Obsessed Runner Blog

2020.11.06 - The Courage To Start Again

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.

 

2020.10.21 - The worst day of your life

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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.

 

2020.10.07 - Is Running Starting to Suck?

 1RANDY It can happen, not all at once but a feeling sneaks in slowly over time, you decide that running is just not fun anymore. You find yourself bored and thinking only of the time you have left to get it over with, you start to think of other things you would rather be doing in life. I’m guessing this kind of funk happens in all areas of our lives, kind of like a mid-life crisis. For me, I equate it to a minister doubting the existence of God at some point. I have watched other running friends face these demons and how it played out. To turn this monster, runaway train thought pattern around it might take hitting running rock bottom for some of us to finally throw on the brakes and stopping, cold turkey. I believe this gap, or call it a void, might be needed for some of us to see past the negative thoughts to be a born again runner? Perhaps stopping running for enough time to realize all that we have lost by not running might be necessary to re-kindle the flame. Perhaps reading about this scenario might save you the pain, get out there today and focus on all that that is right with your run, the glory of the run, a run you control, perhaps avoiding this negative rabbit hole all together.

Shine a light on your run today,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who can’t wait to get out the door and experience the joy of my run and all that is good because of it.

 

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