Runnersworld.co.uk’s Marathon Gift Guide

Congratulate a loved one after months of dedicated marathon training - or just treat yourself after making it across the 26.2-mile finish line. We've compiled the best selection of gifts to help commemorate the day, boost recovery and pamper tired legs.  

Marathon Frame, from £22

Once you have your shiny marathon medal, show it off to the world with a customised frame. You can add a plaque or even a race photo or two to bring back proud memories of the big day.

We've teamed up with weframe.co.uk to give you a 15% discount offer, just add the promotional code runnersworld. 

www.weframe.co.uk

Skins RY400 Compression Tights for Recovery, £69.98

Your legs may be tired and achy for up to a week after the marathon, so invest in a pair of recovery compression tights to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and hasten muscle repair. Skins have a wide range of sizes available and you can wear them they discreetly under work clothes, or even to bed.

www.skins.net

For Goodness Shakes, bottles and sachets from £1

Getting the right nutrients after a race helps your body to repair damage and replenish fuel stores, putting you on the fast road to recovery.  For Goodness Shakes milkshakes have the right balance of carbohydrate and protein (3:1) and they're a good source of electrolytes such as magnesium, sodium and potassium. The great news is that they're tasty too and after a few bottles you can move onto the bubbly.

www.forgoodnessshakes.com

Find out more about getting the right nutrition for recovery.

A Meal to Remember

After months of fine-tuning your nutrition strategy and eating healthily for your marathon, we think it's time for a not-so-healthy food fix as a reward. Stagger to a pub or restaurant close to the marathon finish line and tuck in.

"As long as you get sufficient fluid, carbs and some protein, the high fat aspect of many pub meals is of little concern after running a marathon. So as long as you eat a decent meal you will be aiding recovery," says ASICS PRO Team dietician Ruth McKean. 

Ruth recommends fresh orange and lemonade or even a lager shandy to help you rehydrate. Add garlic bread as a side order to bulk up your carbohydrates and snack on peanuts while you're waiting, for a protein and salt fix. "Just don't do this every day," warns Ruth, but enjoy it while it lasts.

Tiger Balm Red, £4.67 for 19g

Arm yourself with some heat rub for the days after your race and massage a few times a day into any sore spots. A little goes a long way, so opt for a pocket-sized tub of Tiger Balm Red (which has a pleasant cinnamon scent), or pick from a range of Deep Heat products including spray, patch and rub. 

Remember to use the RICE technique on any more serious injuries or aches.

www.tigerbalm.co.uk

Trigger Point Grid Matrix Foam Roller, £40

Enjoy daily sports massages without the jaw-dropping price tag. This extra-firm roller is shaped around a hollow plastic tube and it can provide a deep massage to your legs, glutes and back. Unlike traditional rollers it won't lose its form over time, so you can use after this marathon and all the marathons yet to come

www.apex-sports.co.uk

Lotil Foot Cream, £5.49

Treat your feet after their 26.2-mile pounding. If you're suffering from cracks, cuts, blisters or broken skin, rub in some soothing Lotil Foot Cream to protect against infection. It also contains rosemary extract, a natural anti-oxidant, which will help to soften and moisturise the skin.

Find out more tips on treating your feet.

www.lotil.co.uk