This Week With Gazelles: Mar. 25 - Apr. 1

Good luck to our friends from The Loop at The Speed Project this weekend.

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This week, Pam from The Loop and her fellow team members are heading to LA to race 340 miles from LA to Vegas. Their team of six are not only racing for the win, they’re raising money for the Gazelle Foundation. Show your support with a donation and wish them well before they go!


intro to strength & core

This Friday, 3/29, 5:30am (Gazelles Members Only)

You've probably heard about "core class", but have you tried one? If not, this is a great opportunity to join us! This Friday morning, in addition to the regularly scheduled core class, we will have this special Intro to Strength & Core class where we will teach you the exercises and show you how to use your equipment for optimal results. We want to have equipment for everyone, so RSVP if you’re coming.


 
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Gazelles Shop Day at The Loop! This Saturday, Mar. 30th

Make sure to stay and shop this Saturday after your long run, or come by in the evening up until 7pm.

20% off your in-store purchase! (Some shoe styles 40% off)

Special vendor appearances by Saucony and By that morning.


Also announcing…

All Gazelles Gear can now be purchased at The Loop!

The Loop is now your one-stop shop for all things running and Gazelles Gear! You no longer need to pay for Gazelles clothing online.
New Gazelles singlets are here this week. Check them out at HQ/The Loop this Saturday.

(The Loop discounts do not apply to Gazelles Gear.)

More colors will be available

More colors will be available


 

SeaWheeze Half Marathon Training

If you’re planning to run the SeaWheeze Half Marathon in August, the Gazelles training package is now open for registration! Training begins May 6 and takes you through race day. This session will include a lot of extras, such as partner nights with The Loop, Lululemon and events like Q&A panels, yoga, happy hours and more. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind training session with Gazelles!


Upcoming Local Races

Here are two races in the surrounding area to run this weekend:

3/30: Wicked Wine Run 5K & 1K Walk (Spicewood Vineyards)

3/31: Head for the Cure 5K (The Domain)


Member Highlight: Chris Wolfe

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What prompted you to join Gazelles and when did you join?
I was urged to join the Gazelles by my son, Alex, who had recently moved to Austin from Chicago.  Actually, he really didn’t focus much on the Gazelles as a group, but spoke most enthusiastically about its leader, a guy named Gilbert from Africa.  I felt compelled to check out Gilbert and the group for myself and joined the Gazelles in 2008.  To this day I still genuinely appreciate my son’s wise recommendation.

Which group do you run with?
I live in Michigan and visit Austin each winter for three months.  By 2008, I had run two Boston Marathons and I quickly and cleverly figured out that training for Boston in Austin gave me a substantial advantage over my running friends in Ann Arbor.  (It actually gave me an advantage over everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line.)  So I fell in with the 5:45 (now 5:30) Tuesday-Thursday group.  Interestingly, I have found that even when I’m not training for Boston, I tend to get up anyway to run with this group.  I have made a lot of friends in this group over the years, but not nearly as many as I would like.  Lots of members and new faces :-)

What's your favorite workout and why? 
I have found that I like a part of every workout, and it’s the same part each time.  It’s the part where you crawl to your car at the end of the workout!  

Actually I have come to like the Meridan workout.  It’s somehow pleasurable to charge up the hill portions and then dive down into the pitch black section in the tunnel of trees.  It is also a great yardstick for measuring your fitness level, or lack thereof.

How has Gazelles changed your running/life?
Joining the Gazelles and running with the group has been a great experience for me that has lasted over the many years I have been coming to Austin.  And I have made many great friends that I am eager to see each year when I return.  Then there is Gilbert who still amazes me with the forgiveness and humility that he demonstrates each and every day.  It is easy to run with joy with Gilbert as our coach.  I feel most fortunate to be a part of this remarkable group.

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What’s your favorite Gilbert-ism or best story about him?
The best story I have about Gilbert also happens to be a true story.  Many years ago at a track workout, Gilbert was exhorting us to run faster by yelling “FOCUS! FOCUS!” To my untrained ear, his Burundian accent sounded for all the world like “F*CK US! F*CK US!”  I looked around at the other runners for a visual clue, but (thankfully) saw none.  So I did what I still do occasionally to this day-I pretended not to hear him.

Each Gazelle featured in the Member Highlight has been selected randomly from our active member list.


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