Four last-minute gift ideas for the runner

Looking for a great gift for the other runner in your life? Here are four quick ideas that are only a quick trip to the running store, or Internet, away.


1. A way to get faster in winterAtlas Shoes

Looking for a new way to train this winter? How about adding a little snowshoe running to your routine! It’s a great cardio and strength workout that will having you running even faster when the snow melts.

Atlas Run Snowshoes are available in store at Bushtukah or online at


2. Something to keep warm and drySports4

Any runner taking on the winter elements will love finding something from Icebreaker under the tree. A natural alternative to synthetic running gear, Icebreaker merino wool apparel breathes AND wicks away moisture, keeping you warm and dry during the colder months.

Find a great longsleeve baselayer at Sports 4, 149 Bank St.


3. A book to get inspired

Let’s face it, there are some days that are just too brutally cold to go running. And on those days, it’s nice to cuddle up with an inspiring running book. Here are three that are on our reading list, and available on Kindle (all the better when you need that last minute delivery).

  • FeetdontfailmeRunning with the Pack: Thoughts From the Road on Meaning and Mortality (by Mark Rowlands)- Kindle version.
  • Feet Don’t Fail Me Now: The Rogue’s Guide to Running to Running the Marathon (by Ben Kaplan)- Kindle Version.
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (by Haruki Murakami) – Kindle version.


4. Food glorious food!Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 4.07.32 PM

There’s nothing like a long run on a winter’s day to stimulate the appetite. And if the hungry runner on your list is also an aspiring cook, this gift will go the distance. Chefx is a unique service available in Ottawa that delivers a favourite recipe from a top local chef, along with all the local ingredients to make it, direct to your door every Sunday. Read our review this month and then treat a friend with a gift certificate.