For some of us, deciding whether or not to run with your phone is a no-brainer. Your phone has everything you need, right? Your running apps, ability to call in case of emergencies, music, texting, etc… I can easily see why most people run with a phone. I, however, am one of the minorities that can’t run with a phone. If you are in the same boat – read on. If you do run with a phone I offer a few words of advice at the end of the post.
- Have access to your favorite running apps for tracking location and pace.
- Access to music.
- Ability to call 911 for emergencies.
- Take pictures on race day.
- Available to be contacted, especially if you have kids.
- Don’t have to purchase additional Watches or MP3 players.
- Text messages/phone calls can distract your run.
- Could eventually throw off or imbalance your Gait Cycle. Gait Cycle is the locomotion movements of your legs during one stride. Gait Cycle Image
- Not being able to release yourself from technology.
- The weight of the phone is negligible, however, it still considered extra weight you are carrying.
I have tried to run with a phone and I can’t-do it. The only time I will bring my phone on a run is when I am wearing a hydration pack and the phone can be slipped into one of its pockets. Otherwise, the phone stays behind. So what do I use to track my runs? Simple, I run with a GPS enabled watch and a clip-on SanDisk Sports mp3 player. The SanDisk sports model is waterproof and if you sweat a lot this will come in handy. They are both lightweight and I hardly notice that they are attached to my body. Truth be told, I can’t shake the Fitbit’s achievement system so I also run with a Fitbit One clipped next to my mp3 player. The one drawback of having multiple devices is the cost of each individual device vs a single smartphone unit with a single cost.
If you insist on running with your phone consider these things:
- If you do carry a smartphone, consider using an adjustable armband that can strap to your forearm or upper arm. Try to switch arms every other run or so.
- If you insist on holding your phone while you run. Alternate hands every 5 minutes or every mile.