Obsessed Runner Blog
I was never a fan of virtual races, having always seen race day as a time to gather with kindred spirits, those who train and get in their runs and know what it takes to get to the starting line. We run on our own for most of our miles, events are a celebration of what we do. We line up and give our best, to honor ourselves and our running community.
That said, without races, due to covid, I now admit to getting motivated out that door by the online challenges! I admire the creative themes but mostly my motivation comes from the FB Challenge groups where participants share their personal success, and what I find the most valuable, their struggles. For now, we can be there for each other on social media, soon, I hope to toe the line with all of you again.
Run safe, run proud,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who “likes” every mile you put in.
Weird times indeed. So often in Michigan summer is a blink of an eye, perhaps a couple rare 90 degree days, I'm sure this is a record streak of warm days. As runners we need to respect the heat, yes, it can kill you. Run smart, find a shady route, do short loops so you can bail and drink more than just water, the danger goes up when you drink tons of water and flush your body of the minerals that keep your heat ticking straight. That said, as I have said, I love extremes. Yep, a 3 mile run can bring on a feeling of danger and adventure when it's 90 and humid or -10 and windy! Plan for it, run smart but don't miss the opportunity! Dig it.
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is dreaming up a new triathlon event that includes a run, chugging a cold beer and skinny dipping!
Rare for Michigan, the weather predicts a couple warm weeks in a row. It helps if you can get out early or late in the day. For sure, shaded paths are the place to be. Yep, the flies and bugs are heavy on the trails but I ran long today with bug spray and fly tape on my hat and they become a non-issue. Once a fly is on the tape, all flies go to the tape, lemmings ... Just look for 'Tread Not' deerfly patches, made in Michigan! On another note, when you train for a race that is canceled, the miles are not wasted. Every mile you run becomes a part of who you are, not just the fitness aspect but the cumulative miles of a lifetime have taught you to handle and respect extremes like weather and pain, failure and success. Long miles prepare us for long term hardships and have taught us to be patient, knowing the joy will return.
Run smart, run cool, run with hope and never stop,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who knows my daily run is never wasted.