Obsessed Runner Blog

2024.01.17 - Run Fast

Randy Racing GearOur sport is primarily a solitary endeavor with lots of miles, often at about the same pace. These daily runs, just as they are, reward us mentally and physically. That said, signing up, and lining up for a race, can add a rich layer to running that includes more focus on time, distance, speed, and dare I say it, competition. Perhaps not competition in the sense of beating others, but to see just how the rest of the world runs and where our run pace lands. In a race, we push ourselves and attempt to be the best we can be, the race is a place to learn, it is a place of self-discovery. Just having a race on the calendar can add so much to the daily run, perhaps pushing us to a new level. Dig it! If you have not, pick an event and sign up, then get your butt out that door with even more purpose.

Go find your fast today!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner and event addict. Check out some of our amazing events on the RF Events calendar, like the Martian Invasion of Races, with its flat, fast, and fun road course, or hit the trails at Trail Weekend!

2024.01.10 - Listen to the run

Randy Racing GearSome runs seem to go on forever with 3 miles feeling like 5, and on others, the miles fly by. This is not a listen to your body lecture because often, everything feels just fine, it’s just the miles feeling unequal. Sure, some of it is just a mind game due to a busy life with so much required of a day besides the daily run. Our brain can’t help but go there, taking our focus off living in the moment, but that’s not always the case. Some days, the run seems to be giving us a gift, magical miles that go by in an instant, regardless of whatever else is going on in life. On such days, when the run is offering 10 miles for a 5 mile effort, it’s time to listen. When it’s over, we can then make the excuses why we are late.

Don’t look a gift run in the mouth, there may be one coming your way today,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, often without answers, just observations from a life on the run.

2024.01.03 - Sharing the run

randy ecuadorI admit, I look daily at posts about runs and running plans on Strava and other social media. Some current posts, New Year’s Day run, keeping the tradition alive; Today I registered for the Super 5K!; Starting off 2024 with a 14 mile run! These posts can motivate and inspire, and they say, joy shared is joy increased! That said, there are perhaps as many people hurting out there, not able to get in their run. Sickness and injury strike us all at times. There are certainly fewer posts about missing days or recovery from injury. It's also said that grief shared is grief diminished. Please share your running joy, or pain, today. We need each other!

Smoke em if ya got em’ (translated: get that run in if you can!)

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who is currently walking, but hopes to soon be back on the run!


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