Obsessed Runner Blog

2022.11.23 - Giving thanks to the run

freep2The run has helped and continues to help us discover who we are and who we might be. It has given, and continues to give us, insight into what we are capable of and what we might yet achieve. The run has expanded our lives and our limits, turning dreams and goals into reality. We can be thankful that once a runner, we will always be runners, even if the run is taken away from us. We are thankful that every hard-earned mile we put in becomes part of us, never to be taken away, and each of those miles has helped to mold the stronger, more resilient person that we have become. No mile is easy, every mile is worth it.


Let’s get our butts out the door and give thanks,


Randy Step, an admitted, thankful, obsessed runner who will be a runner until the day they throw the dirt on.

2022.11.16 - The Beauty of an Ugly Run

randy_rainsuit2.jpgA non-runner, looking out the window on a 35 degree, grey, so called, dreary November morning, may not see it as an inspirational setting to lure them outside. To us runners who know that the temp is ideal for a crisp, lively run, don’t think twice and head out knowing that just out the door, the magic happens! Once the blood is flowing, we will start to notice the simple beauty of the world that surrounds us, like the sharp edges on gunmetal clouds, the repeating pattern of last night’s flurries frosting the final leave of fall along the roads edge, little things that have us living in the moment, which is the true gift of the run.

Don’t miss the magic of today,


Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who also obsesses about the sounds and smells of the run! Enjoy every full color minute of it!


2022.11.09 - Run for others

randy ironThis midweek relates to the line, finish your dinner, there are starving children in Africa! So, you are healthy and have no excuse not to get out for a run today while there are injured runners who would give anything to be in your shoes! Not that you eating will help those kids or that your run will cheer up someone that’s be sidelined but the point is, we who are fortunate should never take it for granted. Heathy days are a gift, and as the late great Steve Prefontaine said, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” We are only dancin’ on this earth for a short while so … 



Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has few regrets, but I do regret days I’ve skipped the run for lame reasons. That said, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Steve Prefontaine quotes, “The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a pretty good day to die"!



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