Obsessed Runner Blog

randy ironI’m having an up day on the Covid rollercoaster. I usually don’t talk specifically about my running but I’m taking some personal satisfaction with my weekly trail half marathon streak during Covid. I’ve been enjoying the motivational monthly challenges from our incredibly creative RF Events Crew, and my weekly 13.1 miles fits nicely with the mileage goals. Yes, I tear up each weekend as another live event that would have happened pops up on my daily alerts. The Bonfyre trail run would have been Saturday, what a glorious day it would have been, I think the post race party would have gone on till sunset, dang. Until live racing is back, if you have not joined a challenge, consider joining me on the HolliYAY 50K in December, just after November’s Beaver Moon has set! Yep, the RF Events Crew is creative, to say the least.

Get in some frosty Beaver miles today,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is also smiling today because I have just finished putting together a book, 365 reasons to get your butt out the door, a daily motivational journal, more to come on this but the goal is to ship them before Christmas. Shameless plug, the perfect gift!

randy iron We miss couple days of running, this turns into a week of not running, then … A slippery slope that can take us to no running at all and a gray cloud that hangs over us as we are reminded daily, when we see runners out there, that we are off the wagon. If getting back to the run was easy, I would not be writing this. The time we put aside for the run gets swallowed by a busy life and our loss of fitness becomes a barrier of pain we know will be in front of us when we attempt to run again. So, what will get us back to being a runner? Courage. Remember, you had the courage to start, the courage is within you to start again.

Start again, smile, hurt, and be proud.

Randy step, an admitted obsessed runner who knows there have been some bad days... but the run has been there for me.

 

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When life slams you to rock bottom, pulling off the daily run may be the most difficult move you can imagine. If you are feeling this way, it’s time to block out the pain, the world and get out that door and let the run shoulder some of your burden. Perhaps if you instill this concept deep in your consciousness it will propel you and make the first steps possible. Once out the door, your mind will be flooded with a million reason you need to be anywhere but out running. If you avoid all thought for a second, everything that the run has to offer will have a chance to fight it’s way in, perhaps offering you strength, clarity and hope. If even for a few minutes. Repeat over the days ahead.

Think of this and make this tool a part of you during the run today.

Randy step, an admitted obsessed runner who knows there have been some bad days... but the run has been there for me.

 

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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!