Food Review: Chia Salba

Get Salba Smart!

Get Salba Smart!

Chia Salba was kind enough to send me their Salba Chia Boost Whole Seeds and Salba Chia Boost Premium Ground Seeds. Chia seeds gained in popularity after Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run book explained that the Tarahumara Indians utilized these seeds to maintain hydration and Omega-3 (ALA) intake in tough climates. I sort of jumped on the bandwagon too when it came to this superfood, but have realized that quality is everything. And Chia Salba is not lacking in quality one bit.

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Race Preview: 8th Annual Ridgeline Ramble 5/24/2014 (Eugene, Oregon)

Ridgeline Ramble 5/24/2014 by Level 32 Racing

Ridgeline Ramble 5/24/2014 by Level 32 Racing

Looking for a rad race to run over Memorial Day weekend? Here’s one to strongly consider. The Ridgeline Ramble, occurring Saturday, May 24, 2014 will be the third race of the Run Big Trail Series, and is a race to get signed-up for stat. There is no day of race registration for this one, and there is limited entry due to shuttle logistics and trail capacity, so register soon!

Level 32 Racing has a really neat trail running series called the Run Big Trail Series. This series consists of six trail runs that occur within a close distance to Eugene. The previous two races, of which I participated in, were the Bristow Trail Run in Dexter, Oregon, and the Shotgun Trail Blast in Marcola, Oregon. I had an amazing time running both of these events. The third run, the Ridgeline Ramble, will take place on the Ridgeline Trail in south Eugene. Continue reading

Small Race Preview: Race for Hope 5k Walk/Run 4/26/2014 (Beaverton, Oregon)

Race for Hope 4/26/2014 Beaverton, Oregon

Race for Hope 4/26/2014 Beaverton, Oregon

The Race for Hope 5k is an event to help raise funds and support for the Good Samaritan Ministries widows and orphans program. You may choose from a 5k run, or you can walk the course. Either way, you will be providing much needed support to members of our community who are in need.

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Portland Marathon Clinic run for Saturday, April 19, 2014

PMTC-logoThe third week of the Portland Marathon Clinic brings a run of 6, 8 or 10 miles on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. The run starts at 8a; be there by 7:45 at the latest for instructions and info.

Please carpool to this run if you can, as parking is limited at George Rogers Park. If you arrive and the lot is full, there is street parking in the neighborhood just east of State Street, and as a bonus you’ll get to see some great early Lake Oswego homes.

Pace group leader Diane Lechner describes the route: “It’s a quiet runner-friendly start from George Rogers park, a pretty, green park looking onto the Willamette River.  The out and back run starts along the river on a paved trail under big Oregon trees.  The trail delivers you onto Old River Drive and traces along the river with a safe pedestrian lane, gentle rolling terrain and very little traffic.  The run continues zig zaging through quiet neighborhoods into West Linn.  The local runners and walkers are very friendly.”

For this run, you’ll want to bring your own hydration and nutrition – it’s never to early to start seeing what your stomach likes on these long runs! Post-run, I recommend Chuck’s Place, a coffee shop with great snacks, located at 2nd and B in downtown Lake Oswego.

Be sure to thank your pace group leaders, who are all volunteers and do a great job!

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Small Race Preview: Sean’s Run From Autism (Portland)

Sean's run from Autism

Sean’s run from Autism

The 8th annual Sean’s Run From Autism will take place on April 26, 2014 in Portland’s Oaks Park. The even offers a 10k run, 5k run/walk, and a kids race. The course is a scenic out-and-back course on paths and neighborhood streets around Oaks Park. This event raises funds for the Autism Research and Resources of Oregon (ARRO).

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The Costumed Runner Blog: 2014 Shamrock Run

Left to Right: Bola Majekobaje, Mel Ortiz (in costume), Grant Knowles (second to right), and Thad Mick (far right) Photographer: Tim Fraser

Left to Right: Bola Majekobaje, Mel Ortiz (in costume), Grant Knowles (second to right), and Thad Mick (far right)
Photographer: Tim Fraser

Pre-Race Planning
This year for Shamrock, I knew I wanted to branch out to a new costume.  The last two years I was the lone oversized shamrock running the Shamrock.  I know, I love irony.

I scoured the web and came across this unique costume as a box of Lucky Charms cereal.  I bought it immediately and couldn’t wait to put it on upon its arrival.  I had a feeling this costume would take some getting used to due to the size.  I did some test runs around the neighborhood at night as to not give away this awesome costume before the day of the race.  It ran well but this was all flat surface with no hills.  I figure whatever comes from the race will have to be. Continue reading