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Running Tips - What To Do With Those Car Keys

Most runners, myself included, do most of their runs starting from their home. In that situation, what to do with your cars keys is not a problem. However, sometimes you may meet up with a friend or a running group to do your workout - in those cases, there's the question of what to do with your car keys.

And, you car key is usually not alone. It's on a ring with shopper reward cars, baby flashlights, souvenir key chains....well, you get the idea. Most of us don't just have a key anymore. Here are some running tips for what to do with those keys.

During the colder months, it's usually not a problem. Most top layer jackets have a pocket big enough for your keys. But, many don't - and when you are wearer a lesser amount of clothes (shirts and shorts/tights), you don't have the deeper pockets.

This is when you need to be smart. I see many runners put their keys on top of the tire of their car. This is not a good idea. It's the first place that a thief will look.

The best idea is to take the actual car key off of the ring and put it in your short/tights pocket. Or they make little pouches that Velcro onto your shoes. Both work well.

Some people wear running fanny packs. I'll admit - I'm not a big fan of that. I don't like fanny packs in everyday life - I'm certainly not going to wear one when I'm running. But, I know that there are those that love them.

But, if you also don't like the fanny pack - and you refuse to take your car key off of your key ring - there is another option. I've never done this, but I've run with many who do. Start out your run for a little ways with them and then find a tree off the road a little bit. Then, they put them on the branch of a tree - like in the "v" where the branches go up from the trunk. They've been doing this for years.

Another idea - and my personal favorite - is to just have an extra key made. If you car uses a remote, most cars don't need this to open the door. Just the key will work. So, have an extra key made and keep it in your glove box or console. Then, it will always be there for you.

There are some ideas for you for your keys. Whatever you decide to do - just be smart!


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