Obsessed Runner Blog
Yo Run Gang,
Those of us that live the running life may have a skewed view of the "average American" when it comes to fitness. For me, being in the running and event business only adds to my warped view. Sure, day to day life brings us in contact with plenty of people that are in horrible shape including some of our own friends and family but overall I'd guess we still get a false sense of what the true shape of America really is. It struck me this week while observing the crowd along a northern Michigan holiday parade route ... Yikes! The percentage of "large" people (I'm sure there is a politically correct word) and the number of people who still smoke was a bit of a shock. Perhaps it's always been this way and I am a poor observer but my gut feel is that the country is on a down slide.
Not that I have the answers; but getting out there and setting the example, talking positively with people about running and taking the time to get a non fit neighbor out for an easy run or walk would be a start.
Run, walk, share,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner
January 2, 2013
My favorite George Carlin line; "People that drive faster than us are maniacs and the ones that drive slower than us our idiots!". It's an insightful line into our human nature. Do we have similar thoughts about those who run faster or slower than us?
Or run more miles per week or less miles per week than us? Not that they are maniacs or idiots but do we feel perhaps inferior or superior when talking to other runners about their statistics? How about when talking about income, education or any other kinds social or physical measuring? I know I'm guilty of this at some level ... Dang, I resolve to work on this.
The reality is that our life circumstances and our bodies are so very different, a mile run for one person may be a greater accomplishment and bring more personal satisfaction than another person finishing a marathon. When we do something heroic or amazing, only we can know for sure that it was. What others observe, say or think about our accomplishments may boost or deflate our egos but it's up to us to be honest and true to ourselves and do what we think we can or should do in this life to be a more complete and better person. I believe our daily run and the races we enter help guide us through this life and give us insight on who we are and who we can be. I believe knowing our fellow runners are on the same path can make us more tolerant, caring and helpful.
Run, learn, grow,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who thinks everyone who runs is pretty darn cool.
Yo run gang,
Pure Michigan! We are so lucky to live in state with so much natural beauty and a park system that makes it so accessible. The Kid rock music video "Born Free" inspired a recent trip to run trails in the UP in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park. It's as good as it gets if you have not been north in a while it's time for a road trip! The Vasa Trail in Traverse City is another gem, join us on the trails this fall at runvasa.com.
I just love the glitz, glamour and nonsense of the "Red Carpet Run". Get out that old suit or little black dress and join us for one of the most fun time you will ever have dressed to the 9's. Strut you stuff on the Red Carpet on August 11th and be ready to run 5K at 7PM, the champagne will flow as you cross the
finish line with that little red purse tucked under your arm. Check out redcarpetrun.com and you won't find an excuse not to be at the dress up running event of the year.
Look good, run great,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner who's thinking his new black Mizuno Elixirs will be the perfect shoes to wear with my tux!
PS: The Legend!
On Saturday August 6th, join us on the shaded trails at the Legend 5 mile, 10 mile and Half Marathon. (RunLegend.com )
On top of all the "thanks" and "you rock" you will get throughout the day, you also get an awesome volunteer shirt, a $30 coupon toward any Running Fit event ( includes race shirt) and a great feeling for giving back to your sport!
Red Carpet Run - August 11 - West Bloomfield, MI
T-Rex Triathlon - August 17 - Brighton, MI
PS: Running Form
Running myth: Your form is natural and can't be changed. It's not that many coaches believe this but from our experience, not many coaches address form seriously. If you want to address form seriously check out www.runningfit.com/runningform