(Closed) Running for Dummies

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
202 posts
Helper bee

@ivoryowl:  several female joggers have been attacked in our area recently (during daylight hours!!)  they recommend to not wear headphones/earbuds when you’re out jogging and to carry a phone in case you need to call 911

Post # 18
9822 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t run with water for things under about 6 miles or so unless it’s really hot out.  Longer distances I will take a water bottle (in hand) or wear a hip pack.

Sometimes I run without my phone and sometimes with (usually with).  If I take it I’ll plug my headphones into it and listen to music and I’ll just carry it in my hand.  I’ve put it in my pack before too.  Right now I run on a pretty popular trail (sometimes a little too busy on Saturdays!) in a very safe part of town so I don’t feel unsafe going without it during the day.

I like to take my house key and tie it into my shoes.

I would look into a pack if you want to be able to carry things hands-free

Post # 19
29 posts

You’d think running and walking are things we’d be able to do naturally, but there are wrong ways to do both. Improper form will increase your likelihood of injury. Also do your research and make sure you have decent shoes.

Post # 20
5659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ivoryowl:  A very good friend of mine went into Cardiac arrest in november and almost died, no amount of having a phone would have saved her. She was marathon training and a perfectly healthy 27 year old. She was lucky she was with someone who could give her CPR, that’s why you should also have a road ID with you. even if you have a phone, if it has a password, it’s useless. 

I’ll think about your points with running with my phone for other reasons though 🙂

Post # 21
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I usually don’t carry water unless I’m doing 8+ miles (maybe 6+ if it’s really hot).  I’ll usually just carry it, but my H has a belt that holds small water bottles or he’ll drive up farther on the trail and stash a water bottle.

I’ve never carried my phone while running.  I usually run on popular trails, so there’s usually other people around in case of an emergency.  And even if there aren’t a lot of people around, the odds of me needing my phone are so small, the nuisance of a phone outways my fear of needing it (unless, of course, I’m in a bad area).  *Side Note* I just tried to google “odds of getting attacked while running” and my top results were “odds of getting attacked by a shark.”

However, if I’m running later in the evening or feeling unsafe for whatever reason, I will carry my key in my hand.  I make a fist with the metal part sticking out (sort of like intense brass knuckles).  That way, if someone were to attack me, I can punch them in the face and do a good amount of damage (and thus giving myself time to get away).

If i’m not carrying my key, I actually will lace up it with my shoe.  I’m paranoid it will fall out of a pocket.

Post # 23
23 posts


I’ll think about your points with running with my phone for other reasons though 🙂

Post # 24
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@LoggerHead91207:  maybe look into if any of the stores or running clubs near you have free outdoor training.  the ones that I’ve done training runs with take care of water/sports drinks and sometimes a snack so that you don’t have to worry about that.  in general, I wouldn’t bother bringing it anything with you unless you’re going over 10k. 

I’ve also heard good things about the flip belt but I haven’t gotten one of those to try out yet since they don’t ship overseas.  I have a spibelt (http://www.spibelt.com/) and I like it. it expands enough to hold plenty of stuff.  I usually take my phone, a credit card and some shot bloks for nutrition if I’m going over 20km.  
I always wear my safe sport ID (http://www.safesportid.com/en/) so that in case anything happens, they don’t have to search around to find out information. 

Post # 25
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I wear a bum bag/ fanny pack. Doesn’t look fantastic, but holds what I need and sits comfortably.

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