Winter Holiday Gift Ideas from Run Those Dogs
As a runner and in her active business, Run Those Dogs Owner Jen Sewell has spent a lot of time out in the elements. She ran her first half marathon in 2004. Then she was hooked. Since then she has run 12 full marathons and several ultramarathons including her first 50 miler in 2014 and her third Boston Marathon in 2015. Rain or shine, morning and evening, Jen and her team of pet care providers get outside to give animals the fresh air, attention and exercise they need to stay healthy and active. Run Those Dogs’ motto is, “A tired dog is a happy dog.”
None of this hard work could be accomplished without the right gear. Jen’s experience in the outdoors and her passion for fitness has led her share her knowledge with others. That’s why she put together this list of her favorite outdoor gear that will make great holiday gifts for your friends and family. Whether its your grandmother who hates to walk her poodle in the rain or your ultramarathon running buddy, these clothing and accessories will keep them comfortable, safe and dry.
1. Start with the Shoes
When it comes to comfort, its important to get the right footwear. Investing in the right fit and the right shoe for the activity can make exercise more enjoyable and prevent injuries.
Jen’s go to road running shoes are Brooks Launch and Brooks Levitate. Launch comes in 15 colors and the midsole cushioning and rebounding rubber create a springy feel underfoot. Levitate comes in five colors and has a heel wrap and an ultra-soft heel tab to shield your Achilles from irritation.
To get out on the trail, Jen recommends Brooks Cascadia and Brooks Cascadia GTX Gortex water proof shoes. These are ideal for the wet fall and winter months in the Pacific Northwest.
2. Don’t Forget the Socks
Footwear is important. But even the best shoes will not serve you well without the right socks. Jen loves Merino wool, also known as Smartwool for its exceptional warmth and temperature regulation. Merino wool breathes, wicking moisture away for sustained comfort and preventing odor.
If you haven’t tried compression socks, this may be your year. Doctors recommend compression socks for those prone to blood clots and while traveling but they are also excellent for general exercise. Compressions products improve circulation to promote recovery and reduce muscle soreness. Pro compression provides premium quality compression socks and sleeves for running, travel & training.
3. Better Bottoms
Quality, comfort and fit are important. You can’t focus on the exercise if you’re distracted by your clothing.
Jen loves Brooks Go To Capris and the Brooks Formation Crop. You’ll want to live in these. They are snug enough to stay put but flexible enough to move with you. Both have small pockets and a wicking fabric that dries quickly to keep you warm even when you sweat.
These comfy pants are great for running, walking, and yoga.
4. Breathable, Functional Outerwear
For the Pacific Northwest, its all about layering. You need to be able to add and remove breathable, wicking layers at any time to adjust for your optimal temperature and and comfort. Jen says, “You can’t go wrong with any of their outerwear especially The Brooks Cascadia Thermal Vest.” Its flexible, lightweight, wind- and water-resistant fabric keeps you dry when the weather turns.
“Also I live in Smartwool long sleeve shirts all winter! AND their glove liners and socks…amazing!” adds Jen. She also likes the Patagonia Nano Puff Vest. It’s warm, incredibly lightweight and highly compressible. Its insulation is made of 55% postconsumer recycled content and wrapped in a 100% recycled polyester shell and liner so you can feel good knowing its environmentally thoughtful too.
5. Be Seen, Be Known, Be Safe
Because it gets dark so early in the fall and winter, Jen always carries her Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp is a must for me to carry with me. REI has a great selection of colors and features.
It’s also important to carry identification when you’re out in case you’re ever in need of help. Road ID offers a variety of options for you and your pet to stay safe. You don’t need it, until you need it. ID saves lives and it’s just a sound practice when you head out on any adventure. Include it in every gear list.
Run Those Dogs hopes these winter holiday gift ideas are just what you needed to accomplish your holiday giving. They’ll keep you, your family and friends comfortable, dry and safe out there, whether its a short walk in the park or training for a marathon.
To you and yours, we at Run Those Dogs wish you a very Happy Holiday Season.