Foot Traffic


Article of the Month:

Running barefoot versus running with shoes. While I love the studies and concept of running in minimal footwear, this article actuall does a good job of explaining that there is still a lot of info. showing that the verdict is still out. In addition, it cautions against too drastic of an approach.

I definitely think Vibram is a strong possibility in our store, but we have to keep in mind that asphalt is not exactly a natural surface. Most of us do a majority of our runs in our neighborhoods, so the Five Finger will always be a supplemental shoe for us.

Click here for the article!


A great infosheet on Dynamic Stretching

Recent studies are showing that static stretching before a workout is actually risks injury during the workout.  A much better way to get warmed up is something called dynamic stretching.  Follow the link to learn more.



East Portland
This is a great 10 mile loop through both NE and SE Portland Laurelhurst10milerai.pdf
Great loop options from 1-5 miles around the heart of NE starting from Grant Park.
A scenic, simple loop through North and Northeast Portland. Nice tree-lined loop along Ainsworth Ave. 7.5 miles.
An easy, flat five miler along a golf course and down some nice tree lined streets.
This map lists loops ranging from 3-7 miles from our NE store. mapsaroundnortheast.pdf
A N.E. Foot Traffic classic. The Rocky Butte loop is a solid 8 miler with a gut-buster hill in the middle.
A hilly and scenic tour up one of Portland's classic streets, Terwilliger Blvd. Add the waterfront loop to make it a solid 7 miles.
This downtown loop gives you a nice break from the same ol' esplanade course. Take a little tour of close-in east portland and visit Widmer, Mississippi, and the Rose Garden on the way!
If you're looking for a tour of downtown Southwest Portland, this is your loop. Visit some cool architecture, the South Park Blocks, PGE Park, Lincoln High School's track, and Pioneer Place. Add on more on the waterfront to make it a 7 or 8 miler.
Fun DT loop.pdf
The classic downtown Portland Waterfront Esplanade loop. Just a hair under 3 miles for a full loop, plus optional add-ons and variations. A bit crowded at times, but scenic.
A nice 8-9 miler from the D.T. Foot Traffic to the Sellwood Bridge. Very nice along the eastbank of Willamette.Wetlands and unique southern view of city are some highlights.
A slight variation of the classic waterfront loop. Do the normal 2.9 mile loop and add a little on for 5 or 7 miles.
NW Portland
A nice 7-8 mile option from NW Portland or starting from the waterfront. A mix of the esplanade and NW Portland. Not too hilly except near Wallace Park.
A great tour of both close-in Northwest and Northeast Portland with a little blend of the waterfront to boot. Overall, a pleasant 11+ miler with a 10 mile option.

Training guides:
walking to running w-outs.xls

Sites you should visit:
One of the most active and all-inclusive running clubs in the Northwest. Fun, friendly, and a really cool logo. Their website is also well-done. Kick it!

Alameda Fitness Club is no bacon-touting sandwich. It's the Eastside's best, most-wonderful athletic club. Stop by and check out their amazing selection of group classes. They rock!

One of the best tri-clubs in the area, Portland Tri-club is for both beginners and experienced alike. Check their website for training opportunities and more. Plus join them at our "Last Friday" downtown Foot Traffic group runs.

After doing some perusing on the web, I found a pretty cool running networking site. If you're worried about training alone this winter (& our group runs are not enough!), check out this website to find training partners.


Look for their logo!

The Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) is the largest endurance sports training program in the world and also a proud participant of Race for the Roses. In exchange for training and support, members help raise money towards cures for blood cancers like leukemia -- the No. 1 disease killer of children -- lymphoma and myeloma. Athletes walk away with new friends, amazing accomplishments and the sense that they did something even more important than getting in good shape. For more information, check out the TNT local chapter's website:


Looking for a new loop or course to run or walk in your neighborhood? Check out this USATF link to find tons of loops created by fellow runners and walkers in your area or create your own favorite course for others!

Kelly at OregonLive has put together a nifty little group run calendar for her RunOregon blog. Check it out! She didn't include my morning run with my dog Maeby, but I guess everybody knows they're invited to that, right?!
Group Run Calendar