Obsessed Runner Blog

2020.05.21 - Challenging Times

randy dwd    Stand-up comic Jerry Seinfeld made a great point. When someone drops dead doing something they love, people always say, at least he died doing what he loves. Better that you drop dead doing something that you hate, let's say, like cleaning out the garage, that way as you are falling dead you can be thinking, at least I never have to clean this darn garage again! Funny stuff but got me thinking, as an obsessed runner, event guy, better that I don't drop dead running because it would be a cast a bad image over the sport we love. I'll do my best not to but there are no guarantees! On another note, for those of you that are streaking with us through May in the Head Goat Challenge, you know what a valuable tool it's been in the get our butt out the door arsenal. If you missed that one, our amazing, creative crew at RF Events just announced the next challenge that will start June 1st. Every minute you get in running or walking will take you on a Pure Michigan tour of our state and keep you motivated to the finish line on July 4th. I'm impressed how the crew can turn a dark and cloudy period of life into pure motivational sunshine. Please join our nonsense!


Let's get outside!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who misses seeing all of you on event days, but hope to follow you on a challenge adventure in a FB group next month!

2020.05.14 - In a Funk

randy dirtshirtFrom social media posts it looks like runners are falling into three groups, those who are running more miles than they have in years due to covid restrictions, those who are in a low mileage funk, or funk in life in general, then there are runners who fall on and off the running wagon, trying to be positive but perhaps crashing motivationally as new restrictions come up. For sure, those of us training for a future event that is uncertain have had the wind taken out of our sails so often have now lost that tool in our get our butt out the door box. I know many of you are streaking along with us in the Head Goat 50K in May and that sure is helping to get in some miles knowing we are not in this alone. RF Events will launch a new challenge for June, consider joining us, especially if you are in the last two camps, in a funk or in and out of a funk. The challenge will be announced soon and because it come from a group of runners who are experts in event motivation and goal setting, it is sure to be creative, fun and motivating (Seriously... we are all excited to participate ourselves- IT IS AWESOME)! Some good news, the covid numbers in Michigan are way down, even with increased testing, the percentage of positive cases is in the single digits for the past 7 days, down from the 30% positive test days.


Laugh at the weather and get out that door,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is waiting for the full force of today's rain to be falling before heading out, because ... Why not
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2020.04.23 - This running family

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A grey, cold, windy, wet, COVID-19 lock down day, with RF Events on life support, and all that we do and love on hold. It took all I had, along with a push from my wife, to make yesterday's run happen. Yes, the run has been saving me from rock bottom. Would, a bit of sun and some good news, or at least successful antivirals be too much to ask for, would it? Perhaps.

That is how my day started yesterday and I admit, the 8.3 slap-in-the-face miles we got in was far more than what I was anticipating in those first few steps out the door.

That was me yesterday morning. Now, I'm humbled and so proud of my staff and so many of you. Yes, big, fat Goat tears are falling down my cheeks and I'm feeling ... not worthy. The RF Crew came up with The Head Goat 50K in May Challenge. The challenge, to run at least a mile every day in May, an easy way to run a 50K! 31 days, 31 miles and a challenge to make getting out that door a given. I'M IN! You may have seen or signed up for this no-cost challenge already. The part that has me in tears is the generosity of those who are donating whatever they can to help RF events get out the other side of this nightmare, so we can be there again to celebrate your goals, dreams and accomplishments with you. I love the RF Crew like family, even the ones that are family. Check out the challenge at this link... But don't think this is any excuse not to get your butt out the door from now 'til May 1!

Today, we run, tomorrow we run,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is a bit emotional tonight. The generosity and love in this running community has given me hope for the future!

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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!