December 17, 2008 - The final miles of the running year.

Yo Run Gang,

As we log the final miles of the running year Im reminded of the tremendous motivational value of the log. You may no longer be able to set a PR at a race, but streaks and total mileage PRs are always out there. Totals like the most mileage ran in a day, a week, a year. Streaks like the most days ran in a row or some other motivational streak like number of weeks in a row that you ran at least 3 days. Im sure many of you are looking at the years total and are getting out the door trying to hit a number with value to you. 500 miles, 1,000 miles or maybe 2,000 miles! If you dont keep a log, I suggest you add it to your resolutions!

As the snow blows you will need every motivational trick in the book.

  • Run a marathon in 2009! The ultimate gift for yourself this holiday season. Start the process with an entry into Running Fit 501 marathon training program! www.runningfit501.com
  • Sign up now for the February 1st Super Bowl Sunday 5K. Having a race on the calendar give your running purpose, you are in training! Enter today at www.runsuperbowl.com. Heck, the finishers pint glass is reason enough!

Get me out of here! Another way to stay motivated to run all winter is to head south for a long weekend of running! A few days in shorts can renew your fire. Join me in Dade City, Florida at Dances With Dirt Green Swamp the weekend of February 7th. I just looked on Orbitz and found a direct Northwest flight from Detroit to Tampa for $169, Thursday Sunday. Grab a friend or 3 or 4, we have $98 rooms blocked at a new Hampton Inn (I have a cheaper hotel solution, scary but clean!). Not ready for a half marathon or more? Come and volunteer, Ill be sure to give you plenty of free time to get in some trail miles! Go to www.danceswithdirt.com and click on Green Swamp! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

A novel idea, a guys night out at Running Fit, tomorrow night, see the info below. Yes, we know its kind of early for us guys to start shopping for gifts, heck Christmas is still a week away! Get the gang together, Ill see you there!

Randy Step, an obsessed runner motivating you so you can motivate me!

Print this list and bring it in Friday Dec. 19 Sunday Dec. 21, 2008 and get these Last Minute Deals for the Runner on your list or for you!

(You cant go wrong, size hardly matters!)

Socks buy 3 pair, get one free!
Asics Running Bags 25% off
Princeton Tec 4 LED Headlamps, $5 off (Obsessed Runners Favorite toy!)
Running Fit, Nike, Featherlight embroidered running caps $5 off!
Runners World Calendars, 25% off

April 8, 2009 - Its time to play in the dirt!

Yo Run Gang,

My wife Kathy and I have made a vow never to play the age card again, that is, bringing up age when talking about running or anything! Example: When I was in my 20s, I ran this race a minute a mile faster Or, Yeah, you were ahead of me but wait until youre over 50, or any similar comment that uses age as an excuse. It has been refreshing to become ageless again and to enjoy running, competition and every day of life to the fullest extent possible. Ahhh, to be in my prime again, Ill be darned, I am and to think, I get to stay here! Give it a try, youll be hooked!

It was great to see so many of you at the Martian Invasion of Races! 4,500 participants, yikes, this event is becoming the real deal. As I awoke to 6 inches of snow on Monday thinking, if this was race day it sure would be a memorable one!

Next event, its time to play in the dirt! The Road Ends 5 Mile trail run is Saturday April 25th and the Running Fit Trail Marathon and Half Marathon are on Sunday the 26th. Enter at www.trailmarathon.com. Better yet, come into Running Fit, enter the race and buy a fresh pair of trail shoes. (Shameless Plug!) My favorite, the Brooks Cascadia 4.

Free Weed Whacker T-Shirt! Please join Running Fit and the Michigan DNR and do your part to improve the quality of Michigan State Parks Sunday April 19th. Simple and fun volunteer work in the woods, no experience necessary. Just bring your garden gloves (Or we will provide some) and any friends and family. Our friend Laurel from the DNR Stewardship committee will show us what evil weeds to pull out and we can all whack away! Meet at Half Moon Lake Beach on Hankerd Rd., 1.8 miles north of North Territorial Rd. in the Pinckney Recreation area. Meet in the upper lot at 10 AM and well pull weeds until 1 PM. Optional 5 mile trail run at 9 AM. Click here to register (for free!) online.

Umbuntu Award on tour! Running Fit was selected to win the international Umbuntu Award by the Running Industry as the most humanitarian and charitable running specialty store in the world! Yes its old news, but the actual award just arrived and we get to show it off for one year, kind of like our own Stanley Cup! It is a very unique piece of art, hand beaded by a Zulu Artist from South Africa where the award originates. It will be in the Northville Store for the next week, Friday 4/10 to Wednesday 4/16, then on to West Bloomfield Friday 4/17 to Wednesday 4/22. Well keep you posted on future sightings!

Run in the dirt,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner in my prime

2013-03-13 - Make the long run easy

Yo run gang,
March 13, 2013

Not all miles are created equal. For example, a 6 mile run with friends can seem shorter than a 6 mile run alone, and 6 miles in a race might be the longest 6 miles you will ever encounter ... especially those last 6 miles in a marathon, or getting lost on a 3 mile run that turns into 6 or....

You get the point; it's not only the distance but the mindset that affects the run.

One trick I sometimes use is to show up early and run 5 miles before joining friends for a 5 mile run. Another fun way to get in your long run is to include a race in your total mileage; not a race that you want to run seriously - like planning to set a PR - but let's say you are training for a half marathon  and the schedule calls for an 10 mile run the same weekend as a very fun 10K that you don't usually miss. Plan your long run around it and get in 4 miles before lining up at the start, doing the last 6 in the race setting can make for a motivational finish to the long run! You will find it a huge mental advantage running along with people that are only at mile 3 knowing you are at already at mile 7 of your own 10 mile secret event! You are a running God!

Make the run fun,

Randy Step, an obsessed runner until the end.

  

2012-11-14 - Fun runs

Yo run gang,

 We are headed into what I call off season for serious running events, the long and more serious races are over and now it's time for holiday and frozen snowflake kind of family races. Putting these fun runs on the calendar gives us a bit of winter run motivation ... but it's a good time to dial back the intensity, lick our wounds and rest up so we are ready to come back recharged and excited to work hard again in March.

May I offer the perfect low key calendar of events for your winter pleasure? Starting Saturday evening December 1st with the Holiday Hustle 5K in Dexter, next, a fun winter get-a-way to stumble around in snowshoes on January 19th at the Bigfoot 5 and 10K in Traverse City (Snowshoe running is just slow running, no experience necessary and they rent the big shoes if you don' have em'). Lastly, the Super 5K, Super Bowl Sunday morning February 3rd in Novi, kind of like the turkey races, where you exercise early, get a finisher's pint glass and earn your bragging rights and spot on the couch for the big game!

Button, button ... We hope you've been enjoying the addition of getting a button at all the Running Fit events over the past year. I find the buttons fun to collect reminders of all I've done this year! I especially like the custom artwork. You can expect another year of buttons in addition to the race medals, shirts and other swag in the year ahead. That said, come and show off this year's buttons at the December 1st Holiday Hustle, you will get a raffle ticket for each button you have collected! A drawing for new shoes and other great swag will take place at the run, special prizes for the people sporting the most buttons! Our 2013 race calendar will help you plan a fun year of running and button collecting!

Run easy, rest and reinvigorate,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner ... with a fun collection of hardware to prove it!

2011-08-17 - What does this all mean?

We all know the type, people who are always looking for immediate gratification, short cuts, get rich quick schemes, miracle diets... seemingly anything that does not require hard work, discipline or patients. It's easy to avoid these kinds of people, just hang around with people who run, we thrive on no short cuts to success, just long tough miles!

 

Some interesting statistics on who enters running races: There are more men in the 40 - 44 age group than any other male age group, there are more women in the 30 -34 than any other female grouip. 61% of race entries are people over 35. Race entries are about even in numbers for men and women... but based on the growth in women's running, women will soon be ahead (20% of the women's field is under 30 where only 16% of the men's field is under 30.)

 

What does this all mean?  Beats me but it's time to get out for a run!

 

Yours in running,

 

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has found there is never a short cut to get to the finish line!  

 

PS - Labor Day weekend is the last chance for a summer race road trip!

How about the Cadillac 5K, 10K and Run, Bike Kayak Adventure Triathlon!

Running Fit will be there to time the event, stop by and say hi!

 

 

PS: Runwoodstock.com

Run one race, get 3 free! The Challenge, run 4 events in 3 days ... so you can say, Run Woodstock, I was there man! Dig it!

 

 

PS: Roadies Needed - Run Woodstock!

  VanOn 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 (includes race shirt) and a great feeling for giving back to your sport!

 

Run Woodstock - Sept 9, 10, 11 - Pinckney, MI
Click here for more information on the Running Fit volunteer program and the online registration link for Run Woodstock or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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