2018-02-21 - Do your running homework

randy freepThere are only a couple more weeks of off season running then... No more mister nice guy! In January we make our spring race plans, in February, we ramp up the mileage and jiggle off the winter pounds. Your homework is to write a training schedule; it will be your coach. The schedule will always be there telling you when you miss a day! Find a schedule that you believe in and use it as a base. Tweak it to your real life schedule and mileage and it will be a key part of your get out the door arsenal.

Did you do your homework? Did you run today?

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner with his spreadsheet open and calendar in hand.

PS: Need a little help on your training plan? The Martian Invasion of Races is back in Dearborn, MI on April 14, 2018. We've got distances (AND TRAINING PLANS) for everyone! Try 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 26K or Full Marathon! This fast course race with SWEET SWAG is an awesome spring goal races.

PS: Need a summer goal? Running Between the Vines is host to Michigan's most beautiful Half Marathon! Join us for 5K, 5 Mile (or both!) or the Half Marathon in Jackson, MI on August 18, 2018. Don't miss the great wine, good times and beautiful vines. We've got training plans for all distances and we promise YOU CAN DO THIS!

2018-02-14 - Short & Sweet Runs

randy flowersWhen asked how far we ran today or what race we are running next, I'm sure we have all at some time answered, I "only" ran 3 miles, or I'm "only" doing the 5K, or I'm "only" doing the half ... I'm here to tell you, NEVER short change your run, never give excuses or apologies for any run or race! Every step counts , every run you head out to do is amazing and no matter how it goes, you should be proud of the effort and share your run proudly! Never, use the word "ONLY" when describing your run! Which brings me to next words you will never say ... "I'm not really a runner". If you are thinking, I just put in a few miles a couple times a week, or, I have never run a marathon, I don't deserve to be thought of as a runner, I'm here to tell you, YOU ARE A RUNNER! If you lace up your shoes and head out the door for a run of any distance on any regular basis, even a mile a week every Saturday morning, YOU ARE a runner! As the rest of the world sits around in a couch potato haze, you have the courage to head out the door.

Run proud and inspire others,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who recently used the word "only" to describe my day's run to a sedentary friend who had asked how far I had just ran ... And as I said it, it struck me that they may find this description as arrogant and perhaps demeaning to their lifestyle. Dang. As I've said, I write this midweek to myself.

PS: you are FREE to buy CELEBRATORY CHAMPAGNE after the MARTIAN INVASION OF RACES! The Martian Invasion of Races is back in Dearborn, MI and more space-tastic than ever. Be there April 14, 2018 for 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26K, or 26.2M. Sweet Swag, fast course and EVEN MORE MARTIANS!

PS: RF Events is excited to bring back the Trails in Motion Film Festival to SE Michigan! Films will play from 2:00PM-4:20PM on March 10, 2018 at the Farmington Civic Theater. Join like minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts for a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films! Tickets are $15 and include an invite to meet up afterwards at a local watering hole.

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