For many, runs are a way to disconnect from the digital world. However, if you use a tracking app like Strava, listen to music or podcasts, or simply want the ability to stay in touch as you run, then you have to find a way to carry your phone. As smartphones get bigger, that’s becoming more difficult.
Here are some options:
On your arm. If your phone is small enough and your arm is big enough, you can buy a phone pouch that straps to your arm. The benefit of this system? You can see the screen. So, if you use a tracking app, you can easily check on your progress.
Around your waist. Belts and bands with pockets that strap around your waist are becoming more and more common. Most are designed to be large enough to hold a phone and any fuel you might need during a run. I find these products restrictive and heavy.
In your shorts. Many running tights, both long and short, have a pocket that rests on the hips. This worked with the iPhone 5 and might still be OK with some smaller Android phones. A larger phone bounces around way too much, though.
Just carry it: With a good case, especially a waterproof one, you can just carry your iPhone. In fact, our Editor-in-Chief often carries his iPhone while trail running at night, using as a flashlight. It’s been fine for hundreds of runs!
If you do use an app, we highly recommend setting up the emergency tracking capabilities.