May 21, 2008 - The idol taper time is a blessing and a curse.

Yo run gang,

With over 4,000 runners entered in Saturdays Traverse City Bayshore events, chances are many of you are in taper mode. This week can drive a runner mad. The idol taper time is a blessing and a curse. This is a time for the body to lick the wounds and store muscle glycogen. The extra downtime can mess with your head, it gives you time to question everything from fitness (am I running enough) to food (am I eating too much) to race strategy (how fast should I start) to obsessing about the weather. Running during your taper sometimes can add fuel to this growing doubt. A short run may feel horrible, leaving you asking, If I feel this bad at 3 miles, how can I possibly finish? If this is how your week is going, I can tell you from experience that you are on the right on track, your body is peaked and ready to pop a big one, seriously. How does this work? Thats a good question!

Things to do in June, a fun month to run!

- Today: Buy new shoes at Running Fit, the bad weather is behind us and early summer shoes stay clean and looking good the longest. (Shameless Plug)
- June 4th: Come to the Head Goats swamp party and birthday run, a free 10K on rolling dirt roads, starts and finishes at his lair. http://www.runningfit.net/swampparty
- June 7th: I wish I was under 30! The glitz, glamour and paparazzi will take to the Red Carpet 5K Run in Novi. A rockin dress up run for the young and fabulous! See www.redcarpetrun.com, a fun website, a fun event (No age groups over 30)
- June 14th: Flirt With Dirt 5K and 10K Trail Run, Novi, Michigan! Yes, amongst the malls and mansions there is a wilderness loop! Enter at www.runflirt.com. To get inspired, check out the trail run video from Aprils trail races at http://www.trailmarathon.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=99. Part 2 of this video clip was posted just this week!

Taper em up, then run fast and take chances,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner with his feet up!

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At RF Events, we are looking forward to the day when we'll be able to host races in person for you again! Getting all of our faithful participants back to the racing world SAFELY is our highest priority. Over the previous couple of months, a dedicated safety team was created and is working diligently to come up with the best plan to keep all our racers, volunteers and staff safe. We are consistently keeping up to date with the CDC guidelines as well as the state, county and city guidelines for the location of each individual race. To see a link to a broad outline of what we're working on and continuing to update, click here. This is a fluid situation that continues to change so we will keep updating our plan as warranted. We want to be sure to let you know that we're working on it and looking forward to seeing you at a starting line soon!