2018-10-17 - You are an athlete!

randy bridgesAs runners, we are not armchair quarterbacks wearing a jersey with someone else's name on it, we are the players! An athlete is someone who trains and gathers knowledge to be better at their sport. You are an athlete! When you line up to race, the spectators, the people on the sidelines, are cheering for YOU! You are out there setting the example, inspiring others and working to be a better you. A personal best at 5K is a heck of a lot more meaningful to us than the weekend stats of some quarterback throwing 200 yards. You are the real deal! Now get out there and train.

Can I get your autograph?

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who thinks you should be wearing a jersey with your own name on the back!

PS: GOBBLE GOBBLE, ATHLETES! The temps have dropped and the holidays are right around the corner. Join us on Thanksgiving morning for a 5K or 1K trot around downtown Ann Arbor at the Turkey Trot! Hot chocolate at the finish, photos with Santa and Turkey Tom, long sleeve shirts to pre-registered participants, custom medals to all 5K finishers and festive medals to all 1K finishers. FUN BEFORE THE FEAST! REGISTER NOW!

PS: HO, HO, GO! Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, burn a few holiday calories and give back to others! The Holiday Hustle on December 8, 2018 is a festive dash around Dexter that will get you in the holiday spirit. Knit beanies to all entrants and medals to all finishers. REGISTER NOW!

2018-10-04 - Run like in days of old

randy bridgesAh, the good old hunter and gatherer days, today's life is busy, complex and stressful. The daily run lets us shed the mental load as the miles add up. The head clears from 1,000 thoughts at once down to a clear mission of movement. What would we do without running, this simple, physical and psychological gift? No need to think about it, unplug and hit the run reset button, peace is just a few fast steps past the front door.

Run like in days of old,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, born a million years too late, wishing I could be running naked with a club chasing down breakfast. Wait, what am I thinking, I guess I could still do this!

PS: The temps are sporadically dropping and you know what that means... fall is HERE! Join us at one of our FALL FAVORITES!

Scrumpy Skedaddle 1K, 5K and 10K
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH AT NOON!
Orchard running, hard or soft cider, all you can eat pancakes and live music!
October 7, 2018 Flushing, MI

Run Scream Run 1 Mile, 5K and 10K
Costumes, cider and donuts, OH MY!
October 13, 2018 Ypsilanti, MI

Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
5K and Tot Trot 1K
Turkeys, swag and TROTTING!
November 22, 2018

2018-09-27 - You can only run too much

randy bridgesThe fall long run season is upon us! Many of us will be running marathons, half marathons, 10K's or whatever we each consider long in the next few weeks. Perhaps in Detroit, Chicago, Twin Cities, New York or some other exciting location! Now is not the time to cram for the exam. Now is the time to get into our heads that there is no such thing as being under trained. Schedules we follow are only rough guidelines, we all get in the miles we can based on what life puts in our way. The training we get in is only a part of the equation. Some of us will do all the work before race day, some of us will do most of the work on race day. The important thing is our determination to finish. Time to avoid negative people and negative thoughts, the adventure awaits! When things get tough, smile and remember this is what we do for fun! You can finish your race with a lot less training than you think as long as you are rested and healthy. Less might be more at this point, finish up your training by running smart.

Get excited and smile,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who admits I wrote this to remind myself that the miles I ran to get ready are all the miles I need to finish, no matter how few those training miles may seem!

PS: The temps are finally dropping and you know what that means... fall is on its way! Join us at one of our FALL FAVORITES!

Scrumpy Skedaddle 1K, 5K and 10K
Orchard running, hard or soft cider, all you can eat pancakes and live music!
October 7, 2018 Flushing, MI

Run Scream Run 1 Mile, 5K and 10K
Costumes, cider and donuts, OH MY!
October 13, 2018 Ypsilanti, MI

Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
5K and Tot Trot 1K
Turkeys, swag and hot cocoa!
November 22, 2018

2018-09-19 - Surround yourself with runners

randy bridgesTo enrich your running life and to ensure your motivation, might I suggest that you surround yourself with runners. For sure you want to have all medical professionals in your life to be runners, that is, your doctor, dentist, ob/gyn etc. They will understand they are dealing with a runners body and will have insights that others might misdiagnose. This is a good spot for a shameless plug for John Farrah my dentist, and my Doc, David Bach, both in Ann Arbor. For hair care, how can you beat talking running with your stylist? Nichole Minor at the new Zev Salon, conveniently located next to Running Fit at 5700 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor! Talk running, get motivated and then shop... how can you beat it! Seriously, if your insurance agents, realtors, financial planners and all the people you deal with on a daily basis are runners, you will have the support and understanding you deserve... and up your chances of running out the door for a lifetime!

Live, love, run,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who puts his faith in those who run!

PS: To keep a balanced life, consider a bit of strength and yoga... Another shameless plug! My running friend Tod opened SPENGA in Ann Arbor, a 60 minute workout that combines 20 minutes of spin, 20 minutes of strength, and 20 minutes of yoga! The perfect way to stay injury free and balance out your running life.

PS: The temps are finally dropping and you know what that means... fall is on its way! Join us at one of our FALL FAVORITES!

Scrumpy Skedaddle 1K, 5K and 10K
Orchard running, hard or soft cider, all you can eat pancakes and live music!
October 7, 2018 Flushing, MI

Run Scream Run 1 Mile, 5K and 10K
Costumes, cider and donuts, OH MY!
October 13, 2018 Ypsilanti, MI

2018-09-12 - Use it or lose it

randy bridgesBy just knowing you are reading this, I can assume you are living a fitness lifestyle, or are at least working toward living one. Either way you have, or had, the courage to start. You made the hard first steps toward becoming a lifelong athlete and are reaping the physical and psychological rewards that come with it. Bravo! I recently met up with an old friend who could not keep up with our active weekend activities, fun physical stuff like a bike ride, swim, yoga, a hike ... Stuff we runners can do with little effort. He was upset with himself and the years he has neglected his body. The pain and frustration on his face and in his frustrated comments to himself made me realize how fortunate we are to be on the right path, to run for the pure joy of running and the satisfaction we get (or are beginning to get) from sweat and sore muscles is the fun part of our daily lives, not a chore, punishment or some dreaded necessary fitness routine... but the highlight of our amazing lives!

You are amazing, and will continue to be if you get out that door!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, hopefully setting a good example while living it up!

PS: FRIENDS OF THE GOAT FLASH SALE! The cooler temps have me feeling fall festive... use coupon code FALLFESTRF18 for $5 off one of the following fun upcoming fall races!

SCRUMPY SKEDADDLE 5K & 10K
OCTOBER 7, 2018 - FLUSHING, MI

RUN, SCREAM, RUN 5K, 10K & 1 MILE
OCTOBER 13, 2018 - YPSILANTI, MI

TURKEY TROT 5K & 1K
NOVEMBER 22, 2018 - ANN ARBOR, MI

Code expires at 12:00PM on Friday, September 14, 2018.

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