3 Great Gifts for Marathoners

Wouldn't these cool shades make you want to go out and run?Marathon season is here, and for those who are about to begin or have already begun training, you know how grueling a process it can be.

For those with a loved-one in training, you know that sometimes, all your favorite runner needs is a little bit of encouragement to get back out there, day after day, as he or she travels the long, hard road to twenty-six point two.

If you or someone you know is really struggling through training, here are some great gadgets that might be just the pick-me-up needed to get back to training!

Lightweight Sunnies

There’s nothing worse than running for three hours straight and squinting to see through the sun (nothing that is except for constantly pushing sunglasses bac up your nose after they slide down as you sweat.) Nie has solved that problem with their Skylon Ace XV shades. These glasses are lightweight, have a vented nosepiece to help relieve sweat, come with different lenses that can be swapped to adjust for weather conditions AND have a sportwrap frame that prevents slipping. Not cheap, but will certainly put a skip in the step of any runner who’s wearing them.


The Right Socks

You know that saying, a little goes a long way? Well, I couldn’t agree more when it comes to the new Asics Marathon Socks. Here’s a $10 gift that, thanks to the NanoGLIDE technology used in manufacturing, will prevent blisters AND wick sweat away from your feet, keeping athlete’s foot and other nasty fungi at bay. Not too shabby, if you ask me!


Compression Sleeves

One of the major complaints I hear from long-distance runners is that they start to develop shin splints. In addition to smart-training practices, a great set of compression sleeves can help keep this troublesome ailment at bay by giving your shin and calf muscles a little extra support. Zensah has a great line of products that even come in bright colors to make you more visible as you train outdoors.


No matter how many gifts and gadgets you acquire, the best way to stay happy while training for a marathon or triathlon is to remain injury free. If you have concerns about pain while you run, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!

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