Obsessed Runner Blog

March 16, 2011 - Nervous steps into Spring!

I always get a kick out of runners who take to the streets and seem to bloom like wildflowers on the first nice weather days. For those of us who have kept our winter outdoor running vigil alive through sleet, gale force wind, snow and dark of night, we can secretly smile with a smug feeling of superiority and satisfaction as we wave and say hello. Ha!

The truth is, what we put into and take from our running is very personal and we don't really know what that new runner we see out there is experiencing. Perhaps they are taking those first brave and nervous steps into the fitness world and that are about to get the satisfaction we all got that time we finally got up the courage to start! Bravo and a high five to all! Runners Rock!

Please join us on April 2nd at the Martian Invasion of Races as we cheer each other on, fulfilling  our personal goals, be they finishing a run/walk through our first 5K or a personal best marathon. We will party together at the finish line as one big happy fitness community, planting the seeds in the sedentary world who watch and stand in awe of us all! Enter at martianmarathon.com

May you run forever,

Randy Step, and obsessed runner and Alien at heart, Nanu, Nanu!

March 30, 2011 - Time to breathe...

Yo run gang,

As runners, we drink a lot more fluid and consume more calories than those who are sedentary. That said, our risk of health problems due to taking in chemicals, pharmaceuticals and whatever other impurities there are in our food and water may also be greater. In addition, we suck in a lot more air that is filtered by our lungs than the average couch potato.  I believe we need to keep this in mind and look to run away from busy roadways and dirty air and look for sources of healthy food and pure water, we need to be aware.
 
This may sound like a shameless plug but ... We have Absopure Water delivered and available at all the Running Fit stores and in our corporate office. I believe it's a healthy, inexpensive perk to offer our staff and customers. It's not sponsored water; we pay Absopure for it and are happy to support a Michigan based company that is also the 4th largest plastic recycler in the country (They recycle here in Dundee, MI).  But yes, I admit, the water you drink at all the Running Fit events is pure water from Absopure, delivered to us at no charge from our sponsor!  Thank you Absopure for your support of the running community!

Run smart,
  
Randy Step, an obsessed runner, headed to run a trail where the air is fresh and clean ... And yes, with my Fuel Belt on filled with pure water.

December 17, 2008 - The final miles of the running year.

Yo Run Gang,

As we log the final miles of the running year Im reminded of the tremendous motivational value of the log. You may no longer be able to set a PR at a race, but streaks and total mileage PRs are always out there. Totals like the most mileage ran in a day, a week, a year. Streaks like the most days ran in a row or some other motivational streak like number of weeks in a row that you ran at least 3 days. Im sure many of you are looking at the years total and are getting out the door trying to hit a number with value to you. 500 miles, 1,000 miles or maybe 2,000 miles! If you dont keep a log, I suggest you add it to your resolutions!

As the snow blows you will need every motivational trick in the book.

  • Run a marathon in 2009! The ultimate gift for yourself this holiday season. Start the process with an entry into Running Fit 501 marathon training program! www.runningfit501.com
  • Sign up now for the February 1st Super Bowl Sunday 5K. Having a race on the calendar give your running purpose, you are in training! Enter today at www.runsuperbowl.com. Heck, the finishers pint glass is reason enough!

Get me out of here! Another way to stay motivated to run all winter is to head south for a long weekend of running! A few days in shorts can renew your fire. Join me in Dade City, Florida at Dances With Dirt Green Swamp the weekend of February 7th. I just looked on Orbitz and found a direct Northwest flight from Detroit to Tampa for $169, Thursday Sunday. Grab a friend or 3 or 4, we have $98 rooms blocked at a new Hampton Inn (I have a cheaper hotel solution, scary but clean!). Not ready for a half marathon or more? Come and volunteer, Ill be sure to give you plenty of free time to get in some trail miles! Go to www.danceswithdirt.com and click on Green Swamp! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

A novel idea, a guys night out at Running Fit, tomorrow night, see the info below. Yes, we know its kind of early for us guys to start shopping for gifts, heck Christmas is still a week away! Get the gang together, Ill see you there!

Randy Step, an obsessed runner motivating you so you can motivate me!

Print this list and bring it in Friday Dec. 19 Sunday Dec. 21, 2008 and get these Last Minute Deals for the Runner on your list or for you!

(You cant go wrong, size hardly matters!)

Socks buy 3 pair, get one free!
Asics Running Bags 25% off
Princeton Tec 4 LED Headlamps, $5 off (Obsessed Runners Favorite toy!)
Running Fit, Nike, Featherlight embroidered running caps $5 off!
Runners World Calendars, 25% off

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At RF Events, we are looking forward to the day when we'll be able to host races in person for you again! Getting all of our faithful participants back to the racing world SAFELY is our highest priority. Over the previous couple of months, a dedicated safety team was created and is working diligently to come up with the best plan to keep all our racers, volunteers and staff safe. We are consistently keeping up to date with the CDC guidelines as well as the state, county and city guidelines for the location of each individual race. To see a link to a broad outline of what we're working on and continuing to update, click here. This is a fluid situation that continues to change so we will keep updating our plan as warranted. We want to be sure to let you know that we're working on it and looking forward to seeing you at a starting line soon!