Ask any long-distance runner what they look for in a pair of shorts and chances are that pockets are at the top of their list. I can certainly attest to that myself — when I trained for my first marathon in 2010, women’s shorts with pockets were unbelievably hard to come by. I often ran races in Central Park in New York City clutching my keys and MetroCard in my hand because I didn’t have anywhere else to put them.
Thankfully, more than a decade later, many athletic apparel brands have evolved to meet this need for runners. If you'd prefer a sports bra with pockets over shorts, this article can help you find a good alternative.