October 13, 2010 - To the finish line!

Yo run gang,

So, how long will we continue to be runners? I always say, until they throw the dirt on!  As we age our pace and goals will change but the psychological and physical benefits of our running won’t. Yes we may be sidelined, nothing in life is a given but until or “if” that happens, we can continue to focus on the next day’s run … and the goal for our next race, yes, at any age! Seeing  Jim Forshee  battle with Dick Sarns in the 80 to 84 age group at the Bighouse Bigheart 5K, not to mention seeing finishers in the 85 -89 and 90-94 year  age groups proves my point!

I do have a habit of repeating the important stuff … It’s Free Press Marathon & Half Marathon this weekend in Detroit, a motivational and exciting time for the sport of running in Michigan. Even if you are not running, make the pilgrimage to the city, check out the race expo on Friday and Saturday (Visit the Running Fit booth!), and cheer on the Runner’s Sunday morning. You will find it to be a motivational, inspirational jolt for the future of your running life. Lastly, make sure you get in a run while you’re in the “D”!

Run till the end,

Randy Step, an obsessed runner … headed to the “D”!

May 18, 2011 - The magic is out there!

Yo run gang,

Even for passionate runners, there are plenty of days we just don't feel like getting out there for the run but once out the door, breaking a sweat and rolling along, we wonder why would ever skip this high point in our day. Go figure... Don't think about it, just get out the door, you will always be happy you did...

 

That said, we all have runs that just plain go bad, be it dead legs, intestinal distress, fatigue or shortness of breath, for whatever reason, it happens. We might walk, cut it short or just bail out. The worst part about the bad run is the gun shy feeling we have as we prepare to head out for the next run. Again the answer is to get back on the horse, you know the magic is out there but you won't experience it if you sit on your butt. Once again the answer is to get out the door, the magic will come and it will all be worth it. 

 

Nothing says summer like Running and... Road Trip! Picking and planning for an out of town event is the spice of this running life.

 

Pack up the Gu and Garmin and join us July 9th at Dances With Dirt Devil's Lake, Wisconsin. Our events department at Running Fit loves to hit the road, so the idea of putting on Dances With Dirt, our premier trail run and a series held once each season of the year in different states is the perfect solution. The Green Swamp (Florida) in winter, Gnaw Bone (Indiana) in spring, Devil's Lake (Wisconsin) in summer, Hell (Michigan) in fall. Join us July 9th at Devil's Head Resort, enjoy the unbelievable natural beauty of its Glacial Bluffs and get in a trail run anywhere from 10K to 50 miles!  Cheese curds and brats at the finish, of course! Visit danceswithdirt.com and run wild with us!

Live the dream,

Randy Step, an obsessed runner who just had a bad run and needs to read what I just wrote then I'll pack for the trip!

 


 

PS. Volunteers Needed for Flirt With Dirt!

Saturday June 11 - Novi, MI 

 

Come  join us in Novi, the land of malls and mansions....Can you believe they have 6 miles of gnarly single-track dirt trails? That's where you'll find the cool people on June 11 ... Not down the street at 12 Oaks Mall!


 Click here for more info & to fill our our online volunteer form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On top of all the "thanks" and "you rock" you will get throughout the day, you also get an awesome volunteer shirt, a $30 coupon toward any Running Fit event, including race shirt, and a great feeling for giving back to your sport!

2012-04-11 - Pre-Race Jitters, YIKES!

Yo run gang,

 

YIKES! It's the feeling I get when race day draws near, for every race, no matter how important or insignificant the event is to me. Even after all these years, the nervous jitters attack! Many of you will be experiencing the same feelings this weekend as you line up for one of the events at the Martian Invasion on Saturday or the Big House Big Heart on Sunday.

 

The reality is that your race is personal, you are the only one who cares about the outcome so the feelings we are having should only be from our concerns, no, the world is not watching and no one else really cares. Our training is done or not done, we are either healthy or on the mend with hope and our strategy is pretty much set so being nervous is unproductive stress. I find that reminding myself of the reality of the situation reduces my race anxiety from YIKES! to ... yikes and maybe reading this will do the same for you.

Yikes,

Randy Step, an obsessed runner who continues to make strides against irrational pre race feelings ... More work to do.

PS: Check out martianmarathon.com and bighousebigheart.com, it's too late to enter online but  both events offer late registration at their great pre race expos along with great shopping deals! Just think of all the stress you missed by not entering until now!


Run forever,  
--Randy Step, an obsessed runner

 

P.S. Yikes! Just a couple of days until the Martian Invasion of Races, Saturday April 14!
I'll be working the finish line area, come and say hi .... Better yet, click the volunteer link below and join me! We'll also be setting up all day Thursday and Friday so you can volunteer, then run! Thank you for giving back to the sport that gives us so much!

Martian Marathon - April 14 - Volunteer Now!  

 

PS: Another Awesome Volunteer Opportunity! The Trail Races - April 27, 28 
Join us at the Start/Finish area, in the woods or in the store for pre-registration on the 26th.
Volunteer Registration and the details here - Volunteer now! 

PS: Great LOCAL events this month
April 14: Dearborn, MI - Martian Marathon - 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2 - Kids 1.2 Mile
April 15: Ann Arbor, MI - Big House Big Heart - 5K, 10K, 1 Mile
April 21: Dexter, MI - Feet and Friends - 5K, 8K(5 Mile)
April 28: Novi, MI - Live Like Andi - 5K, 10K, 10Mile
April 28-29: Pinckney, MI - Running Fit Trail Races - 5, 13.1, & 26.2 miles, plus 50K (new this year), yikes!

 

PS: Endless Pool time at Running Fit Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor 

Triathlon season is in sight! Time to dive in, 80 degrees, the feel of open water and a workout you can't get in a standard pool! Spring rates, $10 for 30 minutes -  $15 for 60 minutes - $30 for 4 x 30 minutes package price - $50 for 4 x 60 minutes package price.
Info and Registration

March 16, 2011 - Nervous steps into Spring!

I always get a kick out of runners who take to the streets and seem to bloom like wildflowers on the first nice weather days. For those of us who have kept our winter outdoor running vigil alive through sleet, gale force wind, snow and dark of night, we can secretly smile with a smug feeling of superiority and satisfaction as we wave and say hello. Ha!

The truth is, what we put into and take from our running is very personal and we don't really know what that new runner we see out there is experiencing. Perhaps they are taking those first brave and nervous steps into the fitness world and that are about to get the satisfaction we all got that time we finally got up the courage to start! Bravo and a high five to all! Runners Rock!

Please join us on April 2nd at the Martian Invasion of Races as we cheer each other on, fulfilling  our personal goals, be they finishing a run/walk through our first 5K or a personal best marathon. We will party together at the finish line as one big happy fitness community, planting the seeds in the sedentary world who watch and stand in awe of us all! Enter at martianmarathon.com

May you run forever,

Randy Step, and obsessed runner and Alien at heart, Nanu, Nanu!

March 30, 2011 - Time to breathe...

Yo run gang,

As runners, we drink a lot more fluid and consume more calories than those who are sedentary. That said, our risk of health problems due to taking in chemicals, pharmaceuticals and whatever other impurities there are in our food and water may also be greater. In addition, we suck in a lot more air that is filtered by our lungs than the average couch potato.  I believe we need to keep this in mind and look to run away from busy roadways and dirty air and look for sources of healthy food and pure water, we need to be aware.
 
This may sound like a shameless plug but ... We have Absopure Water delivered and available at all the Running Fit stores and in our corporate office. I believe it's a healthy, inexpensive perk to offer our staff and customers. It's not sponsored water; we pay Absopure for it and are happy to support a Michigan based company that is also the 4th largest plastic recycler in the country (They recycle here in Dundee, MI).  But yes, I admit, the water you drink at all the Running Fit events is pure water from Absopure, delivered to us at no charge from our sponsor!  Thank you Absopure for your support of the running community!

Run smart,
  
Randy Step, an obsessed runner, headed to run a trail where the air is fresh and clean ... And yes, with my Fuel Belt on filled with pure water.

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