axle that runs straighter and truer while the suspension smooths out the bumps to provide a comfortable ride for your little one. Strong, light weight mesh reduces weight and adds better ventilation to the foot rest area, and Joovy’s signature over-sized canopy with covered window provides the best sun protection available. You also get an updated neoprene parent organizer that holds 2 cups, has a zippered pocket and uses a new easy on/off mounting system. The easy to access basket and in-seat mesh pockets offer plenty of storage so you can bring along all of your necessities. The Zoom 360 Ultralight has an incredibly easy and compact fold. The Zoom 360 Ultralight’s swivel front wheel allows for maximum maneuverability. The swivel wheel can also lock in a straight position providing a long, stable wheelbase for running or walking on long, straight paths. Car seat adapters (sold separately) are available in various models to accommodate most infant car seats.
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