Obsessed Runner Blog

2019-08-07 - Worry-free running

randy flowersSure it's great to line up for a race well trained and optimistic but with it comes with the pressure of expectation. On the flip side, when you line up for a race that you are totally unprepared for, knowing you will perhaps walk more than run, and it will be far from your potential, the stress is off! Low expectations allow for a different kind of adventure, one that can be as fun as a personal best effort and will still leave you with a story to tell! That said, if you are not signed up for Running Between the Vines 5K, 5M or Half Marathon, join us for an adventure that might take a while but is guaranteed to end well... In one of SE Michigan's hidden gems, Sandhill Crane Vineyards... You guessed it - Between the Vines! We'll be there with live music, wine, chocolate, cheese and other food pairings, ready to hear your story, a story that might include how I tricked you into it! August 17th, no time to prepare so no worries, just sign up! http://runvines.com/
 
Run spontaneously and live it up!
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, about to run the Traverse City, 70.3 Ironman event ... untrained and looking forward to a day where my only worry will be missing happy hour and having to pay full price for a celebration round!

2019-08-01 - The perfect you

randy freepIt is ALWAYS a mistake to compare our running with anyone else's. Our genetics, our individual health background, past injuries, family and business situations and so much more goes into who we are and what we are capable of. For some, completing a 5K, might be a far greater accomplishment than another runner finishing a marathon. Only we know what we have overcome or how difficult it was for us to get to that starting line, we have no idea what others have done to get to their starting line. So, the next time we read a social media post about someone doing a 30 mile training run to prepare for their next 100 mile race, or someone who just ran 4 miles without stopping, let's respond with the thumbs up that they both deserve!
 
May today's run get you closer to the perfect you,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, proud of every runner I see out there doing the work.

PS: TWO WEEKS until we run between the vines! Join us for a beautiful run from Sandhill Crane Vineyards at Running Between the Vines 5K, 5M, & 13.1M on August 17th! Running, cheese, chocolate... and wine!
PS: Last chance for the early bird price! Join us at the Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and Cider Mill Mile on October 12, 2019 for a fall day in the orchards in Ypsilanti, MI. Costumes, cider, donuts... SIGN ME UP

2019-07-18 - Run smart or don't run

randy freepHeat is the most dangerous condition to run in, It is imperative to respect these conditions and run as smart as possible, it can truly be a life or death situation. That said, I love extremes! On record hot day, a simple short run becomes my Mount Everest where the risk and rewards are high. My plans will include running short, shady loops from a lakeshore where I can plunge myself in at any sign of heat injury. I will start hydrated and will continue to hydrate with water and electrolyte replacement fluids. My run will be short but filled with adventure not available to me on a so called, "nice day!"
 
Run smart or don't run,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner with a plan.

PS: ONE MONTH until we run between the vines! Join us for a beautiful run from Sandhill Crane Vineyards at Running Between the Vines 5K, 5M, & 13.1M on August 17th! Running, cheese, chocolate... and wine!

PS: Dreamin' of those cool fall temps right about now? Registration is NOW OPEN for Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and Cider Mill Mile! Join us October 12, 2019 for a fall day in the orchards in Ypsilanti, MI. Costumes, cider, donuts... SIGN ME UP! Early bird pricing ends August 1st... sign up now and save.

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At RF Events, we are looking forward to the day when we'll be able to host races in person for you again! Getting all of our faithful participants back to the racing world SAFELY is our highest priority. Over the previous couple of months, a dedicated safety team was created and is working diligently to come up with the best plan to keep all our racers, volunteers and staff safe. We are consistently keeping up to date with the CDC guidelines as well as the state, county and city guidelines for the location of each individual race. To see a link to a broad outline of what we're working on and continuing to update, click here. This is a fluid situation that continues to change so we will keep updating our plan as warranted. We want to be sure to let you know that we're working on it and looking forward to seeing you at a starting line soon!