2019-02-13 - Run THROUGH it


anna winter(to the tune of We're Going on a Bear Hunt)

We're going on a winter run!
We're gonna log some big miles!
What a beautiful day!
We're not scared.

Uh oh! SNOW!
Deep, slushy snow!
We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.
WE'VE GOT TO GO THROUGH IT!

With a little preparation a snowy run is the perfect addition to your training... Think of it as a totally unexpected bonus! Layer up your moisture wicking clothing, throw on some traction devices and get your butt out the door. The varied footing of snowy miles work your ancillary muscles and connective tissues to enhance your balance and stability, making you SUPER STRONG... stuff you can't get on a treadmill! When the spring run season hits you'll be totally prepared and you'll get to skip that getting "back" in shape phase!

we've got to go through it,
 
Baby Goat (Stepping in while the Goat works his ancillary muscles on the sandy beaches of Jamaica), an admittedly
not quite as obsessed runner who will be humming about deep, slushy snow while I strap on my Yak Tracks tonight!

P.S.: After you get out for your snowy bonus run... Set a spring goal! The Martian Invasion of Races presented by Blue Care Network on April 13, 2019 will inspire you to dream of your finish line moment as you head out the door each day. Commit, train, SUCCEED in the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 26K Combo or Full Marathon... you can even recruit your favorite young runners for the Kids' Marathon!

2019-02-06 - Running sucks.

randy super5k2018 2Monday had me feeling tired and low after a long but rewarding Super Bowl Sunday, a day that started with a 4:30 a.m. alarm to help put on the Super 5K and ended with me on the couch, late in the evening, toasting Tom Brady and the Patriots. I headed out on my run into a very gray, 45ºF day with an icy rain on muddy, shoe-sucking, flooded trails. I got in what was, for me, 5 very tough miles.

On days like these, it takes what seems like a super human effort to drag ourselves out the door. But we head out anyway, knowing that we have chosen a difficult and extreme sport, in fact, a sport that is considered punishment in other sports. We get it, actually. It's the reason we run. I left the house in a bit of a depressed funk and returned feeling heroic. Yes, a hero only to myself, but a powerful lift in my spirits, more than any drug could match.
 
May we get out the door forever,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who knows that running sucks, and that's fine by me.

P.S.: Shake off your own gray, 45ºF funk by setting a spring goal! The Martian Invasion of Races presented by Blue Care Network will inspire you to dream of your finish line moment, or that COSMIC GLITTER finisher's medal, as you head out the door each day. Commit, train, SUCCEED in the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 26K Combo or Full Marathon... you can even recruit your favorite young runners for the Kids' Marathon!

2019-01-31 - Sneak in some miles

randy flowersAfter a couple of days of YIKES weather, It looks like we're in for a bit of a break this weekend.  I always say, run smart but don't let the weather get in the way of your run, dress for it and adjust the distance or course to make it safe. That said, when the weather, the schedule, or anything that makes the run go well is in your favor, sneak in some extra miles. Not only will you be adding some miles to the log you might have lost to bad days, but a bit of longer run, especially in winter, does wonders for our mood and self-esteem. The power of a good run can leave us with a smile that can lingers for days! Now for a shameless plug, how about joining us at the Super 5K on Sunday morning in Novi with predicted temps in the high 40's! Not only will you get a Super Pint glass and medal that will prove you earned your spot on the couch during the game, you also get a warm running beanie! Perhaps get in a mile warm up and a cool down to sneak in those precious extra miles!
 
When the going is good, keep going!
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who understands the old farmer who makes hay while the sun shines, but also gets the point of, when going through hell, keep on going!

P.S.: Time to start thinking about your spring goals! Put our favorite spring tradition on your calendar, Trail Marathon Weekend! This Michigan classic is now in its 33rd year! Join us April 27th and 28th in Pinckney, MI for 5 Miles, 13.1 Miles, 26.2 Miles or 50K! Wooden medals to all finishers and cozy patch beanies to all entrants!

2019-01-24 - Champions are made in winter

randy flowersOutdoor winter running leaves us with incredible strength and balance. The heavy clothing and varied footing play into developing the ancillary muscles of the body that keep us from injury. These wicked runs will give us the armor we need to fight our way back to the higher mileage runs as the world thaws. The mental toughness needed to get out into the cold will give us the confidence to survive anything the spring long runs and races throw our way.  Bring it on! No matter how tough it gets out there, we will be tougher!

Run against the wind, then with it,                   
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, heading out with traction on my shoes and my gloved middle finger pointed at the weather!

P.S.: HUT, HUT! Join us before the big game on Sunday, February 3rd in Novi, MI as we gather in a game day atmosphere before dashing out to run or walk 3.1 miles at the SUPER 5K! Beanies to all entrants, medals and pint glasses to all finishers... AND YOU SHOULD SEE THE POST RACE SPREAD!

P.S.: Time to start thinking about your spring goals! There are 100 days until our favorite spring tradition - Trail Marathon Weekend! This Michigan classic is now in its 33rd year! Join us April 27th and 28th in Pinckney, MI for 5 Miles, 13.1 Miles, 26.2 Miles or 50K! Wooden medals to all finishers and cozy patch beanies to all entrants!

2019-01-17 - The off season for running

randy trailJanuary, as I've said, is a time to not run too long or too hard. It's a time to get out the door consistently so we will be ready to ramp up as winter wanes. Throw in a fun winter road trip like heading to Traverse City for the Bigfoot Snowshoe race on Saturday, January 26th, when the hotel rates are low and the wine tasting lines are short. Snowshoe running is a bit more work than running... but there is no learning curve! You get to log 5K or 10K no matter how long it takes to stumble around to the finish line! Get in on this FUN day in the woods. Follow that up with the Super 5K, another chance to run easy and fun but still snag the finisher medal and glass to show you've earned your spot on the couch for the big game! End your fun off season with a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration 5K or 1K at the Shamrocks and Shenanigans in Ann Arbor on March 10th. After that, no more Mr. Nice Guy! Time to ramp it up for spring and take our running and our goals to the next level.

for now, run, have fun, so we will be ready,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who for now, is happy to run for fun.

P.S.: Time to start thinking about your spring goals! There are 100 days until our favorite spring tradition - Trail Marathon Weekend! This Michigan classic is now in its 33rd year! Join us April 27th and 28th in Pinckney, MI for 5 Miles, 13.1 Miles, 26.2 Miles or 50K! Wooden medals to all finishers and cozy patch beanies to all entrants!

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