2018-03-07 - Timing is Everything

randy freepTime, distance and pace are highly motivational aspects of our sport. How fast we are is not relevant, it's our personal understanding of the work we have done to cover the distance we ran in the time it took us. Not just physical effort but also the mental effort, from our courage to start to the will power to be consistent, doing something most people look at as punishment or even torture. Only the runner understands all that our sport gives back to us and how we can find joy in it.

May we have the courage to continue running forever,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has found joy in running and is excited for the Trails in Motion Film Festival this Saturday!

PS: When we cross a finish line, only we can fully appreciate our finish time... but that's not completely true, the timing crew here at RF Events uses their expertise and cutting edge technology to make sure your time is as close to exact as possible. I'd like to give a shout out to our timing crew, who continually come up with new and creative ways to get you your results in real time. From scrolling results on a flat screen, to text messaging a full analysis of your pace, and both overall and age group place when you finish. If you are, or ever get involved in putting on an event, consider RF Event Services to impress your participants.

PS: Our timing team is hiring! Looking for a part time (weekend mornings) gig that allows you to experience the Michigan Running Culture every weekend? Are you a tech savvy runner? Know SQL? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018-02-28 - Let the treadmill gather dust!

randy freepIt's been a nice string of running days and the weather trend for the next ten days is looking pretty good. The ice and snow is off most of the trails, a real mid-winter gift to us dirt runners!

My usual goal is to motivate you out the door, today, I'll let the weather do that! Instead, I'd like to invite you to head indoors on Saturday, March 10th for a motivational running film festival at the historic Farmington Civic Theater! This is a rare opportunity for the running community to get together in a non-race setting... and it will be fun to see each other with our clothes on! Grab a ticket, grab some popcorn and enjoy the Ledlenser Trails In Motion Film Festival!

Get outside,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is looking to do a bit of "arm chair" running at the movies!

PS: After you join us in front of the big screen consider getting up Sunday, March 11, 2018 and giving back to the running community! The Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K and 1K in Ann Arbor, MI is looking for some race day helpers. Volunteers receive a sweet shirt, $30 coupon towards a future RF Events, and endless thanks!

PS: BBQ! BEER! BEAUTIFUL TRAILS! Join me on a road trip down "south" May 19, 2018 to the breathtaking natural beauty of Nashville, Indiana. Dances With Dirt - Gnaw Bone is an insane test of human endurance that will leave you knowing you are fully awake, alive and living life in full color! Hit the wicked trails for 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, 50K, 50 Miles or grab your friends for the extreme relay. Pair all of this with some sweet swag and you've got the makings of a seriously kick butt day!

2018-02-21 - Do your running homework

randy freepThere are only a couple more weeks of off season running then... No more mister nice guy! In January we make our spring race plans, in February, we ramp up the mileage and jiggle off the winter pounds. Your homework is to write a training schedule; it will be your coach. The schedule will always be there telling you when you miss a day! Find a schedule that you believe in and use it as a base. Tweak it to your real life schedule and mileage and it will be a key part of your get out the door arsenal.

Did you do your homework? Did you run today?

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner with his spreadsheet open and calendar in hand.

PS: Need a little help on your training plan? The Martian Invasion of Races is back in Dearborn, MI on April 14, 2018. We've got distances (AND TRAINING PLANS) for everyone! Try 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 26K or Full Marathon! This fast course race with SWEET SWAG is an awesome spring goal races.

PS: Need a summer goal? Running Between the Vines is host to Michigan's most beautiful Half Marathon! Join us for 5K, 5 Mile (or both!) or the Half Marathon in Jackson, MI on August 18, 2018. Don't miss the great wine, good times and beautiful vines. We've got training plans for all distances and we promise YOU CAN DO THIS!

2018-02-14 - Short & Sweet Runs

randy flowersWhen asked how far we ran today or what race we are running next, I'm sure we have all at some time answered, I "only" ran 3 miles, or I'm "only" doing the 5K, or I'm "only" doing the half ... I'm here to tell you, NEVER short change your run, never give excuses or apologies for any run or race! Every step counts , every run you head out to do is amazing and no matter how it goes, you should be proud of the effort and share your run proudly! Never, use the word "ONLY" when describing your run! Which brings me to next words you will never say ... "I'm not really a runner". If you are thinking, I just put in a few miles a couple times a week, or, I have never run a marathon, I don't deserve to be thought of as a runner, I'm here to tell you, YOU ARE A RUNNER! If you lace up your shoes and head out the door for a run of any distance on any regular basis, even a mile a week every Saturday morning, YOU ARE a runner! As the rest of the world sits around in a couch potato haze, you have the courage to head out the door.

Run proud and inspire others,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who recently used the word "only" to describe my day's run to a sedentary friend who had asked how far I had just ran ... And as I said it, it struck me that they may find this description as arrogant and perhaps demeaning to their lifestyle. Dang. As I've said, I write this midweek to myself.

PS: you are FREE to buy CELEBRATORY CHAMPAGNE after the MARTIAN INVASION OF RACES! The Martian Invasion of Races is back in Dearborn, MI and more space-tastic than ever. Be there April 14, 2018 for 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26K, or 26.2M. Sweet Swag, fast course and EVEN MORE MARTIANS!

PS: RF Events is excited to bring back the Trails in Motion Film Festival to SE Michigan! Films will play from 2:00PM-4:20PM on March 10, 2018 at the Farmington Civic Theater. Join like minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts for a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films! Tickets are $15 and include an invite to meet up afterwards at a local watering hole.

2018-02-07 - Winter isn't quitting... Neither are we

anna winterGet those Yak Trax out, runners, because winter is here to stay! A quick glance at the snow forecast reveals that our daily runs are going to be if nothing else... AN ADVENTURE! Instead of cursing Punxsutawney Phil and throwing in the towel, let's get out the door and show winter what we're made of. How do we do it? Here are some basics to make this a little easier:

  • Invest in some traction devices or a good pair of trail shoes. Both work well in snow and ice. Be sure to pair those grippy shoes with winter weather appropriate clothing and layer up because you're always better safe than sorry!
  • Run short and low. Shortening your stride and keeping your feet close to the ground will reduce your risk of slipping, falling or straining something!
    Slow down! Yes, you heard me, give yourself a break. Getting out the door in these conditions is way more than half the battle so take the pressure off your pace and take it easy out there.
  • Winter will eventually end and the snow will melt, so savor these fun, snowy adventures while we've got 'em,

Baby goat, a not quite as obsessed runner who read the 10 day forecast and is committed to the FUN runs ahead.

PS: you are FREE to buy BEER after the MARTIAN INVASION OF RACES! Do I have your attention? The Martian Invasion of Races is back in Dearborn, MI and more space-tastic than ever. Be there April 14, 2018 for 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26K, or 26.2M. Sweet Swag, fast course and EVEN MORE MARTIANS!

PS: RF Events is excited to bring back the Trails in Motion Film Festival to SE Michigan! Films will play from 2:00PM - 4:20PM on March 10, 2018 at the Farmington Civic Theater. Join like minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts for a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films! Tickets are $15 and include an invite to meet up afterwards at a local watering hole.

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