This Week With Gazelles: Oct. 22-28
Trail Reopens But With Some Detours
The City of Austin announced on Sunday (10/21) that the trail is open again, however there are still areas that are heavily flooded and you will need to take a detour. The following areas of the trail will remain flooded until the upstream flood gates are closed:
Texas Rowing Center. Detour to Stephen F. Austin Drive along Austin High.
The inlet at the east end of Stephen F. Austin Drive, where people frequently put in kayaks, etc. Detour up to Cesar Chavez by the baseball fields and Stephen F. Austin Drive.
The tunnel going under Cesar Chavez, near Townlake YMCA. Cross Cesar Chavez at the light at B R Reynolds Drive to get on the trail eastbound or stay on the Lance Armstrong Bikeway to head west.
Under the Lamar bridge. Go up to Riverside and cross Lamar at the light and then back down to the trail.
Between Lou Neff Point and the Barton Creek bridge. Take the road through Zilker Park (where we do 1Ks) around this. Please don't try to go around the water on the hillside where there is already a problem with erosion.
(As of 10/21) Due to the city wide boil water notice, APRD has shut off all drinking fountains on the trail.
Congratulations to Kristian DeVito (4:20:38) on her finish at the Brooklyn Marathon! And also congrats to all those who ran or rode in the LIvestrong events this past weekend.
Good luck to the Gazelles running this upcoming weekend in Marathon 2 Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon!
October 25 is the last day of late registration for the Austin Distance Challenge, available only to runners who completed the CASA Superhero Run 5k.
Run For the Water is less than TWO WEEKS AWAY! We hope every Gazelle is either registered to run or be a volunteer. We will see you there!
November 11 is the 7th annual Run By the Creek 5K and 10K in Dripping Springs. The race is offering Gilbert’s Gazelles a 20% discount on this year’s race fee. Gazelle members can find the code on the INFO page by scrolling to the very bottom.
The Thundercloud Turkey Trot is Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at the Long Center. Register now. There is a 5-mile family fun run, 1-mile walk, and kids K.
If you want to skip the Turkey Trot but still want to burn some calories before your Thanksgiving day meal, Gazelles will have an organized workout Thanksgiving morning. Stay tuned for details.
Raincheck: Gilbert’s Capitol Walk
To honor his second chance at life, Gilbert and friends fill water jugs and walk from Lady Bird Lake to the Capitol. This annual tradition is how Gilbert chooses to celebrate the Gazelles Foundation’s mission of providing clean water to the people of Burundi and to encourage people to register for Run For The Water.
The walk was rescheduled for this Friday, October 26 at mile zero (Vic Mathias Shores) at 7:30am.
Member Highlight: Scott Holland
What prompted you to join Gazelles and when did you join?
I was close to hitting one of those milestone birthdays after a year when my father had a heart attack and my mother had cardiovascular surgery. As a person who had not exercised regularly, I figured that getting in shape might not be a bad idea. I started by running to the end of my driveway and back without stopping and decided to work my way up to a 5k on my 40th birthday. Although I had only worked up to running a mile at a time, my boss caught wind of my plan and suggested I call Gilbert. I was convinced I would be completely out of place but took a chance and in April 2007 I joined Beginner Gazelles. I showed up on my first day to find out that the warm up to Austin High would be my longest continuous run to date. Thank goodness it was circuit and not something worse!
Which group do you run with?
In 2011, I took a job that took me to the Bay Area, only to eventually work my way back to Austin. Then a year ago, I took a new job in Chicago. So, I mainly get to run on Saturdays when I manage to be in Austin for the weekend. Previously I worked my way from M/W Beginners to T/TH mornings at 5:45 AM. Does 5:45 AM date me?
What's your favorite workout and why?
My favorite workout are intervals of any kind by pace group or fartleks. While I enjoy circuit and hill repeats, there is something really motivating and bonding in doing intervals with a pace pod or looping the trail in the early morning hours alternating the lead on fartleks. I spend a lot of time these days running on my own, and it makes me truly appreciate the way Gilbert brings us together and matches us up with a group to run with at every workout. It is how I ended up meeting so many great people. As for favorite long run—even though you didn’t ask—it has to be “Mountain Bonnell.” What other run could get everyone so excited to wake up on a Saturday?
How has Gazelles changed your running/life?
How has Gazelles not changed my running and my life? I was not a runner at ALL when I joined Gazelles, and now I have run thousands of miles, dozens of races and even a few marathons. I figured my registration was just to get me in shape for a 5k on my birthday and that the race would be my victory lap. Instead, I became a runner and Gazelles became my family. The friends I have made and the stories we have shared (even those things best left on the trail!) will keep me coming back to a place where I learned that it is possible to belong to a group without everyone having to be the same or think the same way. We just have to share a joy for getting out there and running, and that was enough.
What’s your favorite Gilbert-ism or best story about him?
I think my favorite Gilbert-ism is how he would call a volunteer a “skinny pig”—especially in my early days with Gazelles when my 16 year-old son would run with us. I mean, my son Nate was SKINNY. And it made me laugh when Gilbert would have Nate be his “skinny-pig” to demonstrate a medicine ball throw or some other exercise.
Each Gazelle featured in the Member Highlight has been selected randomly from our active member list.
Quote of the Week
“I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.” – Bart Yasso
This week’s post is dedicated to Cheddar, furry companion of Gazelle Kimberley Sweeney and her husband Randy. You will be missed.
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