The Biofreeze SF Marathon Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays within reach, we understand that it can be a bit of a nerve-racking time trying to find the perfect gifts for the runners in your life. Admittedly, we as runners can be a bit of a fickle bunch with the gear we use or the things we need (…or want).

Luckily, we’ve enlisted our experts over here to help you narrow down that perfect gift that will appease any runner and without breaking the bank. We’ve curated a list below along with reasons why we feel these are suited for any needs.

1. Jaybird RUN

These high-performing wireless earbuds connect via bluetooth and provide amazing sound with an ultra-comfortable and secure fit. With a name like RUN, it’s no surprise that they are engineered with the runner’s needs in mind, offering lightweight earbuds that are sweat-proof and water-resistant, all without compromising performance.

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2. Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack

Commuting time can be an important part of the day where training easily fits in with a hectic lifestyle. Cotopaxi makes gear for both adventure-seekers and everyday people alike. Their mission is to alleviate global poverty with 2% of their revenue being to the world’s poorest regions. In addition, their fun, bold, and innovative designs are sure to turn heads. We personally like the Luzon 18L Daypack for its wide variety of color schemes, durable shell, ample storage space, and ultralight mesh straps that prevent chafing.

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3. UCAN SuperStarch

You can tell a lot about an endurance athlete by their nutrition plan. Make sure the runner in your life has his/hers dialed in with UCAN SuperStarch. Created by a family whose son had a rare metabolic condition, UCAN is an energy source of slow-digesting carbohydrate that delivers a steady release of glucose over several hours. What this means for athletes is long-lasting energy with steady blood sugar levels and without the spike &; crash. Our personal favorite flavor is the orange. Use the code UCANRUNSF at checkout for 20% off your order.

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4. Naked Running Band

This running band by Naked Sports Innovation is unlike any other that we have tried. The barely-there mesh compression garment has unbelievable stretch capabilities to hold anything a runner would need on his/her run (based on testing, we’ve fit 30 gels, two 17-ounce soft flasks of water, a phone, keys, and a wallet), all sitting comfortably along the waist with no bounce!

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5. Mighty unplugged music player

Running with a phone in your hand can be a bit of a drag when you want to listen to podcasts, audiobooks, or your favorite music. Mighty connects to your Spotify premium account without having to bring your phone along. Its small and sleek design clips easily onto your clothes, while connecting to your earbuds via bluetooth so you’re dangle-free!

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6. Petzl Actik headlamp

With the days being shorter, it’s important that runners are staying safe when running in the dark. The Petzl Actik headlamp is a strong 300 lumens headlamp with multi-beams for different proximities and distances. Its red lighting feature allow runners to preserve night vision without blinding their running group members. Whether on the trail or the roads, the runner in your life is sure to see and be seen.

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7. Noxgear Tracer360

Running when it’s dark out is sometimes a necessary evil for the everyday person who can only fit their runs in early in the morning or in the evening after work. Unfortunately, those are also the times when motorists can be a bit weary. Make sure the runner in your life is safe and seen with this essential reflective vest that boasts different illumination modes so runners can look like a festive Christmas tree while running along their routes!

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8. The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon

We might be biased here but we can’t think of a better gift to give to the runner in your life than an entry into America’s most beautiful marathon! The road to a marathon is one in which you will share together, along with one of the most scenic courses on race day to easily navigate and cheer your runner on. San Francisco is one of America’s most iconic cities, which runners will be able to traverse on foot to take in the historical sights! Sign up by 12/31 and get $10 when you use code HOLIDAY10.

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9. Biofreeze

Lauded as a runner’s “secret weapon”, Biofreeze delivers instant pain relief to tackle pain and soreness head on. It’s fast-acting, long-lasting and nearly twice as effective as ice. Biofreeze can be used before, during and after workouts, and comes in spray, roll-on, gel and cream, making it a great gift option for any runner.

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10. GU Energy Labs – Gels

The name that is synonymous with endurance nutrition, GU Energy Labs makes products that are backed by science to give the body the right nutrients in the right amounts when it needs it the most. When the athlete in your life is training or racing, they’ll always think of you for helping them to go faster and longer while feeling better doing it. We personally like the French Toast and Toasted Marshmallow flavors of the gels!

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11. Nuun Hydration

Nuun hydration tablets provide clean ingredients and electrolytes for runners who sweat it all out. These tablets easily dissolve in water so runners can sip before, during, or after their runs. Staying hydrated is probably the single most important thing a runner can do for their performance so make sure to stock them up this holiday season so they can focus on reaching their personal best.

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(use code HydrateBayArea at checkout 30% your order)

12. “Endure” by Alex Hutchinson

Author Alex Hutchinson delves into the minds of history’s greatest athletes and peak performers in the book that is taking the endurance sports world by storm. Endure explores the fascination of human endurance extremes and uses its discoveries to unlock tactics for anyone to utilize. Using case studies and a plethora of experimentation examples, Hutchinson presents an overview of the human limits through a melding of mind, body, and heart.

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13. “Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.” by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

What does 4-time Olympian and elite marathoner, Shalane Flanagan, know about running? A. WHOLE. LOT. Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes, Flanagan and chef/friend, Elyse Kopecky, offer up nutritious and tasty recipes for runners to fuel themselves and enjoy doing it. The recipes in the book are nutritiously balanced, moving athletes away from restrictive diets and toward performance-optimizing foods. Give the runner in your life a quick and healthy guide to their health.

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14. Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller

The benefits of consistent daily foam rolling has been expounded upon in great lengths, but we’ve tested a wide array of them and have found that the TriggerPoint grid foam roller is the most effective and durable. We especially like this small sized version that is easily transportable for traveling; it hooks nicely onto any backpack.

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15. Goodr Merry Flocking Christmas Sunglasses

Goodr makes some of our favorite running sunglasses ever. They’re designed to look good and fit comfortably on your face when you’re running through the city or along some trail ridgeline. They come in a variety of different sizes, models, and colors; we especially like this festive holiday model.

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