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.

Dig?

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.

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