There are many articles that speak to the wonders of running with no gear, no technology and certainly no music. I am not their target audience. I’ve tried to run “half naked,” but it didn’t go so well.
My family teases me about my
fanny pack Nathan high-tech hydration belt. It’s a bit on the larger side and I probably bring too much stuff on my runs. They have been known to also call it my luggage.
But I have been glad every single time I’ve needed one of the items and so continue to bring half my running gear with me when I head out, especially for my weekly longer run.
1. Power. My iPhone battery didn’t even make it through half my half marathon before dying. I was left music-less and with no way to let my friends and family know that I had survived. Now I carry a very small external battery, which lets me keep my Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias with me at all times.
2. Chapstick. I may love this little tube even more than my music. I certainly use it on my lips, but it’s also come in handy instead of Body Glide for hot spots due to chaffing.
3. Band-Aid, of course. Trail running (and being a little clumsy) leads to scrapes. You may also need one if you, say, get a paper cut from a racing bib. (I don’t want to talk about it.)
4. A little bit of money. I’ve had to stop for water or Gatorade before. And there was that one time I picked up turkey meat on the way back from a nine-mile run.
5. Yurbuds. For the aforementioned music. They’re the only headphones that really won’t come out…unless you drop your phone while running. (I don’t want to talk about that either.)
6. Tissue. For nose blowing, or in a potty emergency.
7. iPod. I started carrying my kids’ old iPod which has about an hour’s worth of good music on it. It’s a great substitute to my phone when I don’t want to bring the external battery.
8. Phone cord. To connect my phone to the external battery and to charge it in my car on the way to meet my friends for a run.
9. Zip-top baggie. To cover my phone or iPod in the rain.
11. Bug repellent wipes. I don’t always carry these, but don’t go for trail runs without wiping myself down from head to toe since the great mosquito incident of 2014.
12. Water. Love the ease of use of the Nathan water bottle. I usually use the second slot to hold my phone.
What about you? What do you bring on your runs? Do you bring music? Luggage? Would it be considered carry-on or would you be charged extra for exceeding the weight limit?