Why Shop Small?

We get it. All stores are having big promos and sales for Black Friday. The big screen TV for $100 and your two toasters you got on a BOGO special are definitely worth the 3AM wakeup call. However, as you plan your Black Friday shopping trips, we encourage you to keep things local and visit your favorite small shops for Small Business Saturday. When you shop locally, your money stays within your community and supports organizations like your nephew’s baseball team, your local fire department, and your hometown races and marathon (Whoo hoo Novant Health Charlotte Marathon finishers!). Run For Your Life is proud to be Charlotte’s oldest running shop with 3 locations here in Charlotte. As you’re checking off Christmas items for your favorite runners or walkers, we have listed a few hot items for the fitness enthusiast in your life!


Windy is super excited to sport our new headlamps and reflective vests from Nathan Sports! Treat the runner in your life to reflectivity products. We recommend having 3 points of reflectivity on your body: the front, the back, and the sides. These 3 points allow you to see and to be seen. When looking for lights, make sure you look for both active and passive options. Active lights include your headlamps, blinky lights, and any other type of flashlight. These allow cars to see you from a distance or in their blind spots. Passive options are reflective vests or strips that work when lights are shined on them. Both active and passive lights maximize your safety while running early in the morning or late at night!


Know anyone who jams out while running? Aftershokz may be the perfect gift for them! These wireless headphones provide an open ear design with bone conduction technology. This means you can enjoy your favorite tunes while still hearing the sounds of Charlotte around you! Don’t believe us? Ask Jeff next time you’re at Midtown! He loves how he can control his music on his headphones and doesn’t need to touch his phone… this helps him be more productive while planning the upcoming Six Pack Series! Also, they are $20 off (Titanium and Air models) until December 2nd!


Holiday apparel is here, and Jazzy is thrilled about it! Snag the limited edition Brooks Run Merry Distance long sleeve along with Nathan reflective gloves (which turn into mittens!) Treat your favorite athlete to reliable and fashionable brands such as Brooks, New Balance, Janji, Cotopaxi, or Oiselle. Not sure what to look for? Ask a specialist to help you create an outfit!

Also, check out our previous blog post on popular fall pieces: https://runforyourlife.com/2019/09/05/fall-apparel-is-here/

Gift Card

Not sure what to get as a gift? No worries! We have gift cards at all 3 shops. Gift cards can be perfect treats because they allow the recipient to come in, have a proper shoe fitting, and learn more about upcoming events or races. We can even put the gift card in a shoebox for you just so your special runner has something to unwrap. 🙂

These are just a few items that are hot in our stores, but don’t let this list limit you! Come on in and check out the cool gadgets and sales we have in store. We look forward to seeing you!