iPhone5 running armband review

As my running frequency increased so did my interest in logging my miles. 403 miles so far this year means I am already over my 250 mile goal for 2013!

Yes, I used to run with this in my hand? Thank you technology for the updated running companions

Can you believe I used to run with this CD player? Thank you technology for the updated running companions for music!

When I started out I used the Nike app on my iPod nano. This app logs miles by accelerometer so it is not a precise measure of distance.

Yes, it's RED! I love that the iPod Nano is small and clips right onto my shorts for a quick run with music

Yes, it’s RED! Just like the CD player. A common theme in my life. I love that the iPod Nano is small and clips right onto my shorts for a quick run with music

As I gained interest in logging miles via GPS, I started taking my phone on my longer runs. Nike+ added a feature in December 2012 allowing competitions between friends. I love competing with others in a friendly way for the most miles per month on Nike+!

I decided to write about phone armbands because I have had horrible luck finding a good one. Maybe this will help before you purchase one. Here are my thoughts on the various armbands I have tried this year (unknown, New Balance, and Tune Belt):

Armbands

From left to right, armband #1, armband #2, and armband #3

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Way too big! See those safety pins?

1) I don’t even know what brand this armband is because it was a gift from a friend. The funny thing is it did not fit on my arm. Yes…I have tiny arms. So I highly recommend checking the band size with your arm before purchasing one.

Broken screen on New Balance armband

Broken screen on New Balance armband

2) I bought armband #3 (New Balance brand) at Target one day desperate to have an arm band that actually fit my arm before going on trips to SROW and NASPA. Guess what? It only lasted 3 runs before breaking. This armband was flimsy and I do not recommend it.

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3) I currently use the TuneBelt brand and the box for this one is featured in the back of the picture. This armband works very well and fits my arm perfectly. My OtterBox does not fit, so I always have to take my OtterBox off before I run which can be a hassle. I worry about sweating through the fabric and often put my phone in a plastic bag to protect it from elements. If it was raining it would not be protected by just the armband.

Using my Tunebelt armband in DC!

Running with my Tunebelt armband in DC!

A GPS watch (it is about time to invest) is definitely on my wish list as well as an armband that fits my iPhone5 with its OtterBox. What do you think of your phone armband? Or do you have GPS watch suggestions? I need to do a lot of research before I purchase my watch!