Athena is now 6 weeks old and it’s time I start taking bucket list item #9, lose the baby weight, seriously. Just last year, I ran a marathon; now walking up three flights of stairs leaves me winded. I want to run again, I want to see muscle on my legs, arms, and stomach rather than fat, and more importantly, I want to be healthy and active so when my daughter is ready to play so am I.
Running without keys, a phone, or ID never really mattered to me before. I left the house with only the clothes on my back and the runners on my feet. Now, with a newborn at home with my husband when I’m out, my mind is running as much as my feet. I worry about her every second and I wouldn’t be able to function if I didn’t carry my phone. I even feel like I need some cash just in case I needed to call a taxi to get home more quickly.
I tried running with my phone in my pocket only to continuously be pulling up my shorts or adjusting my pockets. Wearing a sweater with pockets is not exactly an option in southern California either. With temperatures in the 80s, the last thing I want to wear is a heavy sweater.
The Runnur is a strap worn across the body from shoulder to hip. It carries all the essential items you need to get you through your day. It’s convenient and comes in handy while running or traveling. While on the road, you won’t need to worry about getting your bag snatched or carrying a heavy pack with you everywhere you go. The material is lightweight and the shoulder strap has slip grip to help keep it from moving out of position while being active. It includes a grommet hole with a carabineer at the bottom to hold your keys or other things you want to access quickly. It also includes a strip of integrated high visibility reflective tape on the back to keep you safe when around traffic. With pockets for your ID, everything your wallet could hold, including credit card slots, your phone, a camera, glasses, and more, including a carbiner clip at the bottom, the Runnur manages all of your essential needs.
Armpocket offers another great solution at an even smaller size. The XTREME i-30 is the largest Armpocket with maximum storage and 3 interior pockets. It easily stores your phone, keys, money, ID, and much more. It’s ideal for long runs or a day of hiking and it leaves you hands-free. The touch-sensitive window lets you navigate your phone or music player. It’s made with water-resistant recycled plastic fibers and has high visibility reflective piping on the front. It uses memory foam for the padding and the ultra-soft strap is vented. The audio port is standard size and it keeps the headphone cord at a constant length. On the side, where the two zippers end, there’s a loop to hold the zippers so that they don’t bounce around while running. Inside the back of the Armpocket, there are 2 pockets to put credit cards, ID, and cash. On the front side, there’s a stretchy band to hold a phone. This small armband packs a large punch and everything else that you need.
In an age where most people don’t leave the house without their keys and their phone, both the Runnur and the Armpocket offer much needed alternatives for carrying all of your essentials. I like to use the Armpocket while running on my own and the Runner while I’m out with Athena. Although I’m never quite hands-free anymore, it’s great to have a few less things to worry about.