Today’s topic is pampering – how fun! Let’s face it, we all need a little pampering! Sometimes when you’re training for a race, it’s easy to get into a routine to make sure that you get in all of your workouts. It’s rare that runners will “treat” themselves during this time. If you see the runner in your life training hard, why not surprise them with a treat? Here are a few ways to pamper a runner!
Breakfast in Bed
Runners normally designate one day on the weekend for their “long run”. On the day that your runner doesn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn, why not serve them breakfast in bed? This is a sweet gesture that allows the runner to get some extra rest AND enjoy a yummy meal in bed!
I don’t know a runner that doesn’t love a massage. After the NYC Marathon, my best friends all chipped in and purchased a spa gift certificate for me. It was honestly the sweetest thing ever! I used the gift certificate to get a deep tissue massage – it was like heaven! After logging SO many miles in training, and then the marathon, it was just nice to lay down and have an awesome massage.
Money is probably the most universal gift, but always appreciated! Just think of all the things a runner could purchase – a race registration, airline ticket for a raceation, a new running outfit, a new GPS watch, sneakers, etc. The possibilities are endless. If you would prefer a gift card, get one to a local running store, like Fleet Feet or Jack Rabbit!
All I can say is God bless anyone that has to give a runner a pedicure! Luckily I have never lost a toenail (knock on wood), but I definitely have calluses on my feet. I’m guessing that other runners also have calluses and/or missing toenails. A pedicure can really help make your feet softer and as a bonus, sometimes the salon will throw in a short foot massage!
This actually goes hand in hand with breakfast in bed. For runners with kids, sleeping in is considered a luxury. An extra hour, or two, of sleep can make the world of difference to a runner. In fact, runners need rest, especially when training! Rest helps aid in muscle recovery, which is essential when you’re logging lots of miles!
What other ways would you pamper a runner?