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.

2016-11-03 - The power of the run

randy freepI love extremes ... But I must admit, glorious fall days also rock the run! Don't you love a fall run that starts in the cold, dark morning, heads through a breathtaking sunrise, then, as the day quickly heats up, leaves you sweating like it's a summer day! There is a bit of magic in a run that takes you from cold to warm, and night into day. It's not easy to explain, but it seems to give the satisfaction and feeling of a very long run in just a short time, powerful, like a run that lasted 2 days and only took an hour!

Get out there,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who loves the power of the run.

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.

PS: The Martian Invasion of races is back and better than ever. Join us April 22, 2017 in Dearborn, MI, on Planet Earth for 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 26K, Full Marathon or Kids' Marathon! A fun theme, a distance for everybody, NEW Half and Full Marathon courses, and glow in the dark medals for ALL finishers! martianraces.com

2016-10-26 - The Passionate Runner

randy runningThis running and fitness lifestyle is a blessing. I cannot imagine life without a passion, better yet, a positive passion. I was driving behind a truck with lots of stickers about field training dogs, dog events, even a dog vanity plate. Much of it made no sense to me... much like a 26.2 sticker might not make sense to them, but you could feel the passion. The meaning of life? Perhaps not, but certainly a huge and important part to a fulfilled and complete life, making getting out the door a priority you don't want to mess with! Get out and run, it is essential for your happiness and wellbeing. How's that for justification!

Run, be fulfilled and if you want to, put an oval sticker on your car!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is blessed with a passion

PS: HUT! HUT! Registration for the Super 5K is now open! Join us Sunday morning, February 5th in Novi, MI for a fun 5K with tons of SWAG! Get off the couch and get your run in before the big game. Check it out HERE!

PS: Please consider joining up for a bit of Trail Clean up on the Dances With Dirt and Run Woodstock trails. This is an opportunity for us that use the trails, to maintain the trails we share with others, and those that need trail volunteering for certain races, and for those that want to help and make a little piece of the planet a bit nicer. Bring work gloves, and optionally, a brush trimming tool of some kind. Click here for more.

2016-10-19 - Running is illigocal

randy freepAs Spock would say about running, it's illogical. The sweat, pain and the energy used to get from point A to point B may seem pointless, perhaps even wasteful to someone without deeper knowledge about what the runner is experiencing. In ways, running has aspects similar to art, music and religion. Without personally experiencing what we experience, even a well-delivered explanation would fall short. For these reasons, many of us were forced to run for the first time, or perhaps tricked into it. However it happened, we obviously glimpsed something hiding below the surface, something that made us run again, and again, and again, with each run adding to the richness of what the run gives back.

Get out and defy logic,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner

PS: Come join me for some "vacation running", a term that the sedentary world would truly call illogical. February 10 - 17, 2017 I'm heading to a first class all-inclusive resort, the kind your family and friends would love to join you at. You don't even have to tell them it's an active trip, you'll be back from your run or walk before they realize you were missing. Check HERE for more info!

PS: Please consider joining up for a bit of Trail Clean up on the Dances With Dirt and Run Woodstock trails. This is an opportunity for us that use the trails, to maintain the trails we share with others, and those that need trail volunteering for certain races, and for those that want to help and make a little piece of the planet a bit nicer. Bring work gloves, and optionally, a brush trimming tool of some kind. Click here for more.

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