November 23, 2009 - Tis the season!

Yo run gang,

Tis the season! This time of year is like no other, the daily run is under constant assault from parties, family gatherings, work, to do lists, crappy weather and short days. It will take a planned counter attack to hold your ground and get (Squeeze) the run in. Have an extra set of running gear in you car and under your desk, be prepared to shoot out the door whenever an opening strikes. Pull over while stuck in traffic, pull on the stuff and get in some miles. If an appointment gets canceled, get in a run before anyone has time to grab your hour. Forget about taking showers and primp time, forget about waiting to get home to a better run route, remember, those who are picky go without! Long blocks of time are at a premium; go for shorter and faster runs to satisfy the need for fatigue! Keep the faith, it wont be easy but nothing good ever is. We know that after a run, we are more productive and attentive workers and family members so the goal is noble not selfish.

Get out and run!

Randy Step, an obsessed runner who changes his clothes in his car more often than in his house

2010-08-11 - Hot!

Yo Run gang,
 
Heat and humidity are brutal and should be taken seriously. The upside? It's efficient, short runs feel long and the muscles, tendons and joints sure work great when it's hot. Enjoy the steamy, hazy morning runs and remember, the leaves will be changing in about 6 weeks.
Yikes!
 
Mark your calendars and join me for a running weekend in the woods, September 24-26, Run Woodstock will spirit you back to an era of peace, love, music and RUNNING! Life is complicated, we all need an escape from reality weekend like this where we camp out on the land and set our souls free, along with our inner hippie! Organized morning and evening runs on the trails with plenty of time to mellow out on the lawn listening to 5 classic rock bands. With carbo dinners served on Friday and Saturday night, Run Woodstock is the perfect setting to get in the final long mileage for you fall marathon folks. I plan on running 5K Friday night, the Flower Power 5 mile or Hippie Half Marathon Saturday morning (The half and 10K make for a fun 20 mile day, 3 weeks out from the Freep Marathon!), the  Trippin' 10K Saturday night and the Free Love 5 Mile on Sunday morning. Join us for one of the runs or the full weekend, non running family and friends will dig the jams, camping and commune atmosphere so invite the world. There will be hippie hikes, hippie dips and great music for runners and non runners. Camping is limited so grab a spot at Runwoodstock.com.
 
Another date to save is October 3rd, Ann Arbor's Big House Big Heart 5K & 10K offers the perfect running tour of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan and finishing on the 50 yard line in the Big House is too cool to miss! Bighousebigheart.com
 
Peace out,
 
Randy Step, an obsessed runner, diggin' summer running!

October 7, 2009 - I reluctantly pulled on my stuff and headed out.

Yo run gang,

I planned on a midday run but as I looked out my office window at the grey, windy, cold rainy day, I was loosing interest but knowing it would be my only chance to run, I reluctantly pulled on my stuff and headed out. What a waste of negative thoughts and negative energy, a minute into my run I was warm, breathing in the fall smells and loving this rainy adventure. You would think Id know better after all these years but tricking myself out the door seems to remain a constant in this running life, go figure.

This was my first run from Running Fits new Ann Arbor headquarters at 5700 Jackson Rd and where to run was the question. I decided to start with a loop around our neighboring business, Lowes, it looked like it must be a mile around. Just up the Lowes driveway, I noticed a trail heading into a bit of woods on the left and veered on in. I figured the trail would only go a short ways in this built up commercial area but it ended up being over a mile of natural beauty, butt kicking hills and I even scared up a buck. I did some repeats of the trail and ran a few short side trails, getting in 6 great miles, all in my new back yard, all on a day I could have blew off!

Road trip! Im headed north to Travers City for this weekend for the Vasa Trail Run, do something spontaneous and join me! 5K, 10K, 25k of fall beauty. I got a room at the very classy Bayshore Resort for $148. All the information is at www.runvasa.com. Im hoping this run will make next weeks Free Press course seem easy!

Get out and run,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner still playing tricks

ANN ARBOR, Mich. The New Balance Girls on the Run 5k, scheduled for November 15 at 10 a.m., is the culmination of Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigans 10-week season. More than 300 girls aged 8-13 will celebrate their girl power by running 3.1 miles together with their parents, teachers and community members on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. The run is open to the public and everyone is welcome to participate.

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2009

Registration: http://www.girlsontherunsemi.org/events/GOTR-events.php

Race Fees:
$15 until Friday, November 13, 2009
$20 race day
FREE for Girls on the Run Fall Participants

Event Schedule:
8 a.m.- race day registration
9:45 a.m. - race day registration closes
10 a.m. - 5K run start time
11 a.m. Kids 100M Dash - free event for children 7 & under
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - post race celebration

Location: The Ellen Thompson Women's Health Center, located in the Specialty Centers Area on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital 5320 Elliot Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Proceeds: All proceeds from this event benefit Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan

2013-04-10 - You are an Inspiration!

Yo run gang,
April 10, 2013
Randy...
Michigan is a sedentary state with just about the top obesity rate, but I have hope. On Saturday, 6,000 adults will take to the streets at The Chocolate Milk Martian Invasion of races. As runners, we can be proud of the example we set. High profile, fun events like this can inspire those who spectate or read about it in the blogs, often creating the spark that will change a life. A big race is a dramatic testimony that yes, you can do this!

That said, the most amazing story at the Invasion is the Martian Kid's Marathon. This is not the typical fun run but a 26.2 mile journey of dedication and long term goal planning.  These young athletes are required to keep a log and show that they have put in 25 miles to earn a spot on the starting line for the last 1.2 miles. Each receives the same medal and finisher's T-shirt as the adults. Now for the most incredible statistic that give me hope: the kid's race has been growing by over 50% each of the past 3 years and this Saturday, we expect over 2,000 to toe the line! I'm sure it's the biggest kid's run the state has ever seen, now, who is inspiring who? Many of these kids will be accompanied by sedentary parents who will witness the magic! (Special thanks to Fit Crew member Mandy who has spent many a long day on the road, using her creative magic to fire up the kids at student assemblies throughout SE Michigan!)

Keep the faith,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who invites you to come and run or walk with us this weekend, then stick around to cheer on these young athletes! Race distances from 3.1 miles on up! Enter at Martianmarthon.com or at the very fun, free, fitness expo on Friday. (Where there are great deals to be had, even if you can't make Saturday's event!)

  

2012-05-02 - Long trails, long hours, great pleasure!

Yo run gang,

This weekend at the Running Fit Trail races, I was constantly reminded how blessed we are to work in a business that is our passion and better yet, gets to serve your passion, making our job special in a way that is hard to describe. The smiles and high fives were going on everywhere.

 

Jeff, our Traverse City store manager, lined up for his 20th Running Fit Trail Marathon. West Bloomfield manager Robin lined up for her first trail half, swapping shifts with assistant manager Farra so Farra could run the 50K event on Sunday. Our Retail General Manager Trevor worked a long finish line shift with our Art Director Anna. (OK, many of you know that Trevor and Anna are my kids, making it wildly special for me!) The list of participating members of our crew is a long one ... The other familiar faces that made us smile were yours, our customers, perhaps known to us from coaching you in Running 101, our long distance group 501 or from our form clinics, weekly store runs or just meeting you while selling you the shoes we finally got to see you wearing in action! The most recognizable faces were the volunteers, those of you who have found that giving back to our sport and making the weekends experience possible for so many, gives a satisfaction that again, is not easy to explain but one that adds to this running life as much as any personal record. Thank you.

Our event crew averaged an insane amount of hours over the weekend but showed up with smiles and stories to tell as we dug in and dug out on Monday morning, before going for a run ... And taking naps!

Thank you for your support of all we do at Running Fit, we look forward to seeing you on the roads, trails and in our stores, where we'll be happy to discuss your goals and fit you in new gear to wear out!

Run forever,

Randy Step, an obsessed runner who loves this running life, Running Fit and all of you who make it so special.
 

  
PS: Movie Night at 5700 Jackson Road 
Join Running Fit and Montrail for Montrail Movie Night on Thursday, May 3rd! We will be screening "Unbreakable: The Western States 100" which is an epic journey to the finish, course record and phenomenal adventure of the Western States 100 (check out www.ws100film.com for details about the film).  Cost is Free. Snacks will be provided. Movie starts at 6:30.

 

PS: Another Awesome Volunteer Opportunity! Dances with Dirt Gnaw Bone
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Join us in beautiful Brown County State Park (it's amazing!) Wander and shop in the art community of Nashville, IN, before/after the race.



PS: Self-Defense Class!

Lee Shaykhet, former Russian special forces trainer, is offering a 90 minute class that will give you a lifelong feeling of personal security for about the price of a good massage. This fun, effective session will leave you with moves that will instantly become second nature to you!
Location: Running Fit: 5700 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor
Class dates: 6:30 PM May 30, 2012 (Limit 15 people per class) $69!
Registration: click here 
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