in recognition of running (and non-running) mamas: gift ideas for mother’s day 2012

while not a mom myself, with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, i wanted to not only take a moment to thank my own amazing mother for all that she has (and still does) for me, but to also recognize all of the mommy runners out there (and a few other special mamas in my life as well!)

a few ideas for special gifts for the running mothers in your life…

Run Like a Mother
Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

haven’t read it personally, but it comes highly recommended and i thought it was worth sharing for my busy mommy-friends. from what i’ve heard, the book offers both personal and practical advice to running moms- from running during pregnancy to finding time (and motivation) to run in between work, doctors appointments, and carpools- sounds like there is a little something for all of you in here!

Born to Run
Christopher McDougal

i have actually read this, and it’s an awesome book. even if you’re not a runner, the author’s quest to find the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets opens the readers’ eyes and truly shows us that pretty much everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Magazine subscriptions

Always a great gift that continues to give throughout the year. i’m just as guilty for wanting the Cosmo and People or USWeekly subscriptions, but here are a few suggestions for some great magazines for the runner mom…

road id
my mom is actually the one who first turned me on to the Road ID…go figure. she was worried about me falling in a gutter somewhere on one of my runs through the city and wanted to make sure i could be identified in case i hit my head and forgot who i was. i have the version that attaches to your shoelaces, but the Road ID comes in different styles and colors to best suit your personal preferences.  like my mother said, in the event of an accident, if you can’t speak for yourself, your Road ID will since it contains your name and address as well as your emergency contacts too…

bondi bands
Running or working out with hair in your face is annoying- i’m a big headband fan for this very reason…i have a lot of hair…headbands keep it in place, and me more focused on my workout. If you haven’t tried Bondi Bands yet, i would highly recommend. i first discovered these at one of the race expos i attended- they are comfy, colorful, and come in a wicking fabric that helps to keep the sweat off my forehead and face. love them for my bikram classes as well. AND the fact that they choose a charity to donate 10% of pre-tax profits too is just incredible- especially because in 2011 they chose the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  awesome all the way around.

anything lululemon
trust me on this- if you do not own or have not purchased a lulu item for the mama in your life- you need to. a little on the pricey side, but super cute, super comfy, and super in-tune with what looks good on a woman’s body. i treat my lulu’s as an investment. items are almost all (in a way) limited editions- so if  you see something you like you need to scoop it up right away. this company lives and breathes what they sell. and it’s worth every penny. if you live near a brick and mortar store, they typically have free run clubs and yoga classes too…definitely need to check them out. and if you’re not near a store, shipping is always free online (bonus!) and they provide great tips through their blog http://www.lululemon.com/community/blog/?mnid=mn;blog. clearly can’t say enough. just go there…

and if all else fails… itunes gift cards, spa/massage days, and chocolate or wine goes a long way as well 😉

in short…gifts and words never seem to be enough. i truly don’t know what i would do without my mom. i look at her, my sister, and my friends who are mothers and can only hope to one day have that opportunity myself. i learn so much from each of you every day and have so much respect for all that you juggle and are still able to get accomplished…words can’t describe. i’m in awe. to me, you’re real-life super heroes!!

my sister is going to run her first half marathon with me in November, and i’m so excited for her because i know how much of an accomplishment that is and how awesome she is going to feel when all is said and done. my friend Kelley, well, she has run a lifetime of marathons and been through more than anyone should ever have to go through in her recent  battle with breast cancer. she has more than kicked ass, she has annihilated it. so to each of you special ladies- thank you. thank you for inspiring me. thank you for shaping who i am today. and thank you for making me recognize my own worth.  i love you.

The mother is everything – she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly.
Kahlil Gibran

i hope each of you also have special women like this in your life. happy mother’s day!!

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