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  • Service With So Much More than a Smile

    Evan Groendyk is the embodiment of all the things most people think a Gazelle Sports employee probably is. He’s a wicked fast, vegan runner who lives in Patagonia button-downs and split shorts. He believes that movement can change people’s lives, and he’s right about that. He’s been dubbed the Positive Vibes Liaison at Gazelle Sports, and he takes that role very seriously. He takes great joy in caring for customers and sharing his passions with them.

    What makes Evan a bit more unique, beyond his dedication to providing exceptional care and service, is what he no longer is. In the past, Evan was a long-time smoker who struggled to quit and didn’t do himself any favors by treating himself right or eating well. Though he grew up with a father who was doing ultra-marathons long before it was cool, Evan himself was not much of a runner.

    While attending Northwestern Michigan College, Evan made a decision to take better care of himself, in part thanks to the influence of a woman who would one day become his wife. He quit smoking, started running, and has been a vegan for nine years.

    “Running helps me be my best self,” Evan said. “Now, a healthy lifestyle for me is all about balance.
    I say everything in moderation, including moderation.”

    After transferring to Western Michigan University and graduating with a degree in Spanish and environgmental studies, Evan worked at an environmental consulting firm in Grand Rapids. Quickly realizing a desk job was not for him, Evan found his way to Gazelle Sports and has never looked back.

    “Working at Gazelle Sports allows me to surround myself with like-minded people on a daily basis,” Evan said. “It’s a motivating, fun place to work.”

    Evan gets motivation from his fellow co-workers, but also the customers he meets every day.

    “It’s amazing, the stories you hear and sometimes get to become a part of,” Evan said. “It’s not just about the transaction. We help people every day and are building relationships so we can continue to help them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a race and people yell ‘Hey shoe guy! You got me in these shoes and they’re awesome!’ Then I’ll see them back in the store or out in the community again and it gives me a chance to further solidify our relationship.”

    It’s through leadership from people like Evan that Gazelle Sports can offer exemplary service and focus on customer care.

    “Service these days is kind of a lost art in our society,” Evan said. “So many places don’t care one way or the other if you leave happy, as long as you’ve spent some money. The thing is, helping others and making sure they’re happy and satisfied, in turn, makes me feel good. It’s a symbiotic relationship,
    one that continues to grow.”

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  • MI Movement from the soccer fields of Caledonia to the Chicago Marathon

    by Eric Gollannek

    If you’ve stopped in to check out the latest boots in the ‘soccer cave’ in Grand Rapids over the last year, it’s likely you’ve met Nick Knowles, perhaps wearing his Chelsea jersey and sharing his deep knowledge of the game with wisecracking style. Nick has a passion for soccer and for staying active as a way of life, running back to his roots in Caledonia. His story embodies the importance of relationships in inspiring us keep moving and the lessons that come from pushing beyond our limits.

    nick-nIn listening to Nick tell his story, it’s clear how the longest journeys often start close to home. Like most who grew up in Michigan, Nick spent lots of time outdoors and near the water as a kid. His grandparents’ cottage on Gun Lake served as the setting for family gatherings nearly every weekend. Asked what makes Michigan distinctive, Nick agreed that it’s definitely the seasons, fall and winter, that bring out his love of the Mitten.  “I’m outside more in the winter than the summer with skiing and snowboarding,” he said.  Like most of us who enjoy staying active, he gives two thumbs down to the heat and humidity that comes with summer in the Great Lakes state.

    Still, Nick says he loves playing soccer regardless of the weather.  Nick discovered his passion for soccer early, playing AYSO soccer as a young kid and he eventually joined the high school squad at Caledonia. Surgery and a long recovery left him sidelined for his senior year, but he sees the game as a lifelong pursuit. “I’m better now than in high school,” he explained, revealing the wisdom of perspective and hallmark positivity that carries him forward. Playing rec league soccer now, he enjoys keeping his skills sharp as well as dedicating time and passion to coaching. His childhood friend from Caledonia and fellow Gazelllian, Sam Stearns, describes his passion for nurturing others as a coach and friend: ”Nick is one of those people who has that ability to recognize the potential in others. The best part about him is that he will never hold that potential over your head. Instead, he wants to find a way to help you reach it, even if that means he has to sacrifice something of himself along the way.”

    Relationships from close to home in Caledonia run through his story. Sam encouraged Nick to apply for a job at Gazelle and also joined him in his newest personal challenge: running.  While Nick had competed in track and field in high school as a thrower, he shared that the soccer field more than satisfied his desire to run.  But that was before arriving at Gazelle Sports in the summer of 2015; a little more than a year later he would be well on his way to running the Chicago Marathon!  He credits the support of the Gazelle community in getting him ‘up and running’ with the Priority Health Run Camp last summer when he trained for his first 10k.  The first time Nick hit five miles was a breakthrough: “I wanted to go home and eat a whole pizza!” Nick built upon that success and set out to conquer the 25K of the River Bank Run running alongside Sam and his fellow Run Campers.  Then Paul Hamilton approached him about the next step. (If you know Paul, he is a master of persuasion.)  “If you’re going to train for a marathon someday, there’s no better time than now!”  A few weeks later they entered the lottery for the Chicago Marathon and through a combination of good fortune and drive, Nick and Paul will run 26.2 miles through the Windy City next month.

    Asked about what he’s learned on this journey, Nick shared that “you’re capable of more than you think you are in life.”  Sometimes we have to set audacious goals and push on beyond our perceived limits.  Relationships nurture us by lifting us up and in turn through our actions we inspire others.


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    Eric Gollanek is a Sales Associate at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids.

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  • Active Living in the Great Lakes State

    by Eric GollannekEric post-Bayshore half

    Working at Gazelle Sports has helped me see how ‘movement across the Mitten’ defines my story. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan is a place I’ve always called home, even as a long-time resident on the East Coast and living abroad in England and France. Circling back to West Michigan eight years ago, I immediately felt reconnected to the mitten state,  where I bonded with my new friends through stories of trips ‘up north’ and obscure home places immediately made known through a raising of the palm and a pointing finger.

    What is it that makes a place distinctive?  Given my passion for history, I am drawn to context as a way to feel grounded in life.  Through my travels across the Mitten, I have come to better understand myself as well as what makes this place special.  Experiencing the land in all its layered complexity requires movement and contemplation.

    I became interested in running and cycling about the time I moved back to Michigan in 2008. That wasn’t coincidence. Landing in East Grand Rapids, I fell in love with the 4.5 mile trail around Reeds Lake. That spring, with some encouragement from my friends, I went to Gazelle Sports to get fitted for my first pair of running shoes (a red and white pair of Nike Structures) and started training with a couch to 5k program I copied out of a book from the Kent District Library. As the running segments grew longer and walks shorter, I began to contemplate my long term goals. Somewhere around Reeds Lake, I dreamed that someday I might obtain a level of fitness so I could run five miles with ease at any time. Not on a treadmill but on the rolling hills on the north side of the lake as well as the steep climbs at Hall Street Hill and Hodenpyl Woods.  This was my training course; could it be a yardstick of my success for the long term as well?

    The trail, however, offered more than just miles of asphalt and topographic challenges. The variety of the course sustained me through those run/walks: red wing blackbirds and painted turtles in the reedy lowlands, picturesque stands of maples and oak on higher ground. As I ran through late spring, the hot humid days of July made those hills feel higher and longer just like the days themselves. I found myself running at five in the morning with purple and pink skies overhead and often ended my day riding my bike for one last look at dusk near the ten o’clock hour. The trail offered variety and subtle beauty right outside my door, open 24/7, 365 days a year.

    Running cleared my head, figuratively putting out a do-not-disturb sign as I strapped on those Nikes and headed out the door. Running forced me to think about my breathing and my feet, my body in space in that moment. My body served as an index for every change in grade and the distance around this place. My pace (slow!) also afforded me lots of time to look around, to see the trees and not just the forest speeding by at 25 or 55 miles per hour.  Taking in the varieties of house types, road and trail features, the trees and landscaping, my learning to look became a full body, multisensory experience!

    In the years that followed, I spent two glorious summers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula conducting historic preservation fieldwork. My experience running and cycling came back to me as a stress-reliever for sure, but also as a way of understanding Michigan’s history. I ran over the dense basalt that gave clues to the origins of Michigan’s rich veins of copper; running on those roads in Vibram Five-Fingers also gave visceral understanding of the hardness of mine rock! The rugged topography that made the Keweenaw one continuous hill workout allowed me to understand the lives of miners who lived in a landscape defined by its vertical dimensions as they climbed hills on their walk to work and then traveled as much a mile underground to get to their dark and dangerous worksites.

    I biked and ran trails for the first time that summer at Swedetown, Maasto Hiihto, and Copper Harbor. I fell in love with the quiet of the north woods, the sound of wind rustling through maple forests. I saw wildlife up close and on their terms: great owls, pileated woodpeckers, raccoons, and deer far from paved roads. I took in the distinctive sounds and textures of streams and rivers, rushing water over rocks, edged with carpets of ferns and moss. Passing into a stand of white pine, greeted by the sweetness of the air from trees bathed in sun along the forest’s edge.

    I joined the team at Gazelle Sports one year ago, in need of reconnection to these passions. While my earlier movements across the Mitten had been a solitary journey, I found renewed energy as part of a community committed to healthy and active living. This past spring I trained for and completed my first half-marathon at Bayshore in Traverse City. Recently, I have thought a lot about the distances I’ve traveled over the last eight years. I appreciate how fortunate I am to have my health and the support of so many to get out and run whether it’s one mile or ten. I think back to the hope I had that I might achieve a level of fitness to run that Reeds Lake Trail with confidence whenever I choose. I’m proud beyond words to say I have met those personal goals.

    Reflecting on the journey itself, however, reveals the interconnectedness of our lives and the power of place in it. My adventures and successes came from the support of many people in ways most of us acknowledge. The notion that ‘events take place’ is a common expression, though few of us stop to reflect on the ways that ‘place matters’ in our life story.  As an historian with a deep love of context, it’s second nature to me that the details of place profoundly affects who we are and how we live our lives.  It took the training and discipline of active living for me to truly feel what that means on a physical and emotional level. Michigan is my physical home, but the experiences of the land and its people have shaped me and continue to inspire movement and contemplation every day.


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    Eric Gollanek is a Sales Associate at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids.

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  • Banish the blister

    The bane of many runner's existence is the dreaded blister, and this can be especially true in the summer where sweat can cause even more chafing and friction. We feel your pain, your puffy, fluid-filled flap of skin pain. And we're here to help.

    The best way to banish the blister is prevention. There are a few key tools in any runner's arsenal to help with this. The perennial favorite is Body Glide's original anti-chafing, anti-blister balm. The balm forms a dry, invisible barrier, effective wherever skin is rubbed by clothing, footwear or skin. Never wet or greasy, this stuff is fantastic. It's sweat-resistant, provides all-day protection and is made with allergen-free and vegan approved!

    The majority of blisters for runners occur on the feet, and while Body Glide balm is fantastic to put on wherever you know you get some chafing, the real key here is wearing the right kind of socks.  Cotton is not your friend here. Cotton is evil. Cotton is to be avoided at all costs. Cotton won't wick a drop of sweat away from your feet and will turn them into a swampy, blistery mess. You're going to want to look for some polyester or wool socks (or a blend) that will help wick moisture away from your skin.

    Personally, I'm a huge fan of Wrightsock socks. Wrightsock socks have a double layer anti-blister system and actually offer a Blister Free Guarantee. They come in various thicknesses, so you can get a super thin pair even with the double-layer anti-blister action that keeps feet happy. You can grab a pair of these babies, rub the layers between your fingers, and actually feel the dual layers glide against each other. Made in North Carolina, you can also feel good about supporting this family-owned company.

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    Others have found amazing success with Smartwool socks. With fun colors, variable thicknesses and ankle height, these socks pack a lot of awesome tech in some very cool design. They use a 4-degree fit system that keeps the sock in place and reduces friction. Their ReliaWool technology in high impact areas provides superior durability. Also made in the USA, these socks provide the ultimate temperature and moisture regulation.

    sw0sw211044-1-pThere are plenty of awesome options out there that will keep you running blister-free. Our expert staff will get you in the right product for your unique needs, and our Moving Matters Guarantee means you can take it all for a test drive with the comfort of knowing we'll take it back if you have any issues. After all, you need to run (or walk) some real miles before you know if those blisters will be a problem. We're looking forward to helping you find a solution that works for your body!

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  • What's your hydration plan?

    Gazelle Sports was born and raised in Michigan. We’ve spent summers slogging our way through long runs on humid Saturday mornings (it’s basically swimming, right?). And we’ve wiled away sunny afternoons on the shores of Lake Michigan. When it gets hot, we get out, but we also remember to stay hydrated! We’re happy to share our collective water wisdom with you and maybe learn a thing or two from your experiences in return.

    When summer comes to Michigan, hydration becomes even more important when you're training. Your level of hydration impacts your whole body - heartbeat, bloodflow, temperature regulation, delivery of nutrients to cells, muscle function and joint cushioning to name a few - and therefore impacts your performance and ability to run. Dehydration is also the leading cause of training injuries.

    We have a number of products, like the Nathan Trail Mix Plus belt featured here, that will help you stay hydrated. This fully-adjustable, bounce-free, two-flask hydration belt now includes a larger storage pocket to hold all of your running essentials and smartphones up to iPhone 6 Plus.

    4637nmbo_trailmixplus_methylblue_nwYou can also hydrate more effectively by adding an electrolyte-replacement drink to the water you're drinking. Electrolyte drinks like Nuun and GU Hydration Drink Tabs contain sodium and potassium to enhance water absorption and retention. Nuun tabs are gluten-, dairy- and soy-free and made from plant-based ingredients. They contain an optimal blend of electrolytes that keep you hydrated for all levels of activities - whether you are running a marathon or a marathon of errands.

    NuunCome see us today to find the right products for you, including electrolyte replacement drinks which are key in keeping your body functioning at its best. Our staff is excited to help you stay hydrated and moving all summer long!

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  • Chaco brings shoemaking to the mitten

    If there's one thing that is a sure-sign summer has found it's way to Michigan, it's when the boots get put away and the sandals come out.

    For me, those sandals are my myriad pair of Chacos. High in the arch, completely customizable to my feet and up for anything from taking our new puppy for a walk through the neighborhood to hiking in Manistee National Forest, there's a ton of reasons these are my go-to summer footwear.

    One of the reasons that I tend to forget about as my feet glory in the Chaco-goodness is that Chaco may have their roots in Colorado, but they're making (and re-making) sandals right here in Michigan.

    Below is a story about just this from Footwear Plus Magazine. It helped remind me that when I buy another pair of Chaco's (because there's bound to be a new design I just have to have), I'm supporting a company creating jobs right here in Michigan.

    Enjoy! And come see us at Gazelle Sports to get your own pair!

    Chaco Story

    IF YOU LIKE beer, perhaps you’ve heard of Grand Rapids, MI, a.k.a. “Beer City, USA.” With multiple breweries dotting the charming town, the local community is awash in the fermented favorite. But Grand Rapids is home to more than just tasty brews—a mere 10 miles away in the suburb of Rockford lies the headquarters of Wolverine Worldwide and its Chaco sandals and accessories factory.

    Chaco, born in Colorado in 1989, began by making sandals stateside before transferring production overseas in 2008. When Wolverine purchased the brand in 2009, it brought part of its manufacturing back to the U.S., beginning in 2012 with the introduction of MyChacos (customized) and the continuation of ReChaco (repaired) sandals along with capsule collections and accessories. Since the inception of the MyChacos designyour- own program (with over a trillion combinations to choose from!), tens of thousands of custom sandals have been made in Michigan. In addition, many thousands more have been repaired with the ReChaco renewal program, which launched more than 10 years ago.

    “We wanted to give consumers a choice in where their products were produced,” says Colin Butts, director of marketing. “Having a local factory opens up a lot of interesting opportunities for the brand, from rapid prototyping to personalization to accessory creation to limited-edition products.” Logistically speaking, producing in Michigan allows for shorter lead times, local material sourcing and lightening the carbon footprint related to manufacturing and shipping. And, let’s not forget the U.S. job-generating aspect.

    Currently, the Chaco factory employs 25 full-time workers and 20 temps, all performing skills ranging from sewing to buffing to trimming to lacing. And customers, despite paying a 25 percent premium, are responding positively to the made-in-the-U.S.A. goods. In fact, the Rockford factory is set to expand for the second time in March. “The Michigan-based team has picked up the torch and run the brand further than ever before into accessories for pets and people and into customizable products,” Butts says. He hints at additional customization opportunities to come in the future, too.

    Butts attributes the success of the MyChacos and ReChaco programs, in large part, to their Rockford workforce. He cites the Midwestern labor traits of being dedicated and hard-working as special. “It’s the people here that make the difference,” he says, noting such attributes are worth funding long-term. “The brand will keep investing in ways to make domestic production possible and exciting for our community,” he adds.

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  • Ted K. Talk - Weighing in on the Latest Running Trends

    Ted Kushion, our Running Footwear Merchandise Manger, weighs in on the latest running footwear trends:

    Dear Fellow Runners and Running Shoe Enthusiasts,

    One of the scariest things for a running shoe company’s designers is taking something they’ve built a huge following around and having to take a leap of faith on a new innovation. Every shoe vendor does its due diligence to ensure that the past 18 months of research, design, testing, re-designing and re-testing pays off. Then, it is hoped that the day the shoes hit stores’ stockrooms the sales staff will try them on and say… “WHOA!” That’s when you know you have a winner.

    In 2015 – and as we begin 2016 – many of the “whoa” technologies appear on franchise models. The New Balance 1080 added a Fresh Foam midsole, the Saucony Guide 9 added EVERUN midsole technology, Nike went to a Flyknit upper on the Lunarglide 7, and Adidas transitioned to exclusively using Boost on its premium running shoes.

    So what’s next? Everyone is racing to keep up with technology. The ability to get more information to and from runners is critical for running shoe companies trying to react to their customers’ changing wants and needs.

    Nike continues to build on its Nike+ technology with over 28 million runners using Nike’s “social running” platform. Under Armour, a brand I expect to be making a big splash in high-end running shoes, purchased MapMyRun this past year. While it’s a nice, convenient marketing platform, the main reason for the purchase was to acquire data from the company’s millions of users. This March, the Baltimore-based company will launch a shoe that captures data from your run and allows you to upload it to the MapMyRun app.

    Even running shoe newcomer, Altra, is entering the “smart shoe” game. Altra is just now introducing its new shoe, the IQ, which gives runners real-time audio and visual feedback on their running form via a phone app. This fall, Adidas has a very similar product represented in the next generation of its miCoach app.

    Will these “smart shoes” be the future of running footwear? All signs point that way, but we’ll know more in a year when we see if the brands are willing to apply these technologies to their “bread and butter” running shoes. Either way, Gazelle Sports’ staff is working tirelessly to understand and embrace these exciting new innovations so they can continue to deliver the best running shoe shopping experience during your next visit.

    Have a great spring!
    Ted Kushion
    Running Footwear Merchandise Manager

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  • Gazelle Sports Care - A 30 Day Challenge celebrating 30 Years!

    Why Care?

    Care is one of the values we share at Gazelle Sports. Our value statement on Care states: We approach all relationships with care. Our actions respect each other, our business, our customers and our community. Gazelle Sports synonyms – Kindness, Friendliness, Service, Support, Give, Respect and Love.

    We provide training on care, we discuss care, we recognize care, and we genuinely attempt to provide care in every interaction at Gazelle Sports. You may have read our mission statement that states, in part, “We provide the world’s best customer care...” You may wonder if this is necessary. Should a retail business devote so much effort to a primary life value? Why care? Why not just have a great selection of products? We think it is better to be part of a business that cares about relationships and great products. We believe that most of us really want to shop with people who care. We believe care should be part of for-profit business and that it can impact our communities and culture.

    And we know that a work environment that supports care is a happier workplace, as well as a more fun place to work. We hope that we inspire you to be active and live a healthy life with our products, services and support. However, we also hope you value a business that cares about you and the community we share. As we celebrate our 30th year, we’ll be holding a staff 30 Day Care Challenge to recognize this essential part of our business. We invite you to join us and find daily connections (giving and receiving) to kindness, friendliness, service, supporting, giving, respect and love.

    Happy Holidays!
    Keep Moving,
    Chris Lampen-Crowell

    Chris’ Rules of Care

    Here are a few things to remember that may not be apparent when attempting 30 Days of Care.

    •  Care is about giving AND receiving - practice both. Please enjoy the giving - it always feels good to give.But also allow and enjoy receiving.
    • Care for yourself first. We can easily forget that we must take care of ourselves so that we can give to others.
    • We are human and bound not to be perfect. Care is not about being perfect, simply expressing it moves energy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Waiting for the right moment, right event, right words so that our expressions are perfect is disabling. Care in any action is enabling!
    • Part of the care equation is gratitude - express it frequently. Gratitude is always healthy

    Here are some ideas to get you started:

    • Leave a special note for a friend or coworker
    • Bring flowers to a friend
    • Pick up 3 pieces of litter
    • Leave a thank you note for your mail carrier
    • Take an extra 10 minutes for yourself
    • Donate 3 items to a local food bank
    • Volunteer 3 hours of your time
    • Play FreeRice.com and feed the hungry
    • Pay for the person behind you in line
    • Surprise someone with their favorite warm beverage
    • Call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a while to see how they’re doing
    • Leave quarters taped to a parking meter
    • Actively commute to a place you would usually drive
    • Donate to a charity
    • Bake and share with friends and neighbors
    • Invite a co-worker to do something with you (yoga, movie, anything)
    • Leave popcorn by a Redbox
    • Take coloring books to a children’s hospital
    • Send an encouraging text/message to a friend
    • Give someone a book you think they’d like
    • Leave a positive note on a bathroom mirror

    Tell us how you are spreading care with #GazelleSportsCare!
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  • Half/Full Marathon Training Program Week 18

    Welcome to Week 18!

    What an amazing experience that last few months have been! You may have gotten a new personal record, tried new running routes or made new friends.

    What’s next: Now that race day is right around the corner, you may be asking yourself “What’s next?”  After you take a week or two off, come in and see us at Gazelle Sports. There’s always something going on. Our next training program will be starting up soon, and we’d love to see you back. In the meantime, each store offers different group runs and clinics that can help you stay active and healthy in the off season. Maybe now is the time to get a gait analysis, take Good Form Running, or try your hand at trail running with the Dirty Herd.

    As far as race day goes, remember why you started this training program to begin with. Out of all the different ways to stay active, you chose running. Time to show that course what you’re made of!

     

    Keep Moving!

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  • Half/Full Marathon Training Program Week 17

    Welcome to Week 17! Race day will be here before you know it. This week we’re talking about race day tips. Here are some things you should keep in mind:

    1. Rest your mind as well as your body. Get good sleep!
    2. Eat well. Fuel yourself how you want to fuel your race.
    3. Test out your race day outfit (including shoes) before the race.
    4. Remember that this is just another run. At the end of the day, you’re just putting one foot in front of the other.
    5. Lastly, be patient, be confident and don’t sweat the small stuff. People have a tendency to start the race faster than they should. Remember to take it easy and find your pace. This is your race, so have fun with it.

    If you are still looking for a little extra motivation to get you to the finish line, think about what motivates you. You are about to accomplish something amazing and you should celebrate. When the finish line seems far away, think about that 26.2 or 13.1 magnet for your car, that Patagonia top you’ve been eyeing or that dessert/micro brew you’ve been craving. Whatever it is that motivates you, use it to your advantage on race day.

    Keep Moving!

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  • Shop the styles from our fall mailer

    To moving more...

    Whether it’s an early morning jog, a quick walk during that too-short lunch break, sets of sit ups during the Netflix binge we swear never happened, or an evening yoga class, we’re committing to moving more this fall and we hope you’ll join us.

    Seize the day and look fabulous while doing it! You can start with these styles:

    PrintBrooks Dash 1/2 Zip  /  Greenlight Tight SE  /  Adrenaline ASR 12

    PrintBrooks Joyride Hoodie  /  Distance Tank  /  Streaker Tight  /  Ghost 8

    PrintSmartwool Isto Sport Sweater  /  Corbet Skirt

    PrintSaucony Velocity Long Sleeve Top  /  Scoot Capri  /  Guide 8

    PrintLolë Call Me Dress

    PrintLolë Essence Cardigan  /  Run Capri 

    PrintUnder Armour Essential Jacket  /  Slim Air Cargo Pants

    PrintUnder Armour Transit Top  /  Studio Printed Legging

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 16

    Welcome to Week 16! Now that we’re in more of an in-between season (not too hot, not too cold), we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to talk about transitional pieces and safety gear.

    First, let’s talk about transitional pieces. A lightweight, breathable, packable jacket is a perfect companion for those in-between season runs. Especially in Michigan - where weather can change quickly - it’s great to have a lightweight jacket just in case!

    Second, let’s talk safety. Any time you’re running at night in low-light situations or on busy streets, being seen means staying safe! We carry options like brightly colored reflective gear and blinking lights that help you be visible to others.

    Other valuable safety tips include:
    Leave your headphones at home.
    Carry identification, including your name, phone number and blood type.
    Carry a cell phone.
    Trust your intuition about a person or an area
    Always stay alert & aware of what's going on around you.
    Tell friends & family of your route and when they can expect you home.
    Run against traffic so that you can observe approaching cars
    Practice memorizing license tags or identifying characteristics of strangers.
    Look both ways before crossing and make sure drivers acknowledge your right of way before running in front of vehicles
    Call the police immediately if anything happens to you or someone else, or if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
    Avoid un-populated areas, deserted streets, overgrown trails, parked cars and bushes. Especially avoid unlit areas at night.
    Run with a buddy!

    Keep Moving!

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