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Hood to Coast: Zero to Hero in 200 Miles
Reading PRC owner Dave Harkin's guide to "surviving" Hood To Coast is as much a summer tradition in theseparts as say, watching It's a Wonderful Life six months from now. We do it every year, and we always get something out of it.
"Most runners just aren’t prepared for running 200 miles in under 30 hours with minimal sleep and a van full of foul smelling and fouler feeling runners," Dave writes. "Most of the subtleties of surviving Hood to Coast are simply learned by experience."
Drawing on years of experience with the Mother of All Relays, Dave's seminal "Hood to Coast: Zero to Hero in 200 Miles" comprises priceless insider tips, packing suggestions, and words of wisdom and inspiration for those about to embark from Mount Hood to Seaside with all manner of potential snags along the way.
"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.
PRC & HTC Present the Buys of Summer
Label the Legs 2014
Calling all road runners and street poets! Our most popular Hood & Portland To Coast promotion has returned: Label the Legs 2014 is underway now!
- Hood To Coast runners, we've sifted through your submissions and selected the winning leg labels; you can order your shirts now from our web store.
- Portland to Coast walkers, now it's your turn. Visit our Facebook Page to get in on the action as we solicit your best pithy descriptions for the 12 leg assignments in the Mother of All Walks. Stretch the truth, loosen up those puns, sling those slogans. Earn fame and a new Nike tech tee bearing your winning idea! PTC leg shirts will be available for order after the naming contests have concluded.
Throwback Thursday (#TBT)
Remember when Hood To Coast was only yea tall and in diapers? We do, and we're re-releasing authentic Hood To Coast race shirts from yesteryear to "jog" your memory (sorry). Follow our social channels—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—during the weeks leading up to this summer's relay. On select "Throwback Thursdays" (#TBT) we'll issue a vintage shirt for order via our webstore. You'll have one day to make your purchase of each limited printing.
Free Race Pics From Hood to Coast Time Trials
Gordon Cully of GCC Photography took great race pics at the free 5K time trials we put on with Hood To Coast in June, and he's offering downloads of his photos for free! There are mid-race action shots as well as candids from before and after the runs on June 12 and June 28. Download and share them with your friends, use them on your profile, add them to your website or blog. Click the photo above or Gordon's logo to browse all the photos.
Check Us Out in Your 2014 Chinook Book
For the first time 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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Not In Kansas Anymore: Shasta loves running the local trails.
I Am PRC: Meet Shasta Zielke, Our Core Producer
If you see a member of our staff running tall and strong down the street, Shasta Zielke might have had a hand in that. Shasta has worked at PRC for a few years now, and last year she started up our free-to-all-comers core-strength class that takes place every Thursday morning. Shasta is also a frequent and fast racer in our Race Team colors. That picture was taken in last year's Forest Park Half Marathon, which Shasta won. Our first question for Shasta is, "Are you named after the mountain or the soda?"
Neither! Next guess? ...Really it's a character from "Rio Lobo," a John Wayne movie.
I'm from Kansas. I grew up in southwestern Kansas in a tiny town called Protection and went to school in Lawrence at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk!
I moved to Portland in August 2010 for a change of scenery. My main priority was to live somewhere that wasn't Kansas, and when I visited Portland I fell in love with it. I moved a year after I graduated college and had been working at a non-profit health clinic as the Wellness Coordinator & Executive Assistant. When I moved here, I got the job at Portland Running Company within a week, and the rest is history!
I've been working on and off at PRC for almost 4 years now! My other job is the Development Coordinator at Oregon Public Broadcasting, in Membership.
I majored in Health, Sport, and Exercise Science at KU and was certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine for a while. I completed certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine last June.
A typical Thursday-morning core class at PRC starts with a short warm-up of dynamic stretches, followed by a few sets of core exercises. Typically three sets of three or four exercises. We hit typical ab exercises, like crunches and bicycles, as well as more hip/glute stabilization moves, plus balance work.
Focusing on core strength helps make sure that you're engaging all the muscles that stabilize your body during running. It's easy to focus on the ones that we mainly use for propulsion during a run and neglect the ones that help us maintain form when we're tired, power up hills more efficiently, etc. Focusing on core strength (abs, hips, glutes) will prevent muscle imbalances which can lead to poor form, which in turn can lead to more injuries.
Our very own Katey Angel has been attending core class for the last few months and testifies that she has less back pain and feels stronger while running!
I've loved running since I was little and competed in track in junior high and high school. I took a hiatus during the first few years of college and picked it back up as a way to get back in shape. I got into distance running about seven years ago and did my first half marathon in 2008. Since I've moved to Portland I've become more focused on it and have been working to get faster and stronger while having fun running with my friends! My main goal for the summer is to run the Eugene Marathon in July and qualify for Boston.
I love trail races of all distances, and I really like the 10K distance on the roads. I'd love to do the Dipsea Race someday, as well as the New York City Marathon.
The PRC Race Team is great because it provides a support network and a sense of camaraderie. It helps me stay motivated to get out and compete when I know that there will always be a familiar face out on the course. It's also nice to always have running buddies!
My favorite place to run is any trail. Forest Park is where I end up most often. It's my happy place.
My favorite workout is 400 repeats.
I mix chocolate Recoverite with water or, if it's an extra tough workout or long run, almond milk. Burritos are my go-to recovery meal after the Recoverite.
I think becoming more focused on my training has paid off in much better race times. I also don't have many "easy run" days. I almost always have some fartlek work or strides thrown in the mix to help work on leg speed. I also noticed a difference when I started commuting farther to work on my bike. I think the extra cardio, even as slight as it might be, has helped, and I feel like I run stronger on the hills when I'm biking consistently.
I read everything I can get my hands on (Powell's is my other happy place, after Forest Park), watch movies, binge-watch TV shows, try all the different restaurants and beers that Portland has to offer, and travel as much as I can.
I always drink coffee before a race.
This is shameful, but I am terrible at push-ups. I can probably do 40 or 50, but I would need rest in between sets of 10–15. My summer goal (besides the marathon) is to get better at push-ups!
I Am PRC is a regular feature on our site. For more interviews like this one, click here. Interview by Ryan Heal. (06/08/2014)