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Marathon Clinic News 05/29/2018


Mark has been a group leader with the Marathon Training Clinic for seven years and ran his first marathon in 2009. He started out training with the MTC 4:20 pace group and, over the course of ten marathons, he has steadily decreased his marathon finish times. Mark is now a leader for the 3:30 pace group. Through work and vacations, Mark enjoys traveling and finding running routes in new cities. As a tourist/runner, he recommends seeking out city ''running tours'' to sightsee and to get miles in. He's looking forward to running Thursday evening workouts with the clinic this summer.


1) Training run June 2
2) Training run June 9
3) Coached Track Workouts Soon
4) Training Tip Training Myths


This training run starts at Main City Park in Gresham. The run distances are 10, 12 & 14 miles and will start at 8 am. For driving directions see: The run is open to anyone wishing to run these distances with a group. Arrive early and park at the back of the park by the trail. Parking is limited so please try to carpool from home. Please leave your headphones, dogs and baby joggers at home.

The runs will be along the flat Springwater Corridor in a double out-and-back. Course map is available at The Corridor is a multi-use, paved path on the old Portland Traction Co. railroad line that runs from east Portland to Boring.

Thanks to runners from our community, there will be 4 -6 aid stations with water and Ultima at each stop. In return for the free training runs, we ask that you (or friend or family) volunteer at an aid station one Saturday during the training period. Before your turn, we call or email to remind you and tell you where and when to arrive. When you show up, we give you jugs of water, already diluted sports drink, cups, pitchers, garbage bags and first aid supplies. Volunteers have been known to provide special treats such as jellybeans, gummy bears and salty snacks like pretzels or chips. Volunteers have also been known to feel deep happiness for having supported their runner friends. You can sign up at

For more information about the runs, go to Pace groups are by marathon goal times, see the finding your pace group chart in the run information. If you have raced, go to


The run for this weekend will be 12, 13 & 15 miles at 8AM starting from Road Runner Sports Tualatin. For driving directions see: This week's course will be a scenic run through Tualatin neighborhoods and parks using the first 6 -7.5 miles of the route, see Please leave your headphones, dogs and baby joggers at home. Roadrunner Sports will offer an aid station at mile 5 which everyone will access twice, but we suggest carrying water for better hydration.


Marathon Training Clinic coaching is for all marathoners, both first-timers and those wanting to improve times. The marathon clinic package ($150 first-timers, $125 returners) includes the Saturday long run, a midweek coached run or track session, the new edition of "Marathoning Start to Finish," a personalized online training schedule and log and a microfiber Marathon Training Clinic shirt. The midweek runs will meet the first two weeks (June 21 & 28) for hill runs at Gabriel Park at 6pm. For location see Runs will include fartlek, hill runs and, starting in July, track workouts at Duniway to prepare runners to run or race the marathon. All clinic participants can learn all about marathoning through the new on demand video webcasts. Topics include training plans, nutrition, physiology, psychology, flexibility/strength and speedwork. Those registered for the coaching have access to the coaches at the weekend runs and at the track to answer all your questions. You can register online at


What is the truth about marathon training, running and racing? Here are
some myths we constantly hear and some realities we've learned from training thousands of marathoners over 30 years to complete and compete in marathons:



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