Obsessed Runner Blog

Yo Run Gang,

There seems to be no magic when it comes to getting in good running shape, just a lot of tough miles on the way but once the fitness arrives there often seems to be a break through run that can only be described as magical! Fast, effortless, glorious!

Just over a week until the Martian Invasion of Races! For those of you running the half or full on Sunday April 6th, consider coming out to the 9 AM Meteor 10K on Saturday April 5th to see perhaps the fastest 10K field ever assembled in Michigan. Not to mention the masters field that is incredible. Check out the confirmed elite runners list at the following link: http://www.martianmarathon.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=87. The expo will open at 10 AM so even if youre not racing you can shop the great running bargains! The kids marathon is at 11 AM on Saturday, please come to cheer and encourage Americas youth into a life long love of the sport!

A special thanks to those of you who joined us with our new Kenyan friends last night, well do more of that. And, especially thank you for your donations to the Kenyan Athletic Relief Fund!

Until the fitness arrives, hang tough,
Randy Step

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Yo run gang,

There is no better way to experience a country than to run its roads and trails. This Obsessed Runner is in South Africa today, running in the summer sun. Old news, a year ago Running Fit won the Ubuntu award for being the most humanitarian and giving running store in the world. In actuality, the award is yours, your support of Running Fit and our events made it possible. Click here to read more about the Ubuntu award! This trip is a part of the award. I was finally able to fit it into lifes busy schedule and when I return, Ill post photos and share my experience on the Running Fit Facebook Fan page.

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To help make the world a better place, join Running Fit as we support international development by hosting a drop box from IICD Michigan. Drop by clothes, shoes, toys, books, and small household items at the 5700 Jackson store. These donations are resold by IICD Michigan (www.iicdmichigan.org), enabling them to train approx. 90 people a year in western Michigan. These people go on to do educational development work in southern Africa, Belize and Brazil (HIV education, teacher training, empowering families to pull themselves out of poverty). If you would like more information about IICD, or a tax receipt for a donation you make, please contact Mike Day at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On Friday, I plan to visit the AIDs clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, to see the work the IICD is doing first hand.

Share running with the world,

Randy Step, an obsessed runner who is truly blessed, and on this great adventure because of you, thank you.

Yo run gang,

The fall race season is upon us! Yikes! Many of you will be lining up in Chicago this weekend or in Detroit or Grand Rapids in just a couple weeks. No matter what the outcome, remember, it is a gift just to make it to the starting line, enjoy the adventure (From the Latin, adventura, where the outcome is uncertain. The spice of life!)

An under-trained runner with a positive attitude will beat a trained runner with doubts every time. Just relax, run smart and enjoy the sights, sounds and ... Pain! You work hard to feel this bad, savor it, as the rest of the world lives in a couch potato haze you are fully alive and diggin' it!

In all distance events, 9 out of 10 world records are set when running negative splits, a faster second half. A difficult concept to get your head around in a long race: the idea that you will pick it up.  Going out too fast is the number one mistake, every minute you are ahead of schedule is a potential to walk 10 minutes at the end; it is not money in the bank. Don't do it!

For those who heed my words, I'm proud of you already!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who loves the long run, an event that continues to offer self discovery, keeping the fire lit.

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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!