Race Preview and Price Increase Deadline: Country Girl Half Marathon, 10k, 5k (Portland)

Country Girl Half

The second annual Country Girl Half Marathon by Terrapin events will take place on Sunday, September 25th in North Portland. Prices increase at midnight on 8/31, so sign up quickly.

This is a women-only event, and you can choose between the half marathon, 10k, and 5k distance. There’s also a half mile kids race, which takes place before the half/10k start. The course for all three distances is mostly flat, and there are aid stations approximately every two miles. The race starts and ends on NE 33rd Dr in front of Kliever Memorial Armory. Continue reading

First Thursday is this Thursday

Here is your friendly reminder that Fleet Feet PDX’s First Thursday Urban Adventure Run is this Thursday!

Here are the details:

When: Thursday, August 4, 2016 (see future dates below)

What time: The run starts at 6p but people start showing up as early as 5:15p

Where: On NW 22nd Ave, between Quimby and Raleigh, near Fleet Feet PDX at 2258 NW Raleigh

Register: Onsite by signing a waiver, or ahead of time online here for a few extra raffle tickets when you check in Continue reading

Race Preview: 37th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run in Coos Bay on September 17th, 2016

The 37th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run will celebrate the running legend on Saturday, September 17th for an OSAA-sanctioned 5K Run (high school competitors), 10K Run and a 2-Mile Fun Walk in Coos Bay. High school competitors start at 9:45am and the top three teams will earn a trophy. Everyone is invited to run the 10K at 10am, wheelchair participants start at 9:50am. The 10K costs $30 through September 13th and $40 from September 14th through race day. The 2-Mile Fun Walk is $15 and starts with the 10K at 10am. Day-of-registration is available until 9:30am on race morning. This run is chip timed and includes a Prefontaine Memorial Run shirt, plus it runs along the same streets Steve Prefontaine trained on. Continue reading

Race Preview: Congo Kids 5K Run & Walk (Springfield, Or)

CK5KDespite the unusually warm summer weather we have been experiencing in the Northwest, fall is quickly approaching. With cooler temperatures in the forecast, you’ll have quite a few races to choose from. As you select races to fill your fall race calendar, consider signing up for one with an amazing cause; the City of Refuge International’s 5th Annual Congo Kids 5K Run & Walk.

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Guest Post: 7 Fun Ideas To Relieve Stress and Improve Your Mood

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Brooke Cade is a freelance writer with Nature’s Sunshine products. She passionate about health and wellness and enjoys writing about all the things she loves in life, including running, yoga, Nature’s Sunshine products, and anything related to living life to its fullest. Feel free to Submit a Guest Post in the “Contact Us” tab if you are wanting to write a preview or recap your running experiences as well! The views in this post do not necessarily reflect Run Oregon.

Stress is something we’ve all experienced at some level and have our ways of coping. According to Popular Science magazine, 33% of adults in the U.S. have reported stress has had an impact on their mental health. While acute stress can be good for us, driving us forward and ending procrastination, too much stress can lead to some serious health problems.

The best way to handle stress is to find ways to manage it and let it go. If you’re having a hard time releasing the stress in your life, here are 7 fun ideas to start practicing today.

1. Chill with your pet. When stressed, chilling out with your pet can help you relax. No matter if you’re a cat or dog person, or have another furry (or non-furry) friend, studies have shown hanging out with your pet can improve your mood and relieve stress.

2.  Organize you space. An unorganized space can lead to a lot of stress and tension. In a study done by UCLA, they found physical clutter lead to an overload of the senses and minimize the ability to be creative and problem solving. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time to declutter your space and clear your chi.

3. Take a walk. Strolling around your neighborhood or at the park can have a huge impact on your mood. Studies have shown spending time in nature can also help to ease depression, improve your focus, and strengthen your immunity. Grab a friend to walk with or practice a meditation walk where you focus on your breath and steps. Whatever you do, being outside with nature is the important thing.

4. Practice gratitude. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Because of that, it can be easy to get wrapped up with what someone else is doing and their achievements. Take some some time to unplug and find gratitude in the world around you.

5. Understand your triggers. Stress is a part of life and something we’ve all experienced on some level. To help you deal with your stress, take some time to understand what triggers your stress levels and what you can do to better manage those triggers (or at least how you deal with them). Some ideas to help you identify your triggers, try keeping a stress journal or pay attention to how your body responses to situations.

6. Take up a creative project. Adult coloring books are popular right now and, if you enjoy coloring, these might be something worth investing in. If you’re not into coloring, a writing journal or paint set may be the better option for you. The key is to find some kind of art, craft, or creative project you can do to release anxiety and deal with internal conflict.

7. Learn to say no. If you find yourself over-committing, now is the time to start saying no. Your time is valuable and shouldn’t be given to projects you don’t feel passionate about or people you don’t like to be around. Instead, practice saying no to things that you’re not interested in or take you away from spending time with your friends or family.

Now is the time to start practicing ways to relieve stress and find a happy balance. Things won’t always go in your favor, but as you find and implement ways to handle difficult situations, the better you’ll be able to adjust when things go wrong.

Celebrate the 100th Year of the Historic Columbia River Highway with the 4th Annual Gorgeous Relay on September 18th

If you’re like me and have retired from the overnight relays or if you’ve thought about trying a relay, but want to test it out on a smaller scale, check out the 4th Annual Gorgeous Relay running on Sunday, September 18th. Less hassle than an overnight relay, teams only need one van and 2-6 runners to tackle the 60 miles from Cascade Locks to Portland. Beginning in waves at Wyeth, just east of Cascade Locks, teams split up the 12 legs and make their way through the Gorge on the Historic Columbia River Highway, continue through Troutdale to the Fairview-Gresham Trial and finish with the Springwater Trail into Portland. Teams celebrate their finish at Base Camp Brewing Company in Portland. Continue reading

Race Preview-Flagline 50K-Bend

mastondonIf you haven’t noticed, 50K races are becoming more popular. The thing about the 50K distance is how much tougher they are than just your park loop 5K course, where everyone wears a tu-tu and pushes a stroller. 50K courses tend to be mountainous single track trail, rock covered routes that push the body to new limits with their elevation gain/loss.

The Flagline 50K is everything mentioned and more. With over 4,000 feet of climbing, this is everything one would expect from SuperFit and Super Dave, along with everything one might expect from running in the high alpine country of Mt Bachelor. Continue reading