In the fall of 2013, just after completing my first marathon (and apparently declaring myself a “runner”), I came across the SPI (Small Personal Item) belt in an airport shop. New to running, I had never seen something like that, and just made the comment that I thought it was a cool idea. That Christmas, my husband bought one for me along with some other running gear. I like the SPIbelt fairly well. I have the smallest version, whose pocket, according to their website, expands to 6.5″ x 3″ x 2″. This is more than enough room for my iPhone 6S (in its somewhat bulky case) as well as a few other small items. When out on practice runs, the only thing I carry in it is my cell phone. During races, I also have my ID, a credit card, my car key, and a $20 bill (to buy beer at the post-race party, of course!). The small version holds all of these items without a problem. I have the red one as posted in this photo. There are several sizes and patterns available.
One thing I have noticed is that on longer runs or races, the belt itself tends to stretch out and I find myself tightening it prevent the pack from bouncing around. This may be because I have now had it for over two years, and maybe it’s time to buy a new one. Maybe the waistband itself is starting to lose some of its elasticity. I don’t actually wear it around my waist, but rather lower down at the top of my hips. I find when it is around my waist (which is what happens on these longer runs), it tends to bounce a lot more, making my run uncomfortable.
Since ‘the incident’ (which I will talk about in a later post), I love that I can keep my whistle and pepper spray clipped to the belt where I can easily access them should the need arise.