I did another training run yesterday and this time paid attention to what the other runners were using. I had no idea what a fuel belt was. Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. I'm going shopping this weekend to pick up running accessories.
I too use a fuel belt that holds 4-10 ounce water bottles and has a pocket. iPod clips to the belt, phone in the pocket along with chap stick, etc. No troubles as long as its adjusted it just sits on my hips.
I know how you feel. My first run last year was the same way. Where to put my keys, holding the water bottle, having my cell phone on me, etc. I realized it is much easier when you don't have to hold anything at all. A lot of the training gear has a small zippered area for your key and some identification. I also have a fuel belt to hold my water bottle. If you are just beginning, a lot of what I have read is that you really don't need water if you are running for less than 45 minutes. Could you do without the water for now? Of course in the summer months it would probably not be advisable, just thinking of a way to lighten your load. Enjoy your runs! NYC has so many beautiful places to run, you are very lucky. Marge.
I just wanted to introduce myself and also ask for a bit of advice. Whenever I get back into a fitness groove, walking has always been my preferred method of exercise as it's easy on my joints and easy to do, whether that walking is Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds series or just walking around the neighborhood. I walk A LOT every day as I work in NYC and well, you do a lot of walking when you live/work here. I have hit a point in my exercise routine where I feel like I need to add running into my exercise repertoire. To continue to challenge myself, I decided to join the 5 week walk/jog your way to a 5K program on SparkPeople. Yesterday was my first day and it felt great! I still feel awesome today in fact.
For those who have been running a bit longer, do you have any advice on how to carry your stuff around with you when you run? Yesterday, I had a bottle of water, my pedometer, my smartphone (I use an app to track my intervals), and my iPod. I have little backpacks but I don't like the way they feel bouncing against my back (who wants a water bottle poking them in the back?). The pockets in my clothing weren't deep enough so everything fell out. I wound up just carrying everything, which was fine because it wasn't much but still... I feel like there's gotta be a better option out there. Any help would be wonderful. Thanks!
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