This Week With Gazelles: September 2-8

Welcome New Gazelles!

A few of our new Gazelles

A few of our new Gazelles

September brings us a new marathon training session and new Gazelles! Make sure to welcome our Intro to Gazelles group and all those joining us for 3M, Houston and Austin marathon training! We started the new session with a fun community circuit workout and circle of joy. Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

Labor Day 2019

Labor Day 2019

Win a FREE ENTRY for the 2020 3M Half Marathon or Austin Marathon!

We have two free entries to give away to two lucky Gazelles. Thanks to High Five Events, we will raffle off these two free entries at our Family Photo Day and Block Party on Sept. 21 (see below) You’ll need to be present at the photo/party to win.


Every year we take a Gazelles Family Photo to be shared with the group. This year’s photo will take place on Saturday, September 21 and we hope EVERYONE IS THERE! Mark your calendar for a fun morning. We’re planning on snacks, the Gazelle Foundation bake sale, on-site therapists, race raffle and t-shirts!

For those Gazelles that replied with their shirt size before August 31—your shirt is guaranteed. All other active Gazelles will get shirts on a first come, first served basis.

RUN WITH JOY, Gazelles!

This next weekend we have four “friendly” Gazelles traveling to Columbia, South America to run a half marathon. We look forward to pictures and a race report, ladies! We also have a Gazelle headed to Erie, PA for a full marathon. Wish them all JOY on their race days.

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

Member Highlight: Amy Westmoreland and Howard Nirken


What prompted you to join Gazelles and when did you join?
Howard was looking for a way to begin training for a full Triathlon and "someone" (Gilbert) suggested that you can't finish a Triathlon if you can't run a marathon. I volunteered to do the Gazelles with Howard for a month until he got the feel for meeting and workout locations as he trained for CIM. Fast forward over a year and we're still training with the Gazelles, together!

Which group do you run with?
We run with the Monday / Wednesday Friendlies at 7am. It's such a welcoming group. Everyone works hard, puts it all out there and you get cheered along every step of the way. Many in this group have been with the Gazelles for over a decade. That's inspiring by itself!

What's your favorite workout and why? 
Howard and I agree that our favorite workout is Fartleks. Fartleks give you the challenge of a good speed workout at the track but with the scenery of an easy run along the trail. The miles just fly by.

How has Gazelles changed your running/life?
The Gazelles push you through the perceived walls you build for yourself when running—it has trained us to run longer, be faster and be mindful of the small techniques required to be a good runner.

What’s your favorite Gilbert-ism or best story about him?
Amy: When I am getting tired on a long run and begin to feel my form deteriorate I nearly ALWAYS think of Gilbert's saying about "the cookies"...don't take my cookies, stay away from my cookies....etc. The saying goes many different ways but the general theme of this Gilbert-ism is to make sure you are using your arms correctly with thumb and pointer finger lightly touching (as if holding a cookie), strong front to back movements with your elbows (as if you are elbowing someone behind you trying to steal that cookie in your fingers). Using your arms helps you go faster and keeps your posture in tact and definitely helps you get through a more challenging run.

Howard: When I first ran with Gilbert he taught me how to set my pace with two simple words: "Ticki-Tock"-- as I was getting tired running during the marathon, I would yell the words "ticki-tock" to take my mind off the pain -- people during the race thought I was a bit crazy, but sure enough those words got me through the last mile.

CIM 2018. Amy and Howard with Coach

CIM 2018. Amy and Howard with Coach

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