Do you take your phone with you when running?

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  1. Tfox

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    I'm usually on the trails. They're close by and there is always phone service so I guess I ought to take it but I usually don't. My wife likes me to (deja vu?) but I've started just mapping out my routes before I go and she is fine with me leaving it. If I go on a long run then I'll take it. I'm not a luddite but I prefer to leave technology home when I go running. I'll admit though, there have been times that I've taken it and been glad!
     
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    Add onto that my hydration pack or belt, along with a pocket knife, sometimes camera, and if in the evening a headlamp, strobe tailight, someteimes additional handheld light, and a few extra AA's, and that completes out most of my gear I often bring. ;) Oh, I guess I often do bring backup footwear though, in my pack.

    I remember this as I have been debating new phones. They make them so darn slim now and battery life suffers. But heck, when my wife calls during a run I often dont answer anyhow. :p Cell service is sketchy and depending were I run, most of my runs are usually 50% in the dead zone. :eek:
     
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    I don't have the bad cell service excuse here. I have excellent service throughout my whole neighborhood. Normally my wife never calls during my runs but I was out much longer than normal and hadn't gotten in touch with her to let her know I was running late (phone had died so couldn't shoot her a quick text). I can completely understand her fear when her husband is out running with their toddler and are out for 1-1.5 hours longer than normal. I would probably have been pretty p.o.'d like she was had I been in her position. I think I slept out in the doghouse for a week after that incident... and we don't have a dog to keep me warm and company...
     
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    That's what the beer is for, right?;)
     
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    That watch phone contraption didn't work out. Couldn't get the sound quality adjusted to my satisfaction. I decided to order a Tune Belt instead. We'll see how that goes. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
     
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    I was thinking perhaps something more indigenous to this part of the world? Though I'm torn between the traditional materials vs. more modern update.
    Then there's also a contemporary option. Perhaps, I'll just add them to my holiday wish list and let my family choose!
     
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    Yep, I am something of a Luddite when it comes to technology (which is funny, because I'm an IT guy). I do have an old model iPhone, but I think I've got fewer than 5 apps installed.

    That said, I can see the value in checking the weather if you're a chance of being blown off your feet by a tornado. :)
     

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    Depends on the situation. If I'm running at home, I can pre-plan the route - knowing the distance, I can then just use my watch to determine my rate, etc... If I'm running at work, I'm doing an out and back on a path - in those cases, I'll use the GPS on the phone to track distance so I know when to turn around...when the GPS on the phone is working, that is...
     

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    I ALWAYS carry my phone. This time of year it fits in my running pants pocket and in the summer, I carry it in something like this:

    http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpage-NATHLP.html
    http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpage-NABASE.html

    I knew of a gal that broke her ankle while running and didn't have a phone. She ended up doing more damage having to walk/shuffle to the nearest place where there was a phone. Yes, I know this is unusual, but I still like to carry mine.

    I should probably add that I turn the sound off when I take it with me. I only have it in case of emergency. Like the time I came across a guy passed out drunk face down on the ground. I called the cops to check on him in case he wasn't just passed out.
     

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    When I ran, yes, I would carry my phone in a small pocket. Can never be too safe.
     
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    There are some trails that I used to run a lot that usually had squatters camping nearby. They were not just people getting out of town for a while or traveling. They were often unstable and dangerous people. When I ran there I always took my phone. I recently moved and don't run there as often. It's also not usually a problem in the winter.
     
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    I'll usually take the phone on longer runs in unfamiliar areas. Carry it my hydration pack.

    Runs around my home I try to go out with the least amount of gear and weight that I can. Never had a problem on the shorter runs.
     
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    Doesn't your phone get wet??? Or do you put it in a ziploc bag first?? :D
     
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    Good for getting in some extra minerals.
     
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