Obsessed Runner Blog
Two weeks ago, at the starting line of the Trail Marathon, I asked how many were running their first marathon. It is rare to see a hand go up due to the brutal nature of the hilly single track trail course. I was shocked when around 15 hands went up! This past weekend at the Island Time 24 hour trail run, I watched in awe of Josephine Weeden as she pounded out the miles, leading the field all day and night and hitting 100 miles in 23 hours and 5 minutes! Seeing what is possible, can no doubt, give others the courage to line up and try. This weekend the RF Events Crew will be in Detroit Friday night for the Hightail to Ale 5K, I will be announcing at the starting line, again, asking the field how many of them are first time 5K runners? It always gives me a chill and a thrill to witness these life changing events! Busy Friday? Join us!
Run, run, run, run, run,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who loves what happens at the starting line, as much what happens the finish line. Dig it!
Perhaps life is a bit easier than the early days, before electricity and modern medicine, but there is and may always be tough days. Death, addiction, war, extreme weather, fires and many diseases that still have no cure are just a start. Some days life seems easy, but eventually we will all face hard days. As runners, we have an understanding of hard, we run, which is never easy. Sure, we run miles that our glorious, but only because we faced the hard miles that made the glorious miles possible. Glorious, but again, never really easy. When we run, we prepare ourselves for life, we learn a bit about enduring pain and fatigue, we learn how to get to the finish.
May todays run prepare you for glory,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who like you, is know to smile through the pain.
Many of us, like me, get caught up in our total daily, weekly, and monthly mileage numbers. This can distract us from doing all we can do to be strong, flexible and heathy, so we can do what we love, running. I refer to myself as an obsessed runner and closet triathlete. I switch to triathlon training each summer and I believe in the long run, it has helped my running. I guess it could be called cross training but that term sounds too much like the term exercise, some kind of meaningless torture. I like to say, I’m a runner, I don’t have to exercise to get fit. This is my thought on triathlon training, I’m not cross training, I’m training for my triathlon, so, again, I don’t need to cross train, I’m a triathlete.
Let’s run, bike, swim and do fun stuff so we never have to exercise or cross train!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner and closet triathlete. If you have not given triathlon a try, take a look at RF Events T-Rex series of Wednesday evening, sprint triathlons. A fun, low key place to start. Yes, you can do this at any level of fitness. Take it slow and get it done, then, feel very proud of yourself and besides saying you are a runner, you can add, I’m also a triathlete! Learn more and sign up now HERE. There is even some room left to enter the training class.