Obsessed Runner Blog
From 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
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!
Baby Goat here... popping in with a reminder that is strictly for me - do your laundry!
But in all seriousness... there seems to be 2 running camps during this trying time... those that are getting out the door more than ever and utilizing this time to train like a madman, and those that for whatever reason... are really struggling to get out the door. If your training is going great... I'm so proud of you! If you're in my camp... where getting out the door seems more difficult than ever - we're in this together! Let's work to remove ONE thing that is in our way. For me, it is the laundry. If I wake up and had planned to run, but can't find the right pants, socks etc.... I will scrap the whole thing! What is your "missing favorite pants," that is one little roadblock on your way out the door? Set yourself up for success each day... schedule the time to get out for a safe and solo run, and have everything you need ready to go the night before!
Life is hard enough right now, help yourself out,
Baby Goat, a (not quite as) obsessed runner, who made a plan for tomorrow and I've got my favorite pants clean and ready to go!