Yo Run Gang,
This running life Coming off a fall marathon and feeling beat up. Anticipation, worry, focus and accomplishment followed by post event depression. The answer to this is a new goal, time to start training and planning for another event. Savor the pain and move on. You worked hard to feel this bad! As I say all the time, you get to experience the true highs and lows of life, not that numb middle of the road, couch potato, comatose haze of constant blahhh. You know the full range of what life has to offer. Enjoy the ride!
The chill is in the air. Now is the time to commit to a winter of getting out the door consistently and putting in the miles. 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 sports, winter running is still as basic as it gets. A synthetic 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, hats, mitts, some traction control for the shoes, head lamp and reflective vest. (Did I mention its always dark) The winter gear is just trickling in at Running Fit. A fun time to shop for the few but essential pieces of the winter puzzle. We have some serious tech clothing geeks on staff that love to tell you what they wear and will steer you right.
Bring on what ever; well be ready to run.
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner and tired Goat
Yo run gang,
The spring race season is truly upon us, for those of you that slogged through the winter miles, its time to reap for the rest of us, its time get out and jiggle the fat!
Last weekend Mars attacked and the earthlings showed up in force, over 3,000 Green Planet runners hit the streets, a Martian Invasion of Races Record. Thanks for choosing Martian, and for all of your positive comments!
Saturdays Meteor 10K was stacked with the best running talent seen in Michigan in a while. 5 men went under a 5 minute per mile pace, yikes! As for the womens race, picture this, a 36:43 for a 10K gets 5th place, 2 women in the 34s! Smokin! Check out the results at www.martianmarathon.com.
The April 27th Running Fit Trail Marathon and Half Marathon will soon hit their entry limits, grab your spot today! As for Saturdays 5 mile Road Ends Trail Run, we dont have an entry limit so if you miss the cut on the long runs, come and join us for this very serious 5 mile run. Enter at www.trailmarathon.com.
Wow, I ask for tips on how to get motivated to do core strengthening and you came through big time. I have not had time to sift through the mountain of emails but promise to put the info online by weeks end. Ive read many and its already making a difference. Strength, flexibility and six pack abs are coming our way! Go to the menus on the left, click on training, then click on motivation
Get out the door ... Now!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner
Yo dirt runners,
South Eastern Michigan is blessed with a ton of great parks and great trails to run on. We need your help to keep them that way. Please join me on Sunday April 20th as I volunteer to work with the Michigan State Park Stewardship Committee. Well be havin a weed pickin' festival of garlic mustard and a pre slaughter run! Click here for more information.
Yo Run Gang,
Packing my run gear today took all of 10 seconds, as apposed to a winter morning where I go through every scenario of what I might need and end up packing a bag that looks like Im leaving for vacation. I love the simplicity of summer running, a minimal bag with shoes, socks, shorts and top. I also love the minimal laundry. One of lifes simple pleasures just got simpler!
On a less simple note, Im sure many of you are type As, who have a hard time with the speed limit, saying no to anything and not doing everything to excess Yet, we are attracted to a sport where patience is required at every turn. Patience needed while slowly building up our weekly mileage, while tapering for a race, while recovering from a race, while holding back the pace during the beginning of a race, while dealing with injuries and the list goes on . No real point here, just an observation, AS I PATIENTLY RECOVER FROM MY MARATHON, NOT RUNNING HARD OR LONG FOR A COUPLE WEEKS, AND TRYING NOT TO SHOOT MYSELF!
Of course, with my easy run schedule I have time to yes and to take on a new mission, and to trick I mean to encourage, other into joining me! Click this LINK if you want to get sucked in!
Enjoy every mile,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner with time to do more
Yo run gang,
So, how long will we continue to be runners? I always say, until they throw the dirt on! As we age our pace and goals will change but the psychological and physical benefits of our running won’t. Yes we may be sidelined, nothing in life is a given but until or “if” that happens, we can continue to focus on the next day’s run … and the goal for our next race, yes, at any age! Seeing Jim Forshee battle with Dick Sarns in the 80 to 84 age group at the Bighouse Bigheart 5K, not to mention seeing finishers in the 85 -89 and 90-94 year age groups proves my point!
I do have a habit of repeating the important stuff … It’s Free Press Marathon & Half Marathon this weekend in Detroit, a motivational and exciting time for the sport of running in Michigan. Even if you are not running, make the pilgrimage to the city, check out the race expo on Friday and Saturday (Visit the Running Fit booth!), and cheer on the Runner’s Sunday morning. You will find it to be a motivational, inspirational jolt for the future of your running life. Lastly, make sure you get in a run while you’re in the “D”!
Run till the end,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner … headed to the “D”!
Yo run gang,
Even for passionate runners, there are plenty of days we just don't feel like getting out there for the run but once out the door, breaking a sweat and rolling along, we wonder why would ever skip this high point in our day. Go figure... Don't think about it, just get out the door, you will always be happy you did...
That said, we all have runs that just plain go bad, be it dead legs, intestinal distress, fatigue or shortness of breath, for whatever reason, it happens. We might walk, cut it short or just bail out. The worst part about the bad run is the gun shy feeling we have as we prepare to head out for the next run. Again the answer is to get back on the horse, you know the magic is out there but you won't experience it if you sit on your butt. Once again the answer is to get out the door, the magic will come and it will all be worth it.
Nothing says summer like Running and... Road Trip! Picking and planning for an out of town event is the spice of this running life.
Pack up the Gu and Garmin and join us July 9th at Dances With Dirt Devil's Lake, Wisconsin. Our events department at Running Fit loves to hit the road, so the idea of putting on Dances With Dirt, our premier trail run and a series held once each season of the year in different states is the perfect solution. The Green Swamp (Florida) in winter, Gnaw Bone (Indiana) in spring, Devil's Lake (Wisconsin) in summer, Hell (Michigan) in fall. Join us July 9th at Devil's Head Resort, enjoy the unbelievable natural beauty of its Glacial Bluffs and get in a trail run anywhere from 10K to 50 miles! Cheese curds and brats at the finish, of course! Visit danceswithdirt.com and run wild with us!
Live the dream,
Randy Step, an obsessed runner who just had a bad run and needs to read what I just wrote then I'll pack for the trip!
PS. Volunteers Needed for Flirt With Dirt!
Saturday June 11 - Novi, MI
Come join us in Novi, the land of malls and mansions....Can you believe they have 6 miles of gnarly single-track dirt trails? That's where you'll find the cool people on June 11 ... Not down the street at 12 Oaks Mall!
On top of all the "thanks" and "you rock" you will get throughout the day, you also get an awesome volunteer shirt, a $30 coupon toward any Running Fit event, including race shirt, and a great feeling for giving back to your sport!
Welcome to RF Events!
RF Events (RFE) goal is to create and execute events that can live on in memory as the most significant moments in life, events where goals and dreams become reality, a tall order that we take seriously.
Yes, there are some cheesy and fun themes but behind the scene a detailed plan executed by our crew to insure a safe serious timed event that your training and hard earned entry fee will not be wasted on.
RFE does not chase the fads and promises not to put on flavor of the month, money grab, been there, done that runs. We believe in successful events that stand the test of time, events that can become memorable traditions for you, your family and friends.
You can expect a great value for your event dollar from RFE, our goal is to pay the bills, support charitable causes and make a modest and fair profit … so we can party like rockstars until the next race!
Your faithful event crew at RFE:
Randy (The Head Goat), IronMandy, Baby Goat, Gare Bear, Swamp Dog, Timing Trevor, Yellow Dog, #UFN, Shady, Your Mom, Mother Fultcher and Speedy!
Unpaid Staff includes Kristy, Fit Janet, Ted & Joanne (The Purple Grays), Red Rider John, Wild Bill, Trail Dog, Mark the Beard, Bernard the Texan, The Admiral, Sue & Phil Wade, Dave & Lorri Walch, John & Margo Heebert, Sam Denominee (& family & friends), Ant and hundreds of the coolest people you will ever meet on planet earth.