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This is a pretty random question, but what the heck. I've been a treadmill runner and am starting to run out doors, and I was just wondering... where do you put your house keys? Hold them in your hand? In your shoe (can't imagine that's a good idea, but I don't know.)

I see people running outside all the time, so I know they've got to be somewhere. I don't live in a place where keeping the door unlocked is an option. Any suggestions appreciated, thanks!

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I've threaded my key on my shoe lace before double knotting it, then tuck it under the laces (over the tongue) to keep it from flopping around.

Ahhh that's a great idea, thank you. I was thinking of actually putting it inside next to my foot but thought that might be a great way to get blisters.

Most running shorts (mine are Adidas) have a tiny little pocket on the inside of the short, kind of right next to your hipbone, to hold a key (maybe chapstick but nothing else, really).  My fall/winter running tights (both 3/4 length and full length) have a zippered pocket on the back, literally right on top of my butt (where your back curves in) that is wide enough to hold ID, a key, and maybe tissues.

 

I'm still strictly a treadmill runner.. well if you can call it that. But I did manage to get a thing for your water bottle with a little pouch on it that goes around your waist that's big enough for keys and a cell phone. Haven't had to try it running 'cause I don't need it indoors - but it's also good for long walks and the like too.. though the key on the shoe's a fantastic idea!!!

Maybe not the best plan, but I clip mine to the strap of my sports bra. I may have to try the shoe idea though.

I've seen people do the shoe thing, and that seems to work.  I've got a pair of running tights that also have a pocket as mentioned.  I sometimes run with my iPod on an armband, and it's got a place to hold a key as well.  And I've got a water bottle belt that's got a small mesh pocket on it.  That's my most common place to stash them, but that's likely out of habit more than anything.

Clint

Besides the other suggestions, most running stores sell a little pouch thing that you can run your show laces through and attach to your shoe. You'll see a lot or people at races with those because they are big enough for keys and little cash for snacks or whatever after the race.

i used to thread a single house key through my laces and tuck it under the top lace crossings so it wouldnt flop around.

Thanks everyone, I was feeling baffled by the problem but there are obviously several good solutions. I have just recently gotten more serious about running, so I have yet to acquire much running-specific gear, except shoes of course. I'll probably have to get some though if I'm going to be running outside in the cold -- and come to think of it, if anyone has any advice on what sort of (moderately priced) stuff to get for cold weather running, that'd be appreciated too.

Not a random question at all! I had the same concern when I started jogging outside (I'm a klutz on the treadmill). I have heard of threading it in the shoelaces or on a hair-tie to keep it in your ponytail.

I didn't like the idea of my key possibly flopping and flying away so I started threading it in a hair-tie and looping it on my armband for my ipod. I tuck the key under the band so it is pressed securely against my arm. Then I can easily check it every now and then because I'm paranoid like that. =P

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I have the same problem! Except it's worse because I usually drive somewhere else to run (like to a park or something), and then I have my whole set of car keys with me! I usually end up running with them in my hand which is really awkward.

When I go on long run where I need to bring my emergency stuff (cell phone, aspirin, etc..) I often wear a bicycling shirt that has back pockets. They are absolutely handy.

You should try a fanny pack. They are so cute and chic and totally making a comeback this fall. 

Kidding!

I detach my car key and leave the rest in the glove box, and put the one key between my sports bras (I always wear two).

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Original Post by seekay108:
I'll probably have to get some though if I'm going to be running outside in the cold -- and come to think of it, if anyone has any advice on what sort of (moderately priced) stuff to get for cold weather running, that'd be appreciated too.

I'm not sure where you'll be or what you consider cold - I'm in AZ, and I readily admit I'm a real wimp, but I'm comfortable in 40 degree weather in pants, a short-sleeved shirt (wicking if at all possible), and a zip-up running jacket that occasionally ends up tied around my waist. I'll run without the jacket, and will run in shorts, but once the temperature gets below 55 or so, the one thing I won't run without is a fabric headband that covers my ears. I don't like running in hats, but my ears are really sensitive to the cold - they and my jaws just ache if I don't keep them covered on cold runs.

All you northerners who have to run in the snow, commence mocking of my definition of "cold" :)

I shoved it between my peckers and went on with my jog.

:D

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You should try a fanny pack. They are so cute and chic and totally making a comeback this fall. 

Kidding!

I detach my car key and leave the rest in the glove box, and put the one key between my sports bras (I always wear two).

 Okay, I have to ask: why do you always wear two sports bras? Just curious! :)

 

And for the main question, I hold mine in my hand, but it does get annoying so I might try some of the other suggestions. Glad you asked!

Original Post by tkeller21:

 Okay, I have to ask: why do you always wear two sports bras? Just curious! :)

More well-endowed women find that 2 bras reduce the bounce.

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Original Post by delaney86:

You should try a fanny pack. They are so cute and chic and totally making a comeback this fall. 

Kidding!

I detach my car key and leave the rest in the glove box, and put the one key between my sports bras (I always wear two).

 Haha I thought you were serious about the fanny pack thing for a second. But how handy would it be if they were back in style?? Runner's in the early 90's had it so easy.

That's a good idea though to take the car key and put the rest in the glove box though. If I didn't need my massive fob for my alarm it would work out great.

 

Ahhh! :)

Some of my shorts/pants have a zipper pocket. If they don't, I take my keys off the ring and wrap them up in a key cuff similar to this one. It cost less than $10 and it looks like an 80's style sweatband, but made with lighter material. The keys lie flat against my wrist and I don't even notice them while running.

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