Check Out Our Techie Gift Guide for Runners

Getting up the motivation to go out and run can be tough sometimes, especially when the weather’s bad or you could take the opportunity to sleep for another 30 minutes.

Product developers know what an uphill battle it can be to get out and get active, so they’ve launched some great new gear that will help you (or your loved ones) get motivated this winter. Need a gift for the runner in your life? We've got you covered with the newest and coolest tech and gear!

Bonus perk: any one of these items would make an amazing holiday gift, and several are priced under $50 so get shopping and start your family (or yourself) on the path to smoother, longer runs!

The FlipBelt
The beauty of this item (aside from its price, around $25) is its simplicity—it does so much with so little effort! Just pull the fabric tube up around your waist, stash in everything you need for your run –phone, cash or credit cards, ear buds, snacks or gels, and even your water bottle – and flip it. The sits right against your skin so you won’t get that annoying bounce you’d experience with a fanny pack or other, bulkier storage items. There aren’t any zippers or rough spots on the belt, so you won’t have to worry about skin irritations, and it comes in several sizes so you can find that perfect fit every run!

An All-Inclusive Run Sensor
The Lumo Run is the perfect gadget for runners looking to take their training to the next level of performance.

It has seven—count them seven—different sensors designed to monitor everything from your location to your acceleration and even the amount of vibration in your run! All you do is attach the light-weight product to your shorts (or your Fitbelt, if you listened to our first rec) and hit the road.

Here’s the precise list of everything Lumo tracks: steps per minute, bounce, pelvic movement, amount of braking in each step. Once all the data is collected, the device sends it to your Lumo app, including recommendations on pre-andpost run moves you can make to improve your specific running weaknesses!  

Smart Socks
Sensoria socks are fitted with sensors that relay data about your run to a detachable anklet and, afterwards, into the brand’s smart phone app. In real time, the app then gives you audio and visual feedback about the impact on your feet and ankles, telling you how to make adjustments that will improve your form and minimize damage. How awesome is that?!

Sweat-Wicking Wool
You probably wouldn’t think of slipping on a wool shirt for a run, but newly engineered clothing manufactured from Merino Wool has the amazing ability to keep you warm when it’s cold out and keep sweat from bugging you when the mercury rises. The clothes aren’t cheap, but it’s pretty neat to find all-weather workout gear.

RunPhones Wireless
Want to space out with tunes on your run but hate the feel of ear buds slipping in and out? This product is perfect for you! It’s actually a headband with built in speakers that can be synched up to your iPod or any music-playing device to deliver a hassle-free runner’s jam.

Of course all the latest technology won’t help you run if you’re injured! In that case, you’ll need to pay a visit to your Houston podiatrist ASAP so your favorite new toys won’t be stuck on the shelf, waiting for your return.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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