Obsessed Runner Blog

2022.11.09 - Run for others

randy ironThis midweek relates to the line, finish your dinner, there are starving children in Africa! So, you are healthy and have no excuse not to get out for a run today while there are injured runners who would give anything to be in your shoes! Not that you eating will help those kids or that your run will cheer up someone that’s be sidelined but the point is, we who are fortunate should never take it for granted. Heathy days are a gift, and as the late great Steve Prefontaine said, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” We are only dancin’ on this earth for a short while so … 



Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has few regrets, but I do regret days I’ve skipped the run for lame reasons. That said, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Steve Prefontaine quotes, “The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a pretty good day to die"!



2022.11.02 - Late season running

randy potoNot to worry, the weather will change and getting our butts out the door will become a serious challenge, a challenge we will take head on! Time to get the winter gear in order, bring it on! Next comes the season filled with running traditions, starting with the Turkey Trots. Thanksgiving is the biggest day in the running year with the most events and greatest number of participants! Of course, I’m partial to the Ann Arbor TT … We finish our year with the small town Holiday runs like Dexter’s Holiday Hustle and thousands of others with reindeer, snowflakes, frost, Dickens and Santas in their titles. These runs are seriously not intimidating fun runs with walkers, plodders, costumes, and smiles. One of the greatest gifts we can give is to invite our non-running family and friends to join us, perhaps starting a tradition and changing lives forever. Ho, Ho, Go!

Every healthy day is a gift, don’t squander them!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner writing about winter just after finishing a sweaty fall run in shorts! Ok, now for some shameless plugs! Ann Arbor Turkey Trot, Dexter Holiday Hustle including, new this year, a half marathon! Last but not least, MY BOOK! I promise it will be an important tool to getting your butt out the door this winter!

2022.10.12 - Your run might save a life

randy trailI’ve been in Florida since the day Hurricane Ian hit our second home here, I’ve never spent time on the front lines of a disaster and it’s harder than I could have imagined. I am dirty, tired but safe. The marathon mentality and fitness level from being a runner has got me through and kept me going. It’s a high tech modern world that makes it easy to forget that you might be in a situation that your fitness level can save your life or lives of others. Let’s get our butts out the door so we can be the ones to help, perhaps not being the one needing help. That said, I feel for those who have only one home and have lost everything. The incredible outpouring of support down here is humbling. We live in a great country with great people. Every day I’ve had people volunteering to save our home. They come door to door asking if we need help. They deliver hot lunches, water and lift spirits, and make me smile and cry.

Run forever, 

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is feeling grateful.

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