Tuesdays on the run: It’s a pahr-tay!

by lachicaruns on

A link-up party that is. MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Run the Great Wide Somewhere host what they call Tuesdays on the Run to encourage bloggers to connect and readers to find new blogs to enjoy.
Today’s theme is “things I won’t run without.” It’s a theme I’ve dabbled in before and, yet, my list groweth because you know runners lie.

I’m going to admittedly cheat a little here by saying I won’t run without my “luggage,” also known as my fanny pack, I mean, high-tech Nathan’s water belt. It’s technically one item and, yet, so much more.

I love that thing. Got it at a gear swap for free after a runner friend said it just didn’t work for her. Don’t mind if I do…

My belt has just about anything I could possibly need to be comfortable while running: Chapstick, money for Gatorade or water, a zip-top baggie to cover my iPhone should it rain, fuel (SportBeans or Gu) and, of course, my water bottle.IMG_4395

It sits right on my hips, which means it won’t move or cause any weird rubbing. It’s light-weight and sturdy. Plus, if I only bring one water bottle, the other holder is the perfect spot for my phone even when it’s surrounded by the indestructible Otter box.

I often get questions about the belt. And I definitely get teased about it at home because it goes where I go and it’s super dorky.

I’m not only OK with that, but I revel in the dorkiness and wait for the times when my runner friends need a clean tissue, Band Aid or bug repellent wipe.

They inevitably covet my belt. I just know it.

What’s your go-to item for running? What can’t you run without? What did you do if you just couldn’t have it with you? (Gasp!)

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.



I love the thought of the running belt! I wore one for my first marathon and had to take it off and give it to my sister. It kept pushing on my bladder making me believe I had to make unnecessary stops!

I like running with my Garmin so I can accurately track my run!


Oops. Sorry to hear the belt didn’t work out. How do you keep all of the things you just, ahem, “need” to run?

I, too, have a Garmin, which I love. That said, I’ve been running without turning it on for the past couple of weeks as I recover from a big race. It’s kind of nice not to keep track of pace or distance and to learn to be OK with an approximation.


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