We want to run as light as possible, don’t we? Running without any belongings is, of course, the best style but you still need small items such as a mobile phone and keys even when you head for a short run. Furthermore, if you’re aiming for long-distance, you also need mid-run snacks and water, etc.
So here, we introduce useful bags and items to carry according to running distance.
Quick neighborhood running
Short distance of about 5km
●Items: mobile phone and keys
●Bag type: arm bag
If you go for a quick run, let’s say running about 40 minutes or 5km around the neighborhood, I would recommend an arm bag for carrying basic items such as a mobile phone and keys.
Many items have a Velcro strap, so you can adjust the fit to your arm, preventing it from bouncing while running.
Slightly longer running
Mid-distance of 10~25km
●Items: mid-run snack (1 energy gel), 200～500ml of water, mobile phone and keys
●Bag type: waist bag with bottle holder
When we run more than 10km, we must take fluids (depending on the outside temperature, though).
In such case, a waist bag is very useful because you can carry a water bottle in addition to a mobile phone and keys. With a buckle on the waist, you can easily put it on or take it off and adjust the fit. Some items have a tilted bottle holder, allowing you to handle a water bottle more easily.
Plus, if you run for more than two hours, nearly 20km, you may face the risk of “hunger knock”, a sudden loss of energy and fatigue which is caused by the low blood sugar. Even if it’s not so serious as hunger knock, running on an empty stomach is dangerous, so I would suggest that it’s better to carry a mid-run snack like an energy gel, etc.
More than 25km, such as picnic runs, commuting runs, etc.
●Items: mid-run snack (1 energy gel), 200～500ml of water, mobile phone, keys, windbreaker and wallet
●Bag type: backpack
If you run more than 25km, which means you run more than two hours, you need good preparation. Needless to say, water and mid-run snacks are vital, but at the same time, you may also experience a sudden change of weather. It’s worth carrying an outfit such as a windbreaker, etc. to adjust body temperature. A slightly bigger but not too bulky backpack of 10~15L can be very useful. Additionally, highly functional backpacks with water proofing and a breathable back are also available, which are very handy too.
Some backpacks even have a hydration pack, which includes a drinking straw, so you don’t need to bother taking a bottle out of the bag. If you are a regular distance runner, it’s highly recommended.
The most important thing is running comfortably
You can run comfortably if you change the bag sizes according to the items (volume) you carry. But more importantly, you need to seek a good fit.
No matter what you choose, an arm bag, waist bag or backpack, select the one that comfortably fits your body while running. A loose bag may distract your focus, so if possible, try first to see if it fits you nicely or not.
I’ve just said that a mobile phone and keys will do when you go for a short run, but of course, this is only a reference. If you have a concern about your fluid intake, you can carry a bottle, etc. which is perfectly okay. Let’s aim for a comfortable, fun run.