If any of you are at all like me, you looked at your calendar today and said, “Oh no, Christmas is FRIDAY!?!?” You then immediately started going down your mental list of loved ones that you have yet to shop for and began panicking about what in the heck you are going to get for them. Online shopping is out of the question due to the current disaster that is the USPS, and you’d really like to do something more unique than a generic Visa gift card...so where does that leave you.
Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you are a runner, know a runner, and need to shop for a runner. Thankfully, Sioux Falls is lucky enough to have 605 Running Company to bail us procrastinators out and supply us with a huge selection of options from sunglasses to nutrition to accessories, and of course, shoes.
In an attempt to make things a little easier for you on your final scramble to finish up last-minute gift-grabbing, I have complied a list a some products carried by 605 Running Company that are sure to make life easier, more enjoyable, safer, and even fun for that special someone that can’t resist lacing up every day and hitting the pavement (or the treadmill).
2.) Now if you any of you know me at all, you know that I am stickler for SAFETY when it comes to running. From visibility to self-defense products, you can never be too safe when you’re out on the road, especially with the increased hours of darkness. My personal favorite product carried by the shop is the Noxgear Tracer 360 LED vest. In addition to color-changing LED lights, this vest also has a neon-yellow reflective waist belt, making it nearly impossible to be missed when you’re out logging those pre-dawn or after-dusk miles.
3.) Referencing the above commentary, self-defense tools are a must, especially for my fellow female athletes. The Mace Emergency Whistle is a simple, portable, and inexpensive option for an excellent stocking-stuffer that will give you added protection.
4.) Hydration is extremely important for those longer runs and can be a component of training that is neglected in the winter since it’s not as warm. Providing your beloved runner with the Nathan SpeedShot Plus Insulated handheld water bottle would be a great subtle reminder that they still need to pay attention to their hydration status, even in the winter!
5.) If you’re looking to spend a little more on someone special, you can never go wrong with a GPS watch, and the shop carries a variety of models that can meet the running needs of most anyone. Our knowledgeable staff are more than happy to help you decide between Garmin or Coros and can go over the features of each make and model to ensure your runner will get all the data they need.
6.) When it comes to self-care, I’m not too bad at doing the physical work, but I am definitely lacking when it comes to the recovery and self-care. I personally love the Green Flame Eucalyptus bath salts. A hot bath with some Epsom salts is sure to soothe those aching muscles after a long run in the cold.
7.) Socks. I mean, there’s really not much more to say here. Every runner needs and loves a great pair of socks.
8.) And lastly, gift cards. I know the point of curating this list of my personal favorites was to try and avoid the impersonality of a gift card, however, runners can be picky and you may still feel like you just don’t know their preferences. Thankfully, the shop can bail you out with a gift card that you can customize the amount. That way, you can ensure that the runner in your life gets exactly what they are needing and looking for. Plus 2020 has brought a significant upgrade to our gift card game. Now you can purchase in-store or online, and our gift cards can more importantly be redeemed in both places too!
There you have it. My list of personal favorites carried by a local small business committed to enhancing and supporting the community of runners in the 605. You may still feel like the items on the list still just don’t quite meet the needs of your runner. Luckily, there is so much more that can be found by just wandering around the shop, or you can always ask our great staff for assistance in finding that perfect gift, from headbands to gloves to nutrition to backpacks to apparel and even medal displays, I guarantee you will find something that is perfect for the person you’re shopping for. 605 Running Company is committed to the health and safety of our community, staff, and patrons, so you can feel confident that your shopping experience will be a safe one. Come on down and finish up with those last-minute gifts! And have a great, healthy, happy holiday season.
This blog post was submitted by contributor Maren Ernst.
Maren Ernst has been a contributor to 605 Running Company for four years. When not working at the shop Maren enjoys riding her bike or motorcycle, painting, reading and spending quality time with her friends and family.