Apologies if this has been covered recently - I couldn't see it if it has. I haven't run much, and hardly at all since moving into my new flat. I am looking to get back into running again, and it occurred to me that I don't know what I'd do with my stuff anymore.
I used to stuff my phone and car key in my bra, but I have a huge cluster of keys (I wouldn't need to drive, as I could go straight from my house) and my phone is a bit bigger than the one 2/3 years ago!
Has anyone got any good suggestions for carrying stuff (coat/jacket aside)? I was looking at a bumbag type thing, but don't know how comfortable it would be.
For most runs I just take one doorkey in the pocket of my shorts, but also use one of these when I want to carry phone etc and one of these which will carry a dog lead, waterbottle, gillet, gloves etc.
Never had a problem with either being uncomfortable.
Ah! Thanks everyone for responding! Unfortunately I live in the middle of town so a key safe thing isn't ideal (though we're on the hunt for our own place, so will remember that for the future!), but like the look of the Nathan Belt thing.
I can vouch for an armband. Mine's all fabric so carries a smartphone without it being on show. Came from Nike a few years ago and can't see to find it online any more I'm afraid ...
I bought a really cheap Karrimor running belt from SportsDirect initially but have now invested in a couple of tops with pockets. One is a long-sleeved trail running top with pockets on the sides of the hips, the other is a cycling top. Cycling tops are fab as they have various pockets on the back, which I find more comfortable for running with than a belt at the front, and they come in loads of different colours and at different prices. Why you can't get decent normal running tops with pockets is beyond me - manufacturers are missing a trick here!
I didn't even think about cycling tops!
Thanks all - some great ideas here!
Ooooh, thanks Nykie. Will have a look for them. Only started running last year and started off running in my hiking gear (combat pants!) and old gym trainers. Sports Direct was a lifesaver - got my running shoes (Asics Kayano) and running tights there with about 30% off.
I have asthma so pockets for my inhalers (I always carry one plus a spare) are essential.
I have a small Nike waist bag which will take a phone, keys, maybe a few other bits and pieces. It doesn't irritate, is comfortable.
For longer runs I use a bottle belt which (in addition to the bottle holder) has a couple of pockets for other stuff. That took more getting used to, with the weight of a full bottle, but I soon stopped noticing it.
I would think that things in the pockets of a cycling top would bounce, and keys would jingle - that would annoy me!
i take an iphone, a couple of quid in change, a debit card (in case i get stuck for some reason) and my keys (unfortunately I need to take 3 keys to get through the miriad gates/doors to my flat). Still doesn't take up that much space, and I use a stretchy runners bumbag thing I bought for a tenner from runners need. doesn't rattle, and because it's carried on my hips I don't feel the weight when running.
Sounds like you only need one key - so only take one key. I've a massive bundle like you but I take one off and it goes on my running shorts using a keyring through the fabric (or zip pocket depending on shorts, in which case I may throw a fiver in there just in case). Phone - just get an armband (I dont bother with a phone). This way you can run "freer" than with a bag of some sort.
I've just ordered a 'flipbelt' online. It looks like a stretchy belt that should sit on the hips comfortably. It had great reviews so hopefully will be okay. Has to come from America though so could be a while till it arrives
Armband for my phone, and tie my key into my laces.
I either make sure I have shorts with pockets or use a little magnetic Roosport pouch that hangs over the waistband. The housekey itself is on a small carabiner so I can quickly detach it from the bigger bunch. Shorts with nice pockets are available from Patagonia, North Face, Montane for example.
Bonus: when the key is in a pocket I make sure there is also a metal tag on the same carabiner. It jangles slightly in the pocket and sounds a bit like a dog's collar. I could be imagining it, but when I'm coming up behind a pedestrian I think they get out of the way sharpish because they imagine a big St Bernard is coming up behind them, or something
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