The Things I Won’t Run Without

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. 

the things i won't run without

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.


Garmin 620

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

garmin 620My iPhone

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. 

flip belt

Personal alarm

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.

personal alarm


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. 

road id

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).

long run

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?

If you’re interested, I wrote a series about distance running gear and accessories. You can find those posts here, here, and here!

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67 responses on The Things I Won’t Run Without

  1. I can’t run without my phone, but have yet to really find something I love to carry it in. Fuel belts are too bulky for me, arm bands are annoying, and I hate carrying it in my hand… I’m thinking potentially a hand held water bottle might allow for it to be secured. Or I just need to invest in some wireless headphones so I can shove my phone in my shorts pocket!
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  2. I always run with my watch, a headband of sorts (I have bangs so I need something to keep them pulled back) and one thing I NEVER run without is an extra hair tie. A long time ago I had one snap on me while I was out for a run and was lucky enough to be with a friend that had an extra, but it was such a weird freak occurrence that I always try to remember to have an extra handy now.

    I go through phases with the phone thing. I think once I’m back on the road again I’ll always have it, since I didn’t have it when I was hit a few months ago, and I had to hike back about a mile on a severely injured foot. Live and learn!
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  3. Its always fun to read about what other runners take on their runs! I also carry my phone but in an armband and listen to music most of the time (I keep it off on AM runs until its light out). I also always run with my Garmin. I have the Forerunner 10 and like it. If its sunny I will wear a hat and in the summer or for longer runs I will carry an Amphiod handheld.

    I have been thinking of getting a Road ID. Its a great idea and important if (God forbid) something happened. I’m going to look into it! Thanks :-)
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  4. I like to think I’m still a pretty simple runner. My RoadID is on my wrist 24/7, I always wear my mizunos, and that’s about it. Other than that, I don’t carry my phone, a belt, rarely wear my watch, and wear compression socks about half the time. Living in the city, I probably should carry pepper spray or something similar, but I just like being able to lace up my shoes and walk out the door!
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  5. Yes to all these things (although really just shoes in general). I was so late to the FlipBelt party and now I don’t know why I waited so long! Honestly when I’m missing any of this stuff I practically feel naked haha.
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  6. I have to listen to music, otherwise the bit@*^ in my head nag me the whole run. I wear my Garmin always. I just recently won a ROAD ID and I wear it all the time, because I recently have been having blackouts where I don’t remember anything. Made me nervous enough to put it on. I love Brooks Ghost running shoes. Thanks
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  7. I ALWAYS wear my Brooks Glycerin’s. Best. Shoe. Ever. I don’t do a run without my Garmin 225. As a matter of fact, I wear it all the time. I take my phone when I’m running outside for music and podcasts. I despise my armband though. I need to look into the flipbelt. If I’m hitting the ‘mill I just bring headphones so i can watch HGTV. :)

  8. Such a great list, Lisa!! I’m super interested in your personal alarm since, as I’ve mentioned before, I run alone a lot. I feel like my mom would take a lot of comfort in me having one of those!
    Also, which handheld water bottle do you use/recommend?
    I like running with my iPod nano, TomTom GPS watch, Saucont Exites and my trusty running hat:) sometimes I throw my iPhone and therefore my armband phone holder and I feel super weighted down by gear on those days!

  9. I used to have a FlipBelt and, I don’t know how this happened, but I lost it!! I’ve been putting off getting a new one for a long time.

    I really need to be better about carrying safety-related stuff, like a RoadID and an alarm (great idea, btw!). I carry my phone for all the reasons you list, and so I can call someone if I get stranded. Almost all of my running bottoms have a pocket big enough to hold my little old iPhone, so that’s how I carry it.

    Love Brooks! I do half my running in PureCadences, the other half in Newton Kismets. I love both equally and won’t part with either!
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  10. PERSONAL ALARM!!! Genius!!!! Thanks for posting that in your list. I’m uber paranoid and I’ve got a whistle but I usually remember it by the time I’m 2 miles from home. I do run with pepper spray, though.

  11. Pockets. Pockets, pockets, pockets.

    It’s why I love my running skirts with multiple pockets. My hand held water bottles have pockets. When it’s cool enough for jackets, of course they have pockets. Some of running tops have pockets, too.

    Heck, I even have a hat with a pocket (it was large enough for my old phone, but I’m not sure my present phone would fit in there.
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  12. I love Brooks and the last time I went to buy new sneakers I almost bought pure cadence. But they kind of talked me out if it because they said they would wear too quickly while training for half marathons. I bought a different brand and like them, but am ready to go back to Brooks!

  13. I always run with 1) my belt by MGear, I absolutely love it. It fits everything but the kitchen sink…and it doesn’t move an inch. 2) my phone, for music and emergencies and pictures (!), 3) my sunglasses, you can’t run in Florida without your sunglasses and 4) my ID and GU gels ( for long runs).
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  14. I have to have my Garmin. I’m borderline obsessed. :)
    Have to have my sunglasses on and I usually run with a hat.
    I always bring my phone and put it in the back pock of my Lulu run shorts. They have the perfect pocket in the back to put your phone in (but you have to take the cover off)
    I love Brooks shoes also – right now I am rotating between the Launch and the Ghost 7. I used to run in Saucony. I was a loyal Saucony girl for a long time! :)
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