Half marathon + Christmas = gift ideas


I’m probably going to get blasted for this, but I don’t care. I don’t consider myself a runner. I run, yes. But I’m not a runner like so many other people I know.

I know, I know, “if you run, you’re a runner”, blah blah blah. Nope. And I’m fine with that.

That being said, I just signed up for my first half marathon, which happens to fall on my birthday. So I’ll turn 46 while running 13.1 miles at the Capital City Half Marathon in Columbus on May 3. Scares the crap out of me, honestly. But I love a challenge, and running more than five miles certainly qualifies.

With that and Christmas looming, I figured I’d throw some running gear on my list, and ask for your suggestions on things I might need for my half.

Active.com came up with this list. Also, Sarah McMullin from Simply Fit & Clean, has this list. I found this list on Map My Run.

  • I would love a new set of headphones. The ones on the active.com list are a bit expensive, though. Map My Run had some cheaper ones.
  • My iPhone armband is a bit worn out. And smelly. A new one might be in order.
  • Since I started running a little more than two years ago, I’ve accumulated some medals and bibs that I’d like to display somehow. The active.com list has something that would work.
  • Hats. I need hats. I like wearing a hat when I run, mainly to keep my mane out of my face. My favorite Denver Broncos hat is getting kind of gross with sweat stains, sadly.
  • And, of course, socks. I really only have one good pair of running socks. That’s not going to cut it when I start running three times a week.

Any other suggestions from the runners out there?


  • afastpacedlife

    Good luck at your first half!

    I love Snuggbuds for headphones. I don’t like wearing hats, so I wear a visor instead. Headsweats makes both and they are terrific for wicking sweat.

  • Christine Walkup

    I’ve used a small ipod shuffle forever (i’m on my third one, first one I left at the stadium, second one was caught in a downpour and never recovered). I like them because the are relatively cheap ($44 most places now) so if I lose it or ruin it, I’m not devastated, they can easily clip onto your shirt/tank so super easy access to your controls, you don’t have to worry about any clunky, annoying armband, etc., the less things to bother you, the better. I just use the earbuds that came with it. Lululemon running crops (either the run a marathon, inspires, track time, run for your life, chase me…all of my favorites!). For summer running, lulu “dart and dash” shorts (can currently only find on ebay). These crops and shorts all have a back waistband zippered pocket which is where I put my iphone for all runs (some have side pockets too that will fit an iphone comfortably). A good test to make sure the pants are tight enough is to “run” in them and make sure the phone doesn’t bounce. I honestly can’t imagine running with an armband or waistband of any sorts. Also, skinny sparkly chica bands…you won’t ever find me working out without one…ever! Happy shopping!

    • todiforfitness

      I’ll def check out the lulu pants. I do need a new pair of crops. the only pants I have from there are studio pants (love!). Thanks!

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