Ah, the welcome surprise of a tax refund—it’s the savings account you didn’t know you had! Sure, you can save it (which is probably a good idea). But you can also save some of it and use the rest to make an investment in your running. Check out this list of run-friendly splurges. We included options to work with a refund check of every size.
Rock 'n' Roll Tour Pass, $219 for a three pack, $499 for a global pass
Celebrate your hard work and stay fit in the process by splurging on a few race entries. Not only are the Tour Passes a good value, but they also help to make your tax return last throughout the year. And if you really want to treat yourself, upgrade to a VIP pass for a lux race experience. Private bathrooms and post-race bar? Yes, please!
Attend a Running Camp, Prices Vary
What better way to reinvigorate your running, get a vacation and meet new people than going to a running camp? Whether you want a women’s only experience, a side of meditation with your running, tips from the very pros you see on podiums, high alpine miles on trails or cranking up your speed, there’s a camp for you! Given the stress of this time of year, one of Timothy Olson’s Run Mindful Retreats sounds about perfect!
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Altra Torin IQ Shoes, $220
Available for both men and women, Altra’s most popular road shoe now comes with IQ technology that gives real time feedback on foot strike, cadence, impact rate and contact time. Think of this cushy, neutral shoe as your own personal biomechanics coach that joins you on every run!
9.3oz, 0mm drop, 28mm stack height
Garmin vívosmart 3, $140
This new, ultra slim activity tracker monitors steps, floors climbed, calories and activity intensity. It also automatically switches to different activities like running, biking, swimming and elliptical training without any input from the user. The vivosmart tracks wellness indicators, like sleep and stress, and automatically uploads data to Garmin Connect throughout the day. There’s no fibbing with this on your wrist. Now, can the same be said about your tax return?!
Oakley Radar EV Pitch PRIZM Road, $190
No doubt your eyes are exhausted from working on your tax return. Give them a break with these uber comfortable, stay put (even in high sweat conditions) sunnies. The PRIZM lenses are designed to make road details and color pop without pesky eyestrain—trust us, you’ll see your running route in a whole new light!
Decibullz Custom-Fit Bluetooth Wireless Earphones, $120
If you like to listen to tunes on the run, the best gift you can give yourself are earphones that stay put, like these custom-molded ones. Easy to mold, sweat proof and water resistant, these may just make you feel like dancing through your next run.
Marc Pro Plus Device, $950
While this is a significant investment, the Marc Pro Plus Device costs less than a round of visits to your physical therapist, and you can use it on the daily. Adjustable degrees of electrical impulses are used to stimulate muscles before a workout, help with post-workout recovery and even provide pain relief. It comes with everything you need to start recovering like a pro.
Crossover Symmetry Individual Package, $195
Amp your cross training and mobility with easy-to-transport cords—no gym required. (See, you’re already saving money!) They’re durable and have handled grips for a secure hold as you move through workouts. The set includes four Crossover cords, the attachment system of your choice, workouts, massage balls and a carrying case.