I used to head out for a run with nothing but myself. Once music became more portable, that was mandatory to bring along. Then came a house key. A cell phone. A whistle (post dog-bite). Thanks to Pilates and Yoga I became able to run farther. More miles = a longer time running so I had to start bringing water with me. A few spooky stories of runners and dangerous situations and I finally decided it was time for pepper spray. JF ordered a hand-held bottle for me.
There are days when I head out for a run and I feel like I am packing for a cross-country hike. A big difference from the days when it was just me and my hands were free. I now feel unbalanced when I don't have something in each hand. So crazy.
Handheld water bottle held that I wear on my wrist.
iPhone held in one hand. The arm bands are always too big. Plus I sometimes change songs based on my mood, so, yeah...
House key around my wrist.
The new addition, pepper spray in the other hand.
The first few blocks felt strange as I was getting used to my new add-ons, but by the time I hit the first half-mile I felt just fine.
What do you take out on a run with you? How has it changed over the years?