Friday, November 19, 2010
Two options on distance. Either do the whole course, or if you'd rather, there is a simple way to make it 10 miles instead of 13.1 (we'll share that on Sunday morning). We hope some of you will brave the cold and join us. If we do by chance get a lot of snow, check this blog for updates. See you there.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
If you want to join in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org asap and we'll make sure they have lunch for you. Should be a good time!
Here's the schedule
8:30am: meet at Shevlin Park (south side of Shevlin Park Road)
9-12:30: work party at Skyline Forest
1pm: lunch is served at Aspen Meadow, Shevlin Park
1-2pm: Conservation Alliance Grantee Fair/raffle/announcements
What to bring: Sturdy footwear, long pants, raingear, sunscreen, warm layers, work gloves, loppers or hand saw (if you have them), water.
FootZone (via the Dirty Half, supported by the local running community) has raised $100,000 for the Deschutes Land Trust as they try to create a community forest on much of the forest between Bend and Sisters. This is a good opportunity to get out there and see all of the potential. h
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Great job by all and thanks for helping to give the FootZone a good name. We've received lots of thanks from these folks for supporing their teams but I'd say "Thank You" to all of them for being so worthy (not to mention all the support they've given us over the years). Cheers-Teague
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The word on the trail is that with exception to a few patches of snow, a couple of mildly-swift creek crossings, and "don't worry you can outrun them" mosquitos, the Fall Creek to Soda Creek (AKA Green Lakes Loop) is OPEN!!! It's one of our favorite trail runs, encompassing 12-ish miles of some of the most beautiful scenery with expansive views of Broken Top and South Sister. Enjoy!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I just spent a couple days in Portland seeing some lines and attending a buying show. My trip started off with a beautful run in Forest Park. If I had to live in a heavily populated area again, I think being close to those trails would sure ease the pain.
Next was a visit with the product crew at Montrail. This brand has been a bit of an enigma for me ever since they were acquired by Columbia (OK, even before they were acquired by Columbia). Montrail to this day has some cache as a trail brand despite the fact that they really haven't put out anything all that spectacular for some time. Some would say they never have, but shoes like the Vitesse, Leona Divide and Hardrock were at least so unique and loved enough by some to make Montrail legitimate. The thing Montrail always did was sponsor trail runs and ultra runners before that was popular, thus they will forever be dear to some hearts. So, we've carried Montrail for 14 years but the last 3 have been mighty lean. They're starting to have a little success with a couple shoes but generally, they suffer by comparison to the other trail shoes out there. I wanted to go and meet with them for a couple reasons: 1. They have a tremendous product team in place with lots of guys who really understand the running market and have been involved in executing some great shoes with other companies. 2. So far, I haven't seen that team putting out the caliber of product I would expect.
Well, I found out that there are some shoes coming. Those hoping this will be the Montrail of old can forget about it. These guys don't plan to make any ultra stout, borderline bricks anymore. However, they do have some pretty runable shoes coming for Spring 2011. The new Fairhaven isn't necessarily going to wow anyone but is probably the best fitting, most approachable product from Montrail in years. The upper fits extremely well and the ride is simple and good. This is a fairly typical stability shoe but the ride is really balanced and they didn't mess too much with the midsole/outsole so it seems to transition really well. The Rogue Racer is a shoe they've been working pretty closely with Max King on and it's good (not great). It fits like a track spike and has a simple, fairly low profile platform that again, transitions pretty well. My only complaint is that the platform doesn't marry the upper all that well. It probably should be a little more flexible and pliable. Still, this is a worthy addition. All in all, I'm encouraged that Montrail is heading in the right direction. I'd love to think they could be a viable brand for us again.
Moving on to the show wasn't quite as much fun. It was less running product and more casual brands. Little did I realize I was in for a surprise. I've been wondering who would take a more conventional approach to what Fivefingers has started (ie. make a regular looking shoe that is ultra minimalist). I know Inov-8 has some great product for Spring 2011 but was surpised to find that Merrell is right in the mix. There's a backstory here. Merrell is one of the brands that Vibram approached to manage/distribute FiveFingers but they said no (along with several other companies). Well, Vibram has gone back to them and contributed their minimalist expertise to help Merrell execute some great looking product for Spring 2011. The key product is a seriously minimalist active/running shoe with a great fit and decent look. This product just makes a lot of sense and I can't wait to have it in the shop (See Photo of Men's and Women's style). They're also making a Men's casual/leather style and a women's Mary Jane that are great in different ways. They'll be a nice option for those seeking that minimalist lifestyle who don't want to have to talk about their shoes everytime they go to the grocery store. It was a good trip, I love new product and am glad to see that some new (old) players might soon be in the mix. Cheers-Teague
Monday, June 21, 2010
First off, nice work to all who participated in the Redmond's Dry Canyon run! It sounds like it was a fun event. The results are posted at www.time2race.com
We also wanted to congratulate Max King for his performance this past weekend in Gorham, New Hampshire for the USA Mountain Running Championships. Max came in 5th overall in a challenging course which ran 7.6 miles from the base of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, up an "unrelenting 12 percent grade to the 6,288-foot summit!" http://www.usatf.org/events/2010/USAMountainRunningChampionships/results.asp
Finally, a great job to Bendites Jeff Browning and Ashley Nordell in completing Wyoming's Bighorn 100 mile race. Jeff was 3rd overall with a time of 20hrs. 34 mins, and Ashley was the 1st female with a time of 23hrs 49 mins. Wow! It gives me a sideache and blisters on my feet just thinking about it!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Lea Hart with her daughter Denali pulled off a great registration process and packet pick up. Lea puts a ton of work into the DH and has made the race better by keeping me largely out of the registration process. She kept everyone in right spots and kept track of over 90 transfers which isn’t easy.
Jason Mattox aka Assbag. For the past 6 years he has been my right hand set up man. Loads the van, unloads the van, marks course, sets up PA, pre rides course, and everything in between. He had some 10+ hour days and never complains.
Lisa Bagwell and her husband Gary from the Deschutes Land Trust did a great job organizing all the volunteers. This is a very important job that made my job easier and the race better since the Land Trust has taken it on.
Drew Holmes the guy has followed all the runners on his bike and picked up course markings for the past two years.
Curt Ringstad and Tonya Littlehales have done stellar jobs organizing aid stations over the years.
My mom and dad for organizing the food tables every year.
Mitch Thompson and his wife Janelle for meeting me out at the start at 5am to help with set up and course pre ride.
Mike Smith who donated his time and sweet 83 Toyota truck to get all the garbage and recycling to the Knott transfer station.
And to all the folks who names I can’t remember but took care of the following jobs
Parking, shuttles start line, finish line, aid stations, bike corral, and beer garden, finish area water, bag drop, clean up, and prize distribution.
Without these people donating time the Dirty Half would not be what it is.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I think its fair to say there has been a shift in how runners think about form in the past few years. The pursuit of better form has generally been associated with getting faster. Nowadays, there is unbelievable interest in improved form to reduce injury, increase enjoyment and hopefully allow us more longevity as runners. Surprisingly, there aren't that many resources out there to help improve form. There's lots to read and take in online but as far as nuts and bolts help with making form more efficient, not that many people feel qualified. Coaches know some drills and certainly understand principles of training and how to apply those but generally that's for people who are already pretty efficient in their running. So the question: should you try to mess with a runner's form? There's plenty of debate on this but the convential wisdom has shifted form "probably not" to "probably". You can't take everyone and just make them a midfoot/forefoot striker. However, you can probably apply some very basic ideas and create improvement for most runners.
This is something I'm pretty engaged with these days. People want to run for health and fitness and they want to get better at it. Lot's of folks across the nation have come into running who didn't grow up with it. Some of them didn't grow up with activity at all. The struggle is that to truly improve form you really have to be balanced and have enough strength to engage the core. That can be a struggle for the decades long runner and the new runner alike. Like so many things, there is no magic pill. However, I do think there are some opportunities to improve the information that's available. Stay tuned...Teague
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
There are over 400 athletes from the Northwest signed up, but not very many from Bend and they have a free spot for a runner ($400 VALUE- ROOM, BOARD, EVENT & CONCERT on Saturday Night). If you're interested the local team needs to fill the spot ASAP- so if you know of anyone that would be great, or even runners that know how to geocache, they need 2 more geocachers/runners too!!
If you're intertested please call or email Nancy at the contact info below. She emailed me this morning and needs to fill the spot immediately. Here's the website for more info:
www.wildcanyongames.org Check out the video too... Uff dah!! Good times.
Nancy's contact information is:
Nancy J. Hackbarth
2514 NW Goodwillie Ct
Bend, OR 97701
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
If you're interested in trying out some Inov-8’s tomorrow night, here’s the skinny:
This is for folks who are interested in purchasing a pair of Inov-8’s. The whole idea is that Inov-8’s really are a little different than other shoes so this will give you that chance to try them out before you buy. If you try them and don’t like them, we get to send them off to Inov-8 for wear testing. If you try them and do like them, you buy them and enjoy your new shoes. We want everyone to try the shoes but out of respect for Inov-8, we ask that you do so in good faith.
If you are interested, try to be at FootZone around 5:15 to get sized up and ready to go. Stock is limited so first come, first serve. We're doing this in conjunction with the Tuesday workout but you don't have to do the workout in order to try the shoes. You can just go for a run if you'd rather.
Plus… We’ll have some Inov-8 goodies and a pair of shoes to raffle off. YeeHaw!!!
We have several different styles including…
Talon 212 – This thing is super light with great traction and a surprising amount of cushioning (for how light it is). Great minimalist trail shoe, trail racing shoe or TPG Drake Park shoe. Built on the Inov-8 2 arrow midsole which is the lowest, lightest one they offer. This is Teague’s favorite and gaining traction as possibly the premier minimalist trail shoe out there.
Roclite 295 - You get a touch more shoe here (83 grams more to be exact). The 295 is built on the 3 arrow midsole giving it a little more protection under foot. It has the sticky rubber outsole and a more accommodating fit in the forefoot. Lots of folks could use the 295 as a lighter trail option, an everyday trail runner, or a racing shoe.
Roclite 268- This is the women’s fit of the shoe above. Most of Inov-8’s shoes are unisex so it’s good that they came out with a women’s specific option.
Terroc 330 – Our beefiest Inov-8, the 330 is still pretty low to the ground and nimble but has a lot of protection underfoot. This is a great running shoe for many and doubles as a solid hiker for the low profile, nimble crowd.
F-Lite 220 - This is basically the same as the 212 but with a different outsole. Unfortunately, Inov-8 is out of stock in this shoe so our sizes are a little spotty but it’s one to keep in mind if you want a minimalist offering without aggressive tread or a great low profile workout shoe.
If anyone has any questions feel free to contact email@example.com
Friday, May 14, 2010
Brooks is a cool company in many ways. Great work place, good people but most importantly, they make great shoes. The new product looks great and it's fun to see some of their development process. It's very involved and shows why they consistently execute such great product. Lot's of great product but I'm most excited about a new Cascadia that's a full ounce lighter with a phenomenal fit. I hear it's beautful in Bend, hope you're enjoying it.
Run Happy! (Brooks catch phrase)-Teague
Sunday, April 4, 2010
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Now that we've got almost 18 months of selling fivefingers under our belts, we suggest more than ever that if this interests you, please proceed with caution. Most folks seem to underestimate how much time it takes to transition to less of a shoe (or fivefingers, or going barefoot). For many it just doesn't seem to work very well regardless of the time they take and for others it can be a fairly smooth transition. We're all different and all the situations are different (and running shoes work really well for lots of folks). Thus, enjoy the info but be sure to trust what works for you. Whatever your level of interest, know that we're here to help. Cheers-Teague
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Several of us at the shop are addicted to Hammer Recoverite but there lots of options both in the powdered and real food form. I like something liquid simply because my body can absorb it so effectively and quickly. We have lots of conversations about why this works so well and we know that it's the carbs and protein but are equally convinced that it's just so important to get something into your body during that crucial window. That jump start on recovery makes it so much easier to continue hydrating and you'll feel a difference both immediately and the next morning. Despite being likened to drug dealers, we've been known to offer up a sample so come on by and test it out for yourself after your next challenging workout. Cheers-Teague
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Keep your eyes open for a course preview sometime before the race. Barring terrible weather Dave says he will organize one sometime in March and 60% of the time he comes through 100% of the time.
Monday, January 18, 2010
This is a reminder that our Learn to Run Social and Fitness Open House is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19th beginning at 6pm at the FootZone.
- The Learn to Run program at the FootZone
- The Learn to Run Dirty Half Training Group (NEW)
- Several other fitness programs designed to compliment your running/walking routine (NEW)
- And most of all..
Provide camaraderie, encouragement, and FUN!!
We will have complimentary wine and snacks, store discounts and a raffle!
6pm - 6:30 Social
6:30 - 6:50 Program Descriptions
6:50 - 7:30 Social and Q and A
Sign up for the next session of the Learn to Run class starting Saturday, January 30th .
Please RSVP to Connie Austin firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Contact Connie 728-7120 or call us at the FootZone 317-3568