Obsessed Runner Blog
A grey, cold, windy, wet, COVID-19 lock down day, with RF Events on life support, and all that we do and love on hold. It took all I had, along with a push from my wife, to make yesterday's run happen. Yes, the run has been saving me from rock bottom. Would, a bit of sun and some good news, or at least successful antivirals be too much to ask for, would it? Perhaps.
That is how my day started yesterday and I admit, the 8.3 slap-in-the-face miles we got in was far more than what I was anticipating in those first few steps out the door.
That was me yesterday morning. Now, I'm humbled and so proud of my staff and so many of you. Yes, big, fat Goat tears are falling down my cheeks and I'm feeling ... not worthy. The RF Crew came up with The Head Goat 50K in May Challenge. The challenge, to run at least a mile every day in May, an easy way to run a 50K! 31 days, 31 miles and a challenge to make getting out that door a given. I'M IN! You may have seen or signed up for this no-cost challenge already. The part that has me in tears is the generosity of those who are donating whatever they can to help RF events get out the other side of this nightmare, so we can be there again to celebrate your goals, dreams and accomplishments with you. I love the RF Crew like family, even the ones that are family. Check out the challenge at this link... But don't think this is any excuse not to get your butt out the door from now 'til May 1!
Today, we run, tomorrow we run,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is a bit emotional tonight. The generosity and love in this running community has given me hope for the future!
Baby Goat here... popping in with a reminder that is strictly for me - do your laundry!
But in all seriousness... there seems to be 2 running camps during this trying time... those that are getting out the door more than ever and utilizing this time to train like a madman, and those that for whatever reason... are really struggling to get out the door. If your training is going great... I'm so proud of you! If you're in my camp... where getting out the door seems more difficult than ever - we're in this together! Let's work to remove ONE thing that is in our way. For me, it is the laundry. If I wake up and had planned to run, but can't find the right pants, socks etc.... I will scrap the whole thing! What is your "missing favorite pants," that is one little roadblock on your way out the door? Set yourself up for success each day... schedule the time to get out for a safe and solo run, and have everything you need ready to go the night before!
Life is hard enough right now, help yourself out,
Baby Goat, a (not quite as) obsessed runner, who made a plan for tomorrow and I've got my favorite pants clean and ready to go!
There are events called " The Back Yard Ultra", where the competitors run a 4.167 mile loop, on the hour, every hour, until there is only one runner left. (If you are not back lined up at the starting line at the hour, you are out) The 4.167 mile distance makes for a total of 100 miles at 24 hours. The current record, 67 hours, around 280 miles. Yikes! I have found that using a variation of this makes for an inspiring way to get in a very long run. Pick any distance loop and any time limit to do it. Say, 1 mile in 11 minutes. Finish in 9 minutes, rest, stretch, get a drink or whatever then head out at 10 minutes, again at 20 minutes ... Until you can't make it to the start line. Even more fun is to do this with a group of friends, virtually for now, getting on the phone with them every deadline/start time and cheering each other on. Another variation, Have the time for each loop get reduced by one minute. An example, start with 13 minute limit for loop one, 12 minutes for loop 2 ... As the limit gets shorter, your rest period eventually evaporates. Dan, a member of the RF Events crew, along with his son, just ran 5 miles, every 4 hours, for 24 hours. 30 miles, sleep deprivation ... Yes, Dan is a wild man. Dream up your own system and shake up your next long run!
May today's run blow your mind!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is missing the spring races and all of you. Be safe, be well and we will all be out there together soon.
PS: We are crossing our fingers that the Island Time 6, 12, 24 hour run will take place on May 29 & 30. Over 7 weeks away ... Sounds like a lifetime in the quarantine world.