"I began running through cross country, and, being a naturally very competitive person, every run became a competition between me and my teammates. Once I finished cross-country and started training for races on my own, every run was a competition with myself. I would do terribly in races I trained so hard for because I would get so stressed out about my performance. So my advice is: no matter what race you're running, no matter what sport you’re playing, keep it fun. Unless you're an Olympic athlete and running or sports is actually your profession, movement should bring you joy above all else. There are way too many other things in life that bring stress, fitness should not be one of them! Now that I choose to remind myself that running my best isn't the most important thing in the world, I've enjoyed running so much more and my times have never been better!" - Autumn, Gazelle Sports HQ
but layers make running DELIGHTFUL! I wanted to take the time to share some tips on dressing for the winter running weather. You want to make sure you are warm and dry, but pay close attention to layering and make sure you are not overdoing it so you don't overheat mid run. Here are some rules of thumb I like to adhere to:
30 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm. Tights (make sure your knees are covered).
10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms or 1 pair of insulated pants/tights. A jacket over your base layer, and wind pants over the tights works good.
0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (a moisture wicking base layer and a quarter zip) and a jacket (preferably wind resistant). Windbrief for the fellas.
Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of mittens (hand warmers), 1 Buff wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.
Minus 20 degrees: 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 extra pairs of mittens, 1 balaclava, sunglasses. Or...STAY INSIDE AND WAIT FOR WARMER WEATHER!
- Angela, Gazelle Sports Northville
"A lot of people ask me how or why I manage to get to the gym so much. My biggest inspiration? My mom. She is 61, doing crossfit and did her first half marathon a couple years ago. She does not take any medications. She never throws her back out anymore. She did a 200+ mile bike trip last year. She hikes with me. She is who I want to be 30 years from now - a woman whose world is expanding instead of shrinking, a woman who gets more out of life because she has never quit moving. She's shown me that being active is an investment in myself as I am now and in the person I will grow to be." - Kelsey, Gazelle Sports HQ
"A tip I always gave runners when I coached a couple of our groups back in the day was to do it for that feeling you have when you're done, not the one before or during. You'll rarely finish a workout with regret." - Kyle, Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids
Don't get bogged down by societal definitions - just move!
A note from Gazelle Sports' Founder & Co-Owner
The word exercise can seem daunting. It implies a gearing up, a getting out, a struggle. It can feel difficult to accomplish every day, even for a short period of time. But movement is its own form of exercise. There is no doubt that almost any sort of movement is better than being sedentary. So as I commit to moving for 31 days, I will do it in ways that are part of my life in balance - not just cram in a run or workout that pushes me beyond my need for recovery, sleep, time to be with my family, etc.
My first day of movement was walking to see a movie with my wife. The movement and lack of using a car for a date night was incredibly fun and meaningful. Taking time to walk, talk and hold hands added to seeing a movie was a great way to spend time together. And in the process we walked 17,000 steps.
I will be running and going to the gym this month, but I will also be moving in ways that I might not have called exercise in the past and that will be ok.
It’s a cold and snowy Saturday morning. The sun has just risen, and the group is beginning to gather. Most of them would not normally be up and out of the house by now, especially on such a blustery morning, but for one fact - there are others waiting for their arrival.
Accountability is one of the very first things people often cite when asked what they value in Gazelle Sports Run Camp. During the winter when the sun hides behind clouds, the flakes fly, and the temperatures drop into the low double or single digits, there is always someone there every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning waiting for you.
Run Camp is a training program unique to Gazelle Sports. It draws people of all ages and abilities - from first time 5k-ers to those who have run multiple marathons. The community and camaraderie is unrivaled.
Included in the program are clinics to help combine different aspects of training with running, as well as nutritional guidance and samples and team leaders to get you to the finish line.
But the real value comes from the motivation you get from the people around you. I may be at the head of the programs here in Holland now, but before that I was a participant and a team leader. This place and this training program are the reason that I still run. If I hadn’t had the support of the team leaders and group members the first winter I ran, I can almost guarantee I would have given up. The environment was welcoming, and everyone was so encouraging. I had never considered myself a runner before, but through the community and support of the training programs, I am now now able to say that I love running and it’s a major part of my life. I am a runner.
All this to say - Gazelle Sports Training Programs will get you there. Whatever your pace, whatever your goal, we will help you arrive at the finish line.
- Allison, Gazelle Sports Holland
Some good advice - "During my first week at the gym another member came up to me and introduced himself. He asked how I was doing and I responded that I was feeling really beat up. It was hard! He gave me some great advice that I pass on to other newbies: The first 2 months the workouts attack you, but after that, you can start attacking the workouts. Basically, it's really hard to get started, but stick with it and things will get easier." John, Gazelle Sports HQ