Obsessed Runner Blog

2019-09-05 - Let's make the run great again!

randy woodstock2We run to give ourselves the personal time we all need. We run to unplug, reboot and erase some of the built up stress of life, getting it back to a manageable level. We run to nurture ourselves. So, how is it that with a long fall race coming up, we find ourselves stressing over aspects of our running? Things like our pace, missing a workout on our schedule for a good reason or no good reason, or disappointment at not running a goal time. Perhaps when we find ourselves stressing over the run it might help to remember the reasons we run. The run is what we do for enjoyment, and when this is not the case, let's try to take ourselves a little less serious, getting our minds back to a time where getting out for a run once a week was a joy, when we were proud of ourselves for running any distance at any pace. The only thing to take seriously about the run is the fun, we can let the rest go. That said, if you plan on making the Olympic trials, ignore what I just said.  
 
Let's make the run great again,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who constantly reminds myself, especially an hour in and the sun is not yet up, this is what I do for fun!
 

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural BONFYRE TRAIL FEST at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI on November 2, 2019! Come out and run or hike 5 or 10.7 Miles, or come for a 19 mile long run! Registration includes a cozy knit patch beanie, and all finishers will receive a campfire mug, S'More Kit and a can of New Holland Brewing's Lake and Trail copper lager!

2019-08-19 - Proud to be a runner

randy freepI was following a vanity plate with RUNRMOM and had to smile, it's a big message in a few small letters. If we had to describe ourselves, where in the description would "runner" show up? Off the cuff I'd say... I'm a husband, father, business owner, runner, wine snob, closet triathlete and old hippie at heart. If I gave it a lot of thought, whatever the order, I would proudly use the term runner. That said, I can't think of a reason not to describe ourselves as runners, an important part of our day that adds to our mental and physical heath, something we'd love to share and role model to the world ... As we will with today's run!
 
Run proud and loud,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who upon reflection is a husband (still married to my high school sweetheart, running partner and love of my life), father of two kids I could not be more proud of and ... A runner.

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural BONFYRE TRAIL FEST at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI on November 2, 2019! Come out and run or hike 5 or 10.7 Miles, or come for a 19 mile long run! Registration includes a cozy knit patch beanie, and all finishers will receive a campfire mug, S'More Kit and a can of New Holland Brewing's Lake and Trail copper lager!

2019-08-14 - Run time = Me time

randy freepIn this social world where so much is shared, the refreshing reality is that our runs are, for the most part, time alone with ourselves and our thoughts.  Yes, we may run socially with a group or a friend and will line up at a race to test ourselves with others but most of our daily runs are much needed "me" time. Daily runs give us the chance to recharge and blank out the busy world, a world that won't let up on us so it is our duty to carve out the time to run and bring what's important into focus. We will quietly slip back into our busy lives like a reset cell phone, working fast and efficiently and leaving us far more productive than if we skipped the run and let the world chew us to pieces.

 
Don't miss a step,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner with so many reasons to be one.

P.S.: Escape your "real" life and set your soul free at Run Woodstock! Join us for 1, 2 or 3 days of PEACE, MUSIC & TRAIL RUNNING at Hell Creek Ranch in Pinckney, MI. September 6, 7 & 8 - REGISTER NOW!

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