Marathon Running Gifts

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Marathon Running Gifts
Gifts that help heal a marathon runner are always appropriate. (runner's legs image by jimcox40 from

Running a marathon is a great accomplishment of 26.2 miles. An increasing number of people are taking on this physical challenge, as indicated by the 9.9-per cent increase in marathon participants between 2008 and 2009, according to the Marathon Guide. Running a marathon requires a tremendous amount of persistence and training. Give your favourite marathon runner a gift that will acknowledge and support his hard work.

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Sports Massage

Many marathons have a massage table at the finishing line, but standing in line outdoors with a bunch of onlookers doesn't really capture the spirit of relaxation and rejuvenation. A sports massage is a deep tissue massage designed to purge lactic acid that accumulates in the muscles during an endurance event such as a marathon. Find a sports massage therapist in your area through the American Sports Massage Association.

GPS Watch

Marathon runners cover hundreds of miles each month. Marked trails aren't always available, leaving many distance runners to create their own uncharted loops. A GPS watch enables the runner to track her distance and chart a course while running so that she can store the information and rerun that same trail at a later time. Some models of GPS watches allow runners to link the information on their watch to a computer account, where they can monitor their pacing and total distance at the end of each run. Finally, the watch serves as a safeguard, enabling you, or anyone else with the account password, to track their location should they ever need help or become lost.

Running Accessories

A variety of accessories support the activity of marathon running. Hydration packs strap to the runners back and extend to the shoulder with a long tubelike straw, allowing the person to rehydrate without stopping. Another nutrient-based idea is a runner's pack. A runner's pack clips around the waist and has pockets for nutrient gel designed to refuel a marathon runner's energy while running long distances.

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