Profile: Head Coach Pam

Head Coach Pam has coached the walkers for the past nine years. She has been a member since 2000.

Favorite marathon:
I have ran the Portland Marathon twice and walked it once. I prefer half marathons and my favorite ½ was the Eugene’s Women’s Half. It was like a walk in the park and I PR’d finishing in 3 hours.

Biggest obstacle you face in training:
Myself. I do better if I get my exercising in first thing in the morning. If I can’t get out before work I tend not to exercise despite my good intentions.

Favorite race day musician/song:
Heroes by David Bowie. The song makes me feel good and I always pick up my pace.

For the full it was 6:05 and half 3 hours exactly. Still working on breaking the 3 hour mark for the half.

What motivates you to keep going when the going gets tough?
I have to keep moving and walking is the ticket for me. I love getting outdoors with my lab mix, Gus and we can walk for hours. I love walking with my walking buddies and chatting.

Best advice you’ve ever received:
A good pair of walking/running shoes will last 300-500 miles. Don’t wait too long before buying that new pair you will save yourself from injuries.

Strangest sight while out on a walk:
That would be all of the animals I see out on walks. I’ve come across a coyote in the Irvington neighborhood. I come across chickens walking down the street, a family of raccoons, beavers, herons, mamma goose and her twelve babies, the list goes on.

Favorite walking gear:
My arm warmers. I use them all year round.

How it all started:
I moved here 13 years ago and volunteered for the Portland Marathon. I was so inspired by all of the folks running and walking I knew I had to sign up for the next one. I saw two ads in the paper for training programs and Portland Fit was the only one that returned my call. I dragged my husband to the first day of sign ups and we trained for the 2000 marathon. I have trained every year since and can’t see not doing so. It is part of me now.