Nov. 28–30: Storewide savings so deep you'll need studded shoes to shop*
Welcome to Portland Running Company, Oregon's Premier Technical Running and Walking Store. We make shoe buying comfortable, professional, and fun. We offer a full field gait evaluation. We can connect the dots between your feet, your knees, your hips, and your back, offer stabilizing solutions, and increase your chances of achieving your goals. It is important to watch you move so that we can make the best recommendations for your needs...
Our Winter WonderSale Hits Fri.–Sun., Nov. 28–30
The mercury is falling, and so are prices at your favorite locally-owned running and walking store. Portland Running Company's annual Winter WonderSale hits this Friday, bringing discounts so deep you might need studded sales shoes. Save 15% off ALL in-stock merchandise* Friday through Sunday, including recent arrivals in shoes, apparel, and accessories. You'll be blown away by blizzard-like savings in all categories, where hot deals and last-season's specials will be discounted 25%, 35%, even 65% off retail prices!
'Tis the season to stock up on footwear, with several top 2014 shoe models forecast to sell out at buy-one, get-one half-off! Come peruse our wide selection of winter-worthy running pants and jackets, headwear, gloves, lights, and so much more. Visit either Portland Running Company store, starting at 10 Friday morning. The sale doesn't end 'til our doors close Sunday night.
If you still can't decide on that perfect gift for your favorite runner or walker, let them choose: All PRC Gift Cards will be discounted 15% online on CyberMonday.
Welcome to Nike My Stride: If the Shoe Fits, Feel It
No two runs are the same. Then why are your shoes? What if you could experience the same pair of shoes differently on different days? What if you could fine-tune your favorite shoes to make them not just great but perfect?
Now you can.
Your friends at Portland Running Company invite you to take part in the future of footwear fitting. We are proud to be one of four stores worldwide where you can try, and buy, Nike's latest innovation: My Stride.
Nike's My Stride comprises two models of shoes ("carriers") and four different footbed-midsole packages ("cores") that will help you discover the ideal feel for your stride.
Our team of experts will you guide your progress through this mix-and-match system.
We'll help you choose the Lunaracer or Lunarglide carrier. You pick the shoe's color. Then we'll help you decide between the fluid and conforming feel of Lunarlon or the peppy, fast feel of Zoom Air. You also get the option of a flexible ride with a neutral core or the support and assurance of a stable core.
Take it all a step further by pairing a single carrier with more than one core—essentially getting two pairs of shoes for much less than the cost of two pairs of traditional running shoes.
The My Stride fitting is available to you exclusively at our Beaverton store. Swing by today to try My Stride for yourself. It's going to be like nothing you've experienced before. My Stride: If the shoe fits, feel it.
"I think you just have to say, 'Sometime today I'm going to run.'"
Paula Harkin Surpasses 2,000 Days Straight of Running; Listen to the Podcast
Portland Running Company co-owner Paula Harkin recently sat down with authors Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell of "Another Mother Runner" for a revealing chat about, among other things, Paula surpassing 2,000 days straight without skipping a run. Paula is also the founder and force behind Run with Paula Events, as well as mother of two. Over the past five years, Paula has run at least one mile every day, even through a hamstring strain, pneumonia, anemia, and other obstacles. She averaged 6.2 miles daily over that stretch. Paula leans on her husband "Pocket Dave" Harkin and her running buddies for support in achieving her amazing consistency.
Paula, Sarah, and Dimity touch on many topics in this podcast, including how to overcome any hesitancy you might feel about shopping at a "running specialty store" like ours.
"We'll greet you with open arms," Paula says to anyone who might think they're not fast enough or experienced enough to walk in to a Portland Running Company store.
Click here to listen to the interview at anothermotherrunner.com (about 50 minutes); it's equal parts humorous, inspiring, and insightful.
Check Us Out in Your 2015 Chinook Book
Did you know that Portland Running Company has a coupon in the Chinook Book? Our coupon will save you $10 off your purchase of $50 or more. We accept paper coupons and the digital kind you display on your mobile device. If you've never purchased the Chinook Book, it's a great resource for savings on local goods and services. More information here.
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A Runner's Holiday Wishlist for 2014
Everyone's seen that old cartoon about the person who gives another person a rabbit suit as a gift and says something along the lines of, "I picked this out for you. I heard you like to run."
To make sure you don't end up stuffed in a stocking (or worse) this holiday season, we asked our staff of ardent runners and walkers what they're asking for in their letters to the North Pole. Enjoy, use, and share this short list of 10 + 1 gifts they really want to get this year. [Hint: You can buy all of these items at Portland Running Company!]
1. Saucony Razor Jacket $175
2. Petzl Headlamps $30–$40
3. Yurbuds Vivid Inspire earphones $30
|4. Saucony Swift Glove $24
Fist-bump to great gloves! Warm, reflective, and super lightweight, the Saucony Swift glove adds a colorful pop of personality to your chilly winter runs. One of our favorite features is the extended cuff for warmth and easy layering; 12% spandex for a stretchy, close fit.
|5. PRC Brooks Hat II $22
Everybody's favorite hat. No, really. Lightweight, adjustable, ventilated, and made of wicking materials, this workhorse hat looks great and does it all. We wear it in summer to shade our faces and in winter to keep the rain out of our eyes. Essential to any rainy run. The 2.9" brim is sturdy and doesn't warp. Classic PRC logo is embroidered on the front. You'll wish you had one for every day of the week.
6. Amphipod Xinglet Flash LED $44.50
7. Pro-Tec Contoured Hollow-Core Foam Roller $38
|8. The Stick "Sprinter" $35
The toothbush for your muscles, as they say. Use it at least twice a day. The Sprinter Stick is a very stiff 19" self-massage tool covered in hard plastic spindles. The intensity of the massage is controlled by the user. Very portable. Just about every serious runner we know has one.
|9. Nike Run Cold Weather Headband $18
Turn up the heat on your cold runs this winter in one of three styles of Nike Cold Weather Headbands. This broad headband provides ample coverage to keep your ears warm. Brushed Dri-FIT fabric wicks sweat away with a soft feel. Allover prints deliver signature Nike style; reflective elements help you stand out in low light.
|10. Garmin Forerunner 220 $250–$300
The Forerunner 220 GPS watch hits that sweet spot for most of our customers who are interested in a watch to track their distance and pace, among other data. It's reliable and accurate and feature-rich without being so overloaded with functionality that it bamboozles you (or distracts you while you stumble over a cliff). Interval workouts, vibrating alerts, and a built-in accelerometer for indoor use are some of the highlights. Pair it with a phone for live tracking, too.
|11. Feetures $15-$16
Go ahead, make it a double Feetures! Every runner or walker needs more good socks, and Feetures! are great. Y-heel construction keeps them from slipping down into the shoe. No-sew toes won't irritate feet. Targeted compression in the midfoot provides a modicum of support and big dose of comfort. Denser-than-normal weaves provide durability and cushioning without bulk. And of course they wick moisture off the foot.