2016-12-08 - The Obsessed Runner explains

randy freepWhen I say I am an admitted obsessed runner, it doesn't necessarily mean I run as much as others I know, or as fast. Actually, because of my passion for everything running, I may actually be a bit conservative with my personal running knowing that overuse injuries can stop me from my daily run, a painful reality I have learned over my 40 years as a runner. I also make family a priority ahead of my running, knowing that my life without them would be a life without joy, including my running life. That said, I have made running a major focus, from starting running clubs, opening a chain of running stores (Running Fit),starting RF Events which produces 26 annual runs, (like Dances With Dirt, Run Woodstock and The Martian Invasion of Races) that keep me busy around the clock half the weekends of the year... Not to mention, running in races most other weekends. So yes, almost every aspect of my daily life including most thoughts and dreams make me an admitted obsessed runner.

Run smart, run forever,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who gets to spend most of my day surrounded by the creative,  passionate runners on staff at RF Events, runners that work hard all year to create the kind of events  that will keep our passion alive.

PS: Have you heard? Registration for all three Serious Series races is OPEN! Join us at one or all three for some awesome trail running. Head to Pinckney, MI on April 29th and 30th for Trail Weekend 5 Mile, 13.1M, 26.2M and 50K! Make your way to Novi, MI on June 3rd for Flirt With Dirt, a fun 5K and 10K. Round it all out in Laingsburg, MI on August 5th at The Legend 5M, 10M, and 13.1M... Enter if you dare!

2016-12-01 - High of 29, are you ready?

randy freepThe long term weather forecast shows a high of 29 a week from today, will you be ready to run? Now is the time to make sure you have the proper winter run gear so you won't have an excuse to not get out the door! Jacket, gloves, hats, wicking layers, shoe traction like Yaktrax or something similar and a small running pack to shed layers or put them on. That said, just getting this stuff together can get you excited about the challenge of a wintery run. Don't procrastinate, get ready today!

Be prepared ... To run!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who wrote this to guilt myself into preparing ... Today!

PS: Another way to enjoy the winter runs is to plan a winter escape or two. I find breaking winter into manageable pieces helps get us through winter with our running intact. A perfect way to split the season is to join us in the sun the week of February 10-17, an all-inclusive trip to the Mayan Riviera, YIKES! Deadline to sign up is next Monday, December 5th. I'll throw a party at my house to get to know each other before we go, a week out on Feb. 3rd. Email me with questions!

PS: Santa's Helpers needed! Saturday Afternoon, December 10th in Dexter, MI, for the Holiday Hustle. A time to give back to the sport ... And get a $30 race voucher for a future event! Your help will make a $10,000 donation to local charities possible!

2016-11-24 - Run short... but run

randy freepThese are the times that try runner's souls, the long, dark, cold, busy, days of the holiday season. A time full of excuses, a time when just getting out the door for a run requires super human strength. This is a time to make a personal commitment to consistency. Perhaps a self-promise to get out the door no less than 3 days a week for no less than 3 miles, or any bare minimum numbers that give you some sense of fulfillment. Forget training schedules and the high mileage weeks of the past, pick numbers that won't scare you off from the daily run. Perhaps a new mantra, short runs, that get done, rule!

Hang tough and get out the door,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who will be rooting for you ... And me!

PS: The next couple months are a time to enjoy a few silly, fun races just to see the other runners who are managing some consistency so you know you are not alone! Perhaps I'll see you at the Holiday Hustle 5K December 10th, http://runholiday5k.com/. The Bigfoot Snowshoe 5K & 10K January 21st http://runsnow.com/ or the Super 5K, Sunday February 5th, http://runsuperbowl.com/  by then it will be time to fire up the mileage for spring ... So enjoy the break!

2016-11-17 - Run and give thanks

randy freepWe are blessed to be runners and this glorious November weather is just another reason for us to give thanks. I'm a huge fan of Thanksgiving day, a time to count our many blessings, a day to run, then get together with friends and family, a time to use the words "thank you" a lot. Not all our days will be diamonds and we will all face dark days, this is the season that reminds us to find ways to bring some light to the darkness others are facing today.

Run and give thanks,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is blessed.

PS: Yes, Thanksgiving Day is a week off but by next Wednesday we will be in full Holiday mode and ignoring email!

PS: The Ann Arbor Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day will be donating at least $5,000 to the Chad Tough Foundation,  if you click here and watch the video, warning, it won't be without tears. http://www.chadtough.org/  Join us Thanks Giving morning as we sweat, smile and give thanks together as a running community and yes, earn our spot on the couch and show off our fun Turkey finisher's medals. Enter at http://theturkeytrot.com/  Your entry will add a couple more bucks to our donation. Please consider making an additional donation if you can.

PS: Speaking of giving back, registration is now open for the Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5K and 1K on March 12, 2017! A fun run around downtown Ann Arbor with GREAT swag to support an AWESOME cause. Shamrocks and Shenanigans benefits Save A Heart, an organization that raises funds to benefit patients and their families at the Michigan Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Check it out: http://runshamrocks.com!

2016-11-10 - Run away from politics

randy freepThe  ability to endure that we learn from our running life may not have seemed helpful when it came to this seemingly endless election year. That said, running does give us a place to sort out the world, it gives us time alone, away from the media, the pundits' and the rhetoric, a time to clear our heads enjoy the simple freedoms we have in this amazing county.

May your run give you peace and renewed hope,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has a hard time thinking pessimistically on the run, and I like that.

PS: Psssssssst... Once in a lifetime deal here... We're proud of you for surviving a chaotic election year. As a reward, we are opening up the floodgates on the ever elusive Dances With Dirt Hell Relay! Grab a team and secure your spot! Spots are first come first serve, nab one here! Not sure what the Dances With Dirt Hell Relay is? Get the scoop here.

PS: Did you know that age group winners, 5 deep in 5 year age groups get pumpkin pies at the Ann Arbor Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning? Did you also know they give awards to the top 3 ugliest sweaters, top 3 best holiday themed costumes, and awards to the top themed group of 5 or more people! To top it all off... hot chocolate will be served, and the turkey finisher's medal for the 5K is awesome! Enter today at theturkeytrot.com.

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