Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Run
This year, by the time Father’s Day rolls around, I will be a father of 3. With a toddler at home, and twins due any day now, Father’s Day is going to be a very exciting time at our house!
While the kids aren’t old enough to provide much input on gift ideas, in a few years, they will have it easy; dear old dad could always use some running gear. Perhaps something off the summer running gear guide, or simply an entry to an upcoming race.
As a kid, I never really knew what would make a fun gift for my dad. I was often left with no other choice than to gift him a cheap tie or Home Depot gift card. Naturally, I want to help my kids more than my dad helped me out with this holiday. Below I’ve compiled a list of a few “luxury” items as well as practical things I’m pretty sure every runner dad would appreciate (instead of the 15th pair of running socks).
Pancakes are the perfect recovery food after a long run. And while this griddle is totally unnecessary, who wouldn’t want to own one? Forget that it’s $300. Forget that it takes up a ton of counter space. Just think of the pancake masterpieces you could make your little ones on Saturday morning!
Since most dads I know are the defacto pancake maker in their homes, make their joy complete with a pancake food printer.
The PancakeBot is the world’s first food printer capable of printing pancakes by automatically dispensing batter directly onto a griddle in a shape of the user’s choosing. Designs for printing can be loaded to the PancakeBot via SD card. Representing an evolution in food-printing technology, PancakeBot lets kids and adults express their creativity through food while exploring technology.
I love a good book and am drawn to ones that help me become a better person. I love laughing, reading interesting stories, or being challenged to something greater.
Below are two books I’ve read recently, and two others on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I highly recommend all of them.
The River Road: Becoming a Runner in 1972 by Dennis Barker– Yes, THAT Dennis Barker of Team USA MN!
The River Road is an evocative novel of becoming a runner in 1972. Filled with compelling stories of runners, running, history, the 1972 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials and the Munich Olympics, it brings to life an era in which the U.S. competed for gold in nearly every distance running event.
Runners of North America by Mark Remy – I wrote a whole review about this book, but in short, it’s a coffee table sort of book that takes a humorous look at a whole bunch of different “runners” and pokes fun at their quirks.
The Champions Comeback by Jim Afremow – this book has been a tremendous encouragement to me as I battle back from a terrible marathon. It discusses how all failures and setbacks can be used to achieve your big audacious goal.
Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth – I heard this author on the Freakonomics podcast, and was fascinated about how to build success in a variety of contexts in life.
…the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence called grit.
3. Sunglasses $30
I once owned a pair of $150 sunglasses that were absolutely amazing. Light as a feather, interchangeable lenses, and felt so comfortable during a long run. They vanished, and were replaced by an inexpensive pair I found at Target. Years later, I still have the cheap ones, and long for a new pair of high end sun blockers. They are invaluable for summer running!
Running sunglasses are one of those things that I hate to spend much money on, because they always seem to break or get lost. These Oakley sunglasses get rave reviews, even if they are wicked expensive.
Like most dads, I love shooting video on my iPhone. Sometimes, the videos are painful to watch because they are so shaky. The Stayblcam claims to eliminate that, and for only $75, allows you to shoot, “professional looking video” that’s smooth as butter. Just imagine running after your kids with one of these! Or better yet, having a friend film your running form to see how you could improve?
As a soon to be father of 3, a lot of people have asked me if I’m going to get a jogging stroller to hold everyone. While I have loved running with a jogging stroller, I don’t think a triple, or even double jogger is going to work. For a whole bunch of reasons, it may finally be time to get a treadmill.
I’m still doing research, but the FreeMotion 2500 GS has one pretty sweet feature: it can decline as well as incline. You can even load routes, and run them with exact elevation. According to reviews, the FreeMotion is built super well, and comes with a huge touch screen. The downside is that it’s $2,198, so the kids will have to save their allowance for a few years.
A kettlebell is a cast iron ball with a handle attached to the top. I’m trying to use them more because they are super awesome at helping runners build strength if done right. They’re simple, relatively inexpensive, and don’t take up much space. These babies engage your entire core, as well as arms and legs for a full body workout.
Your Father’s Day Gift Ideas
If you’re a father, send this list to your loved ones to give them a hint about what might make a thoughtful gift. Hey, worst case scenario, you get stuck making these pancakes in regular old circles, while your kids give you handmade cards and huge, massive hugs… not a bad way to spend the day!