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

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.


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

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