I recently moved to montana from PA and I've started running in the woods. Yes, the REAL woods, not the type you see at your local park. The type where you could EASILY fall, hurt yourself, and be stuck for days.
Today, I took a trip up one of the trails behind my apartment. Ran up the mountain (4 mile steep as heck hill, about 3000 feet up from where I started... ouch) and when I finally reached the top I said to myself, "I really wish I had my compass." (The main reason for this thought was because I could see my apartment from where I was standing, and if I had my compass I could have taken a bearing, and then found that spot on the mountain when I was back down again.) A couple of times I went off of the trail to look over the edge of the cliff or something and thought to myself "If I didn't KNOW for sure that the trail was this way, I would never find it." I couldn't imagine what I'd do if I got turned around off trail. Well, I'd probably just walk downhill but that's not the point.
The point is, I want to start carrying things when I run. A compass and a small map at the least... and I should probably be carrying bear spray. However I HATE things bouncing when I run. I hate it to the point that I tuck my shoelaces in because if they bounce it annoys me. Now, I'm not planning on packing anything that would help me survive the night because if I did that, I might as well pack a daypack and if I can't hike out of anywhere I run to before it gets dark (I run in the morning), I'm probably screwed anyway.
Now, bear in mind that I don't run in anything with pockets. Running shorts and a tee shirt for me.
So, what are my options? What have you guys tried? What do you suggest?
I was thinking of just taking the bladder out of my camel pack and using it as a small backpack. But it seems a little overkill for just a few things.