Obsessed Runner Blog

2022.06.01 - Bad weather running, so what?

Randy Racing GearThe weather for Saturday Morning’s Traverse City Bayshore Races was what would be called ideal to most runners. No wind, mid 40’s to start, then moving up to perhaps 60 for the late finishers. Two days later or earlier it would have been warm and muggy. For those of us who train and run smart, with respect for the distance and day we are given, perhaps we will place far better against our ill-prepared peers on a so-called bad day. That said, joy and pain are what we line up for, we take ourselves to our limit and when it goes as we had hoped, we stand in wonder at what we have accomplished, when it goes bad we hope to learn from it.

We run, we get it,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who often jokes about so called perfect days … I hate days like that, they leave no excuses to use for when we don’t reach our goals! Ha!

2022.05.06 - Running fun!

Randy Racing GearAfter a couple stressful years adapting to life with Covid, the running world finally feels back to a new normal. We are fortunate to be in an outdoor sport with room to run. Thanks to your support, RF Events has made it out the other side and is back in full action! We kicked off spring with the Martian Invasion of races, a week later, a glorious Trail Weekend, then, some 24-hour run insanity at Island Time and 5K beer run fun at Hightail To Ale in Detroit followed by a road trip to put on Dances With Dirt in Gnaw Bone, Indiana, whew! Love it! I can’t believe next week is the first Triathlon of the Wednesday night T-Rex Series with the forecast is showing it will be in the high 80’s. Pure Michigan weather, going straight from winter to summer. If you want to dip your toe into the triathlon world, these friendly mid-week sprint races are perfect, consider joining us in June, July, or August! Need coaching? Iron Mandy will be heading up a triathlon class to get you ready. Here is the LINK that will steer you to adventure! Lastly, a plug to join me camping out on the land and setting your soul free. Weekends of June 11, July 16 and August 20. Camp Bruin is a dirt running paradise with a beach, hot showers and endless trails to run or hike. We will even have a two mile dirt road loop in camp marked for an easy way to pile up miles and meet new friends! Also, the Run Woodstock trail loop will be marked for those who want to check out the course. Check out the LINK to signup! All camp and run fees are a tax-deductible donation to Washtenaw Promise. Enjoy, while helping give kids a leg up. Read more about their mission HERE.

If it’s not fun, don’t do it!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner looking forward to it all!

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2022.05.18 - No Run for me

Randy Racing GearWe put in the hard miles to build our base, like building a house by hand, board by board, mile by mile. We feel the progress and newfound endurance, like seeing the house finally taking shape, then … It burns to the ground as some part of this amazing body breaks. Perhaps we were posting, boasting, and feeling bullet proof at a time we should have been carefully and quietly respecting the climb and watching for warning shots across the bow. When we up the miles we are upping the ante, upping the risk, hoping to run that fine line, near, but not over the crumbling edge. Perhaps we were playing the weekend warrior and lost a battle, or perhaps were cautious and still broke. Dang. Now, we start over, knowing how sweet it will feel to get back to that first pain free mile.

Run smart, recover smarter,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has not run for 7 days due to weekend stupidity. Tomorrow, I inch my way back. Spring is dangerous all the way around.

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