Ask Miles Anything: Marching along in running season


Meet Miles!
This cute little guy is the new mascot for Foot Traffic, one of the most well-respected running stores in Portland and SW PDX. Each month we will be doing an AMA with Miles (stay tuned to our Instagram) and posting his responses here! Here is our January and February interviews – and make sure you read on for some new questions from our readers this month!
Q. Here’s a little bit of a delicate question. I am a “chafer”. I’m not super thrilled about it, but I seem to get rashes whenever I run extended distances. Maybe you don’t feel the same effects given how hairy you are, but do you have any suggestions for us hairless people?

A. Perhaps there’s a product line in the making here: “Squatch-fur. The ultimate in natural anti-chafing protection!” But until then, I have two words for you: BODY GLIDE. It really does work. However, if you find that you are STILL experiencing issues, there are other creative solutions, depending on where on your body you are getting chafed. Toe socks work great for the perpetual blistered toes, compression tights for those dealing with the thighs, a better sports bra (yes, it makes a difference getting the right one for YOUR body) for those experiencing an underarm, shoulder or rib cage chafe.

Q. “I have been going to a group run and there’s a super-smart, funny person I’m interested in, but I’m not sure if it’s okay to ask out someone at a group run. What do you think?”

A. It depends. Does he or she have an extremely silky coat of fur and sizeable feet? Of course, it’s OK! But with any interpersonal situation, tact and emotional intelligence and knowing the circumstances are key. This may just be my approach, but a simple inquiry about whether they would ever want to go for a run/coffee or a run/beer later in the week could be a good approach. Group runs are social and given that it’s harder and harder to meet people behind a computer screen, meeting someone with a similar interest at a group run is not a bad idea! One warning, though: You don’t want to be known as the person that asks everybody out on a date given that it may start to make other group runners a little uncomfortable after a while.

Q.  “As a new runner, I hear that Portland’s Shamrock Run is a ‘must-do’ for runners. What should I know about this event?”

A. It’s the single biggest event in Portland. Period! It’s a party for some, an annual barometer of early spring fitness for others, and a party and a fitness challenge for all the rest. With a 5K, 8K, 15K, and Half marathon, there’s something for everyone at this race. Foot Traffic is a proud sponsor of this spring tradition and we’ll be bringing our training group members to the event to kick off their season. Wear something green, bring a friend or ten, and enjoy the people watching and the many costumes that you see out there. Need something green or St. Paddies-inspired? There are a limited amount of Brooks’ limited-edition Shamrock Launch running shoes in Foot Traffic. They are sold out at Brooks website, so we are one of only a handful of stores that have them in stock. Time to run lucky!

Thanks Miles! See you next month!

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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