Pound The Pavement

One of the cool parts of summer is seeing everyone actually get outdoors to breathe in some fresh air and take in some golden sunlight – particularly when it comes to working out. Come June, suddenly the sidewalks and roads are bustling with cyclists, rollerbladers, joggers, and just about everything in between. If you have a friend that’s into running, or simply has an enviable lung capacity and is considering hitting the track this summer, then I’ve got some great gift ideas to share with you today from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Not only that, I’ve also got some handy tips on getting started on running, because believe it or not, it’s not so simple as touching toes to pavement – if you’re seriously considering running, then get geared up kids.

The first step? Figure out what kind of runner you are. Maybe you dig hitting the road, or maybe you’re more of a treadmill person. Perhaps you like hitting wide open spaces with a challenge on the beach or you prefer a more controlled experience, circling the track at your local club. No matter what, make sure you’re properly outfitted for the day. MEC sells plenty of ventilated, moisture-wicking products, including this MEC Run Cap ($23) that regulates your body temperature, reduces glare, and increases your overall comfort for those long excursions.

A lot of people might ask why you even need running gear – isn’t it just you and the road? Well sure, but keep in mind two things you need to tango with that road: well-fitted shoes and water. A visit to MEC can get you properly fitted so you can purchase the perfect pair of shoes to minimize aches and pains, and possibly improve your performance time. If you’re working so hard, you will get dehydrated, so be sure to bring along a water bottle. The lightweight MEC Pace 100 Waist Pack ($19.95) not only has you bottle at hand, it also gives you space to store keys, credit cards, or other essentials.

One such essential? Lip Pods Sport Lip Balm  ($2.75), designed for the outdoorsy type and imbued with SPF 30. While it rocks in the sunshine, it’s also great for blustery fall and spring days to avoid lip chapping. If the person you’re stocking up on these essentials for is really into running, this is another fun little present to encourage them to keep on pushing through. Another top tip? Encourage them to make and try to reach goals so their affair with running isn’t just a summer fling. Start with times, then look at distances – your best competition is often yourself.

My final tip of the day? Aside from staying hydrated, you’ve also got to fuel up your body when you’re rocking and rolling it when running. Aim to eat 1-3 hours before you pound the ground, and if you’re going on a mini-marathon, be sure to snack every hour while you’re jogging. Post-workout recovery can also be sped up by a healthy dose of carbs and protein, so get chomping. No matter when you’re noshing, an energy-laden product is a great choice for serious workouts – like Clif Shot Bloks Fast Paks ($2.10), which tuck nicely into your Waist Pack and are loaded with electrolytes and carbs, but free from pretty much anything artificial.

Now that you’re armed with four run-ready gift ideas, let me gift you one last thing: one lucky winner is going to walk away with all four items highlighted in this post! If you’ve got the fever for a serious workout, here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by July 10th with a link back to the running shoes from MEC.ca you’d love to own (or gift) to accompany your running gear kit.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around July 11th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Show me how much you love MEC by liking them on Facebook. If you’re feeling keen, leave a comment while you’re there (you’re under no obligation to mention the CGG).

82 Responses to “Pound The Pavement”
  1. Melony says:

    I really love, for my husband,the Salomon XT Wings 2 GTX Trail Running Shoes. I bet they would last him for a long while. http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/TrailRunningShoes.jsp

  2. Lisa H says:

    THis prize will deifnitely help me get into a running routine this summer.

  3. aly3360 says:

    I’d love to own the New Balance W730V1 Road Running Shoes (Women’s) http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/RoadRunningShoes/Womens/PRD~5028-769/new-balance-w730v1-road-running-shoes-womens.jsp

    They look comfy!

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  4. aly3360 says:

    I liked MEC on facebook (Amber Lynn)

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. Ana says:

    I would be so happy if I got the New Balance W1260 Road Running Shoes (Women’s)
    I’m in dire need of new runners (mine are 5 years old and terrible quality).
    Thanks so much!

  6. Mandi says:

    I love these New Balance shoes!! http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/RoadRunningShoes/Womens/PRD~5025-525/new-balance-w1260-road-running-shoes-womens.jsp

    I ‘liked’ MEC on Facebook 🙂

    Thanks for a great contest!!!!

  7. Kate says:

    I’ve been transitioning to minimalist shoes over the past 6 months and I’m hoping to make the New Balance Minimus shoes my next pair: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/RoadRunningShoes/Womens/PRD~5027-216/new-balance-wr00-road-running-shoes-womens.jsp
    For those of you with strong arches and ankles with limited dorsiflexion I can’t suggest a midfoot strike running style strongly enough – give it a try!

  8. dee b says:

    I’d love to own the http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/Barefoot/Womens/PRD~5027-445/vibram-fivefingers-speed-womens.jsp I grew up in the Bahamas and loved running barefoot. These say they feel just like that.

  9. Tina McManus says:

    I would love to own a pair of
    These look like a great pair of shoes to give stability

  10. Evan says:

    Nike Air Pegasus+ 28 Road Running Shoes (Men’s)

    Also liked them on Facebook √

  11. nikki robak says:

    I would like new road balance women’t shoes

  12. nikki robak says:

    posted on MEC nikki robak

  13. Mel says:

    I like MEC on FB as Melinda P


  14. Margaret Imecs says:

    I would love to own the Vibram FiveFingers Speed

  15. Margaret Imecs says:

    Liked Mec on Facebook as Margaret Imecs

  16. Holly Sproule says:

    Saucony Peregrine 2 Trail Running Shoes look great! I also liked MEC on fb.

  17. Sher Cruz says:

    New Balance MR890v2 Road Running Shoes (Men’s) would look good with the 4 items above, and would make my husband run with me and have a new pair of running shoes! http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/RunningAndFitness/RoadRunningShoes/Mens/PRD~5027-211/new-balance-mr890v2-road-running-shoes-mens.jsp

  18. carrieinsk says:

    I would love to win these: Nike Zoom Vomero+ 7 Road Running Shoes (pink) …thanks!

    I have bone spurs, painful nodules, 1/2 fallen arches (semi flat), 1 fallen knuckle, a flat ankle (shoes slip off) and 1 leg shorter than the other. I have spent over $500 for insoles that do not work…and numerous cheap pairs of shoes that aren’t comfortable. I think these would be great as my hubby only wears Nike now and swears by them.

  19. Kiersten says:

    I love these shoes:

    They’re cute and they look like quality running shoes! No sore feet with these, which is especially good for the country terrain I’m running on.

  20. Kris says:

    Like MEC on FB Kris F

  21. would love new running shoes

  22. danosor says:

    I’d love the New Balance M1260 Road Running Shoe.

  23. Tammy says:

    I liked them on facebook and left a comment
    Tammy Dalley
    dalleykt at live dot ca

  24. sean pynaert says:

    I’d like the Merrell Solo Origins Light Trail Shoes (Men’s)

  25. Victoria S says:

    I’m in need of new shoes! I’d love to try these: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/Barefoot/Womens/PRD~5027-445/vibram-fivefingers-speed-womens.jsp

    Liked with FB name Victoria Ess

  26. Debbie A says:

    Liked on Facebook & commented; would love the New Balance running shoes for women:
    Don’t think I’m ready for the barefoot experience yet.

  27. Sandra S says:

    I like MEC on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Sand516

  28. Justine Barry says:

    i liked MEC on Facebook

  29. Sunshine G says:

    I also like MEC on FB.

  30. Agnes says:

    I would love a pair of these: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/Barefoot/PRD~5027-445/vibram-fivefingers-speed-womens.jsp. I hear barefoot running is amazing for your body and I can`t wait to try it out!

  31. Ines says:

    I also liked MEC on facebook 🙂

  32. brook says:

    I am in the midst of comparing shoes to purchase, my first choice that caught my eye we these: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/RoadRunningShoes/Womens/PRD~5028-769/new-balance-w730v1-road-running-shoes-womens.jsp
    Looking forward to hitting the jogging road!

  33. Like them on facebook.
    doreen lamoureux

  34. colleenmariecole says:

    I like MEC on Facebook – and keep wanting to pop into that amazing looking store in Barrie. I usually go to the one in Toronto, but that Barrie store looks awesome!

  35. debh says:

    I think I would like these running shoes. New Balance WR890v2 Road Running Shoes (Women’s) $135.00 CAD

  36. newfiechic says:

    Liked MEC on Facebook under the name Brenda Penton

  37. aimee p says:

    the hat would be really nice

  38. stacey h says:

    liked MEC on facebook and left a comment
    stacey htkka

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