January 9, 2008 - 2007 was my year for holes.

Yo run gang,

Thought: When you keep a running log, you get to run twice! Especially nice on the days that the run goes well, you experience something beautiful or set a personal record. Recording the texture and details of such a run will add to your running life, again! OK, the New Year is underway and I've beat the log theme to death, enough.

Holes: 2007 was my year for holes. I broke a toe in June and by cutting a hole in all my running shoes, I was able to run pretty much pain free during the 5 months it took until I could finally put on a shoe without a hole. November in Barbados, I ended up with a blister after a couple long hot races. Taking a serrated steak knife I cut a round hole in the heal of my Nike Air Zoom Elites just a bit bigger than the blister. I headed out the door pain free and healing quickly! I felt no effect on the shoes performance; perhaps I'll cut a few more holes and lighten them up. For your next foot problem, consider going under the knife!

On Saturday, put away the Yak Tracks and come Yack on the Track! Open running from 6 AM to 11 AM, U of M indoor track, Ann Arbor. It will be worth the drive to run in shorts and hit the expo! Join us. Enter at www.runhealthystart.com.

Track Meet! After the open run action at U of M, there will be an open track meet. A great opportunity for students in middle school, high school and those of us out of school! A chance to get the feel of running in a full blown meet on a college track with accurate events and timing. Only $5 for kids to enter this priceless experience. Not fast, not to worry, event heats will be by pace. 60, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 2300 Meters, along with several relays so grab the team! Enter at the door after 11 AM or online.

Get out and run! Randy Step

Head Goat and Obsessed Runner

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January 2, 2008 - A fun week, everything to excess paid off again.

Yo run crowd,

A fun week, everything to excess paid off again. No injuries from a holiday of running treacherous snow covered trails, snowshoeing with reckless abandon, snowboarding double black diamonds and getting in long hilly road runs in the north. But one bad dance move on New Years will cost me heavy, Im limping and on the side lines. A lesson in all this? Avoid the dangerous stuff!

For those of you starting off the year healthy, get those running streaks and personal records started and hang tough, come spring, you will rock!

I repeat the important stuff; join us Saturday January 12th at the indoor track at U of M for a morning of running in shorts and celebrating a new year of running. A great expo and some free stuff! Go to www.runhealthystart.com.

Your chance to give back to the sport, make a resolution to volunteer for an event this year. Not only will you gain insight to another aspect of the sport by being part of a race crew but you will also get a ticket to the greatest party in running! All who volunteer for a Running Fit event between now and June 14th are invited to the Dash and Burn Bash. You cant buy your way into this one! The party will include a hike to a secret spot in the woods where the fire will burn and the party will rage on. To volunteer, go to the website of the event you want to volunteer at and click on Volunteer. Not sure what the website is? Go to www.runningfit.net/events for a full listing.

Dont think about it, just get out and run!
Randy Step

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2013-07-10 - Hydrate of Die!

randy runningA summer reminder, but it applies during all seasons. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, as runners, we should not be one of them!. (Likely applies to half the world's pop.) In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3% and prevents your body from recovering from your run or injuries. Lack of hydration is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

One good trick is to jump on scale before and after a run and correct any loss of weight due to fluid loss ... Dang, you mean I didn't really lose 3 pounds on that 4 mile run!

Run, hydrate, run,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner ... gulp!

PS: Running Fit has a great selection of hydration carriers, don't run out the door without one!

2012-06-20 - Careful ouit there

Diggin' the heat! As you know, I love extremes, truly the spice of life, give me a humid 95 degree or 10 below zero 3 mile run and I'll trade them for any blah, blah, 50 degree 10 mile run! A short run in extreme conditions is such great bang for the buck, an efficient use of time that leaves us not only wasted, but fulfilled, raising our self esteem and that darn feeling of smug satisfaction we get over the rest of the world that stays inside re-breathing stale heated or cooled air.

All that said ... running in the heat is the most dangerous condition you will face as a runner. Heat kills, take a run in the heat seriously. Run short, run in shade, and run hydrated by more than just water and ideally, finish where you can jump in a lake or stand under a cold hose. Stop and walk if you feel strange.

Run smart,

Randy Step, and obsessed runner who is watching the weather channel and planning for today's run!

2012-04-25 - Down Home

Yo run gang,

 

I enjoy the hype and excitement of the premier events, they give credibility to our sport and allow us to line up with the world's best, a bit behind them maybe but there is something magical about knowing we are toeing the same starting line and racing the same course, cool stuff.


 

That said, rounding it out by entering the small, down home, grass roots events seems ... Good for the soul. Train alone, train with a partner and balance your year's event calendar with variety, diversification keeps us motivated, excited and gives us back more than the sum of its parts.

A couple great down home event choices coming up fast are:
  • This Saturday, the Live Like Andi, 5k, 10k, and 10 Mile run/walk in Novi. A flat, fast road course and a great cause. Check out livelikeandi.org/run-2012.html.

  • This Sunday, the Road Ends 5 Mile Trail Race in Pinckney Recreation Area is a rugged single track run/hike in South East Michigan wilderness. Enter at trailmarathon.com or at Running Fit Ann Arbor- West (5700 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor) on Friday from 3-7 pm. There is no race day registration.

  • Next Wednesday evening, May 2nd, The Fit 5K (7:05 PM) and Kids race and One Mile (6:30 PM) takes place from Running Fit Novi. A mid week, evening, old school road race/walk that has been going on for over 20 years. Don't train, don't be nervous, just come enjoy a casual evening run or walk raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Enter at runfit5k.com or at the store after 4 PM Wednesday May 2nd.

  • May 19, in South Lyon, The Book'n Trilogy, 10K run, 5K run/walk and Kids Storytime Challenge, to benefit the library. Enter at ssldl.info/bookntrilogy/

Run, run, run, run, run, walk,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is looking forward to lining up at a starting line with you!

PS: Another Awesome Volunteer Opportunity! The Trail Races - April 27, 28 

Join us at the Start/Finish area, in the woods or in the store for pre-registration on the 26th.
Volunteer Registration and the details here - Volunteer now!
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