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Gift guide: The sports and fitness fanatic

An ardent runner and fitness fanatic helps us whip her her ultimate wishlist into shape.

"I love this drapey top for apres-gym."
"I always stock up on Old Navy ones for $1-$3 a pair and wear them prerace and leave them at the start line. But these are keepers worth splurging on_they�d be perfect for slipping into postrace."
"Best gift ever! Listen to music while you swim! It gets me through all my swim workouts."
"So awesome for protecting chlorine- and sun-ravaged hair�which is what happens during training�and too expensive to buy for myself."
"I love all lululemon stuff, especially these lined pants�so warm and comfy to wear to the gym on cold mornings."
"I think an ID bracelet is an absolute must-have for anyone who trains and races."
"These fit like a glove and look great on."
"If you do yoga you�ll love these_so much better than throwing a regular towel over your mat."
�Amazing, amazing, amazing�my all-time favorite sock. They�re comfy, they don�t bunch up and they have a long sock life!�
By Liz Plosser |

KIMBERLY SHAH, 32, Gold Coast

When she’s not teaching running and Spinning classes at Equinox, Shah coaches folks for marathons and triathlons ( When she’s not doing that, she’s training or racing—from 5Ks all the way up to Ironman events (that’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run—wowza!). Most recently, she finished third in her age group at the Sprint Triathlon nationals. (We have no idea when this hard-core athlete sleeps.) She’s accumulated a ton of gear over the years, but covets everything on this page—and so will the gym rat or racing fiend in your life.

My favorite budget stocking stuffer is…Balega running socks, at Fleet Feet. “Amazing, amazing, amazing—my all-time favorite sock. They’re comfy, they don’t bunch up and they have a long sock life!”

If you have to get a gift certificate, get it from…iTunes. “I love to find new ‘power songs’ that motivate me on my long runs.”

Please don’t get me another…sports watch. “I have eight of them, plus I have six GPSs.”


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