Gear Perfect Gifts for Moms on the Run

Perfect Gifts for Moms on the Run


I’ve been a runner for more than two decades. Over the years, as a mom who’s had to fit in training for marathons in and around my children’s routine, I’ve discovered some tricks to making it happen. I’ve also discovered that some of my motivation to get it done comes from taking enjoyment from simple moments, and remembering that achievable indulgences won’t derail my training. Whether you’re a mom or know a mom, or have one, these practical gifts ideas will be appreciated by runners, walkers, and fitness lovers looking for a little something to celebrate their practice and entice them to keep moving forward. This Mother’s Day, give the give of encouraging health.

STYLE ON THE RUN Whatever you’re training for, flexibility is important. No one knows this better than moms who often change their schedules on the fly. Designed with flexible movement and an active style in mind, ASICS Nagino Flex Sleeveless Top and Seamless Tight feature quick-drying stretch fabric, at least 50 percent of which is recycled materials. The shirt offers a wide arm hold and a back opening to promote airflow while the tight features a seamless construction for maximum comfort—whether you’re running errands or laps.
SKIN SAVER Whether you run, hike, cycle or even swim, nature’s elements can take a toll on our skin. Squirrel’s Nut Butter is an all-natural, anti-chafing salve that repairs and rejuvenates dry, irritated skin. Available in sticks and tubs, products are made with all-natural ingredients (cocoa butter and vitamin E oil) designed to heal blisters, prevent chafing and improve overall skin health to keep you active longer. As an added bonus, the brand’s lineup also includes vegan-friendly products.  
NEW BREW REVOLUTION Raising a glass post-race or after a tough training run doesn’t always have to include alcohol. Thanks to Athletic Brewing Co., which you can find at races across the country this summer, including Sunday’s Sporting Life 10K, you can still be healthy, active and enjoy great non-alcoholic beer! Select one of the brand’s variety packs or give the gift of a monthly subscription and enjoy limited-editions, special discounts and more. From hazy pale ales to rich dark stouts, the beer-loving mother-runners in your life will be thirsty—really thirsty—for more. (Note: also catch the Athletic at the end of the month at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend).
RUNNERS ASSISTANCE  Early morning, at dusk, or in a different city, many of us moms are also solo runners. In the unlikely situation that you trip and fall and, heaven forbid, become unconscious, the JATEBI medical-grade ID tag offer some much-needed emergency information. Sliding easily onto Apple Watch, FitBit and Garmin bands, the stainless-steel tag can be engraved with up to six lines of text to include medical and emergency contact details.
GET UP Keep your hair up and stay on track with Flirty Pineapple Athletic Scrunchies. Made with moisture-wicking, cooling fabric, the elastic length wraps at least three times around your ponytail and comes in a glorious range of bright colours to fit your workout. Whether you’re hitting the trails, track or open road, you’ll be well-coordinated from start to finish.
CARE PACKAGE Moms are often better at taking care of their family, less so in taking care of themselves. Give mom a little extra time for herself with a custom gift set from Earth Market. Each set features a selection of eco-friendly products, including items that will inspire nearly anyone to make time to relax, rest and recharge after a long training day—or just any day when you might need a little extra self-care. For food-loving runners looking for a treat, Earth Market also offers Build Your Own Trail Mix with everything from apple slices, seeds and nuts to M&Ms and chocolate covered raisins.
MOVE YOUR MIND Head to the start line with your favourite running friends and support women’s running and mental health. With 5K and 10K run/walk events in communities across the nation Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women is the largest event series in Canada dedicated to women’s mental health. And did we mention the incredible swag including the latest health, wellness and beauty products? From now until May 16, use promo code LOVEMOM and save $5 on race registration. Register with your family and friends and make a difference in your life and many others too!

Anna Lee Boschetto is a runner, mom and regular contributor to iRun.