This Week With Gazelles: Oct 1-7
Welcome to all our new members this October!
Congratulations to all who raced this past weekend!
Lederhosen Half Marathon in Delaware
Anh Gordon 2:18:46
Haley Sahm 4:30:47
Wineglass Marathon and Half Marathon
Ginger Stoker 1:36:50 (3rd in age group)
Lety Grimes 1:45:39
Susan Rowe 1:55:39 (PR)
Leslie Barclay 3:44:14 (BQ)
Tonya Dezso 3:55:46 (BQ)
Helen Dean 4:12:18
Gilbert's Tip of the Week
We know from a nutrition standpoint what to do for race recovery thanks to Dr. Kristie Smith’s recent presentation (available to Gazelle members only), but what about other things you can do to help your body recover?
Keep moving. Stretch, walk, bike—whatever you enjoy—but do something in the days following your race. You don't have to start running again right away, and you shouldn't start any hard workouts immediately. When should you start running again? It depends on the length of your race and how you feel, but you can start back with easy runs a week or so after your marathon race or 3-4 days after your half marathon race. Of course, if you have an injury, get that resolved first. Your run should be short and at a very easy pace. This is the time to leave the watch at home and go run with joy!
Heat or ice? There are many articles and testimonials about using heat or ice after a race. It used to be that ice baths (or cryotherapy) were the recovery method of choice. There is a new theory that heat or a warm bath are also good for recovery. What’s best for you comes down to trial and error. Regardless of what you choose for immediate recovery, a warm bath with Epsom salts several days after is usually beneficial. If you've been doing one or the other after your long runs and it works, keep doing it.
Mental health. You've been spending a lot of time training and preparing for your race. Now that your race is over, pick something else to do for a few weeks. Start a project around the house. Maybe explore a new hobby you've been wanting to try. You'll have extra time and mental energy for a few weeks, so find something productive to do so you don't drive yourself (and those around you) a bit crazy.
Review your race. What went right? What didn't go as well as you'd hoped? What do you want to do different next time? Make notes of these things so you can look back on them before your next race. And if things really didn't go as you wanted, schedule some office hours with Gilbert and talk with him about what you might want to change.
Enjoy your accomplishment!
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(Recovery) Quote of the Week: Motion is the lotion
Good luck to Gazelles running the Chicago and St. George Marathon this upcoming weekend. There's a good size group of runners heading out this weekend. Wish them luck when you see them!
Lenoir Drink for the Water (benefitting Gazelle Foundation) last week was a total success! $650 was raised for the Gazelle Foundation. 45+ people enjoyed the wine garden for drinks and delicious food and 40 guests stayed for dinner. Lenoir is owned by Gazelle Jessica Maher and her husband Todd Duplechan.
Click here for a great video promoting run for the water.
Member Highlight: Anne Hughes
What prompted you to join Gazelles and when did you join?
I joined Gilbert's Gazelle's in 2004. I ran my first marathon—then called the Motorola Marathon—that year and qualified for Boston. I figured I might never be in "marathon shape" again in my life, so I signed up and ran Boston that same year (yes, you could actually sign up a month before Boston and get in back then!). Naturally, I had a terrible Boston as I had no clue what I was doing and ended up with a minor injury. That spring, I saw this "6 week strength and speed class (aka Gilbert's Gazelles)" on the RunTex website and thought it might help. I'm still in that 6 week class!
Which group do you run with?
T/TH 5:30 am
What's your favorite workout and why?
I like 800s and fartleks the most—short speed work with a little rest in between!
How has Gazelles changed your running/life?
The Gazelles have truly become a family to me. I have met so many amazing, inspirational people and some of my very closest friends. Over the miles and ‘core-mosas’ we have shared our deepest personal challenges, our triumphs, and a lot of laughs. I have also found a strength in myself that I never imagined existed.
What’s your favorite Gilbert-ism or best story about him?
My favorite saying from Gilbert is "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" (and there have been many times I didn't know which would happen!) The stories abound, but I deeply admire Gilbert's generous giving spirit and joy for life that he freely shares with us all. Thank you G!
Each Gazelle featured in the Member Highlight has been selected randomly from our active member list.
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