July 19 2018
These two professional athletes also have jobs and are mothers—and they somehow still find time to lace up for their workouts and race.
Our top product picks for mother runners, just in time for you to make your wish list for Mother’s Day.
Mom can have all the info she needs right on her wrist with the new Fitbit Versa, which comes in a sleek, lightweight design and offers multiple color and clock face options (we are loving the peach/rose gold combo!). In addition to the smart features Fitbit is known for—including phone-free music, phone notifications, heart rate tracking and connected GPS—this watch also comes with additional health and wellness tracking, specifically for women. You can use the app to log your menstrual cycle and record symptoms, then view upcoming fertility windows straight on your watch. And the cherry on top: The watch’s battery can last four days!
Every mom (and every runner) knows a secret grownup snack stash, far out of the reach of children, is a must. Sugarfina’s Rosé All Day Gummy Bears are infused with real rosé wine, the perfect excuse not to share this sweet treat with the kids. Rosé all day? Yes, please!
Honestly? What Mom really wants for Mother’s Day is a long run, followed by an even longer soak. This Epsoak Sport from San Francisco Salt Company is full of minerals and essential oils to rejuvenate tired muscles after a long run (or a long day of mommin’).
Our top gift pick for Mother’s Day this year is one that you and the mother runner you’re treating can enjoy together: a one-year subscription to Women’s Running! Starting on May 11, readers can order two subscriptions for the price of one, a limited-time offer that will expire at midnight (PST) on May 12. Treat your running mom, aunt, grandmother or best friend to a year’s worth of fitness and nutrition advice from your trusted Team WR editors and writers.
Once your kids outgrow the jogging stroller (or just get too darn heavy to push), graduating to a bike is a perfect next step. The Strider 14x Sport Balance Bike is designed for kiddos ages 3–7 to help teach them how to ride—it features a low center of gravity so that they can have complete control. Once your child masters the balance bike, it’s easy to attach the included pedals so that the bike can grow with your child.
For moms-to-be, any item of clothing you can wear throughout pregnancy is worth gold—especially when it comes to activewear. The Ingrid & Isabel Active Side Zip Jacket has zippers above both hips, fitting Mom snugly during the first trimester and providing continued comfort as her belly grows. Available in jet black, royal purple and cobalt blue, its four-way stretch, moisture-wicking fabric doesn’t surrender comfort to style.
Those nine long months of pregnancy seem even longer when you’re dealing with constant foot, back and leg pain. Your body’s going through some major changes, and that’s okay—and it’s also okay to add a bit of extra comfort to your shoe situation. The Mommy Steps Maternity Insoles by Motherhood Maternity provide the kind of cushy arch and heel support that your feet desperately need. When your feet swell later during pregnancy, the same insoles will work—just remold them by briefly sticking them in your oven to fit your feet.
The Erica Sara Vertical Bar Sound Wave Necklace lets you keep your running inspiration close, whether that inspiration comes in the form of a song that gets you pumped for hill workouts, the sound of your kids cheering you on at a race or the calming chirp of crickets during springtime runs. Entirely customizable, this necklace makes a special gift for Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays or just because. Upload an image of a favorite sound wave (easily recorded on a smartphone or computer) while ordering to create one of the most personal gifts around.
Indulge (practically) guilt-free with the Paleo, gluten-free Base Culture Almond Butter Brownie. Made with just 12 minimally processed whole-food ingredients, including all-natural cocoa, eggs and honey, these sweet desserts can serve as some serious mid-run motivation if they’re waiting for you when you finish! Keep an eye out for new flavors coming later this year: Raspberry Cocoa Brownie and Cashew Butter Blondie.
Give Mom the gift of workout versatility with the Thule Chariot Lite 2 multisport trailer—not only can you go for a run with this smooth-rolling stroller, but you can also attach it to your bike to pull the kids along for a ride. (You can even purchase an additional cross-country skiing kit as well!) Our favorite features of the Chariot are how compactly it folds, its adjustable handle and the ability to enclose your little ones within the trailer with either a screen and/or clear cover to keep the rain, wind and bugs out.
The Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker is powerfully equipped to handle volume and shifting environmental factors alike. Small enough to rest comfortably on the palm of one hand with a six-hour battery life and sound that’ll surprise listeners for its volume and clarity, this speaker is also waterproof and heatproof, able to withstand searing outdoor summer temperatures as well as the occasional accidental cannonball into the pool. Bonus: it has a strap that you can hold while running or loop around your bike handle during cross-training days.
If you’re in desperate need of a getaway (or even a mother-daughter trip!), a five-day retreat in Bali is calling your name this Mother’s Day. Taking place May 10-15 in Uluwatu, Bali, the all-inclusive Surfin2Yoga Retreat features yoga twice a day, surf lessons, meals, two luxury massages, sunset meditations and more. If the timing of this trip doesn’t work, you can celebrate a belated Mother’s Day at one of the summer retreats in either Bali or Mexico.
Let’s be honest: receiving a new book for your kids is kind of a gift for you, too. This new hardcover by Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray (intended for grade levels 3-4) brings kids along on his journey as a runner, starting with his initial interest in the sport as a child through his first marathon at age 17 and the 150+ marathons he’s run since. Inspiring for the budding runner inside your little ones? Oh, yeah.
“How about a bouquet of flower socks for Mother’s Day?” Sock Guy suggested—and it’s actually pretty clever. Though socks often get a bad rap during the holidays as the gift you don’t want showing up, runners know that there’s value in a durable sock. If they come in fun colors or patterns, like the Lily or Blossom designs, then all the better.
During pregnancy, it can be difficult to find workout apparel that fits your changing body. These maternity workout leggings provide active moms-to-be with a solid option that’s sweat-wicking, has UV protection and is made of a breathable performance fabric that’ll keep them as comfortable as possible. The best part? These leggings come with a built-in support belt that can be adjusted to fit every woman’s needs, whether she’s working out or spending some down-time at home.
Treat Mom to a handmade scented bar of soap this Mother’s Day that’ll soothe her hands and retain its floral scent long after each trip to the sink. Made with organic cocoa butter and a mixture of oils intended to rejuvenate dry skin, like olive and virgin coconut, this soap has a subtle rose scent and is safe to use on the whole body for those with sensitive skin.