X-1 Audio Momentum In-Ear Ultra-Light Headphones
Anyone who runs with music will appreciate the secure fit and superior sound quality of these headphones. Featherweight, sweatproof and rinsable, these running-specific smartphone-compatible headphones also have reflective accents for safety, several color options and an in-line mic and volume control. $50; www.x-1.com
PEAR Sports Training Intelligence System
Loaded with a variety of training plans from endurance coaches Matt Fitzgerald and Jenny Hadfield, the tiny blue PEAR Sports module is a revolutionary biofeedback training tool that serves up audible workout vitals as it tracks your speed, distance, time and heart rate (via a wireless heart rate monitor and foot pod), and even tells you if you need to run harder or easier based on your current fitness. $79-$249, depending on set-up; www.pearsports.com
The North Face Runners Gloves
A lightweight, winter glove with weatherproof fabric on the back and a breathable mesh on the palm, it keeps hands comfortable without overheating. They also feature touch-screen compatible tips on the thumb and index finger for controlling an iPod or smartphone. $40; www.thenorthface.com
This amazing little massage tool provides direct pressure from its acupoints and heat to massage muscles, stimulate blood flow, increase circulation and help flush out toxins. It’s available in two sizes: Heatable Acuball and Acuball Mini. $20-$30; www.acuball.com
Brooks Seamless Arm Warmers
Every runner can use another pair of arm warmers, especially some with some color. They add extra warmth without chafing and they’re easy to pack and easy to adjust on a run when the temperature varies. $25, www.brooksrunning.com
Garmin Fenix GPS Watch
With built-in GPS + ABC functions, the fēnix gives a runner all of the necessary navigational tools in a rugged wristwatch. Get accurate readings on your location no matter what position your wrist is in or how dense the foliage is around you. $400, www.garmin.com
Injinji Performance Series Socks
The original toesocks for runners, Injinji’s Performance socks keep toes separated during long runs, helping reduce the chance of blisters and chafing as feet get warm and swollen during long runs. $10, www.injinjistore.com
"The Little Red Book of Running"
Perhaps one of the best “self-help” books ever written, “The Little Red Book of Running” can serve up a daily motivational moment for runners of all experience levels. It contains 250 snippets of informed tips, sage advice and downright good ideas written in the easy-to-digest, here's-how-it's-done tone of a coach, running partner and veteran racer who has been there. $17; www.skyhorsepublishing.com/
Roll Recovery R8
Unlike a foam roller or self-massaging stick, the R8 has the self-massage force built into its design, thus eliminating the need for strenuous efforts of self-inflicted pain. It's effective at virtually every angle on numerous parts of the body. $99; www.rollrecovery.com
Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest
One of three new uberlightweight and intuitively functional trail running packs from Ultimate Direction, this 7.5-oz. Scott Jurek signature model has 47 cubic inches of smartly placed storage compartments and securely stashes two 20-oz. water bottles. $125; www.ultimatedirection.com
"The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges"
This book profiles 50 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides, adventure races, climbs, open-water swims and other iconic endurance events from around the world. Breathtaking full-color photographs and insider commentary from top athletes will thrill runners, cyclists, triathletes, extreme sports addicts, and outdoor adventurers. $30; www.amazon.com
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series TourPass Unlimited
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has expanded to 28 events in North America in 2013, and you can run them all (or pick and choose several) if you get a Rock ‘n’ Roll TourPass Unlimited for a one-time fee of $399. www.runrocknroll.competitor.com/tourpass.
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