Brooke Nicholls Nelson: Run to your computer to order these runners’ gifts
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Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Ryun, first high schooler to break the four-minute mile

Garmin? Yurbuds? Headlamp? Compression socks?

If you’re a runner, I don’t need to explain that these items are favorites on runners’ wishlists. A few weeks ago, I posted a question on the Anniston Runners Club’s Facebook page, asking members to share their best (and worst) fitness-related gifts.

If you have a runner in your life, don’t panic, there is still time to order these items online today from Amazon and get them in time for Christmas. Each one will help your runners keep their New Year’s resolutions., and there is no better way to show you care than by supporting a runner’s habit.

One of the most popular items noted is the Garmin running watch, which logs your running mileage, pace and distance, and syncs with your computer so you can track your progress.

A Garmin Forerunner was Mandy Williams’ favorite gift from her husband two years ago — last year’s gift of a dog to her son, however, proved the end of her Garmin.

“The dog ate my watch,” said Williams, 32, of Anniston. “Now I run with the dog, and he helps me keep pace.”

Jayme Frost of Jacksonville said that last year’s Christmas surprises — a Garmin and Yurbuds headphones — “were great encouragement” to get her out to run and keep her going with her training. Frost is a regular on the local race circuit, competing in races from 5K to half marathon distances.

Garmins range from $100-$450 depending on style and model and Yurbuds range from $30-$90 on Amazon.

Some of the best gifts can be those we give ourselves, as was the case for Russell Klinner, 37, a trail runner from the Talladega area. He says his favorite present was a Petzl Nao Headlamp, for late-night trail running — from him, to him.

Petzl headlamps list from $150-$300 on Amazon and are available in a variety of colors, durability levels, strap options and lumens.

The president of Anniston Runners Club, Nancy Grace, 74, considers her highlighter-yellow compression socks and matching shoes her best gift, but she says her husband laughs at their brightness.

“I almost glow in the dark,” she says.

Snug-fitting compression socks and compression sleeves are designed to enhance performance and recovery during and after long runs. They come in black as well as a lot of really, really bright colors, and are available on Amazon between $20-$45.

Out of all the responses I received from runners on Facebook, not one listed a “worst” gift. Maybe Ronnie Roberson, ultra-runner from Heflin, speaks for all runners when he said, “I never received a bad running gift.”

Here’s wishing each of you receive the items on your wishlist. Merry Christmas and a healthy and safe new year of running or whatever your fitness-related choice may be.
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