After this weekend’s run, you are looking at only five remaining before the 2014 Portland Marathon. I hope you are starting to feel ready – trust in your training and listen to your pace group leaders!
This week’s run is 20 miles from Mountain Hardwear in downtown Portland. You’ll cross the river on the Steel Bridge and run past the Moda Center before winding your way up through the Overlook neighborhood.
The route then traces the Portland Marathon course backward for a few miles along Willamette Boulevard past the University of Portland. You will join up with the Peninsula Crossing Trail and run all the way up to the Columbia Slough before turning around and retracing your steps.
Remember: hydration, nutrition, sunscreen. Those three things are vital to a good run. And if I can add one more item: BodyGlide (Aquaphor, Vaseline, Nip Guards … anything to help you battle chafing! Men, read our full article about how to prevent nipple chafing when you run.
Here’s the rest of the schedule:
All runs are on Saturdays and start promptly at 8a, so be there by 7:45 at the very latest for instructions and to use the restroom before you start. Click on the location for a Google map showing you where to go. For directions, click on “Get Directions” and enter your starting address.
August 23, 2014: 20 miles from Mountain Hardwear in Portland
August 30, 2014: 16 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin
September 6, 2014: 20 miles – Park at Willamette Park in Portland, the running route is top secret! This is the Brunch Run, which requires a ticket because runners are bused to a secret location and then served a delicious brunch after the run. If you plan to participate, don’t wait to buy your $10 ticket once they’re available in August. This sells out every year; and we’re not just saying that … it’s a hot ticket!
September 13, 2014: 16 or 20 miles from Lululemon Pearl in Portland
September 20, 2014: 16 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin
September 27, 2014: 8 miles from Lululemon Bridgeport in Tigard