2018-02-07 - Winter isn't quitting... Neither are we

anna winterGet those Yak Trax out, runners, because winter is here to stay! A quick glance at the snow forecast reveals that our daily runs are going to be if nothing else... AN ADVENTURE! Instead of cursing Punxsutawney Phil and throwing in the towel, let's get out the door and show winter what we're made of. How do we do it? Here are some basics to make this a little easier:

  • Invest in some traction devices or a good pair of trail shoes. Both work well in snow and ice. Be sure to pair those grippy shoes with winter weather appropriate clothing and layer up because you're always better safe than sorry!
  • Run short and low. Shortening your stride and keeping your feet close to the ground will reduce your risk of slipping, falling or straining something!
    Slow down! Yes, you heard me, give yourself a break. Getting out the door in these conditions is way more than half the battle so take the pressure off your pace and take it easy out there.
  • Winter will eventually end and the snow will melt, so savor these fun, snowy adventures while we've got 'em,

Baby goat, a not quite as obsessed runner who read the 10 day forecast and is committed to the FUN runs ahead.

PS: you are FREE to buy BEER after the MARTIAN INVASION OF RACES! Do I have your attention? The Martian Invasion of Races is back in Dearborn, MI and more space-tastic than ever. Be there April 14, 2018 for 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26K, or 26.2M. Sweet Swag, fast course and EVEN MORE MARTIANS!

PS: RF Events is excited to bring back the Trails in Motion Film Festival to SE Michigan! Films will play from 2:00PM - 4:20PM on March 10, 2018 at the Farmington Civic Theater. Join like minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts for a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films! Tickets are $15 and include an invite to meet up afterwards at a local watering hole.

2018-01-31 - Even runners get the flu

randy flowersMy weekly goal is to motivate us out the door but the goal also includes keeping us healthy so we miss as few days as possible. As runners, we get a ton of physical and mental health benefits from our lifestyle, unfortunately, susceptibility to the flu is not one of them, dang. I have several friends fighting the flu currently and I sure don't want to join them. Us runners need to take the same precautions as the rest of the world including hand washing, not touching our mouth, eyes or nose between washings and getting the flu shot. Yes, get out the door for your run but this time of the year, take recovery days after hard or long workouts and after a hard run. We need to be additionally cautious around crowds or anyone who might be contagious because our immune system will be a bit compromised until we recover. So, no kissing strangers after your long runs, until after May 1st!

Run, rest, wash your hands and we can hug again in the spring,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who once again wrote this, mostly as a reminder to myself, as usual.

PS: LAST CHANCE FOR THE LOWEST PRICE! Join us this Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Super 5K in Novi, MI to earn your spot on the couch before the big game! Sweet swag, killer halfWAY show, Roary the lion, Detroit Lions legend Jason Hanson on site, JUNK FOOD... what more could you ask for in a 5K?! Online registration closes at NOON on Friday, February 2nd, register now!

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