Obsessed Runner Blog

2023.08.03 - Run, run, run

Randy Racing GearTime-based runs around a loop of 2 to 2.5 miles are gaining popularity again. Events usually offer 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24 hour runs. These are especially great for the slower runner or walker who wants to complete, say, the marathon distance, but worry about cut off times, which at most marathons are 6 to 7 hours. By entering a 12-hour event, you can go at your own pace without worry. With a couple mile loop, there is no need to carry anything with you. There is usually one aid station with all kinds of nutrition and beverage choices and you also have the option to set up your own spot on the course with whatever you bring, like a chair, change of shoes, whatever. 12 and 24-hour events offer a great way to go after a personal best for the longest you have ever ran in a day. Loop events become quite social, meeting people at your pace and putting in loops together is the norm, a fun way to accomplish big time goals! RF Events puts on 2 such events, Island Time in May, and the upcoming, Hootenanny Endurance Run 4, 8 and 12 hour event October 21st in Gregory, MI. A great event to set up and camp on the course for the weekend. Join me!

Plan, then do, epic stuff!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who loves a run that allow me to fit in a nap in the middle of it!


2023.07.26 - Each run becomes historic

randy freepWhile visiting New York, I took a break from my run in Central Park to stand on the finish line of the Marathon. I would swear I could feel the energy and history radiating through me. The hundreds of thousand runners that have crossed it, including just about every world class marathon runner who has ever lived in the last 50 years. So many personal stories of pain and glory have taken place on this painted line on the ground. When my running days are over, if I can, perhaps I’ll start a new streak of visiting finish lines. Perhaps doing this, we can be like the ancient druids that gained powers just from contact with the certain sites with stones and mounded earth, or sacred wells and healing springs that channel energy from within the land and from the sun, moon and stars; that we can attune ourselves to the rhythm ... Woah! A new streak!


Run and be one with history,


Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who especially digs finish lines drawn in the dirt!

2023.07.19 - Weak-minded Runner

randy trailI laid in bed going over the excuses to skip the morning run. I have no race on my calendar to get ready for. Two of my running partners are injured and one keeps going on vacation. These are pretty lame due to the fact I usually run only one day a week with anyone. It was all a waste of mental energy as I knew I would get out the door anyway. Such drama for a guy who claims to be obsessed with the sport, why listen to me? Oh yeah, I guess I did get my butt out the door. As the late great running philosopher George Sheehan reminds us: Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.


Randy Step, an admitted obsessed, weak-minded runner. On a different note, I’m camping and running this weekend, it’s not too late to join me! Beautiful forest trails, hot showers, a great lake to take a dip … learn more

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