2023.12.14 - Run away from this complicated life

I was just looking at the Runner’s World website and its endless articles on shoe technology, training plans, and blah, blah, blah. Life is complicated enough; I believe running should not be. Why does a run reduce anger and stress? Why does it lower our blood pressure, raise our self-esteem, and give us so many physical and mental benefits? Why does all this good stuff happen because of the run, no matter if the run was easy, or painfully difficult? Let’s just accept … that running works wonders, and not overthink it. Better to just head out the door, pound out some honest miles, and accept the gift.

Take your troubles out on the roads and trails, and leave em’ there!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is feeling grateful that running found me.

2023.11.30 - Off Season Running

The long fall races are over and the last bit of pushing it ends with the Turkey Trots, then I go into what I call the off season. Your off season may fall differently but I believe the body needs a break from the schedule at some point. This break can be planned, or if injury sidelines you, your off season starts then. No, we don’t stop running but we can back off on our intensity, long runs, and total mileage. Off season during the holidays and the first in your face days of winter seems to fit most schedules. It’s a time to get out there for short sweet runs, just to stay consistent and not totally loose our base. Yes, off season does end, and eventually we have to do some hard work to build back up, but the body will be more receptive at that point. Seriously, the obsessed runner gets a bit wimpy for a month or two each year. I do take advantage of breaks in weather to sneak in longer runs, runs where the pace is easy, and my starving obsession is fed a bit. Enjoy a wimpy run today … or tomorrow! Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner whose mantra is, I love long dark windy winter days with poor footing. And I keep up with this mantra until I start to believe it. Ha.