Monday, November 30, 2009

Fast Local Elvis Impersonator

The exerpt below is from an article about the Seattle Marathon last weekend. This is the same Ian who's been a mainstay at the Wed Noon Run and Tuesday workout for the past few months. Who knows what else we'll learn about him. Nice work!

The men's sixth-place finisher, Ian Sharman of Bend, Ore. (2:42:53), crossed the finish line wearing a high-rise pompadour wig and lightweight white jumpsuit. His time allowed him to reclaim, he says, the Guinness world record for the fastest marathon by a runner dressed as Elvis.
"I won't do an impression, though," Sharman, 29, said with a laugh.
Sharman, a London native, had previously held the Elvis-marathoner record but lost it to another runner. Sharman needed to break 2:49 to reclaim the mark. "I'm really happy," said Sharman, who has previously run as Elvis in London and Rome. "The wig makes it a little more difficult; it catches the wind when it picks up,"

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Scientific Study on Something You Probably Know

Check out this NY Times article. It's a good reminder for all on how exercise makes us less anxious. Cheers

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pie Run Mania

Wow! Thanks to all who ran, walked, made pie and helped out with the I LIKE PIE run. The stats: ~ 550 runners and walkers, 73 pies, more than $3000 and 3000lbs of food donated to NeighborImpact. It gave us all the warm fuzzies to see the community come together for some exercise, pie, and a great cause. This is our third year for I LIKE PIE and it has more than doubled each year.

Special thanks to Gerry Lopez (surfing legend, husband of Toni), Priscilla Welch (winner of the 87 NY marathon and amazing masters runner) , Linsey Corbin (grew up in Bend, just finished second at IronMan Arizona where she ran a 3:04 marathon after all that swimming and biking) and Bob Woodward (Local and outdoor industry icon, former mayor of Bend).

We know we can improve the Pie Baking Contest and hope to enlist the COCC culinary school to lend it some credibility. I had the pleasure of dishing pie for about 90 minutes and let's just say there were some over-the-top good pies. Cheers-Teague

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


With the recent blanketing of snow and an itch to get out of the routine we decided it was time to work off those pre-Thanksgiving calories and make some turns on the Cone. We hiked on both Sunday and Monday; both days reminding me how much of a contrast the weather at Mt Bachelor can be. Sunday there was almost no visibility (wind gusts exceeding 50mph) and on Monday we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day! I bootpacked and Amy skinned (she's a little less stubborn than me.. and/or just smarter). Either way, we both earned our turns leaving us smiling hiking up and skiing down!

This year Mt Bachelor has changed it's policy on uphill travel so check out the link at the bottom of this page before you go.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and keep running...and skiing, and biking!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ironman Arizona

Here at the FZ we have had a few folks training relentlessly for a really long triathlon down in Arizona. Tonya her husband Geof and FZ customer Richard Arnold have been gunning for this event all summer. For those who don't know what an Ironman triathlon consists of here is the run down. Start off with a 2.4 mile swim, follow that with a 112 mile bike ride, and finish of the day with a 26.2 mile run. Whew.
I hope they had fun and judging by the times it looks like they were cookin' with gas. Here are the results.
Tonya Littlehales 12:14:59
Geof Hasegawa 11:46:04
Richard Arnold 15:49:47

Congratulations on finishing strong at Ironman AZ!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I Like Pie update

This Thursday, Nov. 19th is the last day to sign-up if you want a tee shirt. Entry fee is a recommended $5 donation to NeighborImpact and 5 cans of food. You don't have to sign up in advance, but it helps us plan if you can. Shirts are $10. So far we have over 100 registered, 16 pies and Gerry Lopez (yes, that Gerry Lopez) and Priscilla Welch (87 NY marathon winner, etc.etc) as celebrity pie judges. Yes, we are enthused.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Last Week (and most weeks)

This past week sure felt like a pre-cursor to winter and made us happy for all we had going on here at the FZ. This is part recap and part reminder to pay attention because every week there are fun opportunities to get some activity with others. With the exception the the PF Clinic, these all happen every week.

TPG workout -The Tuesday workout with Max King still draws a great crowd despite the dark and plummeting temps. If your goal is to get faster, this can sure help.
Ask the Experts- People are often surprised to hear that we have someone in the shop almost every week to help them with their ailments. We think this is a great service for the community and are very appreciative that Mark DeJohn (ART), Steve Leary (PT), Chris Vergona (PT) and Michael Dennis (PA) are all good enough to offer their time.
PF Clinic Why do we have a Plantar Fasciitis Clinic? Several reasons: 1. people ask us to 2. Steve Leary is kind enough to do it and offers a broad perspective instead of the magic pill 3. We really see the need. Many people seek us out for the first time when they are dealing with PF and while we can help them, we want to offer them more. Thus, we encourage them to seek out medical help but like to have an accessible intoduction at the shop.

Taco Stand noon run- The group is growing and diversifying and the burritos are really good.
Learn to Run group- Nancy at the FZ is leading this out. It's a comfortable setting for all (you didn't have to be part of the FZ Learn to Run program). We have extra headlamps if you need one.

Functional Fitness workout- Kyle Will comes around every Thursday Night to kick our butts. At the shop we all love this workout and have realized that stuff like this is what keeps you strong and balanced enough to enjoy your running (or whatever activity) more. It cost $5 and there were 14 people last week- join in.

Learn to Run group- at 10:30 for the next several Saturdays, Connie Austin (our Learn to Run coach) is leading out a group. Again, you didn't have to participate in the FZ Learn to Run program to join in. Just a fun, inviting group for ALL paces.

Women's Running Group- Jenny from the FZ is back leading this group and it is thriving (two dozen were out this morning).

I know, I know, we take Mondays and Fridays and only open the doors to fit everyone in shoes and clothes and such. What can i say, there is always room for improvement. Seriously, we're proud of the offerings we have and hope everyone can find something that's fun, challenging, and/or helpful. If you want more info on any of these call us, email or check out our website. Cheers-Teague

Monday, November 9, 2009

Congratulations High School XC Runners!

We wanted to offer a big applause to all the cross country teams and individuals that competed this past Saturday at the state cross country meet in Eugene. Kudo's to the Summit girls for their 2nd straight state title---which included one of our very own FootZoners--- Kellie Schueler.

Again, great job to everybody from all the area teams that competed.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gun Warmers

Come check out our awesome selection of arm warmers from Moeben and Sugoi! It's a really great way to minimize layers for race day, or add some fun to your running attire for fall.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Winter Running Favorites from the FootZone staff

Although it's not feeling like Winter on a gorgeous November day like today; we all know that the snow will be flying soon and with the days getting shorter, the frigid Cascade winds blowing down the mountains we all could succumb to the seasons changing as an excuse to stay inside….BUT, with a little help from all of us at the shop we've compiled a list of our much loved-let the snow fly, may blizzards beware, laugh at the shorter days and grin in the cold, stay cozy winter attire that we believe will keep you active all winter long.

Enjoy and we all hope this helps!


180’s running Gloves- I chuckled at these when I first saw them 4 years ago. When we brought them in the store the following winter and I started running and bike commuting in them I became a huge fan of the retractable little windproof mitten. I’ve got lots of running gloves but these are my favorite and most versatile pair.
Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp- They make a lot of fancy lighting options but this little headlamp lights my way without bouncing around or hurting my head.

Sugoi Subzero Zap Knicker- so warm on the quad muscles, but not to hot. Tights are too warm for me and I like to free the calves.

Icebreaker for the top: The Chase zip 200 weight- I know a little light but for me it is perfect. I will wear this up till it gets below 35 degrees then on to my Sugoi speedster another one of my favorites.

Sporting the Sugoi Tatu armwarmers, Brooks running beanie and mmm, mmm GU Chomps.

Sugoi Sensia pant- It's brushed interior keeps me warm while running in Central Oregon's colder winter temps.
Plus, when I don't have time to change out of it, it functions as a comfortable and attractive pant throughout the day. Icebreaker top- I love this product because not only does it keep me nice and toasty, but it also keeps the stink away.

When life in Central Oregon is frigid, the marriage of my Asics Transitive Boxers and Sugoi Subzero Zap tights treat me right! The Asics boxer has the “gotta love seamless design”, not to mention, the compression technology, this all sport undergarment offers some support and the best part--- lots of warmth! Complimenting the boxers is the Sugoi Subzero Zap Tight. It’s a thermal regulator for the entire leg. They’re coated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) for those snowy and rainy days, they have 3M Scotchlite reflective accents help keep me seen when it’s dark. In addition to being ideal for running, they’re just the right baselayer for downhill skiing and do not comprise chamois comfort for winter mountain and road biking.
For winter, I like lots of things. But here is what really makes me happy on those cold days: Sporthill Northwind Unders, aka peter heater. Without these Clay would have never seen the light of day.
I like them because they are soft and the legs are snug and don't ride up while I run. Unlike other windbriefs the Sporthill don't squeeze everything so tight that halfway through your run you can't wait to get home so you can take your underwear off. Second item: I really like weather it is cold or not is 4" cuffs on my Sock Guy socks. When it is cold they keep your ankles covered and you nice and toasty. When it is warm they look really neeto with shorts.

Sugoi speedster- when it’s really cold, I love having a hood. For the first 20 min. I run with the hood on over my hat. Then flip it off when I warm up without having to lose a layer. Super easy. It’s nice to have if the wind kicks up, starts to snow, etc.
Patagonia alpine beanie- I always run with a light weight hat in winter this one works well for me.
Smartwool liner gloves- light, comfortable.

*Chocolate Outrage GU... No ifs ands or buts... It is the stuff that warms you up and keeps you smiling... or running!

*My fun-new girly Smartwool running hat... Life is short~make a statement!... It keeps me cozy and stylish!

Northwind Underwear by Sporthill - When the wind picks up and the mercury drops the beans and frank like to stay warm. Seriously, the underwear has a special barrier that is windproof and it really works and makes winter running better.
Skull Cap - Brooks new one is cool because it has holes on top. Just enough to let some air our but keeps in most of the heat so your body can stay warm and it protects your ears.
Gloves - All of them. I have about 4 different pairs for different conditions. My 180's with the wind and water resistant mitten cover are nice but they are only for really cold days.
Sugoi Tights - don't remember which ones they are but bought them last year at the FZ. They have zippers on the bottom and a back pocket. They are warm and easy to get on and off with the ankle zippers. The pocket is just enough for a key, money, gel or mp3. They also have light fuzzy inside.
Smartwool socks - nothing is better, not much more to say.
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1. Yak Trax I truly LOVE them because they allow me to be out on my favorite trails all winter. Some of my most memorable runs have been after a big snowfall, and I meet my “little friends” out on the river, and we have an amazing time. (And no slipping!!) I love that I can get out with the dog any day, in any weather, and not have to worry about falling.
2. Nike Soft hand L/S shirt. It is soooooooooo cozy and warm and the color we have in the shop is BEAUTIFUL. (Even on me!) It has some reflective detailing, and that will keep me safe and sound when I run with the LTR group IN THE DARK this winter.
Thank you for the opportunity to tell you about some of my favorite things (sung in the tune of “theas are a few of my favorite things” from “The Sound of Music”.)
1. The 180 Convertible running gloves that turn into mittens are great. Warm without being confining and versatile without being cumbersome!
2. Sugoi’s Sensia Pant is just right; because it’s the right something on the bottom half! It changes with the weather of course, but whatever I choose has to be comfortable and flexible have little pockets.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Kari Wins RLH

Congrats to Kari Strange for her win at the Run Like Hell half marathon. Kari had some tough injuries early in the year and was always out cheering us on at the Tuesday workout even when she couldn't run herself. Now it's great to see her back running strong. Good work, Kari and don't waste your breath on "I only won because...". Just enjoy it!

New York Marathon

Max King was 18th overall and 11th American! 2:19:11 and a 5:19 pace

Below are the top US men:

Place Bib Name Time State Country Citizenship

1 8 Meb Keflezighi 02:09:15 CA USA USA

4 5 Ryan Hall 02:10:36 CA USA USA

7 15 Jorge Torres 02:13:00 CO USA USA

8 19 Nick Arciniaga 02:13:46 MI USA USA

9 10 Abdi Abdirahman 02:14:00 AZ USA USA

10 16 Jason Lehmkuhle 02:14:39 MN USA USA

12 21 Peter Gilmore 02:15:22 CA USA USA

14 29 Mike Sayenko 02:16:38 WA USA USA

15 28 Mike Reneau 02:16:45 WI USA USA

17 34 Allen Wagner 02:17:49 PA USA USA

18 24 Max King 02:19:11 OR USA USA