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For many of us, pocketing a few everyday carry items has become a prerequisite for leaving home. It’s easy to get to the point where you’ll feel naked without your phone, wallet, keys, knife, and other essentials in your jeans. But what about the times when your attire or activities make carrying these EDC items difficult? Running is a good example — lightweight athletic shorts don’t provide much room for gear, if they have pockets at all.
Cody Martin of OptionGray.com wrote the following article on the topic of EDC for runners. It also applies to numerous other summer activities, such as cycling or spending a day at the beach. And while gear choices are important, we also appreciate Cody’s emphasis on the “mental EDC” that will guide your actions and decisions.
Everyday carry is anything you carry on a daily basis. Whether it be your keys, cell phone, personal protection tools, flashlight, knife, etc. it’s all about being intentional to have the gear you need for what you need to get done — as well as the unexpected.
I live in the North Texas area and had heard on the news that since October 2018, aggressive coyotes have chased and/or attacked multiple people who have been out running, jogging, or going for a walk in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Consider this story out of Frisco, TX, which happened recently.
Two women were out for a jog just before 6 AM when the attack occurred. The event lasted for approximately 2 minutes and the women stated they tried to fight off the coyote the entire time. They didn’t try to run away, they tried to make themselves “look big”, they were making a lot of noise, trying to kick it, and trying various others methods to scare it off. They felt it was trying to wear them down based on how it was acting.
The coyote kept biting them on the legs, knocked one of them down, and finally latched on to one of the women’s thighs. A passerby happened to see what was going on and stopped to let the women in his car. According to him, the coyote was still in attack mode when he stopped to help. He then drove them to the hospital where the hospital employees said this was occurring more and more frequently. A young boy has been attacked and another woman was also attacked and sent to the hospital recently after sustaining neck injuries. She had to have surgery as a result of the attack.
This incident prompted me to think through an EDC setup that could work well for strenuous activity such as running or biking.
The requirements I had were:
Physical EDC Items
Modify this list to meet your needs.
Editor’s Note: Carrying a gun while running may require some additional planning and gear, but it’s definitely worth considering. To learn about various CCW options while physically active, check out the article Actively Armed: Concealed Carry Options for Running and Hiking from our sister magazine CONCEALMENT.
Mental EDC Items
Your EDC isn’t just about gear, it’s about the right mindset.
Being intentional about practicing situational awareness means increasing your ability to pay attention to what is around you. It’s growing your God-given gut feeling and instincts and gaining the knowledge to know what to do next.
It’s easy to get into a routine where complacency takes over. Whether we are discussing a human threat or animal threat, we need to make sure we are prepared. Taking a little time to think things through is something we don’t do enough of. It’s easy to go into autopilot which is dangerous.
Remember, we don’t prepare for this stuff because we live in a state of paranoia or fear. We prepare and have a condition of readiness so we can go out and enjoy life.