- Dj DeAustria reviewed 4 years ago
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In a 4 week period, I had a 50 minute PR in an Ironman 10:54 Ran the Suavie Island Marathon to get my first ever BQ with a 3:17 and had another 25 Minute PR at Lake Steven 70.3.
it was my 7th Ironman, my previous PR was from 2003. Numerous 1/2 iron distance triathlons my previous PR was from 2002. My previous Marathon PR was 3:15 in 1991. I also got a 10K PR albeit only a 2 minute PR.
- jag9922 reviewed 3 years ago
I like Solemates in Motion because it does not only include one type of woman. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old; fit or not fit, runner or walker, you will feel like part of the group. We receive all kinds of information about walks/runs and advise from others that have had experience where you may be just starting out. There is no pressure to go from walking to running or to walk or run faster or longer, but lots of help if that is what your goal is. The group run/walks are great. You get to connect with awesome women in different areas of Portland and SW Washington. Besides feeling good physically, you get the added bonus of feeling good about giving back to the community through the giving part of Solemates.
- Kiwi816 reviewed 3 years ago
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I love Solemates because they welcome women of all fitness levels. I consider myself a beginner runner and I love the group runs/walks because I am always free to go at my own pace but am also encouraged and motivated by everyone else. I can ask questions and advice of the more experienced runners. Great group of ladies!
- pdxrunnergirl reviewed 4 years ago
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I’ve been working with Chris for six months. He was great at evaluating my previous training plans and analyzing where he thought its strengths and weaknesses were. He found areas of opportunity in my training and made adjustments which I believe resulted in my four minute pr in the half marathon. Chris is a very positive, encouraging and motivating coach. He’s a good and frequent communicator. I fully trust Chris’s experience and wisdom and will continue working with him and look forward to doing so.
- Guest reviewed 3 years ago
I’ve ran with this group a few times and they always bring the energy, whether it’s the employees or the other regulars you are going to have a great time! They normally have fun different activities during their runs each week and often do Nike Training Club as well. Definitely a must!
- Amy reviewed 4 years ago
I started running with Team Athena about eight years ago when I moved to the Portland area. I was tired of running alone and wanted to find women to run with. Team Athena offers track workouts for female members on Tuesday nights, and it’s been so fun to find workout partners. A group of us often meet on Thursdays and Saturdays for runs as well. I’ve made some of my best friends in Portland through Team Athena and absolutely love it!
- mkrenison reviewed 2 years ago
The first time I took this class I wasn’t sure what to think of it. I was sweating, using weights with yoga poses…it made zero sense. But I gave it another few rounds. I increased my weights and started to really understand how it can benefit the runners body. Because of the overall body workout, this sculpt class works on stabilizing muscles, glute strength and upper body strength. So, when I fatigue, I feel a difference in how I break down. I feel like I can use the strength from muscle groups that previously were not as strong, so I didn’t really know they could support me the way they do.
Depending on the teacher, you can get everything from Richard Simmons to Jillian Michaels – type teachers. Music from Dirty Dancing and Flashdance or the latest rap from Snoop Dog. Whatever the case, it generally is so entertaining that the hour goes by pretty quickly.
Modify where you need to. I never jump. Ever. I just do core or air squats. And after a year of modifying, I no longer get strange looks.
- Trailgirl reviewed 4 years ago
Derek brings years of personal running and coaching experience to the table. He ran at a high level through the 2012 Olympic T&F Trials, and got to train and learn under well respected coaches such as Robert Chapman (Director of Sport Science and Medicine at USATF) and Brad Hudson (author of Run Faster). He also coached at various high schools and was head distance coach at Liberty University before moving to Portland. While coaching isn’t his full-time job anymore, he loves to coach a variety of athletes on the side. He especially enjoys coaching collegiate and elite/sub-elite level, but coaches those of all abilities. His coaching style is more of a guidance style, to work around your work and life schedule, and to empower the runner to make his own decisions as well.
- iDurias reviewed 3 years ago
When I first got into running I was hesitant about going into a running store where everyone was, presumably, an accomplished runner. But the accomplished runners at Portland Running Company were warm and welcoming to me as a newbie and continue to be informative and encouraging as I become a better runner. PRC is the only place I’ll go.
- iDurias reviewed 3 years ago
I trained by myself for my first marathon last year and I’m in the midst of training with Portland Fit for my second marathon. Already I’m seeing the benefits of group long runs and the individual training Portland Fit has us doing during the week. Lots of fun people from a range of running/walking experience and backgrounds so anybody can fit right in. I’m optimistic about really lowering my time in October at Portland Marathon.
- Mike Strobel reviewed 8 months ago
Eastwind serves runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes, walkers, and anyone else who enjoys physical activities. They offer daily runs, huge weekend running/walking group activities, cycling groups, swimming groups, social activities and special topic lectures. With over 130 members and 568 followers on FB, the group is growing quickly and offering more opportunities for folks generally on the east side of Portland and including Gresham, Sandy, Estacada Troutdale and Fairview, but also has active members from Beaverton and Vancouver. A very supportive and fun group, with positive support for all levels, paces and distances of fitness-minded people.
- alancsmith reviewed 3 years ago
I just want to say a public thank you to all associated with Portland Running Company. It’s owners Dave and Paula Harkin, its friendly and knowledgeable staff — AND the great runners/leaders that come out to PRC’s group runs to welcome everyone there and to provide encouragement to all. There are winners in running, but to me, all who participate can think of themselves as winners. Everyone can improve and can thus be a winner. The group runs at PRC are a real encouragement to “regular” people who run or walk at all different paces and distances. Participation and engagement are what counts and the PRC folks encourage us all to participate in their events (and others in the community) as well as be engaged with the other regular folks running and walking around us.
All of this has certainly encouraged my running and has provided me with a community to join.
- Chris R. reviewed 8 months ago
Love this group. I have made many friends who are so fun to run with and are helping me be a faster runner just by joining in on the group runs. They offer runs on roads and trails and all different distances. Plus great socials after some of the runs to get to know everyone better.
- diatros reviewed 3 years ago
The PRC Scholls store has a number of excellent training groups that I would recommend to any new or experienced runner. In the summer, most of the runs are on the Fanno Creek trail, a relatively flat paved running/biking trail near the store. In the winter, runs are on nearby roads, although always in areas with sidewalks. Both options make for good weekday runs, and groups typically have good options for a variety of paces. In general, I would say that runs at the Scholls store tend a little more toward runners in the 8+ min/mile category, although some faster folks show up too. Amenities are excellent – the store has water, a box to keep your keys safe, and of course knowledgeable staff if you need to buy shoes or gear. There are also quite frequently events sponsored by various shoe companies at the group runs, which let you try out new shoes for a whole run (much more enlightening than a jog through the parking lot) and then an opportunity to win a pair of shoes or other items at the end. If you live anywhere nearby, this is a running hub worth checking out! If you find that one night is not a perfect fit, try another night, as composition of groups does vary a bit (Monday runs have more fast folks; Wednesday has more walkers). Any night you go, though, you should find that everyone is very friendly.
- Heather W. reviewed 8 months ago
Eastwind is such a fun, supportive group! We genuinely love, support, and encourage each other. I have made some of my best friends in this group. We run, cycle, swim, walk, hike, talk, eat, drink, sing and of course selfie! You’ll find us all over East County running, then eating at local small businesses. Come join us!
- tamihasson reviewed 3 years ago
I’ve only been a member a little over a month, but I’m so impressed with Wendi and the Solemates group. Wendi works hard to schedule group runs and collect donations for local organizations. Doing great things one step at a time
I also appreciate the discounts on local races.
Wendi works really hard at this and I’m so happy to be a member. Looking forward to all the scheduled events with this group!
- Kathi reviewed 8 months ago
Great support & lots of encouragement.
- mimirns reviewed 3 years ago
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I love this group!! I had been searching for a way to give back while doing what I love and this is it! Besides giving to other women, I have support, encouragement and new friends. Wendi is in contact with every member and makes sure everyone is welcome and getting what they want out of the group. I found other groups just take your money and leave you wandering in the running world. Not this group! All the ladies believe in each other in running and your life outside!!
- Emi reviewed 8 months ago
Fantastic group! I got out of the habit of running when I was pregnant the last time and I started to wonder if I would ever get back into it. This group was very encouraging, inclusive, and welcoming(even though I was much slower than most of the group) someone always ran/walked with me so that I didn’t get left behind. I am so grateful to have them in my life!
- aussiegirl70 reviewed 3 years ago
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I have been part of this group since March 2014, and I really like it. There are monthly group runs in really picturesque spots, and all paces are welcome (walkers to marathoners!) I have always felt accepted and welcomed, and I am a “back of the pack” runner. When you join you get a cute necklace (yeah!!) and access to discount codes on races and running events. Wendi is super organized and very friendly. Oh yeah, and they have cute running gear!
If you’re looking for a running group in SE Portland area, this one is great.