Whether you’re heading on vacay or out for a run – packing is a skill not easily mastered. We asked seasoned runners who have gone the distance (like, every distance) for their ‘take-it or leave-it’ run gear.
10 things to bring on your run
1. house keyTwo things that suck: being robbed and getting locked out. Bring your house key.
2.money (cash or credit)Good for emergency fluids (or recovery drinks), transit (hey, there’s nothing wrong with running as far as you can one-way and bussing it back) or making a SOS call (contrary to popular belief payphones still exist).
3.identificationYou should never go anywhere without ID and your run is no exception.
4.ipod (optional)iPhone, iTouch, iShuffle, i-can’t-remember-the-latest-gadget – whatever your tech heart desires, tunes add a little extra spring in our step and that’s music to our ears.
5. spf lip balm Lip balm (with SPF) not only soothes lips (which can dry out after long periods of heavy breathing) but also protects your kisser from the sun. Bonus: It can also double as emergency Bodyglide for those “sticky” situations.
6.bandaidsGood for unexpected chaffing emergencies and spontaneous blisters.
7. fuel belt filled with electrolytesHydrationis key.
8. gelsOur running guru Tess recommends one for every 45 minutes (plus one extra for good measure).
9. some dry socks (those of you blessed with a sunny climate, skip to number 10). We’ve been caught in one too many rainstorms to head out on a 42K run without at least an extra pair of socks. Dry feet are happy feet and happy feet mean strong finishes. ps. we have the perfect pocket to store them in!
10. bodyglideKeep things going smoothly with a little extra help from our dear friend Bodyglide. You’ve already got 30K on your mind, you don’t need to be worrying about chaffing too.