Running should be a simple sport, but over the years we have managed to complicate it with all the accessories and devices that many of us use each time we run. I’ll be the first to admit that I am stuck in my ways with my running gear and accessories. I try to keep it simple, but I do get anxious if I can’t run with sometimes I am used to having. So let’s talk about some of the things I have with me on every single run.
Brooks Running Shoes
It’s been years and years since I wore anything but Brooks. Since 2013 I have been wearing the Pure Line (Pure Flows, Pure Connects, and Pure Cadences) which I rotate throughout the week. Before that I was wearing something with much more stability, but now I love the feel of a lighter shoe.
I don’t do well running without my watch. Last year I did some runs without it but I needed to know how far I was running anyway. I am still getting used to my new neighborhood and don’t know the exact distance of everything. Especially now that I am training I never run without my Garmin. You can read about my watch here and here.
I bring this in case of emergency, but also so I can take pictures while I am out running.
Flip-belt (or somewhere to put my phone)
I can’t do an arm-band anymore (when I ran with music I used to wear one but it makes me feel so uneven). I like being able to put my phone in my flip-belt or another belt with a zipper. If I am wearing my camelbak them I usually just carry my phone in there.
I have a small, handheld personal alarm that I carry while I run. If you pull the needle out of the device it makes a super loud noise. I have this one.
I wear my Road-ID on each and every run. I mean, why not? It’s always comforting to know that your information is accessible if something were to happen while out running.
Sometimes I run with….
sunglasses, a handheld water bottle, a headlamp, a camelbak backpack, and headphones (if listening to a podcast or the very rare occasion when I listen to music).
Ok, so there are probably 100 other things I “sometimes” bring with me when I run but I don’t think we need to go into any more detail than that. The point is, there are a lot of things that I run with!
What are some things you can’t run without?
Do you try to keep your running gear/accessories to a minimum?
If you run with a phone, how do you carry it?