What’s better than running? Not a whole lot.
What’s better than running with a group of running-obsessed Portlanders, Britney Spears blasting on the speakers, while being simultaneously cheered on and honked at (in encouragement) by people and cars in the streets? Definitely, definitely nothing. Welcome to Nike Run Club.
If you’re looking for some inspiration and motivation to get out there and hit the pavement, you’re in luck. The Portland chapter of Nike Run Club is open for business!
What’s makes running with a group so fantastic? It’s all about the synergy. Think back to high school physics.
noun: synergy; plural noun: synergies; noun: synergism; plural noun: synergisms
1. the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
That’s right: with the perfect mixture of friendly, fun energy and a fantastic group of runners, we accomplish more than each of us would on our own.
Running with a group is one of the best ways to pump up your pace and endurance. While I do love running solo, sometimes I need to push myself with some healthy competition! Running up the OHSU hill would never have happened without Run Club. It’s hard to focus on mileage and the respiratory taxation of running when you have an overwhelming amount of positive energy circling around the group. I have succeeded in introducing four of my friends to Run Club, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. That’s cause it’s fun, y’all. On run club nights, we run the city like we own it.
Not to mention, we get to run in one of the most beautiful and fun cities in the world.
If you live in Portland, come run with us! It’s free,
and all levels are welcome! All you need to bring is a smile and some shoes. If you don’t like your shoes, you can take the Nike store’s currently featured kicks on a test run. Nike lends out the latest gear for user testing as well, like its new sport watch
. If fear about your pace is keeping you from joining us, stop right there! At least three Nike employee pacers come with us and make sure no one is ever left behind.
Bonus points if you have the Nike Run+ app
on your phone to track mileage (it’s free), and an Instagram account to tag our runs! Nike will donate a set amount of money per mile to a selected charity. Remember to hashtag #werunpdx!
Meet up at the Nike store downtown on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Monday runs break into groups planning to run 3, 5 or 7+ miles. The Wednesday run will usually be a themed fun-run between 3 and 5 miles, planned by one of the Nike employees. Last night, our art-themed route had us running to some of Portland’s iconic sculpture stops, where we did some quick strength training moves before continuing on.
Wall sits: par for the course.
You’ll also get the inside scoop on larger runs coming up. For example, Nike’s We Run the Night Flash Run on
December 21st hosted hundreds of runners on a four mile route through Portland to celebrate the longest night of the year. I’ve never seen so many glow lights in my life. We were treated to a pit stop inside the Jeld-Wen stadium
for some personal trainer-led strength training, and a fireworks show inside the stadium! Since it coincided with Santacon
, we were cheered on by about 200 intoxicated Santas, but kept on course with the help of a bona fide marching band. What can I say? If you weren’t there, you weren’t there.
Needless to say, if you ever needed a boost of pure adrenaline with some of the best people in this city, run club is for you.
But apart from the mileage, the hashtagging, and the training, I love Run Club because it helps me to get out there and be active within my community. Between the expertly crafted playlists pumping through the city air and the friendly chatter to be had with new friends, running this city is a total blast and never fails to lift my spirits.
Just remember: if you can walk, you can run. If you can run, you are a runner. So what are you waiting for? Just do it.