So after our post yesterday about local Pro runner / Picky Bar co-founder and just general rock star, Lauren Fleshman – we went home to find this in our mail box. The fact that she takes time to send these out to her fan base makes her that much more of a stud. In our book, anyway. “Honor your body, don’t talk shit about it.” – Lauren Fleshman
Local running Pro and Picky Bars co-founder, Lauren Fleshman, wrote a blog post about her body after having a baby – AND posted pictures. Her words are definitely worth repeating, so check it out here.
We salute her for “keeping it real.” Runners use their bodies as tools, and need to be very aware of how they feel and look. This is just reality, folks. And it’s beautiful.
This past weekend was a smattering of mud, mud and mud here in Bend and across Oregon. There was a local race in conjunction with the Oregon Winterfest – the Snow Warriors 5K looked like a ton of fun and we wish we were healthy enough to participate. High-fives to the locals, especially Jen and Scott, for giving it their all in that rowdy, 5K obstacle course. Also, deuces to Dan and Kathy Harshburger – Dan finished one loop (25K) of the MUDDIER THAN MUDDY Hagg Lake 50K, while Kathy made a smart decision to DNS due to a lingering virus. We all know that running is no fun when you are fighting your body to recover, especially in the mud.
Also this weekend was Moab’s Red Hot 55K / 33K – northwest of Moab, UT, just west of Arches National Park. The course offers majestic views of the La Sal Mountains to the southeast and breathtaking views of Canyonlands National Park to the west.
With courses that include technical “slick” rock, sand hills, sandstone drainages, “gnarly broken rock,” STEEP climbs and jeep trails, this is one race that sounds like knee pads might be required. MAD props to those Bend runners who finished last weekend:
55K Allison Miles – 9:00:26
33K Brendan Layden – 3:41:47
33K Kayla Layden – 3:41:47
SERIOUSLY! – you guys rock (no pun intended)
One of FootZone’s weekly runs goes by “Tuesday Performance Group” or “TPG.” Max King leads the TPG group, and we hear he likes to crack the whip (not really, but the visual is cool). This is a great way to improve your speed while running with other people looking to do the same. Tonight’s TPG will feature shoe demos by Mizuno.
This evening’s workout is a “Michigan.” Devised by a coach at the University of Michigan, the workout is designed to simulate the change of paces that runners experience in a race. In other words, FAST. It is a combination of an interval workout and short tempo runs – probably one of the more challenging workouts out there.
And Max loves it. So there’s that.
Workout starts at 5:30pm at Farewell Bend Park. Show up a little early if you’d like to demo shoes by Mizuno.
Apparently, Old Man Winter decided to give us a whole winter’s worth of snow ALL IN ONE DAY. Make that two. Anywho, that snow is currently melting because of warmer temps and rain. So, fellow Bend runners, if you weren’t able to run outside during Snowpocalypse you might think all those running paths are clear. Not so much. We joined the FootZone noon run and discovered that the amount of water sitting along the paths in Drake Park and the Old Mill could fill 100 Olympic-sized pools. There are small ponds scattered along all of Bend’s bike paths.
While our 5-mile run gave us sloggy shoes, it was worth being outside after a week of being sick and snowed in.
Also, FootZone is having their annual Running Sale for TWO MORE DAYS this weekend – Friday (2/14) and Saturday (2/15), so hit’em up for some gear at 20% off while you can!
Run on a treadmill. Ugh. We’ve seen “dread”mill posted frequently in the past 24 hours. A lot of you are out there running, just indoors. Props to you all – we admire your dedication and willingness to run on a machine, mile after mile.
Bend is currently in the middle of a winter snow storm and has gotten nearly a foot of snow in the past 24 hours. Many of you have disregarded the dropping temps and ventured out into the white “rain,” which can be fun and also challenging. But there’s no time like the present to find out just how much fun it can be. So we say, GET OUTSIDE and play. Stop admiring the white fluff from indoors and do a little trailblazing. You may not get as far as you normally would (the challenging part), but it will be a lot more fun, and a great workout.
Just remember, dress warmly and be careful out there. The storm will be over soon, so take it all in while you can.
If you are like us, the extreme cold temps that Bend is experiencing shortens the duration of our daily runs – at least outdoors. We prefer to take advantage of the extra time on our hands by taking care of errands. Like shopping for new running shoes. Fortunately, one of our local running stores, FootZone, is having their annual running sale starting today. All running related merchandise including shoes, is 20% off until Sunday.
We love a good sale. Especially on running shoes.
The fine folks at the FootZone will all be on hand to help fit everyone who walks in the door, (we confess, we’ve already made our purchases), and we urge you to do your shopping for spring/summer (and maybe even next winter) running gear and support this awesome place. They’ll likely earn your business with their amazing customer service and friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
FootZone is located in downtown Bend on Wall Street across from the Tower Theatre. Hours are 10-7pm, Mon-Fri, 10-6 on Sat, and 11-5 on Sunday. See their website for more info.