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How to run with a phone

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Many runners prefer to be minimalists when logging their miles, but sometimes carrying your phone with you is necessary. Some smartphones are bigger than ever and can be cumbersome to carry, but the good news is that many gear brands have adapted, and knowing how to run with your phone is easier than ever.

Benefits of carrying your phone on the run

Knowing how to run with a phone can be useful for various reasons. First, if you like to listen to music or podcasts on the run, carrying your phone is a must, as most headphone options are wireless.

There are also several mobile apps that can help track your route and mileage for training purposes. Similarly, if you're visiting a new area and get lost, pulling out your phone to look at a map can help you to quickly get back on the right path. Not only that, but carrying your phone can give you and your family peace of mind about how to reach each other in case of emergency. They can also track your location if you're going on a particularly long run.

How to run with a phone

On the other hand, not knowing how to run with a phone properly can detract from a quality run. You certainly don't want to be stopping to check every email or social media ping that comes through during your run, so make sure to mute those notifications. And if you don't have a comfortable storage solution, your phone may shift around and lead to chafing.

Running with your phone in your hand also isn't ideal, as some coaches say it can alter your form. Not only that, but if you're sweating heavily, you're more likely to drop and break it, which is the last thing you want.

A decade ago, it would have been hard to find pockets just to fit your keys or a phone while running, but fortunately, most of today's brands have adapted to this popular need. Shop around for gear with fitted pockets, such as tight shorts, leggings, or sports bras. You can also find armbands for your phone or running backpacks that hold accessories. With the right fit, your phone can keep you safe, on track, and running to the beat of your music for miles to come.

Our writer's advice is intended for informational or general educational purposes only. We always encourage you to speak with your physician or healthcare provider before making any adjustments to your running, nutrition, or fitness routines.

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Emilia Benton

Contributing Writer

Emilia Benton Running

I'm a Houston, Texas, native who's run 11 marathons and 30-something half marathons, with 3:30 and 1:39 personal bests. I'm also a freelance health and fitness journalist, a USATF Level 1-certified running coach, and a lover of country music, baking, and world travel.