by Members of the HMRRC
Prominent runners were asked this question: If money were no object, what running gift for Christmas would you want for yourself or a running partner? Some answers are modest, and others go for the gold, but they are all fun.
If money was not an objective concern my training and racing would be dramatically different. I would likely work with a nutritionist. I would have a zero-gravity treadmill to augment my miles to be able to train more without risk of injury. I would travel throughout the country and the world more for races. I would maybe have a second home during the wintertime to be able to live somewhere that allows me to train safely outdoors during the wintertime. I had to ask around to find someone willing to transfer their registration for me at a lower cost to be able to compete at the ADK Half-Marathon. I stopped training for triathlons because of how expensive it was to train, have the most competitive equipment and race. So cost is a very real factor for runners.
To answer though more realistically, the thing I would most want is a more updated treadmill. Mine is perfectly functional but I would like one with a monitor display and faster max speed. I spend a great deal of time on the treadmill during the wintertime so it would seem like a good investment.
If money was no object, the most expensive best running watch! Coros or Garmin, there is debate which is better
Mary Claire Walker Falatico
Oh, that’s a good question. Either a runcation or going to a beautiful area to run all the trails in the mountains, or a race entry and trip to one of my bucket list races that is across the country. I guess I’m less materialistic and more of an experience-based person.
An in-house gym with a big TV, treadmill, 2 trainers, lifting rack, stretching area, and storage for 10 bikes and all run/bike gear.
An in-house gym with a big TV, treadmill, 2 trainers, lifting rack, stretching area, and storage for 10 bikes and all run/bike gear. Oh, and in indoor infinity pool.
A small plow to clear the trails!
A new wardrobe of winter running pants. Most of mine are stretched out lol
Covering all expenses to a running retreat (like Run Fast Eat Slow or Grit & Growth), or a destination race to someplace exotic!
It would have to be the firefly portable recovery device.
#notsponsored but very cool technology
New running shoes. When asked what kind, he replied, “When it comes to gifts, I am not picky.”
A new pair of running shoes.
An endless pool w/ spa attachment (and the pool house to put it in)! I really miss swimming, and all the cross-training benefits ever since our local pool closed
I gave it some thought and believe it or not, I would want Hammer gel as you can't have enough. Also a SPIbelt . For phone or extras. And if they want to spend more. Maybe a small Camelbak.. I like to stay as minimal as possible.
Janne Rand Gilligan
My very own 1-mile track that is operational all winter with endless snow removal services
The AlterG treadmill for all the times I get injured.
I would take a trip to Iten, Kenya
An all-expenses paid training trip to Arizona or Colorado.
I would like an unlimited supply of ASICS running shoes, bra tops, spandex shorts and leggings, lightweight long sleeve tops, and a full body massager. However, I would also like for all the runners to be able to have whatever shoes, clothing, etc. for themselves as well.
An infrared sauna!
Probably a zero gravity treadmill. An AlterG
Oh my, a real coach/nutritionist that could work with me daily. I also would love a real home gym with space for all my training equipment and room for stretching / yoga.
High end treadmill in a finished basement with TRX and other strength training equipment and a dedicated personal trainer and coach ??
Oooo, maybe a chef too.
Running vacation to Alaska; I want 24 hours of daylight running, and Alaska is the only state I have yet to visit!
I would say the Garmin Forerunner 255
A small plow to clear the trails!
Alyssa Hall Risko
I use Huma gels for fuel and Nuun tablets for electrolytes. The Huma gels are easy on my stomach!
An extended trip to a destination marathon for our family - Paris? Reykjavik? Great Wall?
I would hire 3 full-time employees (race director, warehouse/truck/equipment manager, ARE club administrator) so I could run more and work less.
I would want an all expenses paid trip & registration to the Tokyo marathon. Any takers find and message me on Facebook!
A Strava subscription
I would buy an endless pool and cool out!
How about a pair of Smartwool socks? Good for keeping your feet warm on cold days. You can't beat wool.