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!

2019-09-05 - Let's make the run great again!

randy woodstock2We run to give ourselves the personal time we all need. We run to unplug, reboot and erase some of the built up stress of life, getting it back to a manageable level. We run to nurture ourselves. So, how is it that with a long fall race coming up, we find ourselves stressing over aspects of our running? Things like our pace, missing a workout on our schedule for a good reason or no good reason, or disappointment at not running a goal time. Perhaps when we find ourselves stressing over the run it might help to remember the reasons we run. The run is what we do for enjoyment, and when this is not the case, let's try to take ourselves a little less serious, getting our minds back to a time where getting out for a run once a week was a joy, when we were proud of ourselves for running any distance at any pace. The only thing to take seriously about the run is the fun, we can let the rest go. That said, if you plan on making the Olympic trials, ignore what I just said.  
Let's make the run great again,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who constantly reminds myself, especially an hour in and the sun is not yet up, this is what I do for fun!

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural BONFYRE TRAIL FEST at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI on November 2, 2019! Come out and run or hike 5 or 10.7 Miles, or come for a 19 mile long run! Registration includes a cozy knit patch beanie, and all finishers will receive a campfire mug, S'More Kit and a can of New Holland Brewing's Lake and Trail copper lager!