Ho ho ho! Or maybe I should say run, run, run? For the second year in a row, we running sisters here at Shrinking Jeans have pulled together the Ultimate. Gift. Guide. for. the Runner. It is epic. It is massive. It is chock full of awesome products for runners, complete with product information, photos, and the best part- GIVEAWAYS OF EVERY SINGLE THING FEATURED.
Yes, while we are sharing with you some of our favorite things, we are also giving away each of our favorite things.
Let’s get on with it, shall we?
New Balance v1400 Racing Flat – I love running gear and I especially love awesome running shoes. These shoes are by far the LIGHTEST running shoe I have ever run in and I am fairly certain the shoes alone have made my overall pace improve. They are cushy, lightweight, with just the right amount of support and come in several beautiful color options. I absolutely adore this shoe, really, I do. Of course, New Balance has an array of running shoes to fit all different types of runners, whether you are looking for a neutral shoe or a stability shoe.
Mizuno- Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is the 10th anniversary edition of the popular Wave Inspire line, a support shoe perfect for everyday training and racing. They’ve been lightened up while keeping their supportive stance. According to Mizuno, the Men’s Inspire 10 is only 9 oz while the Women’s model is a mere 7.6 oz. They fit great (as with most Mizunos you should go up 1/2 a size) and the 12 mm drop kept my calves happier than in my minimal 3 mm drop shoes. While I wasn’t crazy about the color, the designs inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian are pretty cool.
Balega Socks– Not all socks are created equal. The Hidden Comfort’s (number one running sock) plush cushioning provides impact absorption while Drynamix Technology mesh panels keep feet dry and ventilated. Thanks to the no-slip heel tab, these socks stay put and keep feet blister free. What does all that mean? It means these socks are cushy, soft, and keep your feet dry while running- SCORE! Also, the ankle part hits at just the right part of the foot- not too high and not too low. They are AWESOME! Balega is offering a gift pack packaged in a limited edition Shooting Star gift box, and is offered in both men’s and women’s specific colors.
Follow Balega on Facebook! GIVEAWAY: ONE GIFT PACK OF 3 PRS OF BALEGA RUNNING SOCKS (retail value $35)
Moving Comfort– Moving Comfort makes wonderful, comfortable, stylish women’s fitness apparel. I gave the flex hoodie and endurance tights a run and loved them. I am fairly picky about my shirts and what I wear to keep warm on top. I tend to be a sweaty runner and like a certain amount of fit but also breathability. For the pants, I want something fitted but not constricting and also something that keeps moisture away from my skin.
Both these pieces came through with flying colors. I am in love with the flex hoodie and pretty much wear it, sweat in it, wash it, and then wear it again. It is lightweight, fooling you into thinking it won’t keep you warm but IT DOES, while also keeping the moisture away from the skin. It is my new favorite piece of running clothing. The endurance tights were great too- keeping my legs warm on a cold mornings’ run.
Follow Moving Comfort on Facebook. GIVEAWAY: MOVING COMFORT GIFT SET OF FLEX HOODIE (retail price $65) and ENDURANCE TIGHTS (retail price $58)
Sparkle Skirts– I simply ADORE my Sparkle Skirt. It is my all-time favorite running skirt. The compression shorts underneath NEVER ride up- EVER. They stay in place, even on a long run. In fact, Sparkle Skirts 100% guarantee that the compression shorts on their SparkleTech skirts won’t ride up…..and they don’t. The fabric choices are to die for with so many to choose from. SparkleTech Basics appear not to have any sparkly things on it, but they are beautiful nonetheless. SparkleTech Fancy DO appear have all things sparkly! In addition, the Sparkle Tech skirts have one pocket on each leg of the compression shorts AND a zippered pocket on the backside- we runners can never have too many pockets. AND, they offer skirts up to size 3XL. Plus, their skirts are made in the USA- how awesome is that?! I just can’t say enough good things about Sparkle Skirts.
Follow them on Facebook. GIVEAWAY: ONE SPARKLETECH SKIRT OF THE WINNER’S CHOOSING (average retail price of $65-$80).
One More Mile Running Apparel – As their website says, “One More Mile makes it funner to be a runner”. Their site is chock full of funny and inspirational items – from shirts and magnets to hats and key chains, all with great slogans ready to choose from – or if you prefer, you can have items made with your own sayings. This site has no shortage of wicking race shirts and accessories for the runner in your life – or yourself!
Review here. Follow One More Mile Running Apparel on Facebook! GIVEAWAY: ONE MORE MILE GIFT PACK TO INCLUDE SHIRT (retail value $29.99), ARM WARMERS (retail value $18.99) and GLOVES (retail value $2.99) OF WINNER’S CHOOSING.
Born Fit– If there is any chance for cold weather, the BornFit 1/4 Zip Jacket will be your go-to running piece. With its lightweight, moisture-wicking material and 1/4 zip, you’ll be able to maintain a perfect temperature and keep dry at the same time. This is a “can’t live without” piece! The Joy Skort with its 17” length, slimming 2″ BornFit waistband, convenient side pocket, and inner no-chafe undershorts, will allow you to do all your favorite activities while looking fabulous! I have to admit that when I first put this running skirt on to run in, I was a little skeptical of the length- it is a bit longer than my other running skirts. However, that proved not to be a problem at all. Plus, the material is super soft and easy to take care of.
Follow BornFit on Facebook. GIVEAWAY: 1/4 ZIP JACKET PLUS THE JOY SKORT (retails at $52.00 and $60, respectfully).
Sparkle Athletic– ‘Tis the season for running skirts and all things sparkly! Although if the weather there is anything like it is here (COLD), then you will be wearing this sparkly skirt over running capris or tights, which is exactly what I did for my last race, along with the race legs. Sparkle Athletic makes simple, SPARKLY skirts that you wear over shorts, capris or whatnot. They are super-cute and did I mention how sparkly they are? The race legs are fun as well- comfortable and available in many colors. They also offer sparkly hats to match your outfit. If you want to sparkle or are looking for a FUN gift for your favorite runner, then this is it!
Follow Sparkle Athletic on Facebook. GIVEAWAY: SPARKLE ATHLETIC GIFT SET TO INCLUDE A SPARKLE RUNNING SKIRT (retail price $25), RACE LEGS (retail price $12) and SPARKLE VISOR (average retail price $25).
GADGETS & MISCELLANY
Knuckle Lights– Knuckle Lights are the “first and only light designed to be worn on your hands, in the perfect position to light your path and be seen on your next run or walk in the dark.” They aren’t kidding. The lights are comfortable and bright and the perfect solution for the runner or walker who doesn’t like to wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight.
Review here. Follow Knuckle Lights on Facebook! GIVEAWAY: ONE PAIR OF KNUCKLE LIGHTS (retail value $39.99)Pro-Tec Athletics– Runners have sore muscles from time to time. In fact, all athletes and anyone who exercises or visits the gym can have aching/sore muscles at times. In fact, I have a deep relationship with my massage roller as it keeps my running legs happy. Pro-Tec Athletics offers roller massager, massage balls and foam rollers of different shapes and sizes to aid the fitness enthusiast in keeping their muscles in tip top shape.
I love the Orb Deep Tissue Massage Ball as it’s 5″ in diameter and is a high density ball (that means it is hard and doesn’t have so much give like other massage balls, it really gets in deep and breaks down the knots). The Roller Massager is awesome too as it allows you to massage all parts of your body, using your own body weight to apply the right amount of pressure. It feels so good to roll out any tightness, soreness, and aches and pains that pop us! Pro-Tec also offers other products for those that need more support or are battling injury in their lower leg/ankle area, upper leg/back area, or elbow/wrist area.
Follow Pro-Tec Athletics on Facebook! GIVEAWAY: ORB DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE BALL (retail price $19.95) and ROLLER MASSAGER (retail price $29.95).
Essential features in one compact package are:
- Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS
- Shows GPS based altitude during and after training
- Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
- Running Index scores your performance
- Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from polarpersonaltrainer.com
Once I give the RC3 a whirl, then I will share with you my thoughts on it. However, I am pretty sure I will love it as I already use a different model GPS watch of Polar’s and love it. The part that intrigues me the most about this is that the watch itself houses the GPS component- there are no extra pieces you have to wear to track location.
Follow Polar on Facebook! GIVEAWAY: ONE POLAR RC3 GPS SPORTS WATCH (retail price $299.99)
Honey Stinger: Honey Stinger is apparently used by a lot of cyclists as endurance fuel. However, a runner friend of mine told me about her successful use of Honey Stinger as a fuel for her long runs and I decided to give it a try- I LOVED it! I love taking the waffles with me on long runs as they give me a sustained burst of energy when I need to most- plus they taste good. Honey Stinger offers energy gels, waffles, chews, protein bars and energy bars. They even have a kids line where the products are organic, preservative free, with no HFCS, and no artificial colors.
Follow Honey Stinger on Facebook. GIVEAWAY: PACKAGE OF HONEY STINGER WAFFLES, GELS AND KIDS’ WAFFLES.
Nuun Hydration– A lot us sisters around here already use Nuun and me personally, I use it exclusively as my hydration choice for runs. I love the taste, the variety of flavors, the minimum cost and the cute packaging. Plus, it does the job of keeping me hydrated during my runs, especially on hotter days (it’s not so hot right now!). Nuun offers three types of hydration products: Nuun Active Hydration, U Natural Hydration, and Nuun All Day. You can read all about them, including nutritional information, ingredients list, and more here.
Follow Nuun on Facebook! GIVEAWAY: ONE 4PK OF NUUN HYDRATION TABLETS (retail value $24.00)
Swim Bike Mom– What next after running?! How about a triathlon?! Meredith Atwood (better known as “Swim Bike Mom”) is a wife, mother, attorney, author and most recently, an Ironman triathlete. She went from the couch to Ironman in just under three years. Her book, Triathlon for the Every Woman, will make a believer out of you. You too can do a triathlon—no matter your size, shape or current fitness level. No matter where you start, just keep moving forward and you will get there.
Run Like a Mother– Run Like a Mother is the brain child of Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell, both women mother runners with a huge runner following, including me! They have a website dedicated to women runners, they have written two books, they run races galore and most importantly, they are SO supportive and encouraging of us other runners- kind of like us! I have read both of their books- Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother from cover to cover and so have many of my runner friends. In fact, I feel like I know Sarah and Dimity- they come across as so personable and genuine….because they are.
Scott James Jewelry – What’s not to love about beautiful Sterling Silver jewelry, hand crafted in the USA? When Scott James Jewelry said they were sending us a bracelet, necklace and earrings to review, I have to admit – I was thrilled! Runner bling that you can wear is always an excellent gift idea. Scott James Jewelry has charms for runners and triathletes. Something for anyone on your list.
FitMark Bags (Dashing Tote)- FitMark makes beautiful, stylish, roomy bags for the athlete. The Dashing Tote is perfect for carrying your stuff to the gym or for a weekend trip. It’s roomy, with several zippered areas to carry a change of clothes and shower toiletries, and multiple pockets for your keys, wallet, iPod, water bottle and the like. This tote even comes with a separate laundry bag for dirty clothes (or muddy shoes). It comes in black or hot pink and truly is beautiful!
Ugi- Ugi is the ultimate 30-minute workout that combines strength, cardio and core training into the most fun, challenging, stylish way of becoming functionally fit. The Ugi ball is a modern twist on the old school medicine ball. It’s weighted, squishy and beautiful. The squish factor and its stylish design are what make it unique. The Ugi ball is versatile enough for the smallest living room, the busiest gym or the largest outdoor park.
The Ugi ball works as a functional fitness training tool because it challenges the exerciser to use entire muscle groups at one time. Something as simple as a game of toss links dozens of muscles working together to adjust to the ball’s flight and unpredictable path.
What is included in the Ugi Fit Home System?
- Ugi ball in the weight of your choice (learn more about choosing the right weight for you).
- 5 total body workouts on DVD with instructions, tips, tricks, modifications (utilizing 140 different exercises)
- A stand-up, easy-to-follow Ugi workout guide that has all 5 total body workouts (so you can Ugi anywhere!)
- A no-nonsense guide to making good eating choices
- Free downloadable Ugi interval timer for the iPhone (other smartphone platforms to come)
- Free shipping! (Applicable to orders within the U.S. and Canada only. Once you’ve placed your order, if your shipping address is outside of the U.S. or Canada a representative will contact you with your shipping charges.)
Follow Ugi on Facebook! GIVEAWAY: ONE UGI FIT HOME SYSTEM (retail price $169.00).
To enter a chance to win ANY of these Fabulous prizes, just use the Rafflecopter widget below! Giveaway ends December 15, 2013 at 11:59PST. You do NOT have to be a runner to win a prize. Share with your friends and Good Luck!!!
There are a total of TWENTY prizes. Each individual is eligible to win ONE prize and may not win multiple prizes. Open to US Residents only.