Snow, freezing rain, and cold temperatures? Bah humbug, they say!
Fair weather runner
So what is a snowbird, anyway? The word describes a person who lives in colder climates and travels to a warm weather spot for the winter. Tan lines are their jam and vitamin D is their favorite nutrient.
Gifts for the Snowbird Runner
Since these runners prefer to get out in fair weather, they typically prefer gear like quick-drying tees, versatile shorts, and more.
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Here are some additional gift ideas for runners who fit the Snowbird Runner persona:
Setting that PR is a thrill no matter the weather, but be extra cautious if you’re running in the heat. Here are some safety tips for snowbirds who prefer to run in the sun.
More heat means more sweating. Running in extremely hot climates makes you sweat more, which puts you at higher risk for dehydration. It’s crucial to replace those fluids by hydrating well. Drink up before, during, and after your run.
Run in the shade
Direct sunlight can zap your body of energy and do some serious damage to your skin if you’re not careful. Hayley Banister, Nashville Guru, suggests avoiding direct sunlight when possible. “I’m a huge fan of hot weather running here in Tennessee, but I try to sneak away to some shady trails to keep me a little bit cooler on the run.”
The sun’s rays can still reach you even if you’ve got shade overhead. Look for a good sweatproof lotion with a high SPF and lather up.
Listen to your body
If your body is overheating or you are getting thirsty, it’s OK to slow down and take a break if you need it. Be smart and don’t overdo it.
Other gift ideas
Are you looking for more gifts for runners? Explore our other holiday heroes below:
Still stuck on what to get the runner in your life? Browse our full gift guide and Run Happy (Holidays).
The Blizzard Braver
Breath in the air? Frost on the ground? Doesn't matter — it's time to lace up and head out the door. The Blizzard Braver's superpower is knowing how to dress for the cold without overheating during the run.
It's easy to pick the Anytime Sleigher out of the crowd. Whether they're grocery shopping, in line at a coffee shop, or attending a Zoom meeting, these runners prefer versatile layering gear like zip-ups, vests, and joggers. The Anytime Sleigher is prepared to hit their next PR with little notice.