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Fitness gift guide for runners

Linda Melone, CSCS, is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and certified personal trainer based in Orange County, CA. Visit her website at www.LindaMelone.com.

Fitness gifts for your favorite runner

The runner on your holiday gift list will appreciate anything that helps her run faster, go farther, and look good doing it.These fitness gifts fit the bill.

Holiday gift guide

Injinji Performance Toesocks

Like the popular barefoot running shoes, these socks separate each toe with a thin layer of breathable fabric. The result: fewer blisters, more freedom of movement and less moisture build-up.

Price: $12
Where to get them: www.injinji.com

Injinji Performance Toesocks


BodyGuardz Earjax

For most runners, running without music seems nearly impossible. The caveat: Earphones must be comfortable and secure enough to stay put on vigorous runs. These stylish Earjax do just that.

Price: $20 to $100
Where to get them: www.bodyguardz.com

BodyGuardz Earjax


Stash Wrist Wallets

Running attire provides few options for carrying the essentials. These stylish wrist wallets contain hidden compartments for cash, keys and ID. Choose from animal prints, rhinestones and a host of other fun prints and themes. These also make great stocking stuffers for gym-goers.

Price: $15 and up
Where to get them: miamor.com

Stash Wrist Wallets


BodyMedia FIT Armband

Four sensors in these unique armbands track calories burned, steps taken, levels of physical activity and more. Runners can set activity goals, log daily food intake and track sleep efficiency with the armband's online component.

Price: $149 and up
Where to get them: www.bodymedia.com

BodyMedia FIT Armband


Flashbrite Reflective Stick-On Patches

Running in the dark can be downright dangerous, especially without reflective clothing. Give the gift of safety with these fun, reflective patches (or buy them for yourself). They enable cars to see you from more than 1,000 feet away when in contact with the car's headlights. At this price, you can stick them on shoes, jackets, clothing, even your four-legged running pal.

Price: $40 in most stores.
Where to get them: Stores listed on their site

Flashbrite Reflective Stick-On Patches


Eyebandz

Reading glasses cleverly disguised as headbands will appeal to any runner over 40 -- no one will be the wiser. The stylish Eyebandz keep your hair off your face during runs (or workouts). When your running friends decide to stop in a restaurant for lunch, you drop your Eyebandz down to read the menu. Push them back up and you're good to go. Genius.

Price: $30
Where to get them: www.eyebandz.net

Eyebandz


Swiggies

Staying well-hydrated during a run used to mean stopping for a drink or lugging along a water bottle. These unique water containers strap to your wrists, leaving your arms free. Just fill with water and hit the trail. Swiggies hold 11 ounces of water or sports drink and may be frozen for hot-weather workouts.

Price: $15
Where to get them: www.swiggies.com

Swiggies


Run Pretty Far Armwarmers

Running gets blood flowing to your legs, but keeping your arms warm isn't so easy. These colorful arm warmers keep the chill off your arms during cold weather runs. Plus, the fast-drying Spandex with gripper elastic on the upper arm ensures they stay in place.

Price: $12
Where to get them: www.runprettyfar.com

Run Pretty Far Armwarmers

Happy, healthy holidays!

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