65 Perfect Gifts for Women Runners

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If you know a woman who loves running, this mega-list is sure to include some great running gifts for her!

So many women work so hard during the day that it’s no wonder they turn to running to help them decompress! The peace of mind you can find while out on a long run, with no one making demands on your time or talking or generally creating noise, can help us keep our sanity!

In fact, I’d say one of the best gift ideas for women runners is simply the time for them to go on a nice, long run.

If you’d like to get her something else as well, we’ve got you covered! This list contains dozens of gifts for runners who are women. She can read the inspiring story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (illegally, in fact). She can get fueled up with gel blocks or a protein care package. She can get outfitted for running with cute leggings, moisture-wicking hats, and comfortable running tanks.

You’re sure to find something for the woman in your life who loves a good run!


65 Awesome Gift Ideas For Female Runners

Great gift ideas for women runners to help them fuel up, dress properly, and recover afterward!

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adidas Women's Performance Hat

  • Breathable Headwear

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

This hat does a great job of shielding her face from the sun while still being lightweight and sweat-wicking. Perforations on the sides let air move through to keep her head cool. The hook and loop closure in the back means she can also size the hat perfectly to her head. It comes in several colors so you can pick her favorite…or get her a few to change things up!


Eallco Womens Ankle Socks

  • Cushioned Running Socks

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Socks are one of those items that can make or break a good run. They also need replacing fairly often, making them great running gifts for her! These ankle socks have a cushioned sole and are moisture-wicking for a comfortable run. The heel tabs prevent blisters from running shoes. They come in black with fun, bright accent colors so they’re fun to wear…even if no one else ever sees them under her shoes!


BALEAF Women's Rain Jacket

  • For All-Weather Runners

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

If she gets in her run rain or shine, make sure she’s comfortable with this rain jacket! It works great for running, cycling, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The jacket is fully water-repellent and packs down small for carrying. There are several pockets for storing keys, a phone, and other small items. The jacket is also available in reflective colors, so she can easily be seen even on gray, cloudy days.


Bare Home Weighted Blanket

  • Leg Warmer

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

Weighted blankets feel wonderful on sore, tired legs and feet after a long run! She can snuggle up under this blanket with a well-deserved cup of tea (or something stronger!) and sleep or relax knowing she put in her hard work for the day. The blanket will also help her sleep better at night and be well-rested for the morning.


iLuv TB100 Wireless Earbuds

  • Running Tunes

  • $$$$$
  • Electronics

Music does wonders to inspire and help runners power through a long run! These earbuds are great for workouts – they’re lightweight and cordless. They come with 4 sizes of earbud so she can use the ones that fit her best. She can double-tap them to play or pause her music or to answer a phone call. Fully charged, the earbuds will last for up to 8 hours of playing time.


Lock Laces

  • Easy Ties

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These laces make a great Christmas stocking stuffer or as part of a larger birthday present! She won’t have to worry about her laces coming untied and tripping her mid-run. These laces just cinch up and stay in place while she runs. They’re also great for women with arthritis or for triathletes who want to cut down on their transition time as they get their shoes on.


Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

  • Track Everything

  • $$$$$
  • Electronics

This smartwatch will track her heart rate, sleep, steps, calories, and a whole lot more. It can also help her plan her running route and play music while she runs. She can even swim with it on if she wants to do some cross-training. It comes in several colors so you can pick her favorite.


Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

  • Save The Legs

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Compression socks are great for moms whose darling children have now blessed them with varicose veins (not that we’re bitter.) But these socks also feel great for all runners, and they can help prevent injuries and improve recovery time afterwards as well.


Running Belt with Bottles

  • Carrying Case

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Equipment

If she goes on long runs or is running a marathon, she’ll appreciate this running belt with water bottles! There are two water bottles held in place on the belt. It also has a pouch where she can store her phone, keys, ID, snacks, and other small items she may want on a long run. The belt zips shut to keep everything safely inside while she’s running.


Massage Roller Stick

  • Work Out The Kinks

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

Roller sticks can help enormously both before and after a run! She can stimulate muscles and loosen them up beforehand, and afterward, it feels great to massage the IT band and other parts of her sore legs with the roller. It’s small enough that she can toss it in her car to bring along and use after a race or marathon as well.

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CLIF BLOKS Energy Chews

  • Mid-Run Picker Upper

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

These gel blocks give a wonderful boost at the beginning of, or halfway through, a run! They have varying sodium and caffeine levels so you can choose what she might like best. They also come in Black Cherry, Orange, and Tropical Punch flavors. They taste like gummy candies so they’re delicious as well.


TrailHeads Fleece Ponytail Hat

  • Warm Head

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Finally – a hat that allows women to wear a ponytail in cold weather! This fleece hat comes down over the tops of the ears to keep them warm, but has a cutout in the back for a ponytail. It has a brim to protect from winter sun as well. These hats make great gifts for runner women in cold climates!


High Protein Fitness Snack Box

  • Snack Well

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

Make sure she’s well-fueled for exercise with this gift box of healthy snacks! The box is full of high-protein snacks, including protein cookies, turkey sticks, pumpkin seeds, probiotic muffins, and more. She can tuck one in her fanny pack or pocket to eat on a long run, or she can treat herself to a special snack when she returns home after.


HemingWeigh Yoga Starter Kit

  • Stretch It Out

  • $$$$$
  • Cross-Training

Yoga is a wonderful exercise for runners who have notoriously tight leg muscles! This yoga kit has everything she’ll need to get started. She can bring everything along to a local yoga studio or use it all at home with one of the many online yoga resources that are available. The kit includes a yoga mat, 2 blocks, a shoulder strap for carrying the mat, and a towel.


Medal Display

  • Show It Off

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

So many of us finish races, get our medals, and…have no idea what to do with them next. This display is perfect for showing medals from her favorite races! The top features a bar that says “Fear No Distance,” and it has plenty of room for hanging her medals underneath. She can proudly display her awesome accomplishments in her office, bedroom, or another part of the house where she’ll see them and be inspired to keep running.


Born to Run Book

  • Barefoot Running

  • $$$$$
  • Books

This book looks at how humans were made to run and explains interesting phenomena like why older adults can sometimes more easily run far distances than younger ones. It also famously looks at the Tarahumara Indians, who can run great distances and it helped kick off a wave of barefoot running enthusiasts.


Neutrogena Sport Face Sunscreen

  • Save Face

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

Good face sunscreens for workouts are hard to find! It can’t be too greasy or it will lead to breakouts. It needs to be a high SPF to protect sensitive skin from burning. And without being greasy, it still needs to stay on the face and stand up to sweat, rain, and other environmental factors. Neutrogena’s sunscreen is SPF 70+, won’t clog pores, and even has vitamins to nourish skin while it protects from the sun.


Running Mini Backpack Vest

  • Pack It In

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

If she’d rather have a backpack than a running belt, this pack works great! The slim pack can hold her phone, money, ID, keys, and more in the 2 pockets. The vest is also reflective so it will help her stay visible at night.


SIMARI Winter Gloves

  • Warm Hands

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

When you’re running in winter, you can withstand a lot of cold weather as long as your hands and head are warm! These gloves will keep her hands warm while still allowing her to use her phone or smartwatch. They have anti-slip grips along with touchscreen capability. They also come in lots of bright colors so she’ll stand out while she’s running.


Etched Marathon Pint Glass

  • Famous Races

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

She can toast to her favorite race with these marathon pint glasses! Each glass maps out the route of a well-known marathon. You can gift her several with different races on them, or just give her one showing a marathon that has special meaning for her.

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Run Fast. Eat Slow.

  • Good Fuel

  • $$$$$
  • Books

This cookbook is a joint effort between Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky. They share recipes featuring whole foods and lots of flavor that are healthy. She can follow these recipes to get plenty of delicious, good-for-her food to fuel her runs and her life.


PowerPack 3-Piece Fitness Bundle

  • Work Other Muscles

  • $$$$$
  • Cross-Training

A workout that focuses on just one exercise – like running – can lead to injuries. This set of workout gear takes up almost no room, but it will help her exercise her other muscles. The set comes with 5 resistance bands, sliding discs, and a bag to pack everything away when she’s not using it.


Body Glide for Her Anti Chafe Balm

  • Prevent The Chafe

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

It’s kind of a delicate subject for some, so make sure you won’t embarrass her, but chafing when running is really uncomfortable and a serious problem. This body glide moisturizes and treats skin with Vitamin E and other good things. She can use it where her sports bra might rub, or between the thighs, or anywhere else she has a chafing issue for a much more pleasant run.


Under Armour Women's Compression Leggings

  • Running Tights

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These leggings fit tightly, providing compression for legs and keeping fabric from moving around while she runs. The leggings have welded seams to eliminate chafing and a moisture-wicking, fast-drying exterior. The interior is brushed so the leggings feel soft and comfortable.


Sprigs Phone Armband Sleeve

  • No-Slip Armband

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

Not all armbands are created equal! Many have plastic sleeves and Velcro to fasten them, and they can be itchy or can catch on sweatshirts and clothing. This armband is made of breathable fabric that stretches to fit any size phone. Choose from S, M, L, or XL and from several fabric prints and colors.


Marathon Woman Book

  • Trailblazing Woman

  • $$$$$
  • Books

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer defied authorities and was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. An iconic picture shows Switzer twisting out of the grasp of one of the even directors as he tries to forcibly eject her from the race. This is her story of that groundbreaking event and of her life since then.


Merino Wool Cuffed Beanie

  • Warm & Comfortable

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

This merino wool hat will keep heat in, even if it gets wet. The roll-up beanie comes in several patterns. It’s also machine washable so it’s easy to care for. It makes a fun beanie to pop on when she’s heading out for a chilly run!


TreadBands Non-Slip Headband

  • Keep Eyes Free

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Few things are more annoying than being out on a good, long run and being constantly bothered by hair and sweat getting in your eyes! Help her avoid this with a non-slip headband (because the next-most annoying thing is a headband that keeps falling off)! A non-slip rubber strip inside the headband keeps it in place, and it’s moisture-wicking and quick-drying. The headbands also come in all sorts of cool patterns so she can show some flair while she runs.


Believe Training Journal

  • Record Progress

  • $$$$$
  • Books

Sure, there are all kinds of apps to help runners track their training. But there’s nothing like putting pen to paper to write out thoughts and see at a glance how she’s been doing on her runs. This cherry red journal has space for her to write out goals, plan her training, and record her workouts.


Women's Cozy Slippers

  • Pamper Those Feet

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

She can treat her tired feet by sliding them into these fleece slippers after a run! Memory foam provides cushioning, the fleece lining will keep her feet warm, and the sole means she can keep the slippers on for runs to the mailbox or the car outside. The slippers come in several different colors, with matching or contrasting fleece lining colors as well.

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Graco Jogging Stroller

  • Bring Baby Along

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

It’s one of life’s cruel ironies that often moms could benefit most from the mind-clearing, stress-relieving benefits of a good run…and at the same time, it’s harder than ever to get away! A jogging stroller lets her get in her run while bringing the baby along. Often, babies love the ride (or are lulled to sleep by it!) as well.


Women's Quick-Dry Running Shorts

  • Run In Comfort

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These 4-inch shorts are quick-drying, so sweat – or even that surprise run through a sprinkler – won’t make her uncomfortable for long. They’re light and feel good against her skin as she runs. A back zipper pocket and inner waistband pockets are good spots for stashing keys or other small items. The shorts also have an inner lining to prevent chafing while she runs.


Pepper Gel Spray for Runners

  • Stay Safe

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

It’s maddening, but runners – especially women – do need to be concerned with their safety while they run. This pepper spray comes with a strap so she can carry it in her hand for immediate access if she needs it. The spray also has a reflective logo and comes in a bright pink option to let everyone know she’s carrying it. The packaging also includes links to free training videos to show her when and how to use the pepper spray.


Apple iPhone 11

  • Train With A Phone

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

Smartphones can be wonderful training devices to use when gearing up for a big race or just trying to stay healthy! She’ll have access to a number of apps to help her go from not running at all to training for a 5K or beyond. If she’s a serious runner, there are apps to help her improve her time or mileage. There are also apps for tracking food so she can eat healthy and for playing music to accompany her on her run. Just about anything she needs to help her get out and run can be found at her fingertips!


Women’s Funny Fitness T-Shirt

  • Make ‘Em Laugh

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

If you have a friend who trains faithfully but swears and prays for death at the same time, this shirt is for her! The muscle tank style is cute, and the phrase – “I won’t quit but I will cuss the whole time” – at least gives people fair warning. The shirt comes in several colors, so you can pick her favorite or even get matching shirts for your next buddy run.


Essential Oils Deodorant Wipes

  • Smell Good

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

Let’s face it – sometimes busy women don’t have time to redo their entire beauty routine after a run. These essential oil wipes are great for when she has time to squeeze in a workout, but not the shower afterward. Change the clothes, swipe the ‘pits, and keep on going! These are great to keep in the car, in a desk at work, or even in her bag for the day.


Joycuff Inspirational Bracelet

  • Inspire Attire

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

This simple silver-colored cuff bracelet has an inspiring message on the inside. The outside has two arrows pointing at each other, while inside the bracelet is inscribed “Just keep running.” Running holds such great metaphors for so many things in life! She could wear this and understand it as actual encouragement to run, or she could appreciate it as a message to keep pushing on and persevering. It works on both levels!


Reflective Knit Beanies

  • Stay Visible

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

While beanies can simply be worn as cute accessories, these beanies also help runners stay visible at night. The neon orange, green, and black hats all have a reflective stripe around the brim that will pick up headlights so runners can be seen. These make great running women gifts – give all 3 to a running friend or grab a pack to share with a relay team or group of running buddies.


Race Bib and Medal Display

  • Celebrate Accomplishments

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

This display has a spot where she can hang medals from races she’s participated in, and it also has a spot to save up to 100 race bibs as well. This would be great to place by an at-home gym or near a treadmill for motivation or to hang in a bedroom or office.


Handheld Running Water Bottle

  • Water In-Hand

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

Some of us prefer to hold water rather than have a water belt! It’s much easier to take a swig mid-run when you’re literally holding the water bottle in your hand. This handheld water bottle features a grip that fastens around her hand so she doesn’t have to actively hold it while running. It also has a pocket for holding her keys, ID, and other small items.

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Audible Subscription

  • Listen On The Run

  • $$$$$
  • Books

Some people like to listen to music on runs, while others would rather keep their minds occupied with an audiobook. Audible will give her thousands of books to choose from, including new releases or old classics. Many books are narrated by the authors or by celebrities, and some even feature entire casts of voice characters.


Nike Dry Legend Training Tee

  • Cute Workout Gear

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

This classic-looking workout tee features moisture-wicking to help her stay dry even during sweaty runs. It has a looser fit than many workout shirts, so it won’t feel constricting. It can also be machine washed and dried, so it’s easy to care for. Choose from light or dark gray or a pastel lime green shirt.


Garmin Forerunner GPS Running Watch

  • Track Runs

  • $$$$$
  • Electronics

She doesn’t need a smartphone to be able to use this watch! A built-in GPS system tracks how far, how fast, and where she runs. The watch also has a heart rate monitor. The watch also has music controls and notifications.


Vitamix 5200 Blender

  • Smoothie Time!

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

She can make smoothies, protein shakes, healthy salad dressings, and much more with this blender! It has 10 speeds to allow for different textures. It’s also a larger blender, so she can mix up smoothies for friends, roommates, or kids who may want one, too. The blender is even self-cleaning – add a little soap and water, and it cleans itself out in less than a minute.


Illuminated Reflective Vest

  • Increase Visibility

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

This vest lights up so she can easily be seen in the dark! It has 8 different bright colors to choose from, including pink, yellow, blue, and green. She can also choose from different modes like True 360 Degree Illumination, Reflectivity, and Fluorescence, depending on her activity. Unlike most reflective gear, this vest has actual lights, so drivers will see her well before their headlights reflect on her gear.


Sports Kinesiology Tape

  • Prevent Injury

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

Taping different leg muscles before a run can support those muscles and protect them from injury. This tape works not only on muscles, but also on joints. The extra-strength adhesive means tape won’t peel off mid-run. It’s formulated to provide support without restricting the range of motion of muscles, so she doesn’t have to change the way she runs.


Theragun Mini

  • Massage Gun

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

She can massage sore muscles with this super-quiet massage gun! The mini is small enough to toss in a bag or backpack and bring along anywhere. She could even use it after a race to loosen up muscles. The ergonomic grip of the gun also reduces strain on hands and wrists while she’s using it.


Amazon Essentials Racerback Tanks

  • Basic Essentials

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These tanks make a great running wardrobe staple, and she’ll find herself using them again and again in warmer weather. The fit is relaxed so they won’t be too clingy during her workout. The tanks are soft, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying. The racerback design means she won’t have to worry about straps slipping down while she runs. They also come in a variety of colors!


2 Neoprene Dumbbell Free Weights

  • Build Arm Muscles

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

Running is great for leg muscles, but if she wants to add some arm muscle, alternating with free weights is a great idea! These dumbbell weights are small enough for her to carry around on a walk or even a run. They come in weights of 1-15 lbs, so there are some for every workout level.


Runner's World Magazine Subscription

  • A Recurring Present

  • $$$$$
  • Books

If she not only enjoys running but loves reading about other runners and getting training tips, a magazine is a very thoughtful gift! She’ll get tips on running gear, ideas for meals, stories about runners, info on the latest scientific research into exercise and much more. And…she’ll get a present every month with each new issue!

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NordicTrack T Series Treadmill

  • Run At Home

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

She can run in her very own home with this treadmill! The NordicTrack includes a 30-day iFit membership so she can stream workouts for the treadmill. iFit trainers will even adjust the treadmill for her via a Bluetooth connection. The treadmill has a music port and speakers, and it folds up small to store after she’s done using it.


Zella Performance Leggings

  • Great Workout Leggings

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These workout leggings are tight to support muscles and help her have a great workout. At the same time, they are moisture-wicking. They have an interior pocket for keys or other small items. They come in fun prints like a shiny metallic and a snake pattern.


Spotify Premium 3 Month Subscription

  • Play Funky Music

  • $$$$$
  • Electronics

If she likes to listen to music while she runs, she’ll love having a Spotify subscription! She can listen to running playlists created by others or make her own personalized playlist to play while she runs. She can share and even download music so she can play it without a WiFi connection.


Amazon Essentials Joggers

  • Recovery Pants

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These soft, comfy joggers are great to throw on after a run! The relaxed fit and the soft feel of these joggers make them great post-run pants. She can wear them to lounge around the house (she deserves it!), but they’re also cute enough that she can run to the store or out for coffee in them, too.


Saucony Women's Athletic Socks

  • Comfy Feet

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These socks have targeted cushioning on the areas of her feet that feel the highest impact when running. They also feature a comfort toe seam that won’t irritate her feet while she runs. A heel tab keeps shoes from rubbing against the back of the foot.


BALEINE Gym Bag

  • Cart Stuff Along

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

She can easily organize all her stuff for a trip to the gym or to pack up for a race with this gym bag. It has separate a separate compartment for shoes or wet clothes and has other pockets for organizing everything she’ll need at the gym. This bag also works great as a weekend duffel bag for travel.


goodr OG Sunglasses

  • Cool Running Shades

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These sunglasses are inexpensive, but people love them! They don’t slip or bounce while she’s running, and they block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. The sunglasses are polarized and come in two colors. They’re also very light, so she won’t be bothered by them while running.


Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews

  • Stay Energized

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

These energy chews look like little gummy candies, but they’ll give her a burst of energy to power through a long run. They’re also great for a race, where she may need a pick-me-up part of the way through. The chews are made from organic honey and organic tapioca syrup, and they have Vitamin C as well.


Running Fanny Pack

  • Conveniently Carry Stuff

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

These fanny packs are specially made for runners and hikers, which means they’re sleeker and sit close to the body. There’s space for a smartphone, ID, keys, and other small items. The fanny pack also has a holster for a water bottle. It sits on the hips, so it’s convenient to reach but won’t be in the way of her swinging arms while she runs.


Yvette Women High Impact Sports Bras

  • Run Comfortably

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Obviously, you won’t buy sports bras for just anyone, but they do make great gift ideas for women runners if it’s someone you know well! A good sports bra can make all the difference between a comfortable run and a miserable one. The crossed straps on this bra add extra support, and the individual cups keep sweat from collecting in cleavage – a problem lots of sports bras have!

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Hyperice Vibrating Foam Roller

  • Supercharged Recovery

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

This roller has all the benefits of a traditional foam roller…but also 3 speeds of vibration for more muscle massaging. The roller has one-touch controls so she can simply turn it on, select low, medium, or high-intensity vibrations, and let the soreness in her legs melt away.


Touchscreen Gloves

  • Keep Warm

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These gloves are lightweight and close-fitting, so they make great running gloves! They also have grippers on the palms and touch screen capabilities. They come in black, gray, bright green, or orange so she can stand out while she runs.


Brooks Women's Ghost 14 Running Shoe

  • Comfy Running Shoe

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

Brooks Ghost running shoes are a great, comfortable shoe that’s designed for neutral support. It’s great for road running or working out at the gym. Cushioning in the shoe lessens the impact every time her foot hits the ground, and the shoe has great shock absorbers.


NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System

  • Pamper The Legs

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

This system is admittedly expensive. However, if she’s a serious runner or just wants to take her recovery from runs seriously, this could be a solution. She just fits her legs into the leg-shaped system and runs it with the attached remote. The NormaTec uses air compression to massage her legs, increase circulation, and help her recover faster.


Runner Keyring

  • Inspiring Message

  • $$$$$
  • Equipment

Give this keyring as a running gift for her – she’ll find it inspiring, and it will also be helpful when she needs to find her keys! The stainless steel keychain features a daisy and a tag with the phrase “One mile at a time” engraved on it. She’ll know that as she’s on her unique journey – both the actual running journey and the journey of life – that you’ve got her back!


Running Gift FAQs

What Gear Do You Need to Start Running?

Running is a great sport because although there are plenty of things you can get for running, there aren’t actually a lot of things you really need when you first start. You’ll want a good pair of running shoes, and you’ll want to buy high-quality shoes that are lightweight, with cushioning. Running shoes aren’t the place to skimp!

You’ll also need some clothes to run in – moisture-wicking exercise clothing that fits close so you’re not annoyed by flapping shirts and pants works best. You may also want an armband to hold a smartphone and earbuds if you want to listen to music as you run. Finally, if you’re running in a sunny area, you’ll want a hat to protect your face.

What Do You Give Someone After a Marathon?

There is no traditional gift to give someone who ran a marathon. However, they will appreciate spa products like bath bombs so they can take a nice, long soak once it’s over. They may also appreciate a nice meal. Finally, flowers are a wonderful gesture to celebrate a big accomplishment like this!

What Do You Need for Running a Marathon?

People who run marathons bring any number of items along with them – and some people bring none at all! If you’re running a marathon, you may want to bring:

  • Your race bib and extra safety pins
  • Fuel like gel blocks or power bars
  • A running belt with water
  • A long-sleeved shirt if the race begins early. Many people buy cheap long-sleeved shirts at a thrift store and deposit them at the starting line, so they don’t have to carry them. You may want to read up on the race rules surrounding this.
  • A GPS smartwatch or phone to track how far you have to go and how fast you’re going
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • Flip flops (keep these at the car and change out of your running shoes afterward. It’s the best feeling in the world).
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About the Author

Laura Falin

Laura Falin is a freelance writer from Colorado. She worked in TV news for more than ten years, and since then has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves being outdoors and reading.