Friday, December 4, 2015

The ideal gift list for the runner in your life, even if it's you!

I have been thinking about the best things to suggest for runners for about a week and a half.  I have looked at various gift guides from Runner's World, Competitor Magazine, Outside, Men's Health, and the internet world.  I have to be honest, I'm generally not impressed.  On most lists, there is a bunch of crap I would never want or use.  Also, some lists have things that are 2-3-$400.  How do I suggest things that are that expensive?  I will not, even if it is a product I love.  For me to assume that someone else would feel good about the product after spending hundreds on it is a little much for me to ask.  Instead, I have compiled a small, low coast list of things that I think every runner actually needs, or may want.  I would love suggestions, so send them to me if I missed something.  Here is my list in no particular order.  By the way, some of this stuff I want too!!  Hint, Hint...

1.  Roadid- This product, if you aren't familiar is a must for runners, cyclists, walker, anyone really. It is a small ID bracelet, anklet, or shoe attachment that has all of your preprinted contact info.  I asked for and got this last year.  I explained it to my wife this way, "Basically, if I stroke out and am found in a ditch during a run, someone will find me and be able to identify me.  They come in different shapes, sizes, colors, bling, etc.  
(Depending on personalization, $20)

2.  Target Performance Socks- I did a review of these socks last April.  I still love them and they are cheap!  (Roughly $3 a pair)

3.  Runner's World- It doesn't matter if you are a hard core runner, an occasional jogger, someone that races a lot, or never.  Every that runs, even just once in awhile, can benefit from the Runner's World magazine.  Recipes, training ideas, races, cool interviews, race info, it's all in there.  The thing is, most runners, especially beginners or those that do not run a lot, won't go out and buy a running magazine.  However, if they get it, they will read it. ($20-ish)

4.  Bib/Medal Display- This is more for the racer, obviously.  Here are 2 new sites, GoneforaRun, and RunningontheWall, I found this week with awesome options for hanging up race bibs, medals, pics, etc.  We love to get SWAG and show it off.  Here are some affordable ways to do so. (Prices vary)

5.  Handheld-  All runners need a handheld water bottle.  Sure, you can just grab a water bottle and head out, but if you get a good one, buy a runner's handheld.  They don't leak, they hold stuff, much better than a Poland Spring bottle! It doesn't matter to me which you buy, but I do recommend one that holds at least 16 ounces. Here is a link to a list of a few, but check out others if need be. ($15-$50, depending on size, brand

6.  A Gift Card to a Running Store!!!!  I'll be honest, runners like to pick out their own stuff.  We're a little picky.  Here are some choices I like:


7.  Sunglasses-  This is all on you.  Fit and fashion aside, sunglasses are important for runners for
several reasons.  First of all sun protection.  Let's not forget, wind rain, dirt and dust, etc.  I wear sunglasses on all my runs.  I cannot be bothered with anything getting in my eyes, even just a gust of wind.  Think protection.  As far as which ones, most gift lists like to say Oakley, Nike, UnderArmour, etc.  Why do sunglasses have to be $300?  I prefer the Optic Nerve brand because they are meant for athletics, they hold to your face well, they are reasonably priced, and they have a good website offering info on size, shape, and fit.  ($25-$110)

There you have it.  My gift list.  It's impressive right?  You could add sneakers, clothing, watches, etc.  At the end of the day, most runners will buy that stuff on their own.  I can recommend, but a lot of that becomes preference and/or opinion.  If anyone has anything to add, email me!

12/04/2015 A nice December run, new technology

I have to say, running in December in shorts and a long sleeve is kind of crazy, but I'll take it.  I got out for a good run for 46:37 and put in about 5.75ish miles.  I felt a little rusty coming off a few days without running, and it was great to be back out.  The foot was a constant feel the whole time, but not a major pain.  I do not know what it is.  

Today, for the first time, I ran and recorded my run with my new Fitbit Charge HR.  I normally use my Nike Sportswatch to record my data during runs, but wanted to try the Fitbit.  It is easy to use.  I press and hold to start the workout and I press and hold to end it.  I spent a few minutes trying to locate and look at the data on the dashboard on the Fitbit website, but I find it clunky and difficult to find my details.  It's big on telling me how many steps I have taken and giving me medals, badges, and awards.  However, I really just want to know my mileage, time, pace, etc.  I need the runner information, not just the active lifestyle stuff.  I think there is a way to get that info, I just haven't found it yet.  I will get back to you.

For now, I am going back to the Nike. It's just easy, free to review and use the website,  and I'm use to it.  I do wish it would connect to the satellite faster, but what can I do.  I do like the Fitbit for the everyday stuff.  It helps me get up and stay active and tells me what my sleep, HR, and activity levels are like for the day.  However, as a runner, I need more.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

What's going on at The Daily Fitness Journal...

I thought an update was in order.  Especially since I haven't posted a workout since before Thanksgiving, I thought it was necessary.  As far as fitness/workouts, I have been focused mainly on walking right now.  My left foot has been an issue, but doesn't seem to be getting better or worse.  It just hurts on the bottom, just back from the toes, in the middle.  I think it stems from stepping on a rock, but I am pretty sure I have had this pain in the past.  I was given a new Fitbit Charge HR on Thanksgiving, by Kevin Probert, and I have been trying to do the active lifestyle thing with steps, heart rate, etc.  I like it as an additional tool towards fitness.  I have yet to try recording a run with it, but will shortly.

As far as the site, I am working on a few different posts that will be up shortly.  These include the following:

1. Santa's list for Runners
2. My Race Recap for 2015
3. 2 Book Reviews for Runners

In the coming days, I will be back running, regardless of the foot.  I don't think it's anything major, so I need to get back out.  I'm getting a little antsy for a run.