Stocking stuffers for runners

Winter warriors : that is what I call runners who can keep running through the winter. This weekend I am with the family in Boston and already I have already seen 5 runners out getting their miles in with a high of 35 today.

Here our my favorite stocking stuffers for those winter warriors:

1. Lacrosse balls – they are cheap, fun to bounce and the perfect tool for loosening up stiff feet, sore spots, crinks in necks and low backs.

2. Socks – every runner loves a good pair of running socks. My favorite are Belega Socks and Swiftwicks.

3. Good SPF 30 lip balm. Try Rocket Pure.

4. The Stick – no explanation needed here.

5. Yoga strap – to really get a good stretch.

6. Head lamp – an essential part of winter training because it gets dark so early.

7. Foam Roller – everyone needs one of these.

8. Jay’s book Anatomy for Runners – the best guide out there for runners going through injuries or for those looking to avoid injuries.

9. Spikes to keep from slipping on the ice. I have tried yaktraks. They are a little bit too clumsy for running but work great on boots for hiking or for walking the dog. I recommend using a kit like icespiketm or getting some small sheet metal screws to put on your shoes. Here is a good video on it. Fleet Feet offered a service like this last year as well.

10. A good Gaiter – these are great since they can be used to just cover your neck, head and neck and/ or around your nose to help keep the air moist while you warm up. I discovered these two years ago and love mine. They are also great to keep around your wrist in the summer to wipe sweat.

Published by Dr. Dat Q. Cao

Runner, Physical therapist, Husband, Dad. Loves paddle boarding, traveling, dogs, sushi, BBQ

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