This week a lot of us had an odd-looking speed workout on our schedule. It looked like this –> 10min WU 10(25×25) 10min CD. What is that?!? It’s called a “Repeat Workout” and they can be a lot of fun.
This week’s 9 mile course takes us along the Riverfront through Downtown. We’ll start out turning Right on Moody, all the way through Riverplace following the Waterfront Trail through Downtown past the Steele Bridge, exiting when the path ends just after the Broadway Bridge. The end of this section of the trail drops you on to Nato close to the light at 9th Street where you’ll cross the Rail Road tracks and bear Right onto Overton. Cut through the Fields Park on your Right coming out on 11th Street. Left on Quimby, Right on 13th and another quick Left on Raleigh. Continue on Raleigh all the way to Wallace Park on 26th Street. (Note to Returning members: This is the little park where we usually have a water stop on our way up to Leif!) Take a Left on the concrete path at 26th St and circle the Park and head back to the Riverfront Trail retracing your steps back on Raleigh, then Right on 13th, Left on Quimby, Right on 11th, thru the Fields Park back on Overton to 9th Street and picking up the Riverfront Trail again. Follow the trail back to the Steele Bridge, turning Left to cross over the Bridge. Turn Right along the River and enjoy the Eastbank Esplande. Finish by going under the Hawthorne Bridge and circling around to cross over the Hawthorne Bridge. Pick up the Waterfront Trail and head back through Riverplace onto Moody back to Zidell.
Can you believe that some folks schedule their vacations around our benchmarks? It’s true. And they are smart. If you are dedicated to running a marathon, it’s a lot easier to run or walk 18 miles with your Portland Fit friends than doing it on your own.
By now you’ve checked out Portland Fits website and can navigate around the site. Chances are you’ve also “Liked” our Portland Fit Facebook page. Did you know each of the Color Groups now have their own Facebook “Group” pages? The Reds and Yellows have been active for a few weeks now, while the Greens and the Purples are just getting started. Why should you join our Facebook Group? Only fellow PFitters truly understands your pride in beating the Corbett Hills! We’ll “Like” the heck out of your Totem Pole pic’s, and We’re here for you on those days when Friday night pizza doesn’t mix so well with Saturday morning GU! Most importantly, if you have concerns, or something isn’t going right for you, this is a great place to ask questions. Chances are someone in the group is having the similar issues and those of us that have been through this before are more than happy to chime in with suggestions and opinions. Want to join up?
Last week’s hills were tough! Everyone did great and persevered despite the elevation and the heat. For this week’s 10 Miles we’ll keep it nice and flat and head out to Westmoreland Park. From Zidell, turn Left on Moody and stay on Moody all the way to the Bike path. Follow the Bike path all the way to the end of Willamette Park. Exit the park into the neighborhood and turn Right on Miles, then Left on Macadam. Turn Left to cross over the Sellwood Bridge. Turn Left and head into Sellwood Park. Keep to the right and pass by the playground structure and the Restroom. Go towards the parking lot and exit at the NE entrance of the Park which drops you onto Sellwood St. Turn Left on Sellwood, stay to the Left when Sellwood turns into 13th, which then turns into Bybee. Stay on Bybee until you get to Westmoreland Park (right after 22nd St.). Head into the park for a quick loop around pond, and add a stop at the Restroom and Water Fountain. Turn Left on Bybee, which turns into 13th, which drops you on to Sellwood. Head back through the Sellwood Park, back over the Sellwood Bridge and down Macadam through Willamette Park following the same path back to Zidell.
Have you signed up for The Helvetia Half yet? Saturday, June 11 is an official benchmark event for Portland Fit. We won’t be meeting at Zidell Yards as we’ll be in Hillsboro, OR, where we’ll “Leave the City Behind.” Do you have family or friends that want to come out and support you? Portland Fit has a water/cheering station with our world famous balloon arch and we’re always looking for volunteers. Interested? Please contact Celia@PortlandFit.com. Did I mention the Helvatia Burger? Not only do volunteers get 1st hand experience of cheering on all the racers, they too, are recipients of the Helvatia Tavern Yummiest Burger in town…What better reason to volunteer!
Several Portland Fit members and coaches raced last week at the Eugene Marathon and ½ Marathon as well as the Volcano ½ Marathon, 10K and 5K. Not an easy task given last weeks unseasonably warm weather. A Huge Congratulations to A/C Deb and A/C Mo from the Yellow Group who both qualified for Boston in Eugene. These girls both have a couple of marathons under their belts. They spent the winter training hard, meeting for track workouts, charging up plenty of hills, and getting their long runs in despite the Pacific Northwest weather. Their solid base achieved the last few years with PFit plus some serious winter training really paid off as both girls qualified with Boston with a few minutes to spare.
This weeks 9 Mile Route takes us up and over Terwilliger via the Corbett Stairs. It’s not really a staircase…just a really big hill! If you haven’t heard of Corbett, you’re in for a surprise (remember, hill work makes you stronger!) We’ll head out the Long Way,zig zag towards the River, through the South Waterfront and pick up the trail as if we’re heading into Willamette Park. Once we pass the Willamette Sailing Club we’ll turn Right on Nebraska, which is the main vehicular access to the park. Note, we are not going all the way into the park, just to the Nebraska St. entrance. We’ll stay on Nebraska until it dead ends on Corbett. Turn left on Corbett and head up a series of 5 hills. This ½ mile up hill is tough! Please take it easy, slow your pace, don’t push yourself on the hills – you have to make it up all 5 hills. Once you’re at the end of Corbett you’ll quickly turn Right on Custer, Right on Brier, Left on Miles and cross at the light, slight Left on Barbur Blvd. From Barbur, turn Right past the A-Boy onto Terwilliger. Follow Terwilliger up and over, past the Chart House (home of the Totem Pole), then downhill all the way back to Dunaway Track. From Dunaway exit turning Left on 4th St., then Right on Harrison. Zig Zag back down to Montgomery, thru Riverplace, returning back to Zidell on Moody.
April Showers bring May Flowers, and along with May Flowers we have new Check In/Check Out Sheets for Portland Fit! Congrats to all the members who achieved that highly sought after Perfect Attendance for April – YEA! – Please forgive us if you did make it out every Saturday and your name is not showcased with a YEA! Go ahead and give us your own Smiley Face or “YEA!” right next to your name so we can all shower you with the Kudos you deserve for sticking to your training.
The Helvetia Half is an official benchmark event for Portland Fit. We will not be meeting at Zidell Yards on Saturday, June 11. We encourage everyone to sign-up and participate in the Helvetia Half, where you “Leave the City Behind.” Come enjoy this scenic course with breathtaking views of the gorgeous countryside in rural Washington County.