S martphones are so…. Well, smart! They are so smart that they can measure your run, play your music and provide a way to contact the ambulance if you break your ankle or order a pizza if you get really really hungry on a long run!

However having such a multi talented device whilst out and about vulnerable in the big bad world has some drawbacks as well as positive points.

Smartphones are also extremely talented at getting stolen by ruffian types and are also quite talented at breaking when they smash on the floor or get wet from precipitation.

I have nearly busted my lovely amazing iPhone at least twice by accidentally letting it hit the floor at high speed and by running through a stream waist deep… I was lucky it’s survived both instances but of course I have learned some valuable lessens.

I use my iPhone mainly for the awesome app RunKeeper (available on the app store for Apple: RunKeeper for iOS and also on Google play: RunKeeper for Android). The app provides an accurate GPS map for my runs, including incline, speed and various other things. If I take photos with the app it tags them onto the run and it also tracks a few stats and gives me nice emails every now and then! You can check out some of my runs on my RunKeeper profile.

I also play music through the app which of course has some issues such as blocking out the real world so it’s best to keep the volume to a sensible level! However I find music incredibly motivational no matter what kind of run I am on. See my post: Listening to music whilst running.

To keep the phone safe I have a rubber style case and also encase it in a ziplock to stop it getting wet. There is a small hole where the earphones go in so it’s not good for running through streams but that isn’t a likely mistake!


I also keep the phone out of sight in a pocket as theft is a potential issue. Obviously if using earphones you don’t completely hide your device but at least you prevent positive identification of what you are carrying.

Smartphones are awesome running additions and there are a plethora or awesome apps to help you with your running and they can store a lot of your favourite tunes, provide a torch if you get stuck somewhere later (and darker) than you thought!

Whilst running, with or without a smartphone, your safety and health should always be priority anyway. This means you should run in well lit, safe, areas without too much traffic and ideally low pollution. Running in the dead of night on a busy highway or a deserted park is probably a bad idea! Much of running safety comes down to common sense as with everything in life!

I’d love to hear any thoughts or advice you have on running with a smartphone or any stories / tips you have to share.

Thanks for reading and have an awesome running week!


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When I can be I am a regular runner but I am also nothing special and certainly no elite, so in that respect I am regular too. However I do love talking about running and related things and I do have a lot of experience, over 15 years now.

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