Key Scrunchie

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Where do you keep your key when you run?


If you’ve been fumbling for a solution – I’ve got it!  I keep my key on a hair fubby tie and put it in my hair.  It’s super convenient, never falls out, and I don’t have to worry about it jangling around in my pocket.  And when I get home, I just undo my hair and slip the hair tie back on my keychain.  Easy!


Speaking of running, I did a 10K this morning!


Excuse me while I dust my shoulders off.


I haven’t run that far in MONTHS!  Maybe since May?  I feel very proud.  6.2 miles is a far way to carry your booty.  Not sure how long it took because I ditched my watch, but I did the last 2.5 miles in a walk/run style and never felt exhausted.  Wahoo!  Walk/run is the way to be when you’re building back your fitness.


Came home and ate a hummus sandwich and an apple:


And then, in the space of two hours, I did the following:


Packed my suitcase

Cleaned up dog vomit <—gross

Took a shower

Packed up the dogs’ things

Walked the dogs over to Nicole and Isaac’s house

Sat with the dogs for 45 minutes while they got adjusted

Nearly cried my eyes out as I said goodbye to the dogs

Changed my sweaty clothes

Put our suitcases in the car

Drove the airport

Parked in the very back corner of the lot

Went through security

Got on the plane


Oh, and I got snacks!  The smoothie was some sort of strawberry/banana blend.



Pretty pumped to spend the weekend in Philadelphia with our friends! 



  • Amy H. September 8, 2011, 5:49 pm

    Okay, just had to comment to say that that key idea is BRILLIANT. 🙂

    • Molly September 11, 2011, 2:40 pm

      I tie it into my shoelace, and then tuck the end of the key into the other laces so it doesn’t jingle. Perfect and easy!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) September 8, 2011, 5:55 pm

    Love the key idea!!!! I tie it onto my shoe but I never thought about putting it in my hair!

    Have fun in Philly…again! 😉

  • Z September 8, 2011, 5:59 pm

    Hey I hope you are able to land well and the weather dries up a little! It’s been horrendous around here, road closings, floods, etc. Good luck!

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 8, 2011, 5:59 pm

    Doesn’t that bounce around and knock into your head..?

  • Sarah September 8, 2011, 6:00 pm

    Holy productivity, that is an insane amount to knock out so quickly! I either tie my key into my shoe laces (with the key facing out so I don’t scratch my other leg with it), or in a pocket.

  • Megan @ On the Road Again September 8, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Love the hair tie/key idea! Brilliant. I usually tie mine into my shoe laces or tuck it into a shorts pocket.

    Have fun in Philly!

  • Nicole September 8, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Philadelphia is almost your second home 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    Also love the key idea!!

  • Jessica Castro September 8, 2011, 6:14 pm

    That is such a great place to put your key. Never thought of that one! Im also walk/running with a friend to get back into it. I used to think that if you walked, you weren’t a “runner”. It’s really hard to get out of that mindset.

  • LS September 8, 2011, 6:14 pm

    10k! Way to go!!

    I mostly run in nike tempo shorts with a convenient little key pocket! I think I would worry about it on my head {I live in an apartment and they charge me ridiculous amounts to get a new one…I know because my DH lost one on a run 🙁 }.

    Enjoy Philly!

  • Joey September 8, 2011, 6:18 pm

    I hate leaving my pups too! At least you have someone you trust to leave them with! Have a fun weekend! 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 8, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Oh wow–what a day!! Nice job, girl 🙂

    Have a safe flight!!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 8, 2011, 6:22 pm

    10k- sweet! Great job!! I hope to work myself up to a 10k – it’s still a far distance for me… well everything is far for me at this point 😉 Safe travels!

  • Anne September 8, 2011, 6:33 pm

    Wedding weekends are always so exciting! I keep my key tied under my shoe laces. It’s not incredibly quick, but I know that it won’t fall off or jingle jangle around.

  • Sweet and Savvy September 8, 2011, 6:34 pm

    The key hair tie is a really great idea!! Hope you had a great flight! 🙂

  • Devon @ Answering Oliver September 8, 2011, 6:44 pm

    I put my car key on my hair tie when I swim in open water! Not only is it secure in my hair, but it’s tucked under my swim cap as well. The only trouble was when my wet hair got so tangled that it took me forever to get the key out of my hair! Heh.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence September 8, 2011, 6:46 pm

    I always put my key in my shoelace:)

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 8, 2011, 6:48 pm

    Hope the dogs don’t leave vomit gifts for their dog-sitters!! =P Have fun!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 8, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Wow, you were uber-productive today! When I run, I usually take my house key and loop it through the long cord on my earbuds. I put my ipod in my armband, then wind up all the extra wire and tuck it (along with the key) into my sports bra. It’s pretty secure in there!
    Have fun this weekend! 🙂

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) September 8, 2011, 7:15 pm

    I string my key through my shoelace and then tuck the pointy end under the rest of the laces so it doesn’t bounce around.

    • Reenie September 8, 2011, 8:26 pm

      That’s what I do Michelle….but I didn’t describe it as well as you!! HA!

      • CaitlinHTP September 8, 2011, 8:55 pm

        I do that too sometimes!

  • Delia September 8, 2011, 7:17 pm

    That’s a good solution! But if I’m driving to a race, I also carry my car key and keyless entry device. I never understood why runner’s shorts usually don’t have pockets. My favorite running shorts actually have a little zippered pocket that’s perfect for a few keys.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 8, 2011, 7:21 pm

    I cleaned up cat vomit this morning. Fun stuff! Congrats on the run. Sounds like you loved it! Have a safe trip and more importantly…just have fun!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 8, 2011, 7:23 pm

    I have Three keys to get into my apartment, attached to my mailbox key and my gym card and yoga card… That might be a bit jingly in my hair! Have fun on your trip!

  • Rachel September 8, 2011, 7:31 pm

    The first thing I thought…If I tried the key hair tie I would trip and fall on my run and have to make a trip to the ER with a key sticking out of my head. I will just keep my key in my pocket.

    • CaitlinHTP September 8, 2011, 8:55 pm


  • Aimee September 8, 2011, 7:37 pm

    The key is a good idea! Does it bump around on your head while you run? Have a fun trip!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 8, 2011, 7:43 pm

    I tie mine to my shoe laces. I know it would be secure in my hair..but I’d get totally paranoid about it falling out!!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul September 8, 2011, 8:08 pm

    whoaa you are always sooo clever with your little ideas! When there’s no one home, I simply never go out for a run b/c I don’t know what to do with my keys

  • Emily September 8, 2011, 8:08 pm

    Rockin’ job on the 10k! Can’t wait to put that down on my list of things I’ve run. Safe travels and have an amazing weekend in Philly!!

  • Lauren September 8, 2011, 8:08 pm

    Back to Philly again?? Hopefully the weather in Philly is better than it has been in Southcentral Pa. It’s a mess down here.
    Have fun and congrats on the run this morning!!

  • Sana September 8, 2011, 8:13 pm

    What a smart key idea I just stick in it the belt thingy I wear around my waist!

  • Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! September 8, 2011, 8:16 pm

    I have a SpiBelt so I always put my keys there. But your idea is pretty ingenious!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 8, 2011, 8:19 pm

    Ok that is hilarious, but don’t you feel the key clunking on your head?

  • Reenie September 8, 2011, 8:24 pm

    I take one of my shoe laces out of one hole….slip the key on the shoestring ….lace the shoe back up ~ and hook the key under my laces. Does that make sense? HA!

    Yea for you for running a 10K 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 8, 2011, 8:55 pm

      Yes! That’s a fun way to hold it, too!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal September 8, 2011, 8:33 pm

    GReat idea! Like a couple others, I loop it through my shoelace.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 8, 2011, 8:33 pm

    You’re a genius.

  • katie @ KatieDid September 8, 2011, 8:39 pm

    eek i just happened to see on twitter you had an allergic reaction, oh no! Maybe it was some sneaky mango in that smoothie?! Although by now its been hours since you’ve had it. I hope your doing okay!

    • CaitlinHTP September 8, 2011, 8:57 pm

      thanks friend 🙂 i feel better now!

  • CheezyK September 8, 2011, 8:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, such a simple solution to a problem I’ve been trying to sort for ages! Now if you could only answer the question of what to do with the dog bags my life would be complete …

  • Mary @ stylefyles September 8, 2011, 8:59 pm

    I do something similar, I tie my key in the drawstring of my shorts. On the rare occasion I am wearing shorts with no drawstring (almost never happens), I tie it into my shoelace. I like having it somewhere I can feel / see because I’m paranoid. But the hair tie is a great solution too!

  • lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner September 8, 2011, 9:25 pm

    I love the key idea! I wear mine on a lanyard around my neck, under my shirt, but it bounces around and drives me crazy. Also, in the winter it’s always really cold against my skin!

  • Heather Montgomery September 8, 2011, 9:28 pm

    I hate ssaying bye to my dogs! I wear running skirts so i keep my key in my handy Velcro pocket, hubby ties his in his shoelaces and tucks it under them.

  • 'Dee @ 'Dee's Garret September 8, 2011, 9:29 pm

    If I’m wearing my CamelBak, I tuck my key into the little zipper pocket. When I’m not, I do the shoestring trick and tuck the end under the laces. Works like a charm.

  • Chelsea September 8, 2011, 9:39 pm

    10k runs are so much fun =D They’re the perfect long distance for me so far ha. I never thought of that spot for my key before! Brillllliant =D

  • Brittney @ Brittney Breathing September 8, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I can’t believe I never thought to tie my key to my hair tie! I’m always awkwardly running/walking with a key and it’s so annoying. Thanks for the tip!

  • Cyndi September 8, 2011, 9:57 pm

    For the house I use our garage door’s keypad but I used to have to worry about a key (or fob) when I ran at a park or went a race – I usually go alone. Then my hubs got an auto-start feature added to our cars. Best invention ever, well that and the iPhone that has an app that allows me to lock, unlock and start my car! I probably only use my phone for 15 minutes/month but between RunKeeper, iTunes and this Auto-app, it’s the best thing ever. Oh, also – I no longer fear losing my key or fob during a 14 mile run – I know that the phone is with me! That always used to scare me – that I’d never be able to retrace my steps and find a lost key!

    • CaitlinHTP September 9, 2011, 8:55 am

      Wait, your iphone can UNLOCK YOUR CAR? amazing!!!!

  • Marian @ marianwrites September 8, 2011, 10:08 pm

    the scrunchie idea is genius! I always tie my key into my shoelace, but it’s kind of annoying to have to untie mie shoes (esp. when they are double-knotted!) once i get home. and CONGRATS on the 10k! what an awesome feeling!

  • mary September 8, 2011, 10:11 pm

    I usually just leave my keys in my car because I can unlock it with the keypad on the door. before that I would stick it in my sports bra andit would be pretty secure in there, or hide it in my gas tank, or find another good place to hide such as a bush. probably not the safest but it always worked.

  • Therese September 8, 2011, 10:14 pm

    I loop my key around a hair tie, but then put it on my wrist and tuck the key part under my velcro Garmin strap. Works like a charm and I don’t have to worry about it bouncing!

  • Erin September 8, 2011, 10:19 pm

    WoW! The key in your scrunchie is such a great idea. I honestly hide one somewhere on my property before I go out for a run so that I don’t have to worry about it hehehe

  • colleen September 8, 2011, 10:33 pm

    I tie my key to my shorts string or my shoe lace. Never had a problem with it coming loose. Never thought of the hair tie

  • Jessi @ Quirky Cookery September 8, 2011, 10:35 pm

    Love the key idea. I’ve seen people tie it to their shoes, but the hairtie thing makes a lot of sense, too. If it breaks, you’re going to notice immediately (at least I do when my hair tie breaks) and don’t risk losing your key.

  • Leah September 9, 2011, 12:00 am

    Love the key holder… much better than putting it in my sons pocket and then forgetting to pick it up before his school starts… Had to disrupt his class yesterday…

    • CaitlinHTP September 9, 2011, 8:55 am

      hahah oh no!

  • Corrie Anne September 9, 2011, 1:39 am

    Ha! Awesome key holder. Most of my shorts have pockets but they dig into my thigh big time!! Great run, girl!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 9, 2011, 2:54 am

    That is a great idea! I always put mine in my shoe, which is fine because I can’t feel it, until I get home and look like a tit vecause I have to take my trainers off to unlock the door if nobody’s home?! :/ lame!
    Have a fantastic weekend 🙂

  • Khushboo September 9, 2011, 5:01 am

    Ohh good idea although I think I would be too panicky the whole run and keep checking it’s still there…nice going on the 10k!

  • kelly bean September 9, 2011, 9:36 am

    I do the same thing with my key… but I had a spare key made that I use just for running (because my hair ties got frayed/unraveled and broken when I kept pulling them on and off of the key ring.

    Also (cause I read about your allergic reaction BEFORE i read this post) I hope you are feeling better! Allergic reactions like that are the worst!! Not to mention just plain terrifying!

  • linz September 9, 2011, 10:33 am

    Um, the key on the hair tie is GENIUS! So easy.

  • Amber K September 9, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Neat idea! I usually slide mine inbetween my MP3 player and it’s protective case. It is so old I don’t think the protective case even really matters at this point, so I don’t worry about my key doing anything. Besides, it lies pretty flat.

    Have a fun time in Philly!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 9, 2011, 1:22 pm

    Congrats on your long run! And that is SUCH a good idea to put your key on your hair tie! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of that. I always attach it to a hair tie and wear it around my wrist… but that can be really uncomfortable. 😛

  • Janelle September 15, 2011, 3:19 pm

    Some running shorts have an internal pocket that hangs from the waistband. I’ve used that before. But I usually use a key holder that attaches to my shoe thanks to the wonderful invention of velcro. They’re like 10 bucks and don’t bounce at all. I like this method because you can keep a spare key in there and don’t have to worry about moving things back and forth or worry about forgetting your key because it’s already on your shoe!

    Here’s the brand I have (Shoe Pocket and Shoe Pocket+)

  • Pam C October 2, 2011, 8:55 pm

    I love you for this key solution. Literally love! I’ve tried around the bra strap, shoelace, ankle, wrist, on a chain or cord around my neck (tucked in the front back or hanging), holding it in my hand, waistband. Everything I’ve tried has annoyed me at some point and have even resorted to switching it up midrun. Just another reason that you’re the best.

    • CaitlinHTP October 3, 2011, 10:10 am

      🙂 Thank you!

  • Amanda October 3, 2011, 5:24 pm

    I tie my key to my shoelaces (undo the top thread, slide the key on (and tuck it under the other laces) and then rethread and tie everything. It keeps it in place, and doesn’t jiggle around like other solutions I’ve tried.

    I have to carry my ID card with me to get into my house too (stupid security) so I’ve started only buying running clothes with pockets. I haven’t been able to find a non-awkward way to attach a plastic ID to my body!

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