Obsessed Runner Blog

2023.05.03 - Running is Hard

randy potoPerhaps 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.


2023.04.26 - Don't exercise, run!

randy bike2Many 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.

2023.04.19 - Running is Pure

randymarkingThere is no I in team, but there is in Running! Sure, there are teams in

running, but the sport itself is strictly individual. Whether on a team or in a club, members are there just to encourage and support each other. Our sport has no referees or bad calls, just a start line, finish line and a clock running. We just run, it is pure, simple, and we love it! We might call a run, training, or we may call it a race, but it's really just us, putting in the miles we need for fulfillment. Our running disappointments are trivial, injuries keep us learning, and our successes keep the fire lit. May running be the meaning of life? For sure it's leading us to it.


Run forever and ever, amen,


Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who like you, gets it.

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