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7 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 11th, 2012

A Few Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Sometimes it’s the stocking stuffers that are the most fun to shop for…and it’s so satisfying to find that perfect little something for the people who are close to you. We’ve picked a few of our favorite little essentials that every runner can use. These items make great stocking stuffers because they’re affordable, small and they’ll benefit pretty much any runner.

GU Performance Energy Sampler

The GU Performance Energy Sampler is a great way for your favorite runner to test out the top products available from GU.  The pack includes a selection of GU’s electrolyte tabs, energy gels, energy chews, electrolyte drink mixes and recovery drink mixes.

Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans 24-Pack

How extreme can jelly beans get? Pretty dang extreme! The Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans 24-Pack will deliver quick energy and electrolytes for sports performance, and are available in Cherry or Watermelon flavor.

SneakerBalls Fresh & Clean Scent/Energy Scent

The SneakerBalls Happy Feet will help that special runner in your life keep their shoes smelling oh-so-fine. And if that special runner happens to be your kid, or your spouse or your training partner, your nose is sure to thank you!

Moji 360 Mini Massager

The Moji 360 Mini Massager is a runner’s favorite companion to take to a race or to keep in a desk drawer. A set of 7 omni- directional stainless steel spheres allow a runner to pinpoint sore spots and mimic the feel of hand massage.

Brooks Seamless Arm Warmers

The Brooks Seamless Arm Warmers slip on easily and stay securely in place thanks to the wrist and upper arm cuffs. Seamless construction eliminates chafing, so your special runner will get thermal benefits without irritation.

Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Pocket Bottle 20 oz

The Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Pocket Bottle is a great pick for the runner who needs hydration on their run, but doesn’t want to use a belt or a pack. The ergonomic design won’t bounce around on the run, and the storage pouch on the bottle is expandable, so they can carry their small essentials.

Runner Defense Pepper Spray

Runner Defense Pepper Spray is a great gift for the runner who heads out solo, or who runs in the early morning or late evening. The snug, adjustable strap makes the spray easy to carry while running, and the spray can fire up to a distance of 10 feet.

Still need more ideas? See all Men’s Stocking Stuffers and Women’s Stocking Stuffers.

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How to Maintain Your Running Shoes

December 7th, 2012

You already know that the right pair of shoes is a key investment to keep you running comfortably and without injury. But do you know how to keep your trainers in top condition as you rack up the mileage? Most traditional running shoes can serve you well for about 300-500 miles, and there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the most life and the best performance out of each pair. Check out our favorite tips and tricks below.

Shoe Rotation

It’s a good idea to keep at least two pairs of shoes in your lineup so you can rotate them out from one training session to the next. This approach gives the foam midsole of your shoes time to “bounce back,” keeping the cushioning fresher longer than if the shoes were taking a daily pounding. If you run in a wet climate and/or tend to sweat quite a bit, this also gives each pair a better chance of drying out in between runs for increased comfort and decreased funk buildup. Put simply, following a shoe rotation will extend the useful life of your shoes.

Some runners will keep a more cushioned shoe on deck for longer runs and another more streamlined shoe for weekly speedwork and tempos. And many runners also have a trail-specific model that’s better suited to handle the dirt and muck that comes with off-road use. Even if you’re a diehard fan of one particular shoe model, we’d suggest picking up a few different colorways and getting in the habit of a regular rotation.

Keeping ‘Em Dry

You won’t take a rest day just because it’s wet outside, so it’s easy for your running shoes to get wet and smelly. After a run, store your shoes in a dry place. Putting them next to a fan is a-OK, but avoid going to the extreme of putting them right next to a heating vent or other heat source. This can cause damage to the upper materials and the midsole compounds. Many runners also pull out the insoles of wet shoes, which helps to speed up drying time. Another tip: prop your shoes up against a wall or place them on a rack for improved air circulation.

You also might want to use a Shoe Dog after a damp run to get your shoes dry and ready for your next run. The cedar-filled cloth pouches of these Dogs help to absorb moisture and odor, so your shoes don’t become a biohazard. For best results, use the Shoe Dog immediately after a damp excursion to prevent mildew smells from developing.

Keeping ‘Em Clean
If your shoes already stink, freshen them up with a set of SneakerBalls. Place these little odor-fighting spheres in your sneaks to get rid of any unwanted smells, and your feet (and running partners) will be happier for it.

You can also spend some quality time with your dirty shoes and a bottle of Penguin Sport Gel Cleaner. This product cleans and deodorizes the fabric of a shoe, and can be used on other apparel and athletic gear as well.

Replacing Insoles
Though significantly improved in recent years, the sockliners that come standard in running shoes today still offer limited cushioning. Replacement insoles can be an excellent option for runners who want to recapture that in-store feel they recall so fondly. Cushioned insoles can breathe new life into a pair of shoes with a few hundred miles on the odometer, and keep you feeling comfortably protected for a few hundred miles more.

Many runners are surprised what a difference replacement insoles can make. The Sof Sole Airr insoles (Men’s Airr Insoles / Women’s Airr Insoles) are top sellers for us and offer plenty of heel and forefoot cushioning if your standard insoles are all worn out.

Laces and Lacing

As a shoe racks up miles, the upper often begins to stretch out some, and you may find yourself having to tie your laces tighter. This might cause hotspots and blistering. You can try a special shoe lacing technique (watch our Lacing Techniques Video) to get a more specialized fit and keep your shoes comfortable longer.

Or, if you just want to spruce up some older shoes with laces that offer a more dialed-in fit, you may want to try a replacement shoelace like the Xtenex X300 or the Yankz Sure Lace System. These laces allow you to customize the lacing of your shoes.

Making Repairs
The days of having a good cobbler in town may be gone, but you can still do some pretty nifty DIY repairs to spare your running shoes a visit to the trash bin. We sell Penguin Shoe Goo, a multi-purpose repair glue that can reattach separated outsoles, coat frayed shoelaces, secure loose insoles, and perform several other stunts.

How else do you maintain your running shoes and get a little extra life out of them?

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