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Best Gifts For Runners 2013: Karla’s Favorite Things

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A winter scene by Currier & Ives.

It was snowing just yesterday, my Christmas tree is lighting up my living room and Christmas is just two weeks away. Wondering what to get for the runner on your list? These are just a few of my favorite things: the best gifts for runners this year.

I get lots of samples from sports companies and buy plenty of gear myself. The products on this list represent my favorite clothes, gadgets and gear currently available from a range of brands. In clothing, I’ve tried the women’s versions, but many come in men’s options too. I’ve indicated which items are available for men or in unisex sizing—a full 30 of them are. And I’ve included the list prices, though you’ll find many items for less than that.

Also, if it’s been in a past gift guide of mine, I didn’t include it here. But many of the products I highlighted in the days of yore are still available. So here are my guides from 2012, 2011, and 2009.

Without further ado, it’s time to get shopping and wish-listing. Here are my favorite running jackets, layers, tights, shorts, tanks, socks, sleeves, sports bras, gadgets, books and more this year. There are nearly 50 items in all.

Best Gifts For Runners 2013

Running Jackets

Three very different options for different needs: visibility, wind and all weather. Read the rest of this entry →

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2012 ‘Run, Karla, Run!’ Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to buy the runner in your life? The “Run, Karla, Run!” holiday gift guide is here to help. Here are some gift ideas at every price point from $10 to $150 — all of them wear tested by yours truly with the “Run, Karla, Run!” stamp of approval.

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Hippie Runner 4Head Headband

Under $10

Hippie Runner 4Head Headbands – $5

When Hippie Runner says “No Slide/No Sweat,” they’re not kidding. These headbands promise to stay in place and keep the sweat out of your eyes while running. Guess what? They really do. I wear a Hipper Runner 4Head Headband just about every time I race and nary a drop gets in my way. Made of nylon spandex, the headbands stretch to fit any head and come in a wide array of colors and patterns — way cuter than sweatbands of yore.

Under $25

Books are always a great gift choice, and a new slew of running reads hit the bookshelves this fall. Read the rest of this entry →

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12 2012

Review: lucy Activewear For Runners Holiday 2012

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lucy’s threads are cuter than your average running wear. (Photo: lucy)

lucy Activewear’s new running gear for winter aims to keep runners warm and stylish. Based in California, lucy is a fashion-forward line of exercise apparel for women featuring running, yoga and fitness wear. As a company founded by women for women, lucy believes that workout gear should not only be tough enough for your workout but should be flattering too.

I put three items from lucy’s Holiday 2012 running line to the test in weather from 22 degrees and snowing in Quebec to 42 degrees and sunny in New York. lucy’s winter running wear passed both the comfort and style tests, keeping me cozy and cute as I ran. I also put them through the laundry wringer a few times to check how well they wear and wash — like a dream. After a month of constant, and I mean constant wear, they still look and feel brand new. All three pieces are my new go-to running gear. They’re a perfect holiday gift idea for the running lady in your life. Read the rest of this entry →

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12 2012

“C is for Chafing” is F is for Funny

c is for chafing, mark remy, children's books for adultsFrom “A is for Against traffic” to “Z is for Zzzz,” Mark Remy captures the agony and ecstasy of being a runner. C is for Chafing is a whimsical children’s book for grownups complete with the “This Book Belongs to: _________________” page in the front.

Following in the footsteps of bestsellers like Adam Mansbach’s Go the F— to Sleep, C is for Chafing uses a similar tongue-in-cheek tone—minus the expletives—aimed at your inner runner. The accompanying illustrations by Eric Cash are spot on. A blend of ‘50s kitsch and dark wit, the illustrations finish the joke for many of the entries, like “O is for ‘Oh, no…’ This means you ran too hard,” where the art depicts a marathoner losing his, uh, lunch.

At a mere 66 pages, most of which feature just one sentence or fragment, C is for Chafing is a quick read to say the least. But it’s full of humor and wisdom: Read the rest of this entry →

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