Welcome to Portland Running Company, Oregon's Premier Technical Running and Walking Store. We make shoe buying comfortable, professional, and fun. We offer a full field gait evaluation. We can connect the dots between your feet, your knees, your hips, and your back, offer stabilizing solutions, and increase your chances of achieving your goals. It is important to watch you move so that we can make the best recommendations for your needs...
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.
You've run all summer long. You sweated buckets on the hills and ground out those lonely long runs. You're ready for your best cross-country racing season yet. Make sure you get from start to victory with the latest cross-country spikes from Portland Running Company on your feet. Both of our locations are stocking only the best models from Nike, Brooks, and Saucony now. Like you, they're groomed for speed and they're hungry to race!
"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 2014 & 2015 Chinook Book
For the first time 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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Aced on the First Serve: 2014 Newport Bay to Brews
It was about 55 degrees and lightly drizzling when Dave Harkin sang "The Star Spangled Banner" to kick off the inaugural Newport Bay to Brews Half Marathon and 10K on October 18. The race started under the south end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge near the Rogue Ales Brewery. The course (1 loop for the 10K and 2 loops for the half marathon) had a nice assortment of terrain, views, and elevation. I appreciated that the course was on the south end of town, an area where I had not spent much time. The Newport Marathon and the Yaquina Lighthouse Century Bicycle Ride, two Newport-area events which I had done previously, are routed north of the bridge.
After leaving the Rogue Brewery, the course went past the Oregon Coast Aquarium, through a quiet residential neighborhood...and then the fun began. It continued up a paved hill and then onto a trail in a private forested area. The trail was beautiful and scenic (as per the course description), the forest canopy protected us from the drizzle, and it was uphill for about a mile and a half! Once off the trail, the course wound its way downhill to Hwy 101 where volunteers stopped traffic for us to cross the highway.
After a very short section on the Hwy 101 shoulder, a right turn took us to South Beach State Park and eventually to the paved South Jetty Trail. South Jetty Trail terminated near the South Jetty (hence the name?) and after a quick out-and-back, the course headed back to the Rouge Brewery on Jetty Road. This last mile or so of the loop was a highlight; seeing the Yaquina Bay Bridge and the working Port of Newport through the mist was quite spectacular.
As the 10K runners were peeling off to finish their race, I was questioning my choice of doing the half marathon, especially revisiting the uphill trail section. It didn’t take long to get into the right frame of mind, however, and enjoy the rest of the run. (It probably helped that the PRC Race Team Grand Prix was awarding points for the half marathon and not the 10K.)
As with all other Run with Paula races I’ve done, the Bay to Brews was extremely well organized, the race started on time, and the course was measured and marked accurately. Race support was fantastic; there were three water stops along the loop and one at the pass-through; and of course the after-party in the dry and warm Rogue Brewery Warehouse with the live band, Mo’s clam chowder, and Rogue beer was a blast!