Attention runners: I am looking for advice. Before you go out the door to “runit”, what do you bring with you and where do you put it? I like to bring the following items: my phone, headphones; a tissue; Aquaphor; a key to my house or car; and a few cough drops or hard candies to keep my mouth from getting dry. If I drove myself to a race, I would need to have my ID, safety pins, and some money. When I am at a race, not only do I need to run with everything I bring (including warmer clothing), but I can’t allow my stuff to weigh me down. Fortunately, at most races, I found myself to be prepared enough to have what I need.
If I had a choice, I love to keep my stuff in my pockets. Unfortunately, I have a very hard time finding running pants with pockets. Am I the only one with this issue? Last fall before I ran the Manchester Road Race, I found one pair of Adidas running pants with 1 zippered pocket on each hip. These pockets are thankfully large enough to fit all items I like to bring for a race. Unfortunately, I cannot wear these pants during the summer months because they are very warm. I also feel these pants are not the most flattering for my figure. However, the pockets in these pants rock, which is why these pants are my first choice for races.
I have been to several sporting good stores to see what items on the market hold our stuff while running. Several months ago, I bought a fanny pack belt (large enough for my phone) and used it a few times. However, I had to wear this belt over my T-shirt, which was not very comfortable. I have also seen arm bands for cell phones and wrist bands that can hold keys or money. I have also seen others carrying their smart phone in their hand for their entire run. I like to keep my wrists loose while running so if I were to carry my phone, I would be afraid of dropping it.
As I am training of for a race less than 3 weeks away, I am also preparing my list of what to bring with me. What are your must-have items to get you through races? I will appreciate all leads you give me. Thanks in advance!