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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 6

    Welcome to Week 6! Now that we’re starting to cover longer distances, it’s the perfect time to talk about hydration.

    Here are a few fun facts about hydration:

    1. Dehydration is the #1 cause of injuries
    2. Dehydration hinders every bodily function needed to run (heartbeat, blood flow, temperature regulation, delivery of nutrients to cells, waste disposal from system, muscle function and joint cushioning)
    3. A 2 percent decrease in body weight caused by dehydration affects your performance
    4. Studies have shown that athletes finish a 12k run up to 2½ minutes faster when properly hydrated

    Luckily, we take hydration seriously at Gazelle Sports. We think the first step in staying hydrated is with a hydration pack or bottle. For longer runs and warmer days, a hydration pack or bottle can come in handy. No slowing down or stopping to reach for a bottle. If you can get the sip tube to stay in place (admittedly, not always an easy task), hydration is a speedy, almost effortless task—just grab, gulp and go! And since water intake is simpler with a hydration pack/bottle, you tend to drink more often. Bonus: most hydration packs and bottles have convenient pockets for your cell phone, ID or nutrition.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 5

    Welcome to Week 5! Just thinking about all those miles you’ve already put in is making us hungry! This week, we are talking about nutrition.

    Specifically, we’re going to talk about energy bars because they’re a great source a quick energy. Bars are commonly high in carbohydrates, low in protein and fat—a good combination to consume just before starting an extended activity (or during an extended rest break). Bars with slightly higher fat and protein content are a good thing to eat an hour or more before a workout or any time after it. The high-grade carbs in bars provide an endurance boost during a workout; afterwards, they help replenish glycogen (energy reserves) in muscles. With varying quantities of fat included (up to 15 or 20 grams in some items), energy bars are the only performance food option that serves to quell hunger pangs, though they do so only modestly and briefly.

    Remember to drink water when eating an energy bar. Bars are usually dense and chewy and are easier to digest with generous water intake. Avoid washing them down with a performance beverage. Consuming too many carbohydrates at once can slow your body's ability to absorb them. And finally, remember to test out any nutrition products in training so that you know how they’ll affect you on race day.

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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 5

    Welcome to Week 5! Last week we talked about the importance of hydration, so we thought we would talk about nutrition this week.

    Specifically, we’re going to talk about energy bars because they’re a great source of quick energy. Bars are commonly high in carbohydrates, low in protein and fat—a good combination to consume just before starting an extended activity (or during an extended rest break). Bars with slightly higher fat and protein content are a good thing to eat an hour or more before a workout or anytime after it. The high-grade carbs in bars provide an endurance boost during a workout; afterwards, they help replenish glycogen (energy reserves) in muscles. With varying quantities of fat included (up to 15 or 20 grams in some items), energy bars are the only performance food option that serves to quell hunger pangs, though they do so only modestly and briefly.

    Remember to drink water when eating an energy bar. Bars are usually dense and chewy, and are easier to digest with generous water intake. Avoid washing them down with a performance beverage. Consuming too many carbohydrates at once can slow your body's ability to absorb them. And finally, remember to test out any nutrition products in training so that you know how they’ll affect you on race day.

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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 4

    Welcome to Week 4! Now that we’re starting to cover longer distances, it’s the perfect time to talk about hydration. Here are a few fun facts about hydration:

    Dehydration is the #1 cause of injuries
    Dehydration hinders every bodily function needed to run (heartbeat, blood flow, temperature regulation, delivery of nutrients to cells, waste disposal from system, muscle function and joint cushioning)
    A 2 percent decrease in body weight caused by dehydration affects your performance
    Studies have shown that athletes finish a 12k run up to 2½ minutes faster when properly hydrated

    Luckily, we take hydration seriously at Gazelle Sports. We think the first step in staying hydrated is with a hydration pack or bottle. For longer runs and warmer days, a hydration pack or bottle can come in very handy. No slowing down or stopping to reach for a bottle. If you can get the sip tube to stay in place (admittedly, not always an easy task), hydration is a speedy, almost effortless task—just grab, gulp and go! And since water intake is simpler with a hydration pack/bottle, you tend to drink more often. Bonus: most hydration packs and bottles have convenient pockets for your cell phone, ID or nutrition.

    So what should you put in your hydration pack or bottle? We all know water is great, but should you try something else? We recommend electrolyte beverages because they contain sodium and potassium to enhance water absorption and retention. They also help replace water lost by sweating. Consider consuming an electrolyte beverage if you’re running for over an hour, if you’re a heavy sweater (you lose more than 2 lbs. of sweat/hour) or if you are a salty sweater (your clothes often become crusty during a run). Staff members at Gazelle Sports are obsessed with Nuun active electrolyte tabs because they are low calorie, convenient, effective and delicious! Remember: it’s important to test out electrolyte beverages in training so that you know how they’ll affect you on race day.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 4

    Welcome to Week 4, but who’s counting, right? If you’re like many runners, you may enjoy keeping track of all those miles you’re putting in. This week, we’re discussing technology that will allow you to do just that.

    For those looking to keep better track of their training, a GPS watch is the perfect tool. You’ll get more accuracy in keeping track of your run, and most watches offer metrics like calories burned, current pace, average pace, and the ability to store and look at your runs on your computer. As a general rule, the more expensive the watch, the more capabilities it has.

    Whichever model you choose, we also recommend utilizing a heart rate monitor in conjunction with your GPS watch. Tracking your heart rate with a monitor (which reads your pulse via a sensor built into a chest strap) tells you precisely how hard—or easy—your heart is working. Measuring your heart rate can help you keep from making one of the most common mistakes that runners of all abilities make—running too fast too often, which puts you at risk for injury and burnout.
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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 3

    Welcome to Week 3! We hope that you’re having fun, making new friends and staying injury-free. But let’s be realistic, everyone will experience sore muscles at some point during their training.

    This week, we are talking about massage tools such as foam rollers, Addaday massage rollers and Foot Rubz. When used properly, these tools can help you stretch, ease sore muscles and prevent injuries.

    We’re currently obsessed with Addaday massage rollers, which are scientifically designed to improve the health and performance of athletes. Addaday products can help improve circulation, treat connective tissue scarring and muscular adhesions, and stimulate the central nervous system.

    Regardless of what massage tools you use, the important thing is to keep your sore muscles happy.

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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 3

    Welcome to Week 3! We are having so much fun getting to know you and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about undergarments.

    Ladies, let’s talk about sports bras. Beside a great pair of running shoes, a good sports bra is the best running investment you can make. Here are some things to consider when choosing your next sports bra:
    1. Over 60 percent of women wear the wrong size bra. A simple solution - get fitted! A properly fitting sports bra will not only be comfortable, but can also protect the elasticity and ligaments in breast tissue.
    2. A woman’s bra size fluctuates due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy, age or wearing a bra with inadequate support. If you’ve recently gone through any of these changes, get re-fitted.
    3. Not all sports bras are designed for every activity. Generally, the higher the activity’s impact, the more snug the bra needs to be.
    4. A good sports bra will also wick moisture and reduce chafing.
    5. The lifespan of a sports bra is anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on how well it is cared for. To help your sports bras last longer, we suggest either hand washing or washing in the delicate cycle with a sports wash (a laundry detergent such as Sweat X that is specially formulated for technical apparel). Always line dry your sports bras as dryers can drastically speed up the “wearing out” process, especially if the bra has an underwire.

    Bottom line: Do yourself (and your girls) a favor and get the support you need!

    Okay men, this paragraph pertains to you, too. Underwear is important because it is closest to your skin, and is the first line of defense against chafing and moisture in summer and winter. If you’re a guy, you should consider a pair of wind briefs for winter training. Wind briefs can mean the difference between a comfortable run and a very painful run.

    The last thing we’ll talk about this week is compression. Compression gear helps keep fresh blood flowing to your muscles, which can decrease recovery time and reduce soreness in muscles. We carry socks, calf sleeves and tights in various lengths to suit particular needs. For example: compression socks and calf sleeves can greatly reduce the pain of shin splints.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 2

    Congratulations, you survived your first week of run camp! Now that we’ve gotten to know you a little bit, let’s talk about socks, underwear, bras and chafing. These seemingly small things can make a big difference in your training this season!

    First off, let’s talk socks. Why socks? The anatomy and functions of the foot are more complex than we generally assume. Our feet are put to the test daily as we walk, run and pursue recreational activities, with little regard for what we put next to our skin. Socks play an important role in foot comfort. If you have not done so already, ditch the cotton socks! Cotton can hold up to four times its weight in moisture, which can make for a very uncomfortable run. Try synthetic or wool socks, which will pull moisture away from your feet. This will keep your feet dry and blister-free!

    Second, let’s talk undies. Underwear is important because it is closest to your skin, and is the first line of defense against chafing and moisture in summer and winter. If you’re a guy, you should consider a pair of wind briefs for winter training. Wind briefs can mean the difference between a comfortable run and a very painful run.

    The third topic we’ll discuss this week is sports bras. Listen up, ladies! Besides a great pair of running shoes, a good sports bra is the best running investment you can make. Here are some things to consider when choosing your next sports bra:

    1. Over 60 percent of women wear the wrong size bra. A simple solution - get fitted! A properly fitting sports bra will not only be comfortable, but can also protect the elasticity and ligaments in breast tissue.
    2. A woman’s bra size fluctuates due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy, age or wearing a bra with inadequate support. If you’ve recently gone through any of these changes, get re-fitted.
    3. Not all sports bras are designed for every activity. Generally, the higher the activity’s impact, the more snug the bra needs to be.
    4. A good sports bra will also wick moisture and reduce chafing.
    5. The lifespan of a sports bra is anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on how well it is cared for. To help your sports bras last longer, we suggest either hand washing or washing in the delicate cycle with a sports wash (a laundry detergent such as Sweat X that is specially formulated for technical apparel). Always line dry your sports bras as dryers can drastically speed up the “wearing out” process, especially if the bra has an underwire.

    Bottom line: Do yourself (and your girls) a favor and get the support you need!

    Lastly, we need to talk about chafing. If you’ve ever experienced this type of discomfort, you know to avoid it at all costs. Luckily, there’s Body Glide, aka your new best friend. We recommend using Body Glide on areas such as your bra band, your feet, the inside of your thighs, etc. The more you run, the more you learn about potential problem areas. Thankfully, this non-oily and non-messy anti-chafe stick will help keep any problem areas chafe- and blister-free during your run.

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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 2

    Congratulations! You survived your first week of run camp! Now that we’re in week two, let’s talk about apparel and unexpected items that you may need for the remainder of run camp.

    To start us off, technical apparel offers many benefits that cotton tees and shorts cannot. Tech apparel is designed to be lightweight, moisture-wicking and comfortable. It will keep you warmer on cold days and cooler on hot days. At Gazelle Sports, we like to think about technical apparel in terms of layering. Depending on the conditions and your own needs, you can combine layers as needed. The first layer is the base layer, which is designed to keep the skin dry by moving moisture away from your skin. We recommend a synthetic material for this reason. The second layer is known as the thermal layer. When temperatures are low, this layer keeps you warm by wicking moisture and trapping heat. Once again, we recommend a synthetic material. The third and final layer is known as the shell or outer layer. Shells are designed to protect you against the elements, like wind and water. A good shell will allow moisture to escape, but trap in body heat. We can help you decide what combination will work best for you needs. Bottom line: once you start wearing what we call “technical apparel,” you’ll never want to go back to cotton!

    Alright folks, let’s talk about chafing next. If you’ve ever experienced this type of discomfort, you know that you want  to avoid it at all costs. Luckily, there’s Body Glide, aka your new best friend. We recommend using Body Glide on areas such as your bra band, your feet, the inside of your thighs, etc. The more you run, the more you learn about potential problem areas. Thankfully, this non-oily and non-messy anti-chafe stick will help keep any problem areas chafe- and blister-free during your run.

    Next, do you ever wish you had more pockets while running? A race belt is a great tool for race day and training runs. It’s lightweight, so you’ll hardly even notice it, and it stays in place without bouncing around while you run. A small expandable pocket can easily hold a cell phone, ID or car keys. Bonus: come race day, you can pin your bib to it and avoid poking holes in your nice tech shirt!

    Lastly, let’s talk safety. Any time you’re running at night, in low-light situations or on busy streets, being seen means staying safe! Options like brightly colored reflective gear and blinking lights will help you be visible to others. Other great safety tips include: avoid using headphones, carry your ID (or Road ID), run against traffic (if running in the road), look both ways before crossing streets and stick together.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 1

    Welcome to the first week of training programs! We are so excited that you’re joining us this season. We also want to make sure you make the most out of your time with us, so we have a couple tips to help you get started.

    First of all, let’s talk shoes. Whether you’re brand new to running or are training for your fifth marathon, the most important investment you can make is in the right running shoe for you. The highly trained staff at Gazelle Sports will guide you through this comprehensive process to make sure your training gets started on the right foot! We begin by measuring your foot’s length, width, arch length and flexibility using a Brannock device. Next, we do a biomechanic assessment to determine what type of shoe would work best for you. We also take into account any past and present injuries or minor aches and pains before making recommendations. But we don’t stop there! We want you to love your new shoes, thus we’ll encourage you to take them for test runs at home. If you aren’t completely satisfied, we'll help you find a shoe that keeps you smiling mile after mile.

    Second, since you will be putting in some significant miles this training season, you may want to consider investing in an alternate pair of shoes. Not only should you be replacing your shoes every 300-500 miles, but many experts recommend alternating between two pairs of running shoes. This way, you will prolong the life of your shoes by reducing wear and keeping the midsole from compressing as quickly. It is also beneficial for your foot to adjust to the minor differences in two different pairs of shoes.

    Third, let’s talk about safety. Any time you’re running at night, in low-light situations or on busy streets, being seen means staying safe! Options like brightly colored reflective gear and blinking lights will help you be visible to others. Other great safety tips include: avoid using headphones, carry your ID (or Road ID), run against traffic (if running in the road), look both ways before crossing streets and stick together.

    Finally, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced runner, you could probably benefit from a Good Form Running clinic. This free clinic teaches you to run faster, more efficiently and injury-free. Experienced, highly-trained Gazelle Sports staff will give you pointers on how to improve your form, and in turn, your training.

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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 1

    The Gazelle Sports Fit Process and Why it Matters

    Welcome to the first week of training programs! We are so excited that you’re joining us this season. We also want to make sure you make the most out of your time with us, so we have a couple tips to help you get started. First of all, let’s talk shoes. Whether you’re brand new to running or are training for your fifth marathon, the most important investment you can make is in the right running shoe for you. The highly trained staff at Gazelle Sports will guide you through this comprehensive process to make sure your training gets started on the right foot! We begin by measuring your foot’s length, width, arch length and flexibility using a Brannock device. Next, we do a biomechanic assessment to determine what type of shoe would work best for you. We also take into account any past and present injuries or minor aches and pains before making recommendations. But we don’t stop there! We want you to love your new shoes, thus we’ll encourage you to take them for test runs at home. If you aren’t completely satisfied, we'll help you find a shoe that keeps you smiling mile after mile. Second, let’s talk about socks. Why socks? The anatomy and functions of the foot are more complex than we generally assume. Our feet are put to the test daily as we walk, run and pursue recreational activities, with little regard for what we put next to our skin. Socks play an important role in foot comfort. If you have not done so already, ditch the cotton socks! Cotton can hold up to four times its weight in moisture, which can make for a very uncomfortable run. Try synthetic or wool socks, which will pull moisture away from your feet and help keep them dry and blister-free! Keep Moving!

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  • Summertime Cools [Outfit of the Week]

    Nike Hypercool Summertime has finally shown itself! Clear skies, rays of shine, and sweat - pools of sweat. So with it we need to wear layers that will help keep us cool and comfortable, amiright?

    The Nike Pro Hypercool tank is a light weight fabric with excellent breathability. It'll hug your body and feel light as a feather as you move it. And the engineered mesh racer back provides ultimate breathability where we need it most.

    Nike Pro Classic Bolt Bra No ModelThe truth is, our girls need different types of support for different types of sports. The Nike Pro Classic Bolt bra, for example, is your best friend for medium-impact activities. Medium-impact activities include cycling, dance, and cardio classes. We love this bra because of it's stabilizing straps to minimize movement and Nike's signature material, Dri-FIT, that wicks away sweat and helps dry quickly.

    North Face Better Than Naked Capri

    These North Face capris are ideal for summertime sweat sessions. These aren't just for women who don't like wearing shorts - these are for absolutely everyone. Hence the name, Better Than Naked Capris. The magic is in the details, with quick-drying fabric, body-mapped ventilation, and breathability in areas where we need it most. In addition to keeping you cooler than shorts can, these capris have plenty of pockets for storage on-the-go and are made of 72% recycled sources! Try 'em and love 'em.

    Women's Asics American 33-FA

    Being in running specialty, I can't help but be pysched to show off the perfect kicks to match. These baby's and this outfit are a match made in heaven. But, being in running specialty, I can't help but include a disclaimer *choose your shoes according to fit and feel, not looks!* These are the 33-FA's by Asics. Stay cool with this highly breathable and moisture managing shoe, while having a lighter midsole than Asics standard and enhanced cushioning.

    Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Ergo-LiteThe best accessory we can have for any activity is our handy dandy water bottle. You'll love this one for walks and runs! Amphipid Hydroform Handheld's have a thumb hole for a grasp-free hold and fits to the natural shape of the hand. It also has a unique cap that allows for an effortless squeeze of hydration.

    Keep moving and stay cool!

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