Your Fit Valentine: Gift Ideas for Runners and Yogis

This post originally ran on 2-5-2015. It has been updated!

With about two weeks to go until Valentine’s Day, you might be looking for gift ideas for your special someone. Or you might be looking to grab something for yourself to show off just how much you love running or yoga. This is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully it’ll give you some ideas. (And hopefully it will give the Engineer some ideas too.)

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas


  • Runner necklaceI just love this gold one from AbellaBlue. All the jewelry is handmade and gorgeous. Check out her running jewelry here.
I love running Necklace, gold fill. Marathon necklace, runners jewelry
  • Race entry. Surely there’s a Valentine’s Day race in and around your city. What better way to celebrate your love than by sweating together . . . as you’re running. Hold hands the whole time for an extra bonus. JK. 😉
  • This super cool shirt from Such a cute design, and it comes in a bunch of different colors. I personally love the gray. They have many other Valentine’s gifts on the site too–earrings, medal racks, necklaces, socks, and so on.
    • Women’s Everyday Tee Love The Run from Gone for a run (source)


  • New running shoes! These are always welcome. I’m currently digging the Hoka One One Conquests. They’re certainly keeping my feet happy. Throw in a pair of Balega socks, and you’ll (or your valentine will) have happy feet too!
  • Favorite fuel (Nuun, Shot Bloks, SportBeans, Clif Bars, GU, Picky Bars, etc.). Who needs chocolate? Okay, chocolate works too. How about a fancy rocky road chocolate bar from Chuao Chocolatier? They also make chocolate-covered bacon, s’mores, potato chip or orange? Delicious.


  • New mat. At some point or another, every yogi needs a new mat. I personally love my PROlite by Manduka, but many other companies make great mats (Jade, Hugger Mugger, and Lululemon, to name a few). Hugger Mugger is offering 20% off mats with the code 2016mats. This is a bit of an investment, but I’ve been using my Manduka for about three years, and it still looks new. Throw in some mat spray, and you’ve got an awesome gift bundle. The companies mentioned sell their own, but there are a ton of tutorials on making your own. The Hippy Homemaker offers 5 different recipes here.
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My lovely Manduka PROlite
  • New yoga clothes. What fitness enthusiast doesn’t love new clothes? I personally love Fabletics. Their Salar leggings are the bomb. Athleta, Lululemon, and Soybu also have some great pieces. For more reasonably priced ideas, check out Old Navy.
  • Yoga blocks, bolsters, straps, mat bags, and other accessories. 
  • Class pass for a new yoga studio. Many studios also have a couples class!
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  • Massage. This is perfect for working out the knots from all those miles and fitness classes. Massage Envy offers a one-hour massage for $49.99. Of course, you might have a place in mind. Make it a date with a couple’s massage!
  •  iTunes gift cardMusic is always a great idea.
  • Class pass for a class your Valentine wants to try. BodyPump or a yoga class to stretch out those tight hamstrings, anyone?
  • New earbuds (like these Yurbuds). The earbuds that came with the mp3 player only last for so long.
  • Road ID (see my review here). Better be safe than sorry in any situation. Road ID has cute badges to add to any ID, including some Valentine’s-themed ones: a heart, “love,” “be mine,” etc.
  • SweatyBandsThese truly don’t slip off my head no matter what activity I do. These are a great gift for any active person. I’ve heard good things about Sparkly Soul headbands, Junk headbands, and BondiBands too. Junk and BondiBands are also appropriate for guys. 🙂
My newest SweatyBands


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 Is Valentine’s Day a big deal at your house? 

Our half anniversary is the day after, so we have a small Valentine’s Day and do something cool on the 15th. The discounts on chocolate don’t hurt, that’s for sure!

Any other ideas to add?


Hard Workouts, ENERGYbits Review, and a Giveaway–Oh My!

ENERGYbits GiveawayYou can skip to the giveaway at the bottom if you want. I won’t judge…

Lately I’ve been focusing more on my overall health, which includes eating cleaner, working out more, and–finally–quitting my job. Now I work from home, have pretty much no stress, and am able to do whatever I want every day. Man, it sure is tempting to be lazy, and, honestly, some days I am. 🙂 It’s all good, though, because I finally feel like I’m gaining greater control of my life.

As part of this goal, I’ve been trying out some new classes at my local gym and increasing the amount of cross-training I’m doing in addition to my running. Yesterday I tried two classes (not really that smart): RIP and Boot Fit. Basically a choreographed circuit-training class and a plain ol’ circuit-training class (side note: I’m SO SORE today). The instructor of the first class was not my style. Less encouraging and more yelling. Didn’t enjoy the class at all. And the second instructor was quieter, but I liked him more. He took the time to correct form and encourage everyone. The stations in the class included medicine ball throws, kettlebell moves, TRX, crunches, jump rope, etc. Loved it! I think I’ll do Boot Fit at least once a week. I need me some muscle!

In addition to running, I’ve also been swimming and cycling. Basically I’m trying everything so I don’t get injured! Haha. Last weekend, though, I combined running and swimming into a brick workout: 5-mile run + 300-meter swim. It went really well, and I completed it feeling super accomplished. The tiredness didn’t set in until way later in the day–thanks, in part to ENERGYbits. A lot of professional athletes swear by them, so I was intrigued. Could they really help me? The company reached out to me sent me a sample (75 capsules/bits of spirulina algae) to try out. As always, all opinions are my own.

Cute tin of ENERGYbits!

About ENERGYbits:

Made from 100% organically grown, NON GMO spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients, ENERGYbits® algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab. Spirulina has been endorsed by the United Nations and Olympic gold medalists for decades. Now it’s your turn.

ENERGYbits® algae tabs are your answer for raw energy and health. All naturally too. With just one calorie per tab, ENERGYbits® will stop your cravings, slay your hunger and give you a steady stream of mental and physical energy all day or night. They may even make you want to leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but we think that’s best left to the guys in the red capes and blue tights.

Remarkably, ENERGYbits® have just one ingredient, spirulina algae which is a super hero in the world of super foods. Spirulina’s nutritional pedigree is so impressive that The World Bank, NASA and Olympic athletes have all declared spirulina to be the most nutritious food in the entire world. Why? Well for starters, it effortlessly and naturally boosts your energy like an energy drink, energy bar or coffee  but without the downside of chemicals, caffeine, calories, gluten or sugar. Gram per gram, there is no denser source of nutrition than spirulina algae.

 Nutritional Info:

Energybits Nutritional Facts Chart
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ENERGYbitsBefore that huge workout, I decided to try out my sample of ENERGYbits. An average serving size is 30 (!) bits, so I took all 30 before the workout. Man, if you have trouble with pills, you might be put off by the amount you have to take at once. I persevered and took all thirty in 10-capsule doses with plenty of water. They have a really “green” smell, kind of like fish food, but the company totally owns up to that and recommends that you take them with water–and not chew (also because of the flavor). I also had a banana and half a LUNA bar (my favorite, of course).

I started my workout about 20 minutes after I took the bits, and the workout went really well. I felt great throughout, but I don’t know whether that was the bits or fueling properly for once. Probably both. However, I did notice hours later that I was exhausted. Just hit me. Now, I felt like the bits worked keeping my energy and focus up, and this was them wearing off. Nice! I took a half serving on another day and  felt great. The Engineer also took a half serving and said they were good.

1 serving = 30 bitsBottom line: The number of capsules you have to take seems a bit much, but I think they work and would definitely recommend that you try some for yourself. They might not work for you, and that’s OK! They are a little expensive ($115 for 1,000 capsules)–but worth it if they work for you! 🙂

ENERGYbits would also like to offer a prize pack and bits to one of my readers! Enter using  Rafflecopter below!

You can also enter the coupon code BLOG at checkout for 10% on any bag of algae from the ENERGYbits store.


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Must be 18 years or older and a US resident. Void where prohibited. Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter. I will announce the winner on July 10.

asphalt + me Review & Giveaway

I’ve always loved stationery. I have boxes of note cards, and I make almost all the cards I give away. But honestly I’ve never seen or made a card good enough to give to my running friends–until now. I was perusing Etsy before the holidays and came across the wonderful cards from asphalt + me = peace. Isn’t that a great shop name? So true too. I contacted the shop owner, Melissa, and she graciously sent me a bunch of cards to review. I love them all, but here are a few of my favorites:

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The inside reads, “Way to go!”
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The inside reads, “Wake me when it’s spring!”
The inside reads, "For the after-party! (congratulations!)"
The inside reads, “For the after party! (congratulations!)”

Aren’t they awesome? Not only does this shop have great products–with fantastic photos, high-quality card stock, and cute messages–but the customer service and shipping were awesome!

From the shop description:

Whether you are an elite, a mid-packer, or a runner who tries to avoid the back-of-the-pack bus . . . we are here to celebrate the trials and triumphs of RUNNING!
asphalt + me = peace offers a unique line of greeting cards with sentiments written by runners for runners.  For those who run, those who want to run, or those who support a runner, we aim to encourage and inspire!
Celebrate the humor and humility of running by sharing a greeting card today!

Hands down, asphalt + me = peace is a great shop, and you should check it out!

Now because I love this store and these super great cards–and because Melissa gave me some to give away–I have some packages to share with three of my readers! 

  1.  3 greeting cards and a bumper sticker package 1
  2. 4 greeting cards and a bumper sticker package 2
  3. 5 greeting cards, a bumper sticker, and a soft long-sleeve T-shirt (size small)package 3

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter now! Contest ends March 9, 2013 at 12:00 a.m., mountain standard time. Must be 18 years or older and a US resident. Cards included in packages will be chosen at random (don’t worry–they’re all cute!). Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter. I will announce the winner on March 11.

DISCLAIMER: Asphalt + me = peace provided me with cards, bumper stickers, and a T-shirt to review and give away. I was not compensated in any other way or encouraged to express a particular opinion. I think all of these products rock and want to share them with you!

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