This is like confession meets product review. For serious though, I’ve been rocking a fanny pack. You’re either wondering why or you’ve stopped reading having dismissed me as a boring fashion disaster.
I like to listen to music when I work out (Post about what music specifically coming soon – get excited?). When I run on a treadmill, I just plunk my iPhone down on whatever treadmill ledge there is and hope it doesn’t fall off with the seismic disturbance of my desperate foot pounding. When I run outside (which is rare), I hold my phone in my hand because I’m also looking at the app I use that tracks my running pace (more on that some other time). BUT when I LIFT … I stuff my iPhone into my sweaty sweaty bra or tuck it into the ever-loosening waistband of my fitness pants. I have some grand notions of what kind of muscles I have or will be achieving and didn’t want to get an armband holder lest I restrict my rippling forearm muscles — no seriously — I just didn’t think doing bicep curls with something wrapped around my bicep would be comfortable.
Enter me entertaining wearing a fanny pack. My husband scoffed. I told him that, if I were him, I’d fanny pack the holy heck out of my wife if she were getting into shape — like she’d be wearing a massive fanny pack and a hat that holds 2 water bottles.
So, I purchased a “training belt” from Nathan Sports but purchased it from Amazon.com. The specific model I bought is Nathan Shadow Run’s Pack in black. Based on the reviews, it seemed like it would suit my needs just fine. It fits my iPhone 5 and I can attach headphones into the headphone jack and zip it in place if I position the iPhone so that the jack is toward the top and away from the zippered end. My trainer at the gym has a massive phone — like a Samsung Galaxy — and tried to fit it in the pouch. No go. If you have a huge phone, it won’t fit.
I wear it WAYYYYYYY down on my hips. There would be nothing uglier than me cinching up a fanny pack on my waist. I ran in it once for 10 minutes. It seemed fine but if I was getting something exclusively for running I’d probably go the arm-band route.
And that’s how I came to wear a fanny pack.