What I carry in my running belt – from 5k to marathon

I recently saw someone on Instagram describe herself as a ‘kitchen sink runner’ and I realise I am one too. I like to be prepared! I always run with a running belt and as an absolute minimum carry my keys and a phone (for both music and safety).

If I’m honest, I feel a bit of an idiot wearing a belt on parkrun and would prefer an armband, but have yet to find one that actually fits. With runners tending to be on the thin side, you would think manufacturers would actually cater for people who are thin, but I digress.

A lot of people prefer a Camelbak (or similar) backpack/ hydration pack for longer distances, and I did consider one. But I’m used to running with a belt, so I decided to stick with that for my marathon and just bought myself a bigger belt with space for two bottles and more stuff!

So here’s what I carry in my running belt from 5k to marathon…

5k to 5 miles

  • Keys
  • Phone and headphones

10k/ 6 miles to 12 mile training run

  • Keys
  • Phone and headphones
  • Drink
  • (Fuel if I’m running over 8 miles and training for a marathon, but not if I’m training for a half marathon)

10k race

I’ve never run a 10k race! If I did, the contents of my belt would be very similar to the contents of my belt for a half marathon.

Half marathon

  • Keys (although possible to leave these in your bag in the bag drop or with a family member who is spectating)
  • Phone and headphones (unless headphones are banned)
  • Drink
  • Rennies (for IBS/ nervous stomach)
  • Antibacterial hand gel (for badly stocked toilets)
  • Tissues (for nose and badly stocked toilets)

Long marathon training run (13 to 16 miles)

  • Keys
  • Phone and headphones
  • Drink
  • Rennies (for IBS/ nervous stomach)
  • Fuel

Very long marathon training run (17 to 22 miles)

  • Keys
  • Phone and headphones
  • 2 drinks
  • Rennies (for IBS/ nervous stomach)
  • Fuel
  • Portable phone charger

Marathon

  • Keys (although possible to leave these in your bag in the bag drop or with a family member who is spectating)
  • Phone and headphones (unless headphones are banned, in which case I wouldn’t be running that particular marathon)
  • 2 drinks
  • Rennies (for IBS/ nervous stomach)
  • Fuel, including extra for energy dips or even to help others in trouble
  • Portable phone charger
  • Antibacterial hand gel (for badly stocked toilets)
  • Tissues (for nose and badly stocked toilets)
  • Vaseline (for chafing and lips)

I appreciate that is a lot to carry, but you’re going to be out running for a long time and you need to be prepared for all eventualities. Of course there are those who will run with nothing more than a Garmin watch and a couple of gels, but I’d rather know that I can deal with whatever issues arise, when they arise. What if you feel dehydrated and it’s still two miles to the next water stop? What if you hit the wall and you’ve got no fuel to take on? The good news is, as you drink your drinks and eat your fuel, your belt gets lighter.

Is there anything else you would recommend a runner to carry?

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Oh gosh, you do carry a lot! I think it goes along with being organised. I tend to carry my phone and some poo bags for the dog. We’re very lucky to be able to stop at natural springs to get water so I don’t need to carry a drink.
    Nat.x

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    • I definitely do carry a lot. It’s partly being organised and partly being a worrier! The belt was quite heavy for my marathon, but it didn’t bother me. I hadn’t even thought about poo bags, they must be an essential for you! x

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