Obsessed Runner Blog

2020.07.01 - Run smart, run cool

randy bridgesRare for Michigan, the weather predicts a couple warm weeks in a row. It helps if you can get out early or late in the day. For sure, shaded paths are the place to be. Yep, the flies and bugs are heavy on the trails but I ran long today with bug spray and fly tape on my hat and they become a non-issue. Once a fly is on the tape, all flies go to the tape, lemmings ... Just look for 'Tread Not' deerfly patches, made in Michigan! On another note, when you train for a race that is canceled, the miles are not wasted. Every mile you run becomes a part of who you are, not just the fitness aspect but the cumulative miles of a lifetime have taught you to handle and respect extremes like weather and pain, failure and success. Long miles prepare us for long term hardships and have taught us to be patient, knowing the joy will return.


Run smart, run cool, run with hope and never stop,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who knows my daily run is never wasted.

2020.06.24 - Will Run for Beer

randy dirtshirtOut on my run today I came across some flags in the woods, the kind we mark our trail races with. My heart soared, then sank. My first thought was, trail race! My next thought was, canceled race and the reality of our world. There are some small events getting back on their feet with the 100 person limit and more to come as the limit gets raised to 250 after July 4th. Our first foray back to live events will be the Pterodactyl Triathlon (fingers crossed). In the interim, I must admit, I've been enjoying the challenges the RF Events Crew have created. Like many of you, my mileage in May was way up with the Head Goat challenge and June's Stay Cay is fun, motivating and educational. This virtual Michigan touring has me excited to see more of Pure Michigan in person. My must visit bucket list is growing! The next challenge the RF Event Crew has for you includes BEER! The Michigan Beer Adventure motivates us out the door to get in the fitness minutes we need to get to the next Brewery and crack open their beer! (Finally, a non-virtual beer!) Expect to (virtually) visit some amazing Michigan breweries, drink some well-deserved beers, get caught up in theme days, happy hour fun, a sure to be wild FB group and so much more! Limited 12 packs, grab one today!


Randy, an admitted obsessed runner who, will run for beer!

2020.05.21 - Challenging Times

randy dwd    Stand-up comic Jerry Seinfeld made a great point. When someone drops dead doing something they love, people always say, at least he died doing what he loves. Better that you drop dead doing something that you hate, let's say, like cleaning out the garage, that way as you are falling dead you can be thinking, at least I never have to clean this darn garage again! Funny stuff but got me thinking, as an obsessed runner, event guy, better that I don't drop dead running because it would be a cast a bad image over the sport we love. I'll do my best not to but there are no guarantees! On another note, for those of you that are streaking with us through May in the Head Goat Challenge, you know what a valuable tool it's been in the get our butt out the door arsenal. If you missed that one, our amazing, creative crew at RF Events just announced the next challenge that will start June 1st. Every minute you get in running or walking will take you on a Pure Michigan tour of our state and keep you motivated to the finish line on July 4th. I'm impressed how the crew can turn a dark and cloudy period of life into pure motivational sunshine. Please join our nonsense!


Let's get outside!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who misses seeing all of you on event days, but hope to follow you on a challenge adventure in a FB group next month!

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At RF Events, we are looking forward to the day when we'll be able to host races in person for you again! Getting all of our faithful participants back to the racing world SAFELY is our highest priority. Over the previous couple of months, a dedicated safety team was created and is working diligently to come up with the best plan to keep all our racers, volunteers and staff safe. We are consistently keeping up to date with the CDC guidelines as well as the state, county and city guidelines for the location of each individual race. To see a link to a broad outline of what we're working on and continuing to update, click here. This is a fluid situation that continues to change so we will keep updating our plan as warranted. We want to be sure to let you know that we're working on it and looking forward to seeing you at a starting line soon!