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Week 4: Running the Springwater Corridor

Week 4: Running the Springwater Corridor

by Pat Dooris

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Posted on May 3, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Could you run a Half Marathon? For lifelong runners, the answer is probably "sure" or "done that." But not for KGW-TV Reporter Pat Dooris.The self-confessed NON-runner had never done more than a 5K until a year ago, and had never been a "runner" as an adult.But in April, he was inspired to tackled the challenge of trying to run a Half Marathon.He's signed up for the Foot Traffic Flat Fast Half, a 13.1 mile run around Portland's Sauvie Island over the July 4 holiday, and has also joined a 13-week training program with others who share his goal.He's going to be blogging each week about his experience, and - hopefully - his transformation into a Half Marathoner.Your tips and experiences are welcome in our COMMENTS section.

April 30, 2011

Seven and a half miles doesn’t sound like that much, especially in the running world.

But I’m not in the running world. And it sounds like a long way to me.

I’m training for the Foot Traffic half marathon on the 4th of July and, as the time gets shorter, the runs get longer.

A few weeks ago I accidentally ran 7.4 miles by myself in Spokane. But I was lost half the time, wandering back and forth across the river downtown and generally desperate to get back to my hotel.

This training run would be with the Galloway group. It’s all volunteer but there’d be no turning back, no chance for wimpy-ness. The group would be watching and I committed to finish with my team.

 We met at 9am Saturday by the ramp leading down to the submarine at OMSI. It’s a perfect spot since the Esplanade trail takes off to the north from there and the entrance to the Springwater corridor is a bit to the south.

Julee Ryan led our group. She’s married with two daughters and has run the last two Portland marathons which instantly made her a professional in my eyes. She led us off on gentle pace of 10 minute miles. We ran for three minutes then walked for one minute. It’s the style taught by Jeff Galloway to tens of thousands of runner-want-to-be’s like me. And it works.

At first, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the run seemed. That’s classic Galloway too. He preaches a pace that is a couple minutes slower than you could normally run when you are pushing your personal limit on a longer distance.

I couldn't believe the sights as we set off down the pathway. At nine in the morning on a relatively cool day, the Springwater corridor near OMSI looked like an undercover training camp for men and women from the military. As our little group of six headed south we passed team after team coming the other way—all fit and sweaty and running as a pack. I had no idea so many people ran like that!

As the miles stretched out we chatted about running and admired baby geese along one side of the path and wild cats with feeders on the other side.

We ran down past Oaks Bottom Amusement center then turned around to head back toward OMSI. Almost before I knew it, the run was over, which still feels very strange to write.

Everyone said they felt great at the end. That was mostly true for me. I’m sure its just a passing thing but my left knee started throbbing on the last two sections of our run. Nothing a bit of ibuprofen can’t handle.

And thanks to my running friends at work, I avoided a rookie mistake. I just bought a new pair of running shoes and was eager to break them out on the long run. Frank Mungeam and Rich Kurz, both veteran marathoners, convinced me that was a horrible idea. Julee, one of our professional coaches agreed when I brought up the idea at the end of our run.

I’ll break in the new shoes over the next couple weeks during shorter runs and be ready for the next long weekend.

What’s your feeling about when to break in or break out new shoes?

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