Mother’s Day is coming! I’m mostly excited because, as of this moment, it’s one of the least scheduled weekends on my calendar, which means there are only three or four commitments on it. Ah, how fun is the end of the school year?
If you are a mom who runs, know a mom who runs, or love a mom who runs, here’s our handy and helpful guide to treating them to a great Mother’s Day!
Mother runners wanna run!
We aren’t called “mother runners” for nothing. Moms who run want to… you guessed it… run. If the mother runner in your life wants to get in some miles on Mother’s Day as part of her celebration, offer to go with her or help facilitate so she can fit it into her schedule.
If she wants to spend the day relaxing instead, treat her to a race at a later date. Pro tip: the 2020 Best Damn Race Orlando goes on sale Wednesday, April 24 at noon at super low prices! You know she would appreciate it!
Mother runners love to eat!
It’s not hard to guess why one of the big running hashtags is #irunsoicaneat. Runners are hungry folk, and Mother’s Day is a great time to indulge that appetite.
Plan brunch or other fabulous meal for that special mother runner in your life. She’ll love you for it. Especially if it comes after a long run.
Mother runners need to recover.
Much as I hate to admit it, rest and recovery are the things missing from most mother runner’s routines. Heck, even moms who don’t run (or runners who don’t mom) can be neglectful of their recovery needs. It just goes with the territory.
A gift certificate for a sports massage or pedicure can be the perfect treat for your mother runner. She probably wouldn’t schedule it for herself, but she’ll definitely make the time if someone gives her a helpful prod in the right direction.
If a spa day isn’t in the cards, a foam or recovery roller will work just as nicely. I’m a big fan of anything by Addaday. You can’t go wrong with any of their sticks or rollers.
If you give a mom a pair of shoes….
… she’ll run this world. Honestly, my favorite gift is always new running shoes. I hate spending the money on myself but quality new shoes are part of the sport and they always make a great gift. The same goes for things like running socks, good sports bras, or even packets of fuel for long runs.
Material gifts are never necessary, but if you like to give a little something wrapped up in string, consider the gift of gear.
Mother runners deserve a high five every once in a while.
In fairness, we all do. It’s nice to have our accomplishments recognized and it’s always special when loved ones show their support. Things like Motivate Wraps from Momentum Jewelry, medal racks from York Sign Shop or a customized, commemorative race print from Run Ink are all fabulous ways to show the love.
So what about you? If you’re a mom who runs, which of these gifts would help make a fabulous Mother’s Day in a few weeks?
As a runner, do you like receiving running related gifts or would you prefer to purchase those things on your own?
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Deborah Brooks says
I for one would be very happy with a run, brunch and a massage! Always a winner at our house
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Sounds like a lovely day!
Zenaida Arroyo says
You can never go wrong with a gift certificate for a massage or a pedicure. I am not even a mom and would like those gifts. 🙂
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Who wouldn’t? I think every runner would love to be on the receiving end of some of these!
All great gift ideas for running mothers. For a birthday one year, I asked all of my adult sons to run a race with me. They did. they also invited my running friends and had a celebration after the race. It was the best present they ever gave me. Not for Mothers’ Day, but it was still a great thought.
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That’s amazing! I wish there were more races on my birthday and Mother’s Day (which are right around the same time), but it’s a bad time of year for them 🙁
Kimberly Hatting says
I’d love a race registration (or several)! I”m a super sentimental gal, though, so I really appreciate jewelry that has symbolic images or represents a significant event/milestone.
I love the 1000 mile necklace Mr PugRunner got me for Christmas, but I don’t wear a ton of jewelry, so I always feel badly when I get it.
I once got a foam roller for Mother’s Day so my family know me well! I desperately need a new pair of shoes so I’ll start giving serious hints about that. But the best part of Mother’s Day for me is I’ll be running my 4th Half Marathon! Really excited about that and hoping I can get someone to take my kids to the 12/13 km point. That would probably be the best gift, even better than the shoes actually 🙂
Oh that is so exciting! You are going to have so much fun! Good luck!
Kim G says
Thanks for such a great post! This weekend I asked my mom for Mother’s Day gift ideas and she didn’t have any, lol. Your recommendations will come in handy.
Glad to be of help! Hope she loves whatever you give her!
Chris Tiley says
Some great ideas. My mum doesn’t run but I might steal a couple of ideas for presents for my wife who loves to run.
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I’m sure she will love and appreciate that and you!
I’ll take them all.
Especially $$ for a race. Support at the finish line. A dinner out.
I’m not picky.
As far as material things I need nothing.
Me, either. I do like getting gifts, but I don’t really need anything. It is nice to be remembered and thought of, but we are super big on experiences.
Marc Pelerin says
Great ideas for the wife. I’m sure she’d love a new pair of running kicks! Thanks for sharing.
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She will love that for sure!
Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says
These are all great ideas for mother runners! I’m not a mother but I would appreciate a new pair of shoes or a massage, haha!
Everyone loves those things!
Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy says
Well, I don’t mom (if you don’t count the furkids) but these are all great ideas. Especially the massage. 🙂
Uh, yes, I count the furkids!
Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says
These are all such great ideas! I know I always appreciate a gift certificate for a massage or facial!!
I have never had a facial. My skin is so sensitive to so many things I’m kind of afraid to go there.
Thanks for these great ideas!
I def need to get my sister and a few other mother runners I know a special gift for Mother’s Day!
Happy early Mother’s Day to you too!
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Awesome! I’m sure they will love whatever you give!