Breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day seems like a great idea. Unless all Mom wants to do is log some quiet, early-morning miles before drinking a cup of hot coffee. Instead of serving her burnt toast, why not shower her with gifts that support her running habit?
We’ve curated some of our favorite products for moms, mom figures, and moms-to-be, whether they’re new to the sport, training for their first marathon, or seasoned and trying to get faster. These items have been recommended or tested by fellow moms, so we guarantee you’ll find something on here that will make Mother’s Day a red-letter day.
If you’ve struggled to find a high-quality running short that won’t budge and provides coverage, Janji has nailed it with the Groundwork Pace Short. The 6-inch short stays put with its silicone grips, and the ergonomic waistband allows for movement during slow or fast miles.
Can’t bear to be without your phone? The short has two deep pockets that will secure your phone and keep it from bouncing. And perhaps one of our favorite features is the pass-through back pocket where you can secure your shirt if you start to heat up.
(We also love Tracksmith’s Lane Five Tights, a 5-inch short, for going extra fast.)
For moms-to-be or new moms, the Cadenshae Rise Up Tank is a Runner’s World favorite. Despite its name, the tank does not rise up, providing coverage as your belly grows. In fact, our testers recommend sizing down because the top errs on the side of baggy. Once baby is here, the top makes breastfeeding easy—if you go that route.
If the mom in your life is seeking a PR, surprise her with the Rocket X. The brand known for its cushioned trail shoes has more than impressed with its Rocket X racing shoe. The lightweight, responsive shoe touts a carbon fiber plate to improve stride efficiency, and its mesh upper will keep your feet from overheating.
Give the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. Nutrition and recovery are key parts of training, but it’s often hard to know what products truly support performance and recovery. The RunnerBox, which ships every other month, contains curated running products, including endurance nutrition, snack bars, and accessories for recovery and self-care. (We especially love Munki Espresso Mocha Walnuts, which made its way into a box.)
[Related: The Best Subscription Boxes for Runners.]
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include something from Sarah Marie Design Studio, one of our favorite OG apparel brands for runners. The company offers an entire For Mom line, but right now, we’re loving the simply stated Mama Needs A Run T-shirt. Because Mama needs a run. Complete the look with “The Reason” sweatshirt for the kiddo(s).
Moms everywhere know that multitasking is a must-do to keep the ship afloat. This medium-support bra from Lululemon, which recently launched its Global Run line, gets the job done for cross-training, yoga, chasing after the kids, and lounging. The longer cut adds extra coverage and can double as a crop top.
We can’t resist something called Gifts for All Those Running Mamas. Everlane is known for its high-quality, comfortable, sustainable clothing that can withstand the test of time. While Mom won’t actually run in Gifts for All Those Running Mamas, the style is simple, comfy, and timeless, making it perfect for a rest day or post-run coffee.
With more than 45,000 combinations, these Fitness Dice from Uncommon Goods will make cross-training exciting (promise!). Every exercise requires just your body weight. Roll six dice to determine your target areas, and then toss the seventh for reps and duration.
For the tea-drinking mama in your life, let her ease into the day (or unwind in the evening) with the tea flight from Chariteas—with every order, the company plants new trees. This trio comprises a rooibos, high-grade single origin, and wellness herbal brand.
For moms itching to pick up the pace, Rabbit makes the grade. Its new Pocket Series features, well, pockets—regardless of how tiny the top or bottoms are. The original crop has been updated to include a built-in sports bra for medium support and a cell phone (or snacks) pocket nestled comfortably between the shoulder blades.
We also love Tracksmiths Pocket Shorts, which come in three lengths and provide five discreet pockets for your treasures without weighing you down.
Make Mom’s gift do double time with the Tracksmith Club Duffel. The high-quality canvas goes the extra mile when loading up all of the essentials for a workout or long weekend escape. The duffel’s internal pocket is perfect for keys, wallet, phone, and on-the-road snacks.
You know what will fit great in that Tracksmith Club Duffel? A Theragun Mini. This sleek and portable percussion massager alleviates sore and tight muscles. The battery lasts 150 minutes, making it the go-to massage gun for weekend getaways, for one of our test editors. Cycle through three speeds (although limit the force you use, which can cause the motor to stall), to cure whatever ails ya.
Consider yourself an A+ partner, kid, support system if you gift the mom in your life a subscription to Runner’s World+, an exclusive access pass to the magazine, digital articles, training plans, the RW+ community, and our coaches.
Available September 14. Written by former Runner’s World editor Ali Nolan, this women’s guide to the marathon is a must-have for any woman targeting the distance. Most marathon training manuals are written by men, which means they don’t necessarily consider woman-specific issues—different body types, strengths and weaknesses, hormones—when it comes to training. Regardless of your running level—beginner, intermediate, or advanced—Master the Marathon will prepare you for the 26.2-mile physical and mental journeys ahead. Pre-order now.
Instead flowers for Mother’s Day, why not give Mom floral-printed running gear? This Smartwool sock adds lightweight cushion for a comfy-but-not-bulky ride, with crew-height protection for the trails. Plus, Smartwool is known for its high-quality merino wool material that will keep tootsies dry and odor-free.
Was it just us or did every kid buy their mom a candle for Mother’s Day (and birthday and Christmas and Valentine’s Day)? Well, now that we’re grown, we realize that, yeah, candles make pretty good gifts. Check out Ginger June Candle Co. Apricot Fig for a refreshing-not-overwhelming scent to brighten up any mood or room.
Ginger June Candle Co. uses only vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable ingredients. As its website says, “Tested on friends and family, never animals.” Plus, 3 percent of all sales go toward various non-profits specializing in animal rescue and rehab.
If Mom already has a great pair of wireless headphones (like Jaybird Vista or UE Fits), might we recommend a high-quality portable speaker for traveling or outdoor use? Sonos is known for its incredible sound, and its Roam portable speaker makes that sound mobile thanks to bluetooth. It boasts all-day battery life and waterproof durability.