2012-07-11 - Schedule? What Schedule?

Yo run gang,

 

It's a beautiful morning for a run ... and I'm taking the day off, dang, it's hard to run smart. Yesterday I had twinges of pain all over the place on the run, my body telling me to take a day off, the schedule saying otherwise. Schedules will get you in trouble ALL the time, never consider a schedule the authority, they are just a guide to help you make progress, lots of knowledge and science goes into them but they are a static view of a dynamic venture.

It might even be good to get off schedule a bit, right from the beginning, just to let it know who's really calling the shots!

Run like you know you should,

Randy Step, An obsessed runner ... who sometimes remembers that a day off might save myself from a week or a month off!

July 29, 2009 - Tomorrows run will rock!

Yo run gang,

I make a point of writing the midweek mail just after I run, with the rush of fresh endorphins sparking the creative juices it seems to make sense. So, I just finished a terrible run, 6 miles that turned into 3 miles with a bad stomach and feeling like I have cotton shoved in my lungs. A horrid run on a beautiful day in the woods, at least I had the day going for me As I write this I realize Im happy I got out the door and got this run out of the way. I have this feeling that we have bad runs planted in our bodies and they must come out, like evil spirits. Tomorrows run will rock!

Im into my summer multi-sport mode, throwing in a bike ride or swim each day. When in multi-sport mode I realize my run obsession is part of an aerobic activity obsession, I just love the feeling of any long workout that goes well. Yes I like the speed of the bike and the thrill of open water swimming but these sports make me realize why I have such a powerful love for the sport of running. No fancy equipment, no travel to get to water, any weather, any time, just lace em up and Im out the door, instant gratification.

Swim, Bike, Run,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner, looking forward to tomorrow

October 8, 2008 - Coming off a fall marathon and feeling beat up.

Yo Run Gang,

This running life Coming off a fall marathon and feeling beat up. Anticipation, worry, focus and accomplishment followed by post event depression. The answer to this is a new goal, time to start training and planning for another event. Savor the pain and move on. You worked hard to feel this bad! As I say all the time, you get to experience the true highs and lows of life, not that numb middle of the road, couch potato, comatose haze of constant blahhh. You know the full range of what life has to offer. Enjoy the ride!

The chill is in the air. Now is the time to commit to a winter of getting out the door consistently and putting in the miles. One of the reasons we run is that it is simple and requires hardly anything. Yes winter requires a few more layers, but in the grand scheme of sports, winter running is still as basic as it gets. A synthetic base layer next to the skin to wick away moisture, (staying dry is staying warm) covered by a micro fiber vented shell to stop the wind. Add to that, hats, mitts, some traction control for the shoes, head lamp and reflective vest. (Did I mention its always dark) The winter gear is just trickling in at Running Fit. A fun time to shop for the few but essential pieces of the winter puzzle. We have some serious tech clothing geeks on staff that love to tell you what they wear and will steer you right.

Bring on what ever; well be ready to run.
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner and tired Goat

April 9, 2008 - The spring race season is truly upon us!

Yo run gang,

The spring race season is truly upon us, for those of you that slogged through the winter miles, its time to reap for the rest of us, its time get out and jiggle the fat!

Last weekend Mars attacked and the earthlings showed up in force, over 3,000 Green Planet runners hit the streets, a Martian Invasion of Races Record. Thanks for choosing Martian, and for all of your positive comments!

Saturdays Meteor 10K was stacked with the best running talent seen in Michigan in a while. 5 men went under a 5 minute per mile pace, yikes! As for the womens race, picture this, a 36:43 for a 10K gets 5th place, 2 women in the 34s! Smokin! Check out the results at www.martianmarathon.com.

The April 27th Running Fit Trail Marathon and Half Marathon will soon hit their entry limits, grab your spot today! As for Saturdays 5 mile Road Ends Trail Run, we dont have an entry limit so if you miss the cut on the long runs, come and join us for this very serious 5 mile run. Enter at www.trailmarathon.com.

Wow, I ask for tips on how to get motivated to do core strengthening and you came through big time. I have not had time to sift through the mountain of emails but promise to put the info online by weeks end. Ive read many and its already making a difference. Strength, flexibility and six pack abs are coming our way! Go to the menus on the left, click on training, then click on motivation

Get out the door ... Now!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner

Yo dirt runners,
South Eastern Michigan is blessed with a ton of great parks and great trails to run on. We need your help to keep them that way. Please join me on Sunday April 20th as I volunteer to work with the Michigan State Park Stewardship Committee. Well be havin a weed pickin' festival of garlic mustard and a pre slaughter run! Click here for more information.

June 3, 2009 - Packing my run gear today took all of 10 seconds!

Yo Run Gang,

Packing my run gear today took all of 10 seconds, as apposed to a winter morning where I go through every scenario of what I might need and end up packing a bag that looks like Im leaving for vacation. I love the simplicity of summer running, a minimal bag with shoes, socks, shorts and top. I also love the minimal laundry. One of lifes simple pleasures just got simpler!

On a less simple note, Im sure many of you are type As, who have a hard time with the speed limit, saying no to anything and not doing everything to excess Yet, we are attracted to a sport where patience is required at every turn. Patience needed while slowly building up our weekly mileage, while tapering for a race, while recovering from a race, while holding back the pace during the beginning of a race, while dealing with injuries and the list goes on . No real point here, just an observation, AS I PATIENTLY RECOVER FROM MY MARATHON, NOT RUNNING HARD OR LONG FOR A COUPLE WEEKS, AND TRYING NOT TO SHOOT MYSELF!

Of course, with my easy run schedule I have time to yes and to take on a new mission, and to trick I mean to encourage, other into joining me! Click this LINK if you want to get sucked in!

Enjoy every mile,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner with time to do more

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