On the same run – and the same stretch of road, in fact – where I saw someone running in jeans, I encountered another noteworthy runner.
He had loose coins jangling in the pocket of his shorts.
I don’t know about you, but that would annoy the hell out of me. This runner seemed fairly happy, though – he even greeted me as he passed.
First of all, how does all that jangling of loose change not get on the guy’s nerves? This wasn’t rhythmic chiming in time with the runner’s stride, but just a shrill mess of noise. Surely there’s some type of coin-holder he could have used. And why a lot of small coins instead of one larger denomination coin or even a bank note?
Secondly, why did he even need to bring a pocket full of coins on his run anyway? Was he planning to stop at the shop for a pint of milk? Did he expect to pass by buskers or through a toll booth?
The only loose metal I carry on my run is my front door key on a small keyring. I make sure it’s well bundled up so that its jingling doesn’t set my nerves jangling.
In the summer, when I’m in my short shorts, I twist the inside key pocket so that it isn’t flapping loose with the key jumping up and down inside. (As well as keeping things quiet, it’s to stop my key falling out.) And in the winter, wearing my longer shorts with a bigger outside pocket, I wrap my key in a piece of cloth.
In any case, I’ve never felt the need to carry money with me on a run. If I need water, I bring a bottle with me from the start – I can’t imagine interrupting my run to stop at a shop. And it’s unlikely that a payphone will be nearby if I have an emergency.
So, just like running in jeans, running with a pocket of loose change seems odd to me. Or are those two runners passing me and thinking I’m the one who’s weird?