Keyed Off: Plus A Giveaway!

Why does this girl look so happy and carefree? Maybe because she’s not worrying about where her keys are.

See, every time I run (and with my new running goal, I run more often) I have the same dilemma: What the heck do I do with my keys? When I jog around the neighborhood, I usually hide a key under one of my potted plants (God, I hope the neighbors don’t exploit this), as I don’t have a keypad for my garage nor do I feel comfortable leaving my door unlocked. Then, when I drive to a park to run, I really don’t know what to do with my key. Do I place it under the tire? That just seems like like I’m asking for trouble. Hmpf.

So, what’s a girl to do? Stay in? Not run? H to the E-C-K no. You just gotta get the right gear, and that’s what today’s FitEquip is all about: gearing up to get keyed off.

Option #1: Carry It
This may seem obvious, but I have very few workout clothes that actually have pockets, and I have no doubt that if I tried to carry my keys, I’d drop them or somehow impale myself with them. Thankfully, I no longer have to do either. The smart people at Gracie’s Gear have designed a whole line of moisture-wicking gear with a “power pouch” built in to hold your iPod, cell phone, car keys, wallet, gym card or other items. Score! For the past few weeks, I’ve been wearing the sports bra, and I love it. Good support, it stays dry, doesn’t chafe and keeps my license and key safe. While the square shape of the pocket makes you appear slightly bustier (even without items in it), that’s a small price to pay for the convenience. Erin even said she liked the added boost. Plus the company sponsors a number of fantastic charities such as Strokes for Hopes, Together For Autism and the Fight Against Breast Cancer. Can’t beat that.

Option #2: Key It In
If you have too much stuff to carry for even a pocket, consider option #2: a touch-pad electronic deadbolt. You “lock up” with a code, go out for a power walk and then come back to a safe house, no keys. Doesn’t sound too shabby and would have definitely come in handy the time that my husband accidentally dropped our house key while we were out walking the dog. (Thankfully a kind neighbor found it and happened to notice a panic-stricken couple walking by, arguing and staring at the ground.) Although this type of technology has been around for awhile, the new SmartCode Signature Series by Kwikset is smaller and sleeker, and available in an array of styles to match your home décor. However, in my opinion, not having to break in my own house is stylish any day.

So, there you have it. Two good ways to not have your personal property stolen or lose your mind. Which option is your favorite? Have you ever gotten creative with your keys? —Jenn

Want to try out a Gracie’s Gear tank yourself (and live in the U.S.)? Leave a comment below or e-mail us at [email protected] by Sunday, February 1, and you’ll be entered to win! 

 



Comments

  1. MizFit says

    I love that key it in.

    and I LOVE THE GRACIE.

    and Id love for you to come by and pick me up and drag my arse running with you.

    xo xo,

    Miz.

  2. Erica says

    LOVEEEE this idea. Honestly, I take my house key off the set and put it on one of my shoe laces and then double knot them. This is probably a much better idea ;)

  3. DomestiGals says

    Hey girls!

    Thanks for the two FAB ideas – keys are such a pain when going out for a run, but I love the “powerpocket”! It looks like keys wouldn’t jangle in there either (especially not for me since I have small boobs).

    TMI I know.

    xoxo, DomestiGal Jen

  4. Charlotte says

    Great ideas! Although I am SOOO small boobed that I’m afraid if I held my key on my chest, it would be just a key-shaped protrusion sticking out. Le sigh.

    When I run outdoors if my shorts/pants don’t have a key pocket, I tie my key to my drawstring or to my shoe laces (and then tuck the key under the laces so it doesn’t flop around. It’s no less comfy than wearing a racing chip!

  5. pseudostoops says

    The key pouch is brilliant. Even in my workout clothes that have pockets, the pockets seem too big, so the keys jangle around in there and are either entirely annoying or at risk of falling out for the whole run. This would be much better.

  6. Beth says

    I like that Gracie bra! I have the same issue with my keys — if I don’t have a zip-closed pocket in my outfit, I’ll put the key in the bottom of my shoe. Not ideal for running, but the key usually makes its way to a spot beneath the arch of my foot where I can’t feel it.

  7. choosinglosing says

    I want/need the bra! And the lock! Please pick me!

    My friend has the lock thing and it’s fabulous.

  8. Elizabeth says

    I love the Gracie gear. I have one pair of running tights from Target that has a little zippered pouch in the back, and I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. I can only imagine how great the Gracie verion is. Sigh.

  9. Brooke says

    I love them all! the Key In is AWESOME! I always have a key tied to my shoes adn them worry the whole time that its going to fall off and I will have to crawl through my very small bathroom window. its not pretty.

  10. Cookie says

    Ooooh, new sports bra… with pockets… I love pockets! and I’m not gonna lie, I think I am wearing sports bras that I had 5 years ago. I think your supposed to get new ones every year or 2 aren’t you? So the Gracie would be PERFECT!

  11. tfh says

    These are great ideas! I am always super-paranoid about losing my keys on a run, and now I refuse to buy any athletic apparel without pockets. Zippered pockets. Preferably internal pockets, where even if the key falls out, it will remain inside my clothing!

  12. Kim says

    These are both great ideas, but I LOVE the bra! I’ll definitely be checking out their other offerings. Thanks for the info!

  13. denise says

    These are great ideas. Maybe it’d allow me to actually work out outside instead of always going to the gym!

  14. kjl says

    Before we got a keypad to enter the garage, when going for runs I would always tie my key onto my shoelaces like Erica. If I’m just walking the dogs a couple of miles I would usually just stick the key in my shoe. Beth is right…it does usually end up in my arch where I can’t feel it!

  15. Moonlight Dancer says

    Uggh I never know what to do with my keys, if I wear a coat I put it in that but in the summer i never wear a coat, too hot so I usually hide them on the porch somewhere and hope for the best. The Gracie seems perfect.

  16. Chic Runner says

    Those are great ideas! I wish I would have thought of that man! :) I would for sure put my car key in there for safe keeping instead of on my tire…

  17. Christina says

    wow I NEED the Gracie tank! I never have a spot for my keys during a run and end up just carrying them. My roommate put them on a hair band and wears that around her wrist which is a good idea but I have bulkier keys for my car.

  18. samsam26 says

    I so would love the Gracie Gear Tank! After losing my key during a run and having to pay a locksmith $100.

  19. Laura says

    The Gracie’s Gear tank looks really cute! My solution is that I normally wear two sports bras for extra support, so if I’m wearing bottoms without a pocket, I’ll put my key/money/ID/whatever in between the two sports bras. I do have to look furtively around when going to retrieve the items though :)

  20. Dara Chadwick says

    Love the Gracie’s Gear idea! But honestly, I have so many keys and cards attached to my key ring that it would give me a most bizarre-looking third lump, if you know what I mean.

  21. Aberiah says

    Hey hey!! I NEED this!! I usually just leave my door unlocked and hope for the best or wait until hubby is home. BLAH!

  22. megankortepeter says

    I have this problem with my car keys when I run with my running group. I’ve tied them to my shoelaces, but that’s not a great solution.

  23. Sagan says

    Adore the Gracie especially!

    My usual way is to stick my keys in my sock. That way it digs into my foot so that I don’t have to worry about it slipping out without my noticing. :)

  24. eatingbender says

    I definitely carry the equivalent of a fanny pack (minus the waist strap) when I go running. This is such a better idea!

  25. Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) says

    Oh I sooo need this. I always have to carry my keys when I run. It’s not bad, just kind of awkward feeling. The most annoying part is that my roommate is usually at home and could let me in. Unfortunately our doorbell is broken and we live on the second floor. Thus, every time I run I am carrying my keys :)

  26. Juliet says

    That’s awesome. What a great idea. I usually take the one key I need (car or house) and actually string it onto my shoelace. Then I tuck it under the laces and go from there. It suffices, but this is way better!

  27. Lori says

    I love that tank! That is perfect for me when I head to the park around here (I have a US address too ;)). I have to be careful to make sure stuff is well hidden like cell and money if I take them on my workouts. That sports bra would be perfect. Thanks for checkig it out!

  28. Sara says

    I run into the same problem; what to do with the keys, id, etc? Thanks for some more options that I can look into.

  29. Amy @ Live Well says

    I could absolutely use a new sports bra — with a pocket!! How awesome and intelligent is that invention? (And why didn’t I think of that?) :D

  30. Michelle says

  31. keyalus says

    I love the idea of this sports bra. When I go on shorter runs without my Camelbak I tend to forget my shoe wallet for my keys. Then I end up tying my keys to my shoelace and worrying that I am going to lose them.

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