2019-05-22 - Get out your toys!

anna bday runBaby Goat here, stopping by to talk TOYS! Running is a sport that doesn't require all the bells and whistles... but I'd be lying if they didn't bring a little fun and excitement to the experience. We had a TOUGH winter. I didn't get out the door like I should have and my Garmin was dead in a drawer for far longer than I care to admit. Thankfully spring sprang and the watch made its way out of the drawer, on to my wrist and OUT THE DOOR! It has been a slow go getting back into the swing of things but I was reminded how much I love run tracking TOYS! Watching that resting heart rate come down after a sedentary winter, actually hitting my step goals, seeing the minute per mile pace knock back towards where it should be, and watching my weekly mileage increase has motivated me to get out there... like beating those Candy Crush levels... but BETTER!

Get out your toys and play,

Baby Goat, an admittedly (not quite as) obsessed runner excited to get out of the office and hit my 6th day on my step goal streak.

P.S.: June is headed our way and you have so many opportunities to hang with the RF gang!

June 8, 2019
Northville, MI
Flirt With Dirt 5K & 10K
You'll love this low key dirt run!

June 15, 2019
Canton, MI
Canton Liberty Run 5K, 10K & 1 Mile
Stars... Stripes... and SUPERHEROES

June 21, 2019
Ypsilanti, MI
Oberun 5K
Celebrate summer with friends, fun and OBERON! The Oberun 5K is over 70% sold out, register now!

2019-05-09 - Put a spring in you step

randy potoNo warm spring days in sight but the temps have been great for getting in the run, yes, some splashing around in puddles but, heck! We are lucky to have a sport that gets us outside and smiling while much of the world whines about the weather. Let's get out there and take in the sights, sounds and smells of spring while enjoying these 50 something degree days!
Run right through those puddles!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner reminding you that It's not too late to sign up for Friday evening's Hightail to Ale at Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Looks like 55 degrees for the 6: (Beer) 30 start! Run, walk or stroll the Detroit riverfront then grab your medal, a beer and enjoy a great band. Cheers! Late registration is still available Thursday evening from 4-7PM at Running Fit in Northville, and race day from 4PM-6:15PM at Atwater Brewery in Detroit! (Shirts and shirt sizes are limited and cannot be guaranteed for late registration)

2019-05-01 - Savor the Pain

randy flowersAfter a hard, long race, I often use the line, savor the pain, you worked hard to feel this bad and that those living in a couch potato haze never get to experience the high highs and low lows of life, just an endless blah. During the run, our body tries to stop us from running into pain, a natural defense for sure. That said, our body does not distinguish the pain of injury over the self-inflicted pain we might be facing while running fast, long or pressing up a long hill, this is not the time to listen to our body, this is the pain we came for!
I hope you find the pain you seek, today!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who feels bad for those who think all pain is to be avoided, they shall never live life in full color.
P.S. Come and put the hammer down and hurt with us for 5K at Hightail to Ale in Detroit on Friday evening, May 10th, We will savor our pain together with an Atwater Dirty Blond in Hand! Don't miss a beautiful run along the Detroit riverfront followed by a beer party including food trucks, cornhole and live music... Did we mention BEER?! Great custom shirt and pint glass to all entrants, sweet bottle opener medal and an Atwater Brewery beer to all finishers. The perfect jump back into this running life!

2019- 04-25 - Yes, you are a runner

randy flowersI just got back to running after 3 weeks off with a pain I had to work through. With every break in running I can't help but get a guilty feeling, like I'm a phony or loser ... Especially when I write the midweek run mail! Yes, this is ridiculous, I know I am a runner and setbacks are part of our sport and our lives. I will be a runner until death, even if I can't ever run another step. Be proud of yourself and your running, no matter what pace or how short or long or however many days you run in a year. You are a runner.
Run forever and ever, amen,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner ... who is very slow and is throwing in lots of walking, so there!

P.S.: The perfect plan for getting back into the swing of things is a FUN run/walk! Join us on Friday night, May 10 in Detroit, MI at Atwater Brewery for the Hightail to Ale 5K! Don't miss a beautiful run along the Detroit riverfront followed by a beer party including food trucks, cornhole and live music... Did we mention BEER?! Great custom shirt and pint glass to all entrants, sweet bottle opener medal and an Atwater Brewery beer to all finishers. The perfect jump back into this running life!

2019-04-11 - Run, cheer, run!

martianA big weekend in Running is upon us, locally, the Martian Invasion of Races on Saturday in Dearborn and on Monday, The Boston Marathon. The running weather for Martian is looking perfect and you still have the chance to enter online until noon today, or you can register at the expo tomorrow, or race morning. With a 5K, 10K, 13.1 and 26.2, we can choose our challenge based on how our training is going ... or not going! It can be quite an inspirational day at Martian, those running the 5K or 10K won't have long to wait after their finish to see the Marathon leaders come in, around 10AM. A marathon finish line offers a powerful motivational experience for the spectator, seeing goals and dreams come true, live and in person is priceless. Try to make it to Dearborn for the experience, also, if you can sneak it in on Monday, catch some of the Boston Marathon coverage streaming online. https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/watch/tv-coverage
Run, cheer, run!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner looking forward to a big weekend in our running world. For those of you toeing the line, at whatever race or distance, I'm proud of you already!

P.S.: DAYLIGHT. SUNSHINE. WARMER FORECASTS. Any of these things have you feelin' good? Turn your face toward the sun, breathe in the fresh air and let yourself feel inspired for a big year of FUN and RUNNING! Here are some fun favorites to add to your list:

Hightail to Ale 5K
(We hear there might be a discount in the Martian Invasion of Races Virtual Goody bag... just sayin')
Atwater Brewery - Detroit, MI
May 10, 2019

Oberun 5K
Wiard's Orchard - Ypsilanti, MI
June 21, 2019
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a 5K run/walk to a beer garden!

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