Since I've been into running, I've been introduced to a handful of running gears. And here I thought that running is cheap. If you really gear up properly, you would really invest on a few items, some staple ones and some, to make running life more convenient. The staples would definitely include running clothes, shoes, and for women, the right undergarments as well.
When I was new to running, I have this humongous belt bag to carry all my stuff. By stuff I mean money, ID, compact powder, comb, lip balm, cellphone, mp3 player, face towel, and a wad of tissue paper or wet wipes. At some point, I even carried hydration bottles. Imagine all that stuff on my waist, jiggling as I run. For a casual runner, that's alright, but when you start getting serious with running, all that is just too much.
I ditched a lot of stuff lately. I don't carry hydration bottles anymore. I just buy wherever I could get one, or I could get by without drinking if it's just a one-hour run. These days, I don't get that thirsty anyway since it's the rainy, cold season. I don't sweat as much as I do in the summer months. The compact powder, lip balm, and face towel, are all gone from my fanny pack as well. After running, I just splash my face with water to freshen up a bit. The big belt bag is stashed away already. This is what I have now.
|My Spibelt with my phone inside|
It's small but it can pack in my humongous Blackberry phone (see the bulk?) and if I allow some more abuse, it can even carry my mp3 player. But I don't do that. I use an armband for my music player or a case that I can attach to my Spibelt. It's compact but I can carry all my essential stuff like some money and an ID, aside from the phone. The best thing about it is you forget you're wearing it when you're running. It fits snugly and it doesn't bounce like other belt bags. I love that it gives me the freedom in running.
I don't have a picture of me wearing it, but you can visit this site ---> SPIBELT to get an idea how small most of them are, and they also come in various colors. Locally, these can be bought at Greenhills, Stride and Stroke store. It's a bit pricey, and the one I have costs PhP 990. I splurged a bit but I think it's worth it. I just can't run properly with a fanny pack that I have to re-adjust every now and then. Imagine doing that on a 10-k run. And running, even with a small bag is a deal breaker for me. I like having my hands free and running with a small bag, I'd probably be holding that down to stop it from bouncing.
There are cheaper versions of this that cost only PhP 200. I got curious so I checked it out. The quality of material is a far cry from the one I have and given the choices, I'd still go for the expensive one that I know would last me for years to come.