Finish your Mother's Day Shopping - It's Your Only Freakin' Option - Last Minute Gift Ideas for Marathon Moms

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These gals look like such good friends.  Bet they're in different age groups.

At about $160 a race not including travel and lodging expenses, it’s not cheap. But hey… break that down to an hourly rate for the amount of time Mom was in labor with you, and I’m pretty sure you’ll see the value there.

Spa Package – This makes for a fun day out - almost like going to Walmart without the kids.  Of course, it's best to pre-purchase a package to secure the best rate.  A massage can release tension in her aching legs and feet after a season of running hard and racing.  Sometimes all she needs is someone to massage her feet while they listen to her mile splits.

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Plus, if she can exfoliate one foot with the other you know it's time she had a pedicure.

Books or Running magazine subscription - If she doesn’t have a subscription to a running mag she needs one.  They also offer electronic delivery for her iPad.

I am absolutely addicted to running reading material.  For me, there is almost nothing more wonderful than a new book or magazine with pages worthy of a Morgan Freeman narration.  If you add a new subscription to the mix, my eyes roll back in my head and I have a little joy-stroke. If your Mom is a person who is forever reading up on all things running related, hook her up with these lovelies.  One of the best joy stroke inducing running books ever is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition here:

 http://www.amazon.com/138-336-Feet-Pure-Bliss/dp/1493556355

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Finished reading these and am now out of books and magazines to read.  Guess I'll have to spend time with my family.  They seem like good people.

Medal Rack – If Mom's medals are haphazardly hanging from a myriad of doorknobs and drapery hooks around the house, you need to invest in a bling shrine.  There’s plenty to choose from that will happily invade the decor of your home.  Runners Wall Co. has some artsy designs, but do look around on Etsy and Pinterest too.

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Road ID – This is something that I just didn’t find the time to purchase for myself and really, it’s dumb of me to not wear one yet in the state of Floriduh where sinkholes are marked by garbage bins and a motorist may unleash the Kracken at any given moment to prune her lady garden in heavy traffic.

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I'll never know when something bad is going to happen just like I'll never understand someone's need to hang silver testicles on the back of their truck so I find great importance in carrying ID on my wrist. 

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Road ID wrist equally sexy to the Garmin wrist.

So there you have it, my top gift ideas for active moms and mother runners.  Hope I've helped you out if you are a last minute shopper or 99.99% male.  I really do like helping people. Many people have said of me, “My, but you are such a helpful person”. What if I went back to school to become a nurse to get over the empty nest syndrome after my oldest starts Kindergarten?  Well… now that I think about it, that’s no good either. I pass out at the sight of blood and I can’t think I will ever need a job badly enough to clean up someone else’s bladder contents for fun and profit. That’s too bad though because I would look really cute in scrubs while accidentally ruining my friends' appetites because I tend to forget 'normal' people don't talk about bodily fluids and functions over lunch.  Unless they are moms.  Then it's perfectly acceptable.

Being a mom really is the best job in the universe. Sometimes it makes you wish an Emerilwear cast iron skillet would land on your head and offer the sweet relief only death can bring. But more often than not, it fills you up in a way nothing else ever will.

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