2019-10-10 - TV Taper Time

randy freepYikes, the fall long races are here. For those of you getting in those last miles, remember, you can only run too much, not too little during your taper time. No matter how your running went, training time is over. Some of us have done all the work and the race will just be a celebration. Some of us have not done the work so we will be doing all the work on race day! Either way, it's time to lick our wounds and store gas in the tank for our big day. Running is hard, not running can be harder but is a must ... Drop the miles and up the tempo a bit to sharpen into race day ... Enjoy the extra time you have, perhaps a TV taper!

Taper it up,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who wrote this to myself as I promise to taper heavy to chase away a bit of a nagging calf issue.

PS: In a rut? Has your ho-hum work life got you down? Do you feel like it may be time to run away and join the circus? Is this starting to sound like a shameless plug for a job opening at RF Events? Yep!

The circus position we have open requires a person with great graphic design and social media skills who can wake up to a 3:30am alarm with a smile on their face knowing it's SHOWTIME and can't wait to put in a 16 hour day where they get to see all their hard work unfold! Read up on all of the details and apply here!circus

2019-10-02 - Read then run

randy freepWhen you just can't muster up the energy to get out the door, sit back and open a running magazine or book. Chances are, your running fire will soon be re-lit, or perhaps the guilt may set in. Either way, you will decide it's time put down what you are reading and head out for a run, a run that will leave you fulfilled and wondering why you would have ever skipped it! That said, a motivational running movie can get you excited about our sport and leave you with motivational thoughts that can get you out the door for days on end. There are never enough running themed movies but here are a couple new ones to fire you up! Just watching the trailers got me out today for 6 miles in the rain. By the way, the rain felt glorious!

Skid Row Marathon
Brittany Runs A Marathon

Read... Then run!

Randy Step, ad admitted obsessed, wet and smiling runner.

P.S.: ONE MONTH until the inaugural Bonfyre Trail Fest Run! Don't miss this beautiful fall trail run on the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI with a post race bonfire and beer garden! Try 5, 10.7 or 19 miles! All registrants receive a cozy knit patch beanie, marked courses with aid and finish food. All finishers will receive a custom campfire mug and s'more kit! Stick around post race and celebrate with a live band and flowing beer.

2019-09-25 - Get Real!

anna bridgeBaby Goat here jumping in for the week!

I've got a long history of being notoriously terrible at training. I write up crazy programs that I am unable to maintain and generally end up giving up, and doing all of my work on race day (OUCH)! I got a crazy idea this fall.. I wrote myself a totally realistic, do-able training schedule that leaves enough time for me to build up my mileage slowly. You know what? I have only missed ONE run in 8 weeks. I always joked that training just wasn't my thing, but the truth is I was overdoing it, which lead to training failure after training failure when I couldn't keep up with my plan. Making a schedule that doesn't jump mileage over 10% week to week, and acknowledging how many available days in a week I actually have has made all the difference. Get REAL about your training. Who knows, maybe it will make the difference for you!

Baby Goat, an admittedly not quite as obsessed runner... who is getting real with her training! Heck, I might even be prepared the next time I toe the line!

PS: We're hiring race timing staff! Required skills include Microsoft excel and the ability to drive a truck and trailer... Knowledge of SQL is also beneficial. Send your resume over to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural GO APPLES! 5K and 1 Mile in Charlotte, MI on October 26th. Expect a fun fall day as you pass by rows of apple trees and the pumpkin patch. Soft cotton shirt to all entrants, sweet apple medal, cider and donuts to all finishers! Go Apples! is the last stop of the Michigan Orchard Challenge - NEW for 2019!

2019-09-18 - Runners are not bullet proof

randy flowersRunning may not add years to our life but it does add life to our years. The physical and mental benefits are many, and I feel finding our way into this running life is a gift. All that said, a recent heart attack death of a 54 year old woman after a work-out was a harsh reminder that we need to take the time to do the health screening that looks for any hidden medical issues that might put our active lives at risk. I've always said, stress tests are a pretty cool workout! A chance to take ourselves to the edge of collapse and to gain some confidence in our ticker's well-being.
 
If you haven't, get 'er checked!
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner is proud of all of you, and worry about all of you.

PS: There is a volunteer tab on each RF Event web page that lets you pick your hours and volunteer position. We will all be proud of you and you will be proud of yourself ... Not to mention, you will get a $30 voucher for your next event ... And another dang T-Shirt with special bragging rights!

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural GO APPLES! 5K and 1 Mile in Charlotte, MI on October 26th. Expect a fun fall day as you pass by rows of apple trees and the pumpkin patch. Soft cotton shirt to all entrants, sweet apple medal, cider and donuts to all finishers! Go Apples! is the last stop of the Michigan Orchard Challenge - NEW for 2019

2019-09-11 - Be sunshine on a cloudy day

randy freepMy good friend John Hebert is perhaps the most generous and caring person I've come across in life. His running career has spanned the decades with over 100 half marathons and thousands of races. John has always been the first to volunteer at events and due to a medical issue that effects his running, he puts all his energy into volunteering, and is fulfilled by supporting others. We can all take a lesson from John the next time a pain has us sidelined and we are missing the run. The downtime is a great time to give back. Volunteering gives the unselfish satisfaction of playing a part in every participants' experience, a feeling that can be powerfully different from what we get from our own lone run across the finish line.  
 
Next time you're down, step up,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner that owes much to many.
 
PS: There is a volunteer tab on each RF Event web page that lets you pick your hours and volunteer position. We will all be proud of you and you will be proud of yourself ... Not to mention, you will get a $30 voucher for your next event ... And another dang T-Shirt with special bragging rights!

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural GO APPLES! 5K and 1 Mile in Charlotte, MI on October 26th. Expect a fun fall day as you pass by rows of apple trees and the pumpkin patch. Soft cotton shirt to all entrants, sweet apple medal, cider and donuts to all finishers! Go Apples! is the last stop of the Michigan Orchard Challenge - NEW for 2019!

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