Gearhead: Ready to run more as spring comes to Sonoma County? Some gear to help you out

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One of the best things about taking off for a run or walk, leaving home behind, is the feeling of freedom you get. For 15 minutes or an hour, it’s just you and the elements. Of course, you probably want to be accompanied by your favorite music, a spot of cash, or some ID. Tucking those items securely away, leaving your hands empty, helps to retain the fancy-free feeling. Here are two great ways to do just that:

The Running Buddy Pouch attaches at your waist using secure magnetic technology, so there’s no need to thread it on a belt. It’s lightweight, doesn’t bounce and contains a side-zipper headphone port.

It contains two inner pockets made from water-resistant, dri-fit material that protects your phone or MP3 player — as well as handy items like keys, cash, a credit card — from rain and sweat. The Running Buddy measures 4 by 6 inches, and comes in two colors (black or pink). $19.88. therunningbuddy.com

Despite its name, Armband’s Ultra i-35 fits most phones (not just the iPhone). It offers plenty of options, including a no-slip fit, multiple interior storage compartments, a dual-zipper opening with pulls that stow away, multi audio-port access and more. It’s made from durable, eco-friendly recycled plastic fabric, has a Touch Thru window so you can use apps without removing the phone, and is weather- and sweat-proof. Comes in three strap lengths (S, M, L) and four colors (Arctic Blue, Arctic Berry, Purple and Black). $39.95 www.armpocket.com

In Sonoma County, Running Buddy products are carried by Target; Armpocket products can be found at Heart and Sole Sports and Target.

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