A Big Congratulations to all 70+ of you who were out there braving the wind and the rain for last week’s 21 mile Benchmark. It wasn’t easy but everyone persevered, got their head in the right place and finished. This was excellent practice for getting yourself mentally prepared. Anything can happen race day and you should feel much more confident in your ability to handle unforeseen challenges.
The Taper phase of your marathon training starts off with an easy 9 mile loop over the Sellwood and Hawthorne Bridges. Start out with a Left turn onto Moody. Take the LONG way thru the South Waterfront, Zig Zagging all the way to the River and then Zig Zagging back out to Moody. Sharp Turn Left to get on the Bike Path. Stay on the Path for several miles and exit at the end of Willamette Park into the neighborhood. Continue straight on Miles and pick up the path at the end of the street. Follow the path until you Zig Zag up the ramp to turn Left to cross over the Sellwood Bridge. Turn Left coming off the Bridge and turn Left again on Spokane Street. Pick up the Riverfront path on your Right and continue on thru Oaks Bottom. The path ends on 4th St. Turn Left on Caruthers and pick up the Eastbank Esplande on your Right. Follow the path until you get to the Hawthorne Bridge. Take the loop and turn Left to cross over the River. Turn Left once more and follow the waterfront path thru Riverplace to Moody St. and back to Zidell.
Attitude is everything when it comes to marathon training. You’ve worked hard on getting physically ready by following the Portland Fit schedule. You also need to get your mental game plan ready.
CHUNK #1 – THE EASY CHUNK This week’s 21 miler starts out with a Left turn out of PRC, then a Right turn on Belmont. Left on 3rd, then Right on Yamhill until it ends at SE Water. Turn Right on SE Water and take the spiral pedestrian ramp over I-5 and onto the East bank Esplande. Turn Left on the Esplande and then cross over the Hawthorne Bridge. Turn Left towards Riverplac on Harbor Dr. Zig Zag up Harrison and turn Left on 4th. Turn Left on SW Hooker, then Left on SW 1st all the back to Harrison. Turn Right on Harrison, zig zag back down to Harbor St. and back down to the riverfront path. Stay on the waterfront all the way to 9th. Turn Left on 9th, stay to the Right on Overton, Right on 11th, Left Quimby, Right on 13th and Left on Raleigh all the way to the water stop at 26th St. (simple terms, this Chunk starts out like we are going to Dunaway Track and the like we are going up to Leif).
Our friends at Portland Running Company are hosting our 21 miler at their location 800 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214. There is plenty of parking in the SE District and it’s free on the weekend! The streets to use are SE Alder, Morrison, Belmont, and Yamhill as well as 6th and 7th Ave that run perpendicular to those streets. PRC will be there early to open the cash register for any last minute needs. Restrooms will also be available before we head out.
Our 21 mile Benchmark is next Saturday September 17th leaving from Portland Running Company Grand (800 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214). PRC employee Will plans on being there early to open the store for us. If you forget your gels or electrolytes you’ll be able to purchase them Saturday before you head out.
This will be our last Tram Run – get your cameras ready! Our 9 Mile Route starts with a Right turn out of Zidell. Stay on Moody all the way thru Riverplace. Follow the water front past the Hawthorne Bridge, past the Steele Bridge, to just past the Fremont Bridge (405). There will be another Riverfront path just after you cross under the Fremont Bridge as soon as you pass the construction. We’ll turn Right to pick up this path and then a left along the Riverfront until you can’t go any further. When you see the Yellow Artwork Statue turn back around and retrace your steps back to Nato Parkway. Stay on Nato all the way to the Steele Bridge where you’ll head back on the water front past the Hawthorn Bridge. As you come up to the Riverplace area, turn Right into the access road by the Riverplace Hotel. Stay on Harbor Way and turn Right on Montgomery. Cross the street and pick up the zig zaggy path that takes you to Harrison St. Stay on Harrison and turn Left on 4th St. Continue on 4th St. until you get to Dunaway Park. (There is construction at Dunaway so we can’t cut thru the track and the restrooms may not be open). Turn Right on Sheridan St. and then Left on Terwilliger St. Follow Terwilliger uphill for a mile and turn Right on Veterens Hospital Rd for another mile. Turn Right for a quick jaunt on Sam Jackson Rd. Be looking to your Right for the exterior staircase at the Kohler Pavilion Building with the Bright Blue and Yellow walls that say AREAL TRAM. Climb the stairs, enter the building and smile pretty for Selfie Time! It’s free to ride down!
Many of us have heard of “carbo-loading”. This is a term in which we associate with eating a ton of spaghetti the night before we go out for a long, strenuous run/walk, but that’s not really how it works. The idea is to bank glycogen in your muscles and liver for that long run/walk.
Mark your calendar for Saturday September 17th for our last benchmark. Our friends at Portland Running Company are hosting our 21 miler at their location 800 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214. There is plenty of parking in the SE District and it’s free on the weekend! The streets to use are SE Alder, Morrison, Belmont, and Yamhill as well as 6th and 7th Ave that run perpendicular to those streets.