The 6 Things I Bring on Every Run

Last night I almost got caught in the rain that was supposed to happen on Saturday!

The storm clouds started rolling in about halfway through my speedwork, which gave me extra encouragement to hightail it home!

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I always show you the sandy side of my beach runs, but this ^ is what’s on the other side. A bunch of (mostly) fancy hotels and some delicious but (mostly) overpriced restaurants : ) Basically your typical beach area.

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And a picture of the sandy side just because!

You can see from the wet sand that it had already rained earlier in the afternoon which made my run nice and muggy. Just the way I like it for speedwork nights. Can you sense the sarcasm through this screen?

Every evening when I get home from work I pack up my Armpocket (or flipbelt) with my running essentials and then head out the door.

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Aside from slipping a Garmin on my wrist, I always have six essentials in my armband:

1. Drivers license – just in case they need to identify my body if I die from heat exhaustion
2. Cash – for the beach shops that sell water but don’t like you to pay with debit
3. Debit Card – in case I need access to more than $5 cash money
4. TP – in case of “emergency”
5. Keys – self explanatory
6. Phone – music / safety / pictures

I usually only stop to buy water from the beach shops on my long runs, but I still bring the cash just in case.

To anyone reading this and thinking about mugging me on a run — it’s only a $5 bill. If you want it, just ask. No violence necessary. Just know that if I die from dehydration it’s your fault.

What do you always bring with you on a run? 



  1. July 30, 2014 / 8:43 am

    Love this idea! I might steal it for a post soon if you don’t mind! I would give you credit for the idea obviously 🙂 I don’t bring much with me on a run, but I was thinking about purchasing a Flipbelt so that I could bring more. Do you like yours?

    • July 30, 2014 / 9:28 am

      Of course! 🙂

      I LOVE my flipbelt! Definitely one of my favorite running purchases — it’s worth every penny. You totally forget it’s there. The one thing I don’t like about wearing an armband is that your headphone cords come from the side and can get tangled in your arms (or maybe that’s just me?) but the headphone cord comes up from the middle in the flipbelt which means I never get tangled!

    • July 30, 2014 / 11:55 am

      I have a flipbelt! My mom got one for me. It really is awesome! Kristina is right, you totally forget it’s there. Although it does ride up on me a bit and when I wear mine, everything I put in tends to slide into one place and it looks like I have this weird lump, haha.

  2. Molly
    July 30, 2014 / 8:59 am

    I also have a flip belt, which I really like, but I don’t actually carry much with me on runs. If it’s a shorter run (~7 miles or less), I just bring my phone, headphones, and keys. If it’s a longer run, I will bring water in a small Nathan handheld bottle. It also has a little pouch to carry some Honey Stinger chews or Shot Bloks. I primarily just use the belt to hold my phone for listening to music, as I find it more comfortable than an armband!

    • July 30, 2014 / 9:42 am

      Totally agree that the flipbelt can be so much more comfortable than an armband. Plus you’re not at risk for an awkward armband tan 😉

  3. July 30, 2014 / 11:43 am

    I always have my wireless headphones, IPOD, and Garmin. Optional at times….are water pack. I rarely carry ID or a phone, I really need to order on the Road ID tags or bracelet.

    • July 30, 2014 / 5:21 pm

      Which kind of wireless headphones do you use? I have been thinking about investing in a pair!

      • August 3, 2014 / 6:17 pm

        I love my Rocketfish but they are discontinued 🙁 I will die when I have to replace these I haven’t found anything i love as much. I have a draft post, I do that often but never post it. I can’t do anything buds, do ear buds stay in for you?

  4. July 30, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    I always take water and my phone. My phone mainly because you never know what you might want to take a photo of on your run 🙂

  5. July 30, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    On a short run I wear my road ID and brig my iPhone, gum, and nuun. That’s it!! I try to KISS haha. I love when when you can see rain in the distance in Florida!

  6. July 30, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I’m super lazy and rarely take anything with me when I run (except water if it’s going to be over an hour) – I really should take my phone!!!

  7. July 30, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    When you run at the beach, do you run on the sand, or is there a path? What do I always take on a run?

    Short run: Garmin, MP3 player. If I am not in my own neighborhood, I take my phone.

    Long run: Garmin, MP3, water, phone

  8. July 31, 2014 / 10:08 am

    I am such a bad girl, I almost never take my ID on runs (except my long run). For my weekday runs I just take my phone and keys and of course my GPS watch.

    For my weekend long run, I take those things plus my FuelBelt which I stock with two small water bottles, 1 or 2 Gu packets, my ID and a little cash if I have it otherwise my debit card.

    I can’t leave for a run of any distance without my phone – so that I can call my boyfriend to get me if I get hurt, so that I can take pics, and in case my GPS watch freezes up or dies I can use the Nike app to track the rest of my run.

  9. July 31, 2014 / 10:34 am

    If I am running from my house for a shorter run <7 miles, I only take iPod and chap stick. Longer runs are more involved because I need my nutrition, hydration, TP (I get it, trust me), and money. I just started using a hydration pack, which I LOVE! Question – if you are running along the beach and have a TP-required emergency, where would you go?

  10. August 2, 2014 / 9:48 pm

    Sooo jealous you get to run with views like that… not jealous of the heat 🙂 The TP cracked me up – but necessary! I usually have my Road ID, water, fuel (if longish run), CC, and phone. I should start bringing some cash with me.