I love a good adventure, and this year my Christmas Wish List is inspired by all the insane challenges I have planned in 2019 – whether it’s running from LA to Las Vegas, crewing ultra marathons, cycling in Europe or packing up a van for some adventures in the wilderness, this kit will see me through! As a student I’m prone to asking for gifts that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself, and although these are all pretty practical picks they’re defiantly things I’d treasure as I push myself over the next 12 months!
The Vibrating Foam Roller, from £100
Running 350 miles across Death Valley as part of The Speed Project takes some serious training, and don’t my poor legs know it! Tight, sore muscles are my norm these days, so I really need to make foam rolling more of a priority. I’ve heard amazing things about the vibrating Pulse Roller from other endurance runners who swear it’s saved their legs! I’ve had loads of foam rollers in the past, but I’m hoping this’ll be the one that’ll encourage my legs to start being nice to me again.
The Suunto Ambit3 Peak Watch, from £329
During The Speed Project I’ll be spending three days on the road as my team mates and I run in relay to Sin City. There’ll be times when I have to run off road, possibly in the dark, through the desert, and the last thing I want to think about when dodging snakes (!) is whether I’m headed in the right direction or if my watch will die. A Suunto Ambit3 Peak Watch seems like the perfect solution as it’s got a serious battery life and navigation tools. Plus if it’s not on Strava then it didn’t happen.
Base Camp Duffel Bag, £110
Normally I travel hand luggage only ( I have serious packing skills!), but big events like The Speed Project or crewing a 24 hour ultra marathon mean hauling a lot of kit about – think multiple pairs of shoes, all of the sports bras and lots of snacks! The Base Camp Duffel from The North Face is the perfect bag to stash all my stuff in as it can withstand lots of rough and tumble, is easy to spot on the baggage carousel and converts into a backpack when I need to sprint through an airport (I HATE wheeled cases!)
The Liv Invite CoMax Bike, £1,199
After reading up on the EuroVelo network I really want to go on a big cycling adventure next summer, possibly riding to Amsterdam. At the moment I ride a beautiful foldie called Doris (follow her – #adventureswithDoris), but she’s not really built for long distances and I think I might have to cheat on her and pick up something a little more suitable. I’ve got my eye on the Liv Invite CoMax Bike and having read loads of reviews about how versatile and robust it is it seems like just the thing to see me through my adventures. Oh, and I will call her Mabel! See, I’m attached already!
A box of RX Bars, currently wholesale only, price on registering
Training (what feels like) all the time leaves you hungry (what feels like) all the time, and when I get hungry I get hangry! I can’t count the number of times an RX bar stuffed in my bag or pocked has saved the world from one of my more gnarly moods, and as training for The Speed Project ramps up over the next few months I think it’s only fair to the world that Santa does the right thing and leaves a box of these tasty treats under the tree to keep the beast at bay.