Yo run gang,
Its been many years since I last ran the Boston Marathon and I swore Id never go back. From what I remember it was a race put on by an unresponsive old boys kind of club and had a crowded disorganized start at noon on a rainy cold Monday. I ran my worst marathon time ever thinking back, Im sure my poor time and the rain contributed heavily to my bad memories. Last year, my son ran a Boston qualifying marathon time and this past Monday, my wife, my son and myself ran the Boston Marathon. Kathy and Trevor ran stellar marathons and the event organization was incredible. I was dreading a start with 26,000,000 people on a road that I remembered was crowded with 4,000. What I experienced was great fast start and a fun and exciting flawless event that ranks at the top of my race experiences and I ran poorly! The moral of the story, old dogs can learn new tricks and every race deserves a second chance. I encourage everyone to put running Boston on the bucket list. The people of Boston are incredible, they love the marathon and love the runners and add much to this must do event!
We all love the solitude of the daily run and the mental and psychological benefits, but toeing the line in a spring race gives our training additional purpose and meaning. Here are few fun upcoming races to consider, great choices to P.R., or to race for your first time ever at the distance.
Saturday May 1st in Novi - Live Like Andi - 10 Mile, 10K, 5K and Fashion Walk! Enter at www.livelikeandi.org/run-2010.html Saturday May 15th - Heart and Sole 5K, 10K and 2 mile Walk or Run in Chelsea, enter at www.chelseaheartandsole.org
For a trail run consider: Saturday June 12th Flirt With Dirt 5K and 10K, gnarly single track trails in Novi. Enter quick at runflirt.com, this race fills early
To really beat yourself to a pulp, and to get in a fun road trip, check out Danceswithdirt.com, May 15th in Gnaw Bone, Indiana or July 10th at Devils lake, Wisconsin. Run, run, race, Randy Step an obsessed runner who just might run Boston again next year!
Yo run gang,
May 1, 2013
When it comes to running, women are in the majority, entering more races and buying more shoes than men. From observing my wife and women friends, the social aspect of running plays a bigger role in the sport than what I see on the guys' side of things, I have no specific statistics on this but from a study of one, I put in a lot more miles by myself. I know that the times I do make a plan to run with others, I find it motivating and easier to get out the door ... but rarely do it, perhaps a guy thing, not making plans. Time to learn from the women, as usual!
That said, It's time for "Ladies night out" at Running Fit, click the link on the right for days, stores and times! Meanwhile, I should call for someone to go for a run, but I'm sure I won't!
Run with a friend,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner guy
Yo Run gang,
The daily run keeps us fit and sane but lining up for a race fulfils our competitive needs, not so much competing against others but to test ourselves and see who we are and where we stand. The race in turn feeds additional motivation and value to the daily run, a perfect combination to a fulfilled life. Sweet!
Get out the Tux, the tux T-shirt or the little black dress and join us on the Red Carpet! A dress up run with a finisher's champagne flute! Thursday (The new Friday) August 12th in West Bloomfield. A fun night to strut your stuff and have a bit of fun. Check out redcarpetrun.com
Randy Step, an obsessed runner living and running the circles of life!
Yo run gang,
Believe it or not, this obsessed runner has a treadmill but I only use it when the weather is so nasty that even I wont go out. Im happy to report; I have run on it once in 3 years and hope not to need it again this winter! Get out there!
The holiday week is busy but for most of us, the insanity is behind us and getting in the run just became a lot easier, especially on days off work! The best way to celebrate? In my case, with a very neglected Long run!
Enjoy every healthy day,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner heading out the door, today and everyday!
2010, Running Fit celebrates 25 years of commitment to Michigans Running Community!
25 years of running passion and we are as excited about what we do as when we ran our first 5K! We are also happy to report that despite the economy, Running Fit continues to invest in Michigan. In 2009, we moved, built up and updated the Novi and West Bloomfield locations along with the purchase and renovation of a building on the west side of Ann Arbor for our headquarters, warehouse and new retail store. In 2009 Running Fit the event company launched 2 new triathlons, 2 new Dances With Dirt trail runs and added Run Woodstock for a total of 23 annual events. Running Fit has been creating jobs hear in Michigan and in 2009 broke the 100 employee mark. Your commitment to Running Fit and the sport of running has made this happen. Thank you for running and investing in Michigan and making it possible for us to live out our dreams!
The crew at Running Fit, at your service and ready to fit you up in 2010!
Yo run gang,
Dances With Dirt sells out again! This proves that Well it proves something, perhaps it has to do with runners needing to get their butts kicked, bodies scratched, bitten and bruised All in good fun! What am I talking about? Check out www.danceswithdirt.com, the dark side of running.
We are just 2 weeks away from the kick off of the spring racing season, although Mother Nature has been draggin her feet. The Saint Pats day runs are the early test to see who has kept in shape through this messy winter. Not that these races are taken too seriously and usually involve a post race trip to the bar, but its fun to kick off the dust and get started. A great choice is the Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K, 2 mile and kids dash in Ann Arbor, March 16th. Shamrocks has a fun and exciting course that loops and loops and loops Conner ONeills Pub, the event sponsor. All proceeds go to Save a Heart Foundation at C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital. We have 2 weeks to get ready, no sweat! For more information visit our website www.runshamrocks.com.
Tribal conflicts in Kenya these past few months have been brutal and the death toll has included some notable Kenyan runners. A friend of mine, Joseph Codgington, has been helping get athletes out of Kenya and to the United States, a risky and bureaucratic task. Joseph is putting them up in his home in Ann Arbor and Running Fit has stepped up to help by supplying footwear and running gear. The athletes arrive here with not much more than the clothes on their back. 2 of the 4 athletes he is bringing in arrived Saturday and came by Running Fit on Tuesday to get fitted up. Check out the story at http://codgie.com/running-fit-sponsors-kenyan-runners.htm, these two guys look like a couple of kids on Christmas morning with all their new toys. Welcome to the snow Richard and Philip! (They really liked the hats!) In next weeks midweek email, we will announce dates that the Kenyans will be at our stores, joining us for runs and telling their amazing stories of how running got them out of Kenya and here to Michigan.
Get out and run,
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Welcome to RF Events!
RF Events (RFE) goal is to create and execute events that can live on in memory as the most significant moments in life, events where goals and dreams become reality, a tall order that we take seriously.
Yes, there are some cheesy and fun themes but behind the scene a detailed plan executed by our crew to insure a safe serious timed event that your training and hard earned entry fee will not be wasted on.
RFE does not chase the fads and promises not to put on flavor of the month, money grab, been there, done that runs. We believe in successful events that stand the test of time, events that can become memorable traditions for you, your family and friends.
You can expect a great value for your event dollar from RFE, our goal is to pay the bills, support charitable causes and make a modest and fair profit … so we can party like rockstars until the next race!
Your faithful event crew at RFE:
Randy (The Head Goat), IronMandy, Baby Goat, Gare Bear, Swamp Dog, Timing Trevor, Yellow Dog, #UFN, Shady, Your Mom, Mother Fultcher and Speedy!
Unpaid Staff includes Kristy, Fit Janet, Ted & Joanne (The Purple Grays), Red Rider John, Wild Bill, Trail Dog, Mark the Beard, Bernard the Texan, The Admiral, Sue & Phil Wade, Dave & Lorri Walch, John & Margo Heebert, Sam Denominee (& family & friends), Ant and hundreds of the coolest people you will ever meet on planet earth.