This week is the first run for the 2017 Portland Marathon Clinic. These are free runs open to anyone: you don’t need to be enrolled in the Clinic’s seminars, registered for the Portland Marathon, or even have plans to run any fall marathon! Nope – anyone and everyone looking for a group long run is welcome.
The run starts at 8a on Saturday, April 8 from Mountain Hardwear at 722 SW Taylor (at SW Broadway and Taylor). The closest Smart Park garages are at 10th and Yamhill and at 4th and Taylor; or you can take the MAX train and avoid driving and parking in downtown altogether!
You should arrive by 7:45 to figure out which of the approximately 12 pace groups is right for you. The PMC runs using the LSD theory: long, slow distance. You will run at about 80% of your marathon goal pace with PMC. Be sure to dress appropriately (currently, it looks there may be rain on Saturday morning) and bring clothes to change into after the run. You’ll also want to bring your own hydration and nutrition for both during and after the run.
The route for this weekend offers distances of 4, 6, and 8 miles. The shortest distance is for people running less than 12 miles/week with a long run topping out at 4 miles. If your weekly mileage is between 13-20 miles, and you’re running 5 or 6 miles for your long run, choose the 6 mile option. The 8 mile run is, for people training for Portland or another marathon around that time, only for those running 20+ miles per week with a long run of 8+ miles.
Runners will head straight down Taylor to the waterfront and turn left, heading north along the Esplanade. Your pace group leader will let you know when you reach 2 miles (to turn back for 4 total), 3 miles (for 6), and 4 miles; all the miles are chalked on the ground as well.