Ask Miles Anything: Losing stink and keeping friends


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!

Q. I’ve noticed my run gear is somewhat pungent after a run. Help!

A. Phew! Workout gear can sometimes hold on to a stink due to the buildup of odor-causing bacteria. Try out our Nathan PowerWash — it’s a concentrated detergent that removes the bacteria and the odor. Bonus- it even helps to restore wicking properties of technical fabrics! Another option is to try workout gear made from merino wool (like Smartwool running socks) – it’s naturally antibacterial and is less likely to hold on to odor.


Q. I want to get my partner/friend/teenager to try a 5k. How can I get them interested and what’s a good race to start them off with?

A. The key to getting your loved one interested is to keep it FUN and interesting! Some people think the idea of running 3.1 miles sounds completely crazy – you have to make it seem completely sane. Take them on a nice, easy, 1-2 mile run/walk and while you’re out there, talk about how beautiful the weather is, how pretty the flowers are, how AMAZING they are for being out there with you … butter them up with compliments and positivity! We’re not above bribery either – tell them how amazing the race will be and about all the swag they’ll get. Better yet, sign them up for the Foot Traffic Flat on July 4! It’s a flat, scenic course on Sauvie Island and there will be STRAWBERRIES at the aid stations! We’ll also have really cool medals and strawberry shortcake at the finish, so there’s really no reason NOT to do it, right? Good! We’ll see you and your partner/friend/teenager there!

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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