2017-08-17 - Be prepared to run!

randy trailHave you ever been asked to go on a run, or find yourself with the time to sneak in a run and can't because you don't have your running gear with you? I was watching the Weather Channel and they had on a survival expert that talked about what you should have in your emergency "Bug Out Bag" in your car. Not much of an expert I'd say, he didn't even include running shoes and apparel! If you haven't already, stash some old shoes and gear into your emergency bag in your car, It's also good to have a kit under your desk at work and anywhere else you may find yourself with a run opportunity. Be prepared!

May your next run be an unplanned adventure,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who ended up at an appointment yesterday that got pushed back 2 hours, leaving plenty of time to get on my stuff and run some nearby trails I have not been on in years.

PS: FREE WINE! FREE PARTY! Do I have your attention? We want YOU on the Uncorked Crew this weekend at Running Between the Vines. Join us at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson,MI Saturday, August 19th, 2017! $30 race voucher, fun volunteer shirt, custom wine glass and an invitation to the post race party for all volunteers! Check it out!

2017-08-10 - Don't sacrifice the gift

randy trailI'm currently running pain free with no excuses to miss my daily run. That said, yesterday it struck me that I was taking these healthy days for granted, not feeling blessed to just be able to lace 'em up and head out the door. It's so true, "you don't know what you've got till it's gone". 6 months ago, I was on the injured list and would have given anything just to get in a pain free run ... And yesterday, I blew off the daily run just because I didn't get around to it and the day and the opportunity slipped on by. I was reminded of a quote from one of America's greatest distance runners, Steve Prefontane, "To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." The daily run is surely a gift to us all.

Don't sacrifice the gift,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, heading out the door to experience the precious gift I have been given.

PS: Give the gift of VOLUNTEERING! Join us on the Uncorked Crew at Running Between the Vines in Jackson, MI on August 19, 2017 for a wine-tacular time! NOW OPEN, Run Woodstock Roadie 2017 registration is OPEN! Get your groove on and check out all the volunteer opportunities HERE.

PS: Local life-long runner and friend, Tracey Cohen, has just published her second book, Six Word Lessons on the Sport of Running: 100 Lessons to Enjoy Running for a Lifetime. A short and powerful book that I believe can change lives, if put in the right hands. I believe it is the perfect gift for us to give to a non-running friend. That said, I enjoyed the read, a refreshing reminder of all aspects of our sport.

2017-08-03 - Running, classic rock, yoga, and... classic Randy

randy highschoolWe are just over 5 weeks out from Run Woodstock, a healing, soul cleansing weekend to release our inner hippy, get in some miles and let it all hang out. Trail runs and hikes, yoga, classic rock bands, healthy food trucks and a chance to camp out on the land with all the beautiful people. For those of you who find this life too hectic to escape it for a weekend, you NEED this most. Walk into camp with your tent, running shoes and a cooler and walk out renewed, recharged and fulfilled. A small running festival with big rewards, join me the weekend after Labor Day.


Randy Step an admitted obsessed runner and old hippie at heart.

PS: Give back to your running community! We have some great volunteer opportunities coming up this month. Take the dare in Laingsburg at The Legend, strike a pose and help out on Belle Isle at the Red Carpet Run or take a stroll through the vineyard vines at Running Between the Vines! Check them out here.

PS: Have you heard the holiday news? Registration for the Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and Cider Mill Mile, 10K and Cider Mill Mile, The Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K and Tot Trot, and the Holiday Hustle 5K and 1 Mile are ALL OPEN! As an added bonus for 2017... run all 3 to complete the Holiday Trio Series. Check out the registration pages for more details.

2017-07-26 - Don't let ego ruin your run

randy flowersLately I've been catching myself getting hung up on total miles and the average pace of my daily runs no thanks to technology tracking on Strava, Garmin or whatever... you get the idea. I realize these stats are often a trap that keep us from getting in the hard and invaluable workouts we should be doing; runs with killer hills or tough courses with tricky footing that develop our balance and strengthen the ancillary muscles. These are the kind of runs that will keep us from overuse injuries and make us stronger, faster, and tougher. Flat paved runs produce numbers that on the surface may look impressive but don't tell much of the real story. As I've said, I write this blog pretty much for myself and what I know I need to hear. That said, I ran 5 miles today at an average pace of 11:24 ... I'm sure I could have easily ran today's 5 mile lunch run at 9:10 pace on subdivision streets, but kicked myself in the butt and hit the steepest, toughest, 5 mile trail route locally that I know of, with 673' of gain and brutal, root leaping downhills. I'm sore, spent... and smiling. Dig it.

Don't let ego get in the way of an awesome run ... A run only you will know was awesome,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who admits to running wimpy routes at times ... But not today. Dare to run great.

PS: CHAMPAGNE, BEER, GLAMOUR, MUSIC... Do I have your attention? Join me on Belle Isle August 12, 2017 for a Saturday evening 5K with a Champagne finish! Shirts to all entrants and medals to all finishers. Check out redcarpetrun.com for all the details!

2017-07-12 - Enjoy your miserable run

randy flowersHot muggy days sure make our sport an efficient use of time, a short run packs a big punch, giving us tremendous satisfaction for just getting out there! That said, I continue to appreciate the honest simplicity of our sport, especially while watching the Tour De France, where a lead rider can lose precious time to mechanical failure, and where one rider has a technical advantage over another due to better equipment. Relying only on our own body and mind, and with minimal equipment, our efforts are clearly rewarded.

Get out and enjoy the heck out of today's miserable run,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is enjoying 60 minutes of sweat ... After a 30 minute run!

PS: CHAMPAGNE, BEER, GLAMOUR, MUSIC... Do I have your attention? Join me on Belle Isle August 12, 2017 for a Saturday evening 5K with a Champagne finish! Shirts to all entrants and medals to all finishers. Check out redcarpetrun.com for all the details!

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