2016-06-23 - Permission to blow off your run today

randy runningWe are only as strong as our weakest link. This is a hard concept for us passionate runners, when running seems so complete on its own. The reality is that we use the same muscles through the same range of motion, causing imbalance and reduced flexibility. One false step out of our normal range of motion or a strength requirement beyond what our running calls for and we are toast. So, I give you permission to blow off the day's run, ONLY, if you replace it with a decent session of core work like yoga, strength training, planks, lunges or similar torture.

Run complete,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner with some weak, rusty links in my chain that need work, dang.

PS: With 2 sessions of yoga during Run Woodstock weekend our chain will be rockin', dig? http://runwoodstock.com/
 
PS: Get a workout and a healthy meal in! Join us for a FREE event, June 27th.. The Big Salad Raffle Run! Come out and run or walk some miles with us and try for your chance at a FREE PAIR of Brooks Shoes as well as other awesome raffle items! Items include Big Salad gift cards, RF Events Gift Cards and FUN SWAG! 1-6 miles. the more miles... the more chances you have at WINNING! Grab a friend and RSVP Here!

2016-06-15 - Running Saves Lives

randy runningNo matter how advanced we become as a society there will be dangerous situations where your level of  fitness could determine life or death. I was once in an accident situation where one person stayed to stabilize an injured person while one ran for help, no cell service was available and time was critical. Rescue situations occur daily where the strength and endurance of the first responders save lives. That said, there will be situations that occur where we become the first responders, this might happen while out on a trail or remote road run where we come across a situation where our strength or speed could make all the difference.

Get out for a run, it may prepare you to save a life, perhaps your own,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is reminded daily by tragic news stories that my fitness could make the difference between being the one needing to be helped and the one able to help others.

PS: Get a workout and a healthy meal in! Join us for a FREE event, June 27th.. The Big Salad Raffle Run! Come out and run or walk some miles with us and try for your chance at a FREE PAIR of Brooks Shoes as well as other awesome raffle items! Items include Big Salad gift cards, RF Events Gift Cards and FUN SWAG! 1-6 miles. The more miles... the more chances you have at WINNING! Grab a friend and RSVP Here!

PS: This is your best chance to get your team into the elusive Dances With Dirt Hell Relay on September 24, 2016! The goat opened up a few coveted spots for the wildest running day of the year, grab 5 of your friends and join us for an extremely fun day in the dirt! To grab up one of the spots before they are gone REGISTER HERE! Need more info? Check it out HERE!

2016-06-08 - Get out the door

annaBaby Goat here, the Head Goat's youngest 'kid' and admitted "not that obsessed runner". The goat is off celebrating his birthday so I thought I would slip into his hooves and ramble on!
 
GET OUT THE DOOR! The goat (Randy) has been writing midweek e-mails trying to motivate your butt out the door for years! I've rolled my eyes at my dad, and the "GET OUT THE DOOR" mantra more times than I can count... but I'm going to let you in on a little secret... GET OUT THE DOOR! I've been in a bit of a rut with my running, I am 16 weeks into a training plan and I'm beat! Last week I sucked it up and finally boarded the get out the door train... I hate to say he told me so, but my miles are up, my spirits are up, and I think I'm on my way out of this rut! Was there a lot of walking involved? Sure! Did I randomly PR a 10K on a Wednesday? YUP! It doesn't matter what you achieve out there, but I urge you to put your shoes and a smile on, don't look too hard at your watch or your schedule and have some FUN!
 
The Baby Goat, who is campaigning to make running FUN again in 2016.

PS: Did you know the Red Carpet Run was the brainchild of this little goat? Join me for a rockin' 5K, Friday night, August 26th in Detroit! Loud music, glamour, the star treatment... and a CHAMPAGNE FINISH! Shirts to all entrants, custom medals and (filled!) champagne flutes to all finishers! redcarpetrun.com

PS: We want YOU to volunteer at the Canton Liberty Run in Canton, MI on June 18th! This silly, themed run is a great way to kick off your Saturday! Volunteers receive a shirt, $30 voucher towards a future RF Events' event and an invitation to our super secret volunteer party!

2016-06-01 - Motivate your butt out the door

randy runningThe goal of my midweek running rant is to motivate your butt out the door. Perhaps reading some feel good run related stuff will do just that:

There is a new single track trail to explore! RF Events recently donated $1,000 to help fund a well pump for the new trail head at Waterloo Recreation Area. The trail was made possible by a grant from DTE. Ribbon Cutting is June 17th, this is exciting stuff!

RF events is also on a mission in 2016 to get closer to Zero Waste at our events! We had a great start to our Zero Waste program Trail Race weekend. Of the nearly 500 total pounds of waste we processed, less than 50 ended up in the dumpster! The Zero Waste Team is full for Flirt with Dirt this weekend but be sure to check out joining Team Zero Waste HERE so you can get involved with this green team in the future!

Run, volunteer, run,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is feeling thankful.

PS: I'm 60! I plan to party all year and I hope to see you out there! Check out my birthday special below.. an awesome chance to get into the wildest running day of the year!

2016-05-25 - Enjoy a bit of "Still Life"

randy runningA line I use often, "listen to your body, except when you're in a race!" The reality is that when racing you flirt with your limits, your body will often yell, "back off!" This inner struggle might go on 'til the finish, and perhaps end with a personal best! (I'm not saying to ignore increasing pain from potential injury, that, you pay attention to!)  However, when it comes to the daily run, your body is your partner, when it throws fatigue and lethargy at you, this is not a time to push through it or the hole (depression) you are digging might swallow you. Give it a break, take some time to look around at this amazing world in slow motion, enjoy a bit of "still life". Tomorrow, or perhaps the day after, our mind and body will be ready to put the hammer down again.

Run smart, run forever,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner ... Who recently realized, you can't really look carefully at the delicate pedals of a flower on the run, even at a slow pace.

PS: Speaking of taking the time to look around at this amazing world, consider joining us as a volunteer! Flirt With Dirt in Novi, MI on June 4th is the perfect opportunity to give back and enjoy the sport we love from the sidelines! All volunteers receive a great shirt, $30 voucher towards a future RF Events' race, appreciation from race participants and a sweet invite to our super secret annual volunteer party! Check it out HERE!

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