2012-12-05 - Has anyone seen the Obsessed Runner?

December 5, 2012

Yo run gang,

The daily run is under attack! The big guns are firing with full force: work parties, family gatherings, shopping that needs to get done, getting the house ready and the last minute invitations to lunch and dinner coming in like drone attacks! It's time to dig deep into our arsenal of secret weapons.

Break out the headlamps, reflective vest and flashlight and once the last person in the house is asleep, flee into the night and use up one of those 3 mile runs ... the shower may sound suspicious, shhhhhh. Have your running gear at hand at all times and keep an eye out for the opportunity to escape at a moment's notice! An example, if you get caught in holiday traffic, pull over, suit up and get in a run, no time lost and you'll be back before it all starts moving again! You get the idea. At the next holiday gathering they'll all know you have won the war when we see that you are the one who is relaxed, refreshed, smiling and patient in the frantic, party crowd, showing no wounds ... And they will wonder how you did it? Ha!

Run, party and smile,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner ... That said, read this stuff with a grain of salt then use your best judgment on how to proceed! Ha!

P.S. Reach your 2013 half marathon or marathon goal with Running Fit 501 training group! Visit the open house at Running Fit Northville on Wednesday December 12th at 6:30 pm (We suggest you sneak in a run just before the meeting, not to worry about a shower, we will all be in the same shoes!) 501 will take place out of Novi, Northville and Ann Arbor Running Fit locations, the Northville party is just a big, rah, rah, kick off to explain the program. More Info
 
 

December 30, 2008 - Any warm winter day is a gift!

Yo Run Gang,

Strange weather but any warm winter day is a gift not to be passed up but the wind! Its time to call in some favors, get a ride upwind and then run home or drive upwind, leave a car and catch a ride back to get the car whenever. I always enjoy a point to point run, it doesnt seem so, pointless!

As silly as New Years resolutions are I enjoy the clean slate feel of the blank running log ahead. A great time to plan, to dream and to start. Having New Years falling in a winter month is a valuable catalyst to get us out the door when we need it most. If youre lucky, you got some Holiday running gifts; these also can help light the fire. No run gifts? This is the week to go buy your self some, call it an investment in motivation, one sure to beat the market in 09! (See the Product of the Week below).

You know I repeat the important stuff. Get online and enter a spring race. Knowing you have committed to an upcoming event will push you out of a warm bed and out the door. For an early season long run check out the Marian Invasion of Races April 3 & 4, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. Commit today at www.martianmarathon.com!

Get out and set that point to point P.R!
Randy Step, an obsessed runner looking ahead

2013-01-16 - Every Breath is a Gift

Yo run gang,
January 16, 2013

The yoga gang is big on focusing on being in the moment, forgetting what has happened or all that will happen and truly experiencing what is happening. It's a busy and complicated life we choose, rich with goals and experiences, a life that often requires an effort on our part to be in the moment.

Yoga does it with a visual point of focus and concentration on deep breaths and poses. From my yoga experience, as far as being in the moment, it works, stopping the endless chatter of the brain and getting down to basics, leaving me with what I call "the yoga buzz" that I enjoy.
Running, on the other hand lets me experience being in the moment by immersing me in the sights, sounds and smells of the world as I pass thought it. Feeling the wind on my face, the heat, the cold, and the wet, while using my muscles, core strength and firing the nerves that serve the brain-to-foot coordination, making it hard not to live in the moment. Amen! (As Webster defines it: Amen: Used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion).) Yeah baby!

Run for the run,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner.

PS: Namaste! (Defined: I honor the place in you where Spirit lives. I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace.)

 

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

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