(Closed) brides who run…advice please?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1030 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Okay. First, it sounds like you need better clothes or ones that fit. Good running clothes will stay put, no matter what you are doing. You can shop online or even go to places like Marshalls or TJMaxx and go to activewear, something stretchy like spandex or that fun bamboo material should do it. Next, leave your phone at home! You don’t need it when you run. You can also get one of those waistbands that hold multiple little water bottles so you don’t have to carry it, and an iPod armband is great. Ideally you shouldn’t be carrying anything when you run. Also if your earbuds fall out, you can get headphones that hook over your ears like a hearing aid.. I have those and love them. Good luck!

Post # 4
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Look for key words like “sweat wicking” and “running” when you buy clothes. My tops are so light weight that I don’t even notice them. For pants, a drawstring waist (not sweatpantss) should help.

As for the water, you don’t actually need it unless you’re out for over 45 minutes. I usually plan my routes near schools and public parks (water fountains) so that I don’t have to carry water with me.

To fix the cord issue, I wear an armband and thread the cord through my shirt sleeve and out the neck.

I’m not sure why you’d want a phone… if it’s about safety, make sure you’re not listening to music or wearing your hair down in a ponytail (easy to grab) either.

Post # 5
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you hydrate throughout the day before you run (or before you go to bed if you’re a morning runner), you don’t need to hydrate at all while you run unless it’s for over an hour at a time and then only a few sips. Try gum to keep your mouth moist but having a water bottle can be a bad idea since drinking and running can cause stitches/nausea/diarrhea etc. I don’t carry my phone when I run.. it’s nice to escape from technology! For ID/keys/stuff (and I guess possibly a small phone), Asics makes shorts with a pocket under the back waist seam (it sounds weird but it sits kinda at the top of your butt like a fanny pack and doesn’t bug you.


And almost all running shorts have a pocket in the front too under the front waist part. I know Nikes do and the Asics have one of those too!

Post # 6
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m a camel, so I can do just fine without water, even on longer 9-10 mile runs.  My suggestion if you really need water is to invest in a water belt or small Camelback. Some running shirts come with cellphone pockets, that hold onto it better.  If you can’t find any, go to your local bike shop and get one of their jerseys.  They’re perfect for wicking away sweat and have plenty of pockets for keys/phones/etc.

@thriftybride: There are other reasons to run with a phone, especially for a beginning runner.  There’s always a risk of falling on a trail/spraining an ankle, etc.  We don’t know where this runner lives, but I would never run on some of the trails near my house without a phone (in my hand for the sketchy parts).

Post # 7
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have a camelbak and I could not run without it! Check them out! You can put your phone, ipod, and it has a water reservoir type thing! it is amazing. I never run without it. It was a life saver at my half marathon!

Post # 8
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Agree with all the PPs. Plan a route that brings you near places to grab a quick drink if you need it, buy a few running outfits that are made to stay put, and I always thread my iPod cord up my shirt as well so I don’t yank it out while running or lifting. And I agree, it’s up to you whether or not to bring a phone, but if you’re not carrying a water bottle it’s easy enough to just have it in your hand or buy the shorts/pants that have the inner pocket. Keep it up! You’re motivating me to get back out there. 

Post # 9
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

I run in Vibrams, they are seriously a life changing pair of shoes!

Post # 10
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I always run my ipod cord under my t-shirt so I don’t get my hand caught in it while running.

Post # 11
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Seriously, take your clothes and shoes seriously!


I have had chaffing, blisters, foot damage, you name it because I tried to run in regular clothes and shoes.


Post # 12
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I like the spandex capris–they don’t bunch at all and they stay the heck put. I have trouble with shorts because my thighs chaffe. I always hold my ipod cord when i run–it seems weird, but i’ve done it for so long i’m used to it. I don’t bring my phone because i run in my neighborhood or at the trail in the park by my house. I wear a Moving Comfort Juno sports bra which has taken ALL the bounce out of my run and it makes me far more comfortable. I also like the long work out shirts that have the fitted shelf under them. Then it’s fitted around my chest but it’s longer and looser around my stomach–not too tight so it shrinks up, but not so loose it flops around, either.

A camelbak is definitely the way to go if you find you cannot run a few miles without water. I can do 4 miles without any, so i leave a bottle in my car to guzzle on the drive home if i’m running at the park. But you’ll probably get used to running to the point you don’t need water =]

Post # 13
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I echo what PPs said.  Target has C9 by champion stuff which is pretty good and reasonably priced.  I have an ipod armband I got on amazon for $5 including shipping.  I don’t bring water (only gone for 30 minutes) or a phone.  Good luck!

Post # 14
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If I am doing a longer run (12 km or more), I run from park to park that has water fountains that I use as needed.  Parks also often have bathrooms which can come in handy too.

I don’t carry a phone with me, but do carry a small amount of cash on me (again, if it is a longer run) so I can grab a cab back home if I sprain an ankle or something.

Post # 15
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Rancho San Carlos

I know that I don’t need water for shorter runs, but I tend to be more comfortable with it.  I use a water bottle with a strap to go around the hand, so it can kind of just hang, like this one: http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/product-detail/product.jsp?id=NTN118&sc=CX10M075&cm_mmc=portal-_-googlebase-_-na-_-rrs206-NTN118′ defer=’defer

Also, if you’re running in the dark, you’ll probably want a headlamp, or something like this:


I agree with earlier posters that you don’t need to carry your phone, but I usually carry a small amount of cash (less than $5), and either my driver’s license, or my road id:

http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx (I have a penicillin allergy, so the ID bracelet would be most helpful in case of emergency).

Also realize that running is so different for every person, and it takes a few runs to get into the swing of things.  Try not to get frustrated, and just realize it will take some time before you feel comfortable – for me, every run has a different lesson.  Good luck!


Post # 16
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I carry a small wristlet with my ipod (I have never been able to find an armband for a regular  ipod, for some reason), phone, ID and a small amount of cash inside.  I like to keep my phone on me in case I get hurt and need to call a friend for help since I don’t live in an area where I could just get on a bus or hail a cab.  I tie my house key to my shoe.

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