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PRC Faster Than You Clinic, Jan. 17
Did that athlete staring back from the mirror let you down on race day in 2014? What prevented you from racing to your potential? Did you struggle with motivation? Or was it a series of nagging injuries that slowed you down? Did your confidence abandon you when you toed the starting line? Or was it a lack of a race strategy that led you astray? Whatever the stumbling block that hindered you in the past, the Faster Than You clinic is designed to make the new you faster than the old you.
The first installment of the Faster Than You series will introduce keys intended to help you unlock that race day potential you’ve been searching for. The clinic will encourage you to address key components of the process, such as:
- Thinking: What do you want? Why do you want it? How badly do you want it?
- Planning: How do you get there?
- Training: How do you implement your plan?
- Racing: How do you put your training on display? How do you attain peak performance?
Join PRC owners and local running legends Dave and Paula Harkin along with college coach and six-time US Master’s National Champion Greg Mitchell as they delve into what will make you Faster Than You.
Let PRC help make the 2015 version of you fitter, faster and more fearless!
DATE: Saturday, January 17, 2015
LOCATION: Portland Running Company, 10029 SW Nimbus Ave., Beaverton
TIME: 8 a.m. The hour-long clinic will be followed by a "running classroom" group run on the PRC Winter Series 5k Course to discuss aspects of the clinic pertaining to the specific course.
Volcano? Volca-Yes! Register Now for New Half
On 5.3.15 the best place to find yourself will be the heart of our Willamette Valley covering a scenic half-marathon course from Willemette Mission State Park to Volcano Stadium in Keizer. The Volcano Half-Marathon and 5K is the latest and greatest event from Run With Paula, where they've mastered the art of race management, having done it right since before Mount Mazama blew its top. Click here or the logo above to visit runwithpaula.com for all the details and online registration.
Welcome to Nike My Stride: If the Shoe Fits, Feel It
No two runs are the same. Then why are your shoes? What if you could experience the same pair of shoes differently on different days? What if you could fine-tune your favorite shoes to make them not just great but perfect?
Now you can.
Your friends at Portland Running Company invite you to take part in the future of footwear fitting. We are proud to be one of four stores worldwide where you can try, and buy, Nike's latest innovation: My Stride.
Nike's My Stride comprises two models of shoes ("carriers") and four different footbed-midsole packages ("cores") that will help you discover the ideal feel for your stride.
Our team of experts will you guide your progress through this mix-and-match system.
We'll help you choose the Lunaracer or Lunarglide carrier. You pick the shoe's color. Then we'll help you decide between the fluid and conforming feel of Lunarlon or the peppy, fast feel of Zoom Air. You also get the option of a flexible ride with a neutral core or the support and assurance of a stable core.
Take it all a step further by pairing a single carrier with more than one core—essentially getting two pairs of shoes for much less than the cost of two pairs of traditional running shoes.
The My Stride fitting is available to you exclusively at our Beaverton store. Swing by today to try My Stride for yourself. It's going to be like nothing you've experienced before. My Stride: If the shoe fits, feel it.
"I think you just have to say, 'Sometime today I'm going to run.'"
Paula Harkin Surpasses 2,000 Days Straight of Running; Listen to the Podcast
Portland Running Company co-owner Paula Harkin recently sat down with authors Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell of "Another Mother Runner" for a revealing chat about, among other things, Paula surpassing 2,000 days straight without skipping a run. Paula is also the founder and force behind Run with Paula Events, as well as mother of two. Over the past five years, Paula has run at least one mile every day, even through a hamstring strain, pneumonia, anemia, and other obstacles. She averaged 6.2 miles daily over that stretch. Paula leans on her husband "Pocket Dave" Harkin and her running buddies for support in achieving her amazing consistency.
Paula, Sarah, and Dimity touch on many topics in this podcast, including how to overcome any hesitancy you might feel about shopping at a "running specialty store" like ours.
"We'll greet you with open arms," Paula says to anyone who might think they're not fast enough or experienced enough to walk in to a Portland Running Company store.
Click here to listen to the interview at anothermotherrunner.com (about 50 minutes); it's equal parts humorous, inspiring, and insightful.
Check Us Out in Your 2015 Chinook Book
Did you know that Portland Running Company has a coupon in the Chinook Book? Our coupon will save you $10 off your purchase of $50 or more. We accept paper coupons and the digital kind you display on your mobile device. If you've never purchased the Chinook Book, it's a great resource for savings on local goods and services. More information here.
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Editor's note: Two weeks after his half-marathon run in Florida, Greg won the 2014 USATF masters national cross-country title in Boulder, CO. Congratulations to Greg on this amazing achievement!
I Am PRC: Meet Greg Mitchell
What does it take to run really fast, even when it's hot and humid? PRC Race Team member and new PRC employee Greg Mitchell just returned from Florida with a sopping wet singlet and serious bragging rights. He clocked a 1:08:21 and placed second overall at the USA Masters Half Marathon Championship last weekend (left). Greg shares his race strategy, leaks a little bit of his running history, and tries to figure out what his "day job" really is in this week's community profile. Interview, as always, by our own Holly Paige.
Let's talk about your race. What was your game plan? Did you have a specific time goal?
Going into the Master's Half Marathon Championships, my strategy was pretty simple: Try to win. This meant staying in contention from the gun. I figured I could realistically run in the 1:06:30–1:07:30 range in the right conditions, but ultimately time was of secondary concern.
What there the conditions on race day?
So, it turns out it's sunny and warm in Florida—who knew? Seriously, I knew it would be warm and probably humid due to the location, but the conditions were more brutal than I expected. It was about 70 degrees and 100% humidity at the 7 a.m. start, but the real kicker was the dense fog which cloaked the area. You could have wrung my singlet out after two miles. Also, the visibility was pretty limited. For much of the race, the leader was 50–100 meters ahead of me, but I couldn't see him at all. I had to rely on the faint glow of the light on the lead motorcycle to know where he was.
Describe your race. Was it smooth sailing?
The race went fairly well, with no major hitches other than the inevitable impact of the aforementioned heat and humidity. It went out pretty fast as Kevin Castille took the lead from the start. He's the American master's record holder for 10,000 meters on the track (28:57!), so there wasn't much messing around. Sure enough, we hit the first mile in 5:00-flat, and it was already down to just the two of us. I went through six miles in 30:45 and was down by 10 or 15 seconds. By mile 8, I was feeling the effects of the conditions, and could tell I was slowing a bit. A PowerGel, some positive self-talk, and a few audible grunts helped me keep things together until the finish.
What kind of training helped you prepare for this race?
I kept my mileage in the 70–80 miles-per-week range as I prepared for the race with most of my workouts focused on hitting 5:00–5:15 pace for extended periods of time. I completed lots of tempos and race-pace efforts along the way. I also made sure my long runs were solid with the second half faster than the first. I also ate a lot of my wife's chocolate chip cookies.
Let's get a little of the backstory. How old were you when you first started running?
I ran a little track in middle school, but my training primarily consisted of pine cone wars in the forest, so needless to say, my success was limited and I happily gave it up for club soccer and basketball. During my junior year at Gresham High School, the distance coach saw me run a two-mile time trial for soccer and suggested I come out for track in the spring. I was indifferent. But then a cute girl said I should come out and, well, being a high school male, I did. By the end of my senior year I was the school record holder, district champion, and fifth in the state in the 3000 meters. I've been running ever since.
Tell us a little about your post-high school running.
After high school I attended Linfield College where I had some success in the longer distances, particularly the 10,000 meters. I won a few conference titles and went to Nationals in cross country three times and track twice. Post-collegiately, my main goal was to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trails, but I never quite got it together. The old saying, "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades" definitely applies to my marathoning endeavors. In 2003 I ran 2:22:13 at Grandma's Marathon [in Minnesota], missing the qualifying standard by 13 seconds. Then in 2010, I ran 2:20:13 at California International [in Sacramento], but the standard had been lowered to 2:19, so that was bittersweet. All 10 of my marathon times fall between 2:20 and 2:27, so I've been consistent, though not as fast as I'd hoped. Chasing the standard—even in vain—kept me hungry and driven, though, I suppose.
"I've had much success along the road, but I've also suffered from my share of mistakes. I hope I can help others enjoy running without having to deal with some of those stumbling blocks tripping them up."
What are your favorite distances and why?
My favorite distances are those that fall in the 5k-to-half marathon range. I like to be able to race mano-a-mano, and with the longer stuff, like the marathon, I really just have to dial in my pace, watch my splits, and clip the miles off methodically. I prefer a little battle, a little drama, and I get that more often in the shorter distances. I particularly like cross country where the gloves come off and time is inconsequential. You just fight the course and the competition from the gun to the line.
Any PRs that you're proud of?
No. In every case I wanted to be faster. Maybe I still can be....
What is your "day job"?
Working at PRC is my day job, I think. I also coach cross country and track at Linfield College in McMinnville. Both are fun jobs with kind of "nontraditional" hours and job descriptions.
Talk about coaching college athletes.
Linfield College is an NCAA Division III institution, so there are no athletic scholarships, which means every athlete on the team is running because they love the sport. It's rewarding to help inspire young athletes to chase their dreams and strive to reach their potential. The personal relationships that are formed along the way are also priceless. It's a lot of fun to be surrounded by individuals who are still idealistic and excited about life and what lies ahead, whereas many of my 40-year-old peers tend to be much more cynical and pessimistic about life. The downside really stems from watching an athlete fail to reach their potential...and having to listen to their music. Yeah, I've turned into my father.
As one of our newest PRC staffers, talk about what you bring to the table.
Beyond my charming personality and dashing good looks, I feel I have a good grasp on the many facets of distance running. After hundreds of races and tens of thousands of miles run, I think I have some valuable insights to share. I've had much success along the road, but I've also suffered from my share of mistakes. I hope I can help others enjoy running without having to deal with some of those stumbling blocks tripping them up.
What is your favorite racing shoe? Training shoe?
Currently, my favorite racing shoe is the adidas Adios 2. I like it so much, it's also my go-to training shoe. I prefer a lightweight, responsive trainer, and the Adios delivers that. Recently, I've also discovered the New Balance 890 and the Nike Lunar Flyknit 2. The verdict is still out on them, but they both have massive potential.
And finally, what makes PRC such a great resource for our running/walking community?
Portland Running Company is a great resource because of the knowledgeable staff, the quality of the inventory of shoes and apparel we carry, and the huge involvement in the running community. I specifically sought out a job at PRC due to my observations and experiences in the Portland area running community over the years. I was impressed with PRC as a customer, and I'm still impressed as an employee.
We're impressed with you, Greg! Congratulations!
I Am PRC is a regular feature on our site. For more interviews like this one, click here. Interview by Holly Paige. (2/6/2014)