It seems that everywhere you turn these days there is a gift guide for what everyone thinks you should be buying for Christmas. Some of these guides are helpful, some are annoying. I’m pretty sure that no one in my family would be leaping for joy if they got a huge box of 5 hour energy under the tree….thanks but no thanks.

It can be hard however to find gifts for the runner in your life beyond running apparel. So here is a suggestion of one of my favorites….

I received the Alex and Ani Bracelet: It’s Not A Sprint It’s A Marathon, from two of my best friends, Amy and Sarah, for my 30th birthday. The bracelet became one of my fast favorites and unleashed an addiction to all things Alex and Ani.

What’s on my Christmas List this year? More Alex and Ani bracelets and I’m pretty sure Santa […..ahem….my mom…..] is sending some my way.

While in Vegas for the Marathon Eric got me three more. The compass so I never loose my way, and the D and B initial ones for my initials and also for DREAM BIG.

Each bracelet with a charm has a meaning or stands for something. I’m a visual person and need visual reminders daily of mantras, thoughts, or even encouraging words to help me stay on the path I want to be on.

The descriptions of each charm play over and over in my head when I look at them.

Here is the It’s Not A Sprint It’s A Marathon one

Persistence | Strength | Heart
In the beginning of a marathon, your head keeps you focused with the notion that all dreams are possible with the right state of mind. As the journey progresses, the sheer will to succeed must move you forward. At the most challenging moments, your heart will undoubtedly take over. Adorn yourself with the It’s Not a Sprint Charm as a reminder that life is the ultimate marathon for it’s the moments that make up the journey.

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*Disclaimer – I was not paid to write this post nor asked too. Just sharing my love of Alex and Ani!


  1. What a gorgeous bracelet! I’ll definitely have to check them out for my runner friends, thanks for sharing girl :)

  2. I love Alex and Ani! We recently got a store. I think I would make a purchase every day if the bank account allowed! 😉

  3. well i justed gifted myself one! I love that saying, and after buying my first one to support cancer research I am officially hooked.

  4. I LOVE my Alex and Ani bracelets! Didn’t realize they made a marathon one … totally have to get it now 😉

  5. I have the same charm and wear it every day, along with “Everything Happens for a Reason.” I’m actually heading to the National Harbor store at lunch for last minute shopping! With all five of my bracelets on today! Great that they are opening a Gtown boutique too!

    Merry Christmas to your family! xo

  6. Cute bracelet! I would love that!

  7. Ahhhh! I love Alex and ani, my mom has gotten me all the ones I have – she got me that one, its not a sprint it’s a marathon, for NYC, which obviously didn’t happen;) I just started mixing the gold and silver, love them!

  8. Love, love, love the not a sprint one. my friends game me mine for my 40th when we were getting on the plane to go and run the Chicago Marathon. I also have one with my initial. Hope that I get more for Christmas!!!

  9. such a pretty bracelet! Love the saying too

  10. I hardly drop comments, however i did some searching
    and wound up here Alex And Ani: It

  11. I didn’t know they had a marathon Alex & Ani bracelet. Thanks for sharing. I have a lot of runners in my life and now I know what to get them for the next holiday!

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