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Wondering what to get them this year? Click on the tag above to read a list of great gift ideas suggested by our staff of passionate runners and walkers. If we want it, it's a pretty good bet your friend or loved one will like it, too!
Double-down on Footwear in December, Save $50
Through the end of December, save $50 off a pair of get-'em-grungy, no-slip-grippy, water-resistant trail shoes at PRC when you purchase a pair of current, non-discounted shoes at the same time. Whether taking on the leaf sludge on the sidewalks right now or the shin-deep mud of Hagg Lake next spring, trail shoes are an essential item to keep northwest runners on their feet all year long. This offer is good at both Portland Running Company stores.
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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Zoo Loop: A Hilly Adventure for Westside Runners
So one of the most appealing things about the Zoo Loop is you can vary the way you run it. Where you start and where you finish can be altered and you still get pretty close to the same loop. It keeps it fresh and interesting to me.
Because I live right off Vista Avenue in Goose Hollow, sometimes I will run straight up Vista to Greenway, to Talbot Road, and then hit the trail up to Council Crest. This is a brutal way to go as it is straight up for a good 20 minutes on road. Still, it's fun to look at all the houses I will never be able to afford, and once you get to Council Crest you are rewarded with an amazing view (if you take a minute to go to the lookout).
The other route I will take is to run across town to Duniway Track and then up to Marquam Shelter. From Marquam Shelter you go up the Marquam Trail until it forks and follow the sign towards Council Crest (the other way will loop you back and pop you out at Terwilliger Boulevard). Again head up to Council Crest and check out the view! This is also uphill for a good 15 minutes or so, but at least you’re on the trail with beautiful scenery.
Any way you go, you have to go up, which is why this is such a good run: It builds strength. Once you’re at Council Crest follow the trail around behind. You will pop out in a neighborhood. Follow Talbot Road till you come to a Shell gas station (Patton Road). Turn right on this road and the Marquam Trail will reconnect on the left side about 20 meters later.
Now its time to have some fun and break some ankles! You get to fly downhill from here, but be careful, lots of roots and turns. And in the fall/winter it is sloppy. I have been with three different people on runs who have injured themselves on this section. You follow the trail 'til it pops you out on an offramp for Highway 26. (This is the one major downside to this run to me: You can hear the highway for a chunk of the run.)
Cross over Hwy 26 toward the Oregon Zoo; once you get over the bridge you have choices again. I like to head left and hop onto the trail, but you could also continue up the road straight through the zoo parking and reconnect to the trail that way. It is really well marked these days how to get to Wildwood Trail (the trail you're looking for now). I head left on a back trail behind the Vietnam Memorial and then connect with Wildwood. Follow Wildwood for a time past the archery range and up until you get to another decision point. You can stay left and follow Wildwood to the Japanese Garden or you can head right to the International Rose Test Garden on Mac Trail. I switch this part up all the time. Both ways will pop you back out to Washington Park. Or if you’re feeling like extra miles and a challenge keep going to Pittock Mansion and down to Lower Macleay Park. (That’s just an extension, not part of the normal loop.)
From here I run the two blocks down the street to my apartment; if you started from the track you would run back there, etc.
This loop takes me about 70 minutes depending which route I go, how tired I am, etc. This loop can really vary. I love the different scenes I get throughout the run: city, mini bridge, wildlife (I have seen deer, owl, coyotes), archery range, zoo…. You have a great view at the top and towards the end you can run through the gardens for even more to see.
Not the easiest or fastest run, but I always feel great and accomplished after this run!
Staci Bielenberg was a middle distance runner at Portland State. She bosses the footwear dept. at Portland Running Company. (12/04/14)