During the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, I learned something very important. For my long runs, I was going to need to figure out a way to carry my fuel.
When I train, I carry a handheld water bottle, with a little pouch attached, in which I can keep my energy chews or Honeystinger waffles. However, when I go to races, I leave my bottle at home, leaving me with limited places to store things. At one point, I tried an armband to hold my phone and some incidentals, but it annoyed me and I ditched it.
At Tower of Terror, I shoved everything in my sports bra. During the run, it wasn’t a problem, but afterwards, I had some really lovely chafing from the plastic ziploc where I kept my fuel. Not wanting a repeat at Space Coast, I dedicated myself to finding some kind of apparatus that would hold my fuel, my keys, my phone (which also managed to find its way into my sports bra from time to time) and anything else I needed to carry, without irritating me.
Since the armband didn’t work out so well, it looked like I was going to have to go with a belt. Belts kind of scared me. Primarily, because I’m vain and really didn’t want anything calling any kind of attention to my tummy when cinched around my waist. I also didn’t need anything to hold water bottles, and so I wasn’t sure if I would find a belt system that would meet my criteria.
Enter Hips Sister.
I found the Hips Sister while browsing online one day and it looked like it would be perfect for me. A 5″ wide strip of flexible fabric that sits on your hips, with a zippered pocket in the back and one right across the front hip.
I went with the Left Coast model, and I wanted it in black with gray zippers, but it was on backorder, so I had the option to change to black/black or black/pink. I decided to keep it basic, and went with the black/black. I did appreciate that I was allowed to adjust my order after it was placed so I could get it on time.
The fabric was really nice and lightweight, but not too thin. The fit was perfect, sitting flat on my hips. I slipped it on, put my phone in the front hip pocket, my keys in the back pocket, and headed out for a 4.5 mile run.
It. Was. Perfect. There was very little movement or sliding up and down during my run. I didn’t even feel the weight of the phone and things in it. You couldn’t even see it underneath my shirt. I loved it so much and I think it’s going to be perfect for many long runs to come.
It will be especially nice when I am running on my own and don’t feel like checking a bag. Not only will I be able to carry my phone, fuel and keys, but also my ID, a card, some cash and other little things that are probably a good idea to have with me.
I have to rate this as one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while.
What is your favorite way to carry things during your training runs and races?
Do you have a Hips Sister?
*This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the Left Coast Hips Sister out of my own pocket with my own money. I absolutely love this product and wanted to share my thoughts on it for those who might be in the market for an awesome belt.