5 ways to become the MacGyver of running

“Some people are scared of anybody who runs free.” – MacGyver

Admit it. As runners, we’ve all been there. If any of these things have ever happened to you, raise your hand.

  • Your music holster breaks
  • Your shoelace tears
  • It begins to downpour
  • You get injured and can’t walk
  • You run out of water or fuel

Ok, you can put your hands down now.

Somehow when these small catastrophes happen, we lose our shit, and it’s difficult to keep running without focusing on the problem at hand. But, if you were MacGyver (Yes, I’m showing my age, but you young ones missed a damn good show) you wouldn’t need to worry about any of these things.

If you’ve never experienced the awesomeness of MacGyver or you’re too young, let me give you some background. MacGyver was a secret agent who worked for a fictional US government agency. He solved complex issues by making things using ordinary household items. He didn’t like violence and never carried a gun. However, he did use some common cleaning solutions once or twice to make poisons and explosives. (LOL)

I’ll stop there for now since I can sense you have a good idea of how savvy and sassy this guy was. Let’s get back to the theme at hand.

The simple solution to solving these list of issues while running would be to pack all the extra things (duct tape, Swiss army knife, matches, etc.), but who wants all that extra stuff weighing you down when running? I know what some of you are thinking… “I’m not a fast runner. It wouldn’t make a difference to me.”

I don’t care what type of runner you are – none of us WANTS to run slow. We all want to run at a good pace – even on the easy runs. So, what’s the answer?

The answer is you have to think like the famous secret agent. What would MacGyver do? You have to be creative and fast. Ain’t no one got time for a Google search.

Here are some tips I’m pretty sure are close to what MacGyver would do if he were around. Stay tuned – later on, I’ll share some life-changing quotes from the man himself. You do NOT want to miss them.

Please note – All you that take life way too seriously – get a grip and just stop reading. However, if you agree that variety is the spice of life and have a sense of humor – you’re gonna love this next part!)

  • Your music holster breaks. If you’re using your phone or some other small device for your tunes and your holster goes bust there are a few places you can put it.
    • Your hand (yeh, carry it lazy)
    • Your shirt sleeve – roll it up and stuff it inside to create a make-shift pocket
    • Your shorts pocket
    • Sports bra (they aren’t that hard to get out of for a reason, ladies – they double as an extra pocket!)
    • Briefs or boxers? If you said briefs, you could even place your music there. Sorry boxer dudes. What are you doing running in boxers anyway?
  • When your shoelace tears.
    • Tie a knot to the end so it can’t fit through the lace hole.
    • Take your shoes off and run barefoot. (Hey, stop complaining – many International runners run without shoes every day)
    • Use a loose, non-supporting thread from your shirt or shorts to hold your laces together.
  • When it begins to downpour.
    • Hang out under a nearby tree or shelter until it slows down (wimp!).
    • Take your shirt off and use it as a hood (Keep in mind – this will get wet too unless you’re a genius and have a moisture-wicking shirt!).
    • Enjoy it, shut your pie hole and keep running.
  • When you get injured and can’t walk.
    • Scream for help.
    • In all seriousness, you should always carry either a phone with you or use a watch that allows you to communicate with someone in case something happens – especially on those long runs.
  • When you run out of water or fuel.
    • Scrape some change together from the roadside (warning: this may elongate your run) and stop by the local mini-mart to score yourself a water or snack.
    • Map out your course to include a friend or family whose home is halfway so that you can make a pit stop if needed.
    • Snack on some roadside nibbles? Yes, I’ve seen some crazy things on the roadside in all my running – things like a half a banana, little farm stands that have veggies and things out for the taking, McDonald’s bags of food, etc.

There it is folks. Your MacGyver advice. I know, pretty on point – right?

Print it out, save it to your Google docs or reading list and the next time you find yourself in one of these situations – you’ll be prepared, and you can go back to being the impressive runner you were meant to be.

Oh, but don’t go anywhere just yet. I have some poignant quotes from the man himself I’d like to share. You just might pee your pants reading a few of these, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

“You may not believe this, but there have been times when I’ve had a lot more fun in the back seat of a car.” – MacGyver

“It’s a little recipe I use in emergencies.” – MacGyver, explaining the fertilizer bomb he’s making

“I think I should get an unlisted phone number.” – MacGyver

“Another day, a whole ‘nother set of fresh possibilities… I’m a sucker for mornings.” – MacGyver

“You can do a lot in a year.” – MacGyver






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