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GIFT GUIDE: TOP PICKS FOR HIGH-MILEAGE RUNNERS

Do you have someone special in your life who never seems to NOT be running? Then read on for our best gifts for runners who log the miles.

Do you have someone special in your life who never seems to NOT be running? Are they consistently cranking out 30+ miles a week? It takes a special kind of person to be a high mileage runner, and while they seem invincible, need to place an even higher amount of care in their training regimen. They put their bodies through the ringer week after week, so it’s important they set themselves up for success. 

Here are the top gifts for the high mileage runner in your life, recommended by our very own in-house high mileage runner, Andrew.

Andrew Lyle Running Strong
Andrew ‘high-miler’ running the Athens Marathon 2019

BEST GIFTS FOR HIGH-MILEAGE RUNNERS

Watch and learn as we take you on a tour of a JackRabbit store for the best of the best for logging the miles.

RECOVERY FOOTWEAR

I use recovery footwear whenever I can when I’m at home. Because my feet take a pounding running so many miles every week, it’s important for me that I take care of them anytime I’m NOT running.

My preference is the Oofos OOahh Slide Recovery Sandal

Oofos recovery slide

 

VIBRATING FOAM ROLLER

There’s only one thing better for a runner’s calves than foam roller… a VIBRATING foam roller. I use a vibrating foam roller because it digs in to my muscles, reducing my soreness, on an even deeper level and helps me recover faster.

My preference is the Hyperice Vyper 2.0

Hyperice Vyper Roller

GPS WATCH

There’s a reason GPS watches have become an industry standard. When you run enough miles on a weekly basis, you want to make sure you are being as ACCURATE as possible with your mileage tracking. Whether I’m using the “lap” feature to track my splits on track, or gauging my pace every mile on one of my long runs, my watch is my favorite accessory. 

I use the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music; I like to have my tunes.

ENERGY SUSTAINING NUTRITION

Anyone who’s logging 8+ miles on their weekly long run needs to have a nutrition plan. During longer activity, we lose a lot of sodium while we sweat and burn a lot of calories, which is why I incorporate nutrition into my longer runs.

I personally prefer energy gels, like GU. GU Energy Gels provide electrolytes to keep my sodium levels up, CARBOHYDRATES to give me energy, and branch-chain amino acids to decrease any damage to my muscles. 

Gu Energy Gels

HIGH-CUSHIONED FOOTWEAR

Not every day is race day. Although I make sure to incorporate speed workouts on the track and faster tempo runs into my weekly schedule, a lot of the time I’m just trying to maintain my high mileage goals. For these longer runs, I use a more cushioned shoe to help support my tired feet while pounding away at the road. 

I recommend the brand HOKA ONE ONE, who is widely known for their use of high cushioning in the midsole. I’m neutral footed, so my go-to is the HOKA Clifton 7. Plus their TK Pack colorway is sickkkkkk 

Hoka Clifton 7
Hoka Bondi 7 - Cushion