2018-11-18 - I love winter, sure...

randy holiday5kLet's face it, it's winter. Now is the time to commit to getting out the door consistently and putting in the miles. I'm not talking about every day or lots of miles, just about getting out the door on a regular basis to keep the fire lit. One of the reasons we run is that it is simple and requires hardly anything. Yes winter requires a few more layers, but in the grand scheme of winter sports running is still as basic as it gets. A synthetic or wool base layer next to the skin to wick away moisture, (staying dry is staying warm,) covered by a micro fiber vented shell to stop the wind. Add to that tights, hats, mitts, some traction control for the shoes, head lamp and reflective vest. Winter brings darkness, icy winds, bad footing and most importantly, runs that give us the greatest feeling of accomplishment ever!

Whatever the weather, we'll be ready to run.

Get out there today,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who's mantra is "I love winter, I love winter" ... And I'll repeat it until I believe it!

PS: Join us Thanksgiving morning in downtown Ann Arbor for a turk-tacular time! Trot 5K or 1 Mile before the feast. Long sleeve shirts to all pre-registered participants, medals and hot chocolate to all finishers! Register now!

PS: HO, HO, GO! Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, burn a few holiday calories and give back to others! The Holiday Hustle on December 8, 2018 is a festive dash around Dexter that will get you in the holiday spirit. Knit beanies to all entrants and medals to all finishers. REGISTER NOW!

2018-11-08 - Running and Passion

randy holiday5kWithout a fire in our heart, the world seems a colder place. I'm not completely sure of the meaning of life but having a passion seems to be a piece of the puzzle. For those of us lucky enough to have found running and have made it our passion, understand how important having a focus that drives us can be. We are fortunate that running is mostly healthy and non-threatening to others. I also believe that those who have found a passion are much more understanding and accepting of others with passions, even those much different from ours. Passion gives us some common ground, we can relate to those who are really into something.

Live it up out there and share your passion,

Randy Step, an admitted passionate... OK, obsessed runner, who loves to spend time with people with a passion, be it sky diving, motorcycles, forensics, theater, politics or whatever. They never seem bored and often give me insight to a world outside of my own. Dig it.

PS: Have a passion for turkey, trotting, friends and family? Join us Thanksgiving morning in downtown Ann Arbor for a turk-tacular time! Trot 5K or 1 Mile before the feast. Long sleeve shirts to all pre-registered participants, medals and hot chocolate to all finishers! Register now!

PS: HO, HO, GO! Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, burn a few holiday calories and give back to others! The Holiday Hustle on December 8, 2018 is a festive dash around Dexter that will get you in the holiday spirit. Knit beanies to all entrants and medals to all finishers. REGISTER NOW!

2018-11-01 - The ugly running days

randy holiday5kNovember weather is usually consistent - Consistently MISERABLE! Yes it's the start of what I call the off season, but a goal of getting out the door at a minimum of every other day is in order. No mileage goal needed, once you get out the door that part works out fine, just get out the door. Remember, all runs are good runs once they are over! Yes, I do repeat the important stuff!

Pull em' on, lace em up, and you know what,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner. An often wet, cold stumbling through the dark runner but always happy I got out the door.

PS: Speaking of November... join us Thanksgiving morning in downtown Ann Arbor for a turk-tacular time! Trot 5K or 1 Mile before the feast. Long sleeve shirts to all pre-registered participants, medals and hot chocolate to all finishers! Register now!

PS: HO, HO, GO! Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, burn a few holiday calories and give back to others! The Holiday Hustle on December 8, 2018 is a festive dash around Dexter that will get you in the holiday spirit. Knit beanies to all entrants and medals to all finishers. REGISTER NOW!

2018-10-24 - Gobble, gobble, go!

randy bridgesFor most of us, after October all the serious running is behind us until sometime in March. We stay consistent and get out the door but don't follow a hard schedule. Time to lick the wounds and let the body rest up! The fun holiday and winter races will help keep us in the game and give us a reason to get in the daily run so they will be... FUN races! That said, more people will lace up their shoes on Thanksgiving day than any other day of the year! The Turkey Trot rules the event world, one of running's greatest traditions. If you have not started this tradition with your friends and family, it's time to be the catalyst and get it started! A turkey Trot finish will earn you an extra helping at the table and a spot on the couch!

Give thanks to the Trot,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who invites you to join me and 4,000 of my closest friends at the Downtown Ann Arbor Turkey Trot 5K and 1K on Thanksgiving morning!

PS: HO, HO, GO! Speaking of holiday fun... Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, burn a few holiday calories and give back to others! The Holiday Hustle on December 8, 2018 is a festive dash around Dexter that will get you in the holiday spirit. Knit beanies to all entrants and medals to all finishers. REGISTER NOW!

2018-10-17 - You are an athlete!

randy bridgesAs runners, we are not armchair quarterbacks wearing a jersey with someone else's name on it, we are the players! An athlete is someone who trains and gathers knowledge to be better at their sport. You are an athlete! When you line up to race, the spectators, the people on the sidelines, are cheering for YOU! You are out there setting the example, inspiring others and working to be a better you. A personal best at 5K is a heck of a lot more meaningful to us than the weekend stats of some quarterback throwing 200 yards. You are the real deal! Now get out there and train.

Can I get your autograph?

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who thinks you should be wearing a jersey with your own name on the back!

PS: GOBBLE GOBBLE, ATHLETES! The temps have dropped and the holidays are right around the corner. Join us on Thanksgiving morning for a 5K or 1K trot around downtown Ann Arbor at the Turkey Trot! Hot chocolate at the finish, photos with Santa and Turkey Tom, long sleeve shirts to pre-registered participants, custom medals to all 5K finishers and festive medals to all 1K finishers. FUN BEFORE THE FEAST! REGISTER NOW!

PS: HO, HO, GO! Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, burn a few holiday calories and give back to others! The Holiday Hustle on December 8, 2018 is a festive dash around Dexter that will get you in the holiday spirit. Knit beanies to all entrants and medals to all finishers. REGISTER NOW!

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