It remains to be seen if the Portland Marathon will work out an acceptable course and receive a permit from the Portland Police Bureau, but the Portland Marathon Clinic will continue to train runners through the summer regardless. That’s because the Clinic is for those training for any fall marathon – not just the Portland Marathon. The Clinic organizers and volunteer pacers are welcoming to everyone!
This weekend, the PMC will run from Club Sport at 18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin. Attendees are asked to park at the Tualatin Foursquare Church at Childs Road and Boones Ferry which is across Childs Road. Do not park in the lot for Metro Gymnastics and Dance or you could get towed.
As usual, the run will start at 8a, and there are three distance options: 13, 15, and 16 miles. The last few miles of your run – the hottest part of the run- will be in direct sun most of the time. The route will start by going north on SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd to Durham, then continue north on SW 79th Ave. You’ll hop on the paved Fanno Creek Trail at the Tigard Library, where there are restrooms and a water fountain. This is the 3-mile mark on the way out. From there, the route follows the Fanno Creek Trail (with a slight road segment after running under Highway 99 to connect to Woodard Park) all the way to the 6.5-mile mark which is just about a half mile past Scholls Ferry. Runners will then take a left at the “tractor” play structure and run behind Greenway Elementary and around a little loop that is used as the start of the ORRC Greenway Trail Trial, before doubling back to the main trail and then staying left and running north towards SW Hall Blvd. Those running 15 miles will turn around near the large play structure behind the old Albertson’s. For the folks doing 16, the turnaround will be only about a quarter-mile after crossing SW Hall at the nice pedestrian crosswalk with lights that was installed a few years ago.
Please come prepared for the heat – wear a hat and sunscreen, and you may want to try a buff as well that can be soaked in water before the run starts. I run with a buff when temps reach 90 and it keeps my core temperature from getting too hot on the run. You’ll also want to plan ahead and bring plenty of hydration for during and after the run, and whatever you’re experimenting with for nutrition while on the move. Refresh your memory on the signs of heatstroke as well:
- Feeling loopy
- Not sweating enough for the heat (compared to your usual volume)
- Feeling chilled
- Feeling nauseous
- Flushed skin
- Faster breathing and heart rates
If you become overheated, the symptoms may not start until after the run; keep this in mind so that you don’t have to take time out of your training next week to recover. If you feel like you are getting too hot, tell your pace group leader and do what you can to cool. This may be resting in some shade, finding a business where you can wait until someone picks you up, or wetting your hat/shirt to lower your body temperature. If you can’t seem to cool down, call Lyft or Uber for a ride back to your car. No long run is worth the danger of heatstroke.