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.
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!)