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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.

    Keep Moving!

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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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  • The Gazelle Sports experience

    There’s something special about shopping with Gazelle Sports. The product and experience you’ll find with us are different than what you’ll get at big box and discount department stores.

    Our footwear has the latest and greatest R&D behind it, with premium technology and materials to keep you running comfortable no matter the distance.

    And our staff have the training, knowledge and care to fit you with the best shoe for you, not some model currently being featured. Our holistic approach emphasizes your needs and goals. We’ll work together to get you moving!

    Don't take our word for it. Here's what customers are saying:
    “Jake was simply fantastic! This is more than a business, it is a place that believes even a novice is just as important as a seasoned athlete. I was treated with such respect and compassion and offered amazing encouragement as I worked to complete my first 5k after 20 years not running. I look forward to returning!”
    -Veronica
    “Ran my first half marathon 3 weeks ago at  Gazelle Girl and my first 25k yesterday at the Riverbank Run. Thanks you, Gazelle, for having such knowledgeable and approachable people to help me in your store!” - Cindy
    “We were just in for your annual shoe sale last night, and I have to say the customer service was even more amazing than usual. Kudos to Gazelle: clearly you place great importance on having superior staff and customer service. Keep up the great work.”
    - Stephanie
    “My son needed supportive insoles for his shoes. We visited Gazelle Sports and were immediately welcomed by Ray. He was very attentive and helpful. Ray put my son at ease and offered various suggestions for our needs. This young salesperson made a stressful task a pleasurable one. Thank you”
    - Mindy
    “I purchased some running shoes from Gazelle last week. They get an A+ rating from me - very nice store, tons of selection, and Megan did a fantastic job fitting me for my shoes. She's a very nice and knowledgeable young lady. It was a great shopping experience, and I will be a returning customer and telling all my family and friends that Gazelle sports is the place to go!” - Dave
    “I now have come to absolutely love running! Not only has it changed my health for the better (I've lost over 20 lbs now), but it is a huge stress reliever and, to top it off, it's just so much fun! With all of the help and information of the staff members at Gazelle Sports, I feel much more confident when I run, even though I'm still a beginner. I don't know if anyone has ever mentioned this before, but I truly appreciate the personalized postcards that are sent out to me after my visits to the store. Those brighten my entire day! I love spreading the word about this business to everyone I know! Thanks for all of the help. You guys rule!” - Whitney
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  • Why We Love Patagonia [Outfit of the Week!]

    Caring for the environment with the way we behave can be translated all the way down to the way we dress and the way we shop. What I love about the lifestyle wear at Gazelle Sports are the many brands that share a common goal. Prana, Lole, Toad & Co, North Face, and Patagonia all have unique processes to protect mother Earth and support sustainability. Style plus sustainability is more than a trend, it's a way of life. And today the sustainability spotlight is on, drum roll please, PatagoniaPatagonia gives us a unique opportunity shop with a purpose that supports our quest to minimize our footprint and maximize our mission. Patagonia W's Re-tool Snap T NavyW's Re-Tool Snap T Fleece by Patagonia isn't just for winter, stay cozy on a summer night too! What's it made of and what are the benefits? 100% polyester: Hydrophobic & durable 51% recycled fleece: Two words, mother Earth. Blue Sign approved: A sealed recognition of having the highest level of consumer safety by employing methods and materials that conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment Patagonia's Shallow Seas Top is a light-weight summer staple with an improved feminine fit that tapers in at the waist. Take it up a sassy notch and tie it up in a knot!     So what's it made of and what does it mean? Organic cotton: Ultimately, using organic cotton protects the environment and protects people by refusing to use chemicals and pesticides. Tencel: This fiber helps to wick away sweat and keep you dry and comfortable. Patagonia Baggie ShortPatagonia's Barely Baggies are light, quick to dry, and perfect for strolling the pier or jumping off of it. What's it made of?? DWR: Let's say it together, "durable-water-repellent". 50 UPF: All clothing has some level of sun protection but the standard of 50 UPF is your most reliable friend to shield from harmful UV rays. Mesh lined pockets: After a quick dip in the lake these pockets will drain water and keep things light! Why do we love Patagonia? 

    • 1% for the Planet 
    • Bluesign 
    • Worn Wear Program 
    • Sustainable Apparel Coalition 

    Their mission statement says it all, "Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis." Feeling moved? I know I am.  Visit Gazelle Sports and purchase with a purchase!

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  • "It will change your life" - Gazelle Sports Training Programs

    Gazelle Sports Training Programs are designed to help you meet your goals and have fun in a great group atmosphere.  Here are a few stories from team leaders and participants who recently ran with us:

    EmmaBGazelle Sports can be exactly what you need it to be. The program gave me motivation and confidence, and now I love sharing that with everyone else. You don’t have to be fast; you can be slow. I like to say my pace is forward. I’m not the best, but I’m out there an I’m moving. Through the program, I’ve learned more about myself as a person and a runner and I have made a plethora of friends. Even when I doubt myself and my abilities, I have a bunch of people believing in me and showing me that I can do it!
    -Emma B., Training Program Participant

    TimBI came to Gazelle Sports and I was struggling with my weight. I can’t say enough the impact it has had on my life. It’s like they’ve given me a new life or a second chance at life.
    -Tim B., Training Program Leader

    LesaI love being a team leader because I love to see people succeed. When they cross that finish line, their face says it all. There’s something in running, in putting one foot in front of the other that does for you that nothing else in the whole world can do. What Gazelle Sports does is makes sure you have the right shoes, the right nutrition, the right support so you can run the rest of you life happy. The training programs have helped me stay motivated and provided a healthy running environment - they’re always the highlight of my summer. I am such a better runner because of the friendships and the training that Gazelle Sports provides. The bonds you make are lifelong! Get ready for the most amazing runs, friendships and laughs you will ever have!
    -Lesa N., Training Program Leader

    MickiRThrough Gazelle Sports training programs, I have found a social community that has been there for me an I for them. Being a part of something bigger makes me feel amazing, because it’s more than just running, it’s community. You get the support you need and the encouragement to keep going. I value the friendships I have made and love being a part of a community that is very welcoming. With these programs, I keep trying, I keep running, I keep living.
    -Micki R., Training Program Participant

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  • Captivating Coral [Outfit of the week]

    Sophie Coral DressIt's Memorial Day weekend! Have you seen the Sophie dress by Lole? This eco-friendly, stretchy, sweat-wicking, summertime stunner is more than just cute, it's functional too. It's the stylish way to soak up some sun without feeling sticky. Can I have it in every color, please?

    Madeira One-Piece CoralI am so obsessed with this Madeira One-Piece by Lole. Truth be told, I have a weakness for anything floral print. But this swimsuit takes it up a notch with it's cinched rope detail, open back, and classy plunge neckline. Long story short, this swimsuit is 100% fabulous. Scarf Floral Coral What better way to add a pop of color with the Sophie dress than the Daisha Scarf by Lole? Be creative and wear it as a wrap with the Madeira One-Piece or be daring and wear it as a head scarf in your rooftop convertible. The ways to wear this are endless. Long story short, this scarf is 100% cute. Days off, check. Plans, check. Outfit, check.  Pasalo bien!

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  • Healthy Running with Addaday

    Mobility, Massage, and More!

    Robert Forster, P.T., will teach how to prevent and recover from running injuries. He will also dive deeper into massage techniques and the benefits a runner will get from practicing self-massage regularly, incorporating Addaday products he helped design.

    Sign up for this free event today!

    Gazelle Sports Holland
    Tuesday, May 26 @ 7pm
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    Gazelle Sports Kalamazoo
    Wednesday, May 27 @ 7pm
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    Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids
    Thursday, May 28 @ 7pm
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  • The Responsible Company - our partners are giving back!

    Gazelle Sports is a certified Benefit Corporation. That means we’ve committed to using our business as a force for good.

    We pursue a triple bottom line, measuring our success not only in profits generated, but also in the positive social and environmental impacts we have on our community. Our focus is on the three P’s, people, planet and lastly, profits.

    We also partner with responsible companies that are focused on making a difference. Here's more about what they're doing:

    ADIDAS:

    • Adidas is recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and, in 2015, Adidas was ranked third on an index of Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world.
    • By 2018, Adidas aims to source 100% sustainable cotton.
    • Adidas has terminated relationships with suppliers who do not meet environmental, safety and human rights compliance.

     

    ASICS:

    • Asics donated $692,160 to community organizations from 2013-2014.

     

    BROOKS:

    • Brooks’ headquarters in Seattle, WA, are LEED Platinum certified, which means it uses 75% less energy than a typical building.
    • Brooks is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and, in 2014, became a Bluesign System partner as a way to enhance transparency and improve the sustainability of its apparel supply chain.
    • In the last two years, Brooks has donated over $1 million through their Run B’cause program, which supports organizations that promote healthy, active lifestyles in their communities.

     

    CLIF:

    • By the end of 2015, Clif aims to be 90% Zero Waste at corporate headquarters, field events and facilities that make their food.
    • By the end of 2015, Clif aims to be 90% Zero Waste at corporate headquarters, field events and facilities that make their food.
    • Clif headquarters are LEED Platinum certified, and their office fleet and marketing trucks run on biodiesel.

     

    FEETURES:

    • Feetures is a Friend of the Forest, which means a portion of each sale is donated to The National Forest Foundation.
    • Feetures uses eco-friendly packaging which is composed of recycled paper and uses soy-based inks.

     

    KEEN:

    • Through the Hybrid.Care giving program, Keen works with non-profit partners to make a difference in the places outdoor enthusiasts love now and for future generations.

     

    NEW BALANCE:

    • New Balance is the only major shoe manufacturing company still making shoes in the US - they’ve now made or assembled more than 4 million pairs in the USA.
    • New Balance is a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and a participating company and board member of the Fair Labor Association.

     

    NIKE:

    • 88% of Nike apparel contains at least 5% organic cotton.
    • In the last 5 years, Nike has recycled 2 billion water bottles, turning them into material.
    • Nike donated $95.5 million in community contributions in 2013.

     

    PATAGONIA:

    • Patagonia sources 100% traceable down - a commitment that promises their down will come from responsible and humane farms.
    • Patagonia is a certified B Corp, just like us! They’re committed to using their business as a force for good.
    • Patagonia has a 1% for the Planet policy - 1% of profits each year are donated to environmentally-focused organizations working to keep our planet healthy.

     

    PRANA:

    • Prana manufactures at least 20% of its products in the USA.

     

    SMARTWOOL:

    • All Smartwool products are made in the US with the finest merino wool.
    • Smartwool, like us,  supports Girls on the Run, a non-profit program that encourages girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.

     

    THE NORTH FACE:

    • The North Face’s headquarters is 100% powered by on-site solar and wind sources.
    • The down used in The North Face’s products is responsible down certified, meaning it comes from sources that are committed to being humane and cruelty-free.
    • The North Face’s headquarters is 100% powered by on-site solar and wind sources.

     

    TOAD&Co:

    • Every unit of Toad&Co clothing is picked, packed, and shipped with unmatched enthusiasm by the PAC work crew. PAC is a life-skills training group that provides adults with developmental disabilities with training and work opportunities.

     

     

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  • Are you ready for your race?

    By Shawna Fitzgerald, Women's Apparel Specialist

    Are you ready for your race?

    Several Gazelle Sports sponsored races are just around the corner! Are you ready?  Huntington Reeds Lake Run 5k is June 6th and the Brian Diemer 5k is June 10th.  These are the last two races of the Gazelle Sports Triple Crown Series and are a blast to participate in!

    Nike Impossibly Lite Jacket Pink

    We've got all the gadgets, gear, and gizmos you might need for your big race day! The Nike Impossibly Lite Jacket and the New Balance Ultra Hooded Jacket are both must-haves as we are training in this rainy weather.

    • 100% Nylon makes them lightweight and breathable.
    • Self-packing by fitting into it's own front chest pocket!
    • Hooks and handles allow this piece to easily store as you go.
    • DWR coating to increase durability and water-resistance.

    Body Glide PinkYou've been dedicated to your training but you feel something has gone terribly wrong. Ouch! You've just realized your beautiful running form isn't preventing chafing. Now with every step you feel your shirt rubbing, your bra band, your socks... you get it.

    Start race day with a generous layer of Body Glide to create an invisible barrier against chafing, irritation and raw skin caused by rubbing.  Reach your goals pain-free, and dare I say, bleed-free!

    SmartWool Women's Socks SmartWool socks are a smart choice for any run any day. Wool is a phenomenal fiber that naturally manages moisture and regulates temperature. This natural antibacterial wicks sweat, evaporates it and ultimately prevents odor and blisters. Take care of SmartWool and SmartWool will take care of you. Keep the care simple by avoiding

    • bleach
    • dryer sheets
    • fabric softner
    • tech wash

    While all of these tools might be a staple in your regular washing routine, they might actually reverse the natural benefits of these socks. Keep it simple and you will have some super happy feet.

    Run happy!

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  • Outfit of the Week: Sun protection from Lole

    By Shawna Fitzgerald, Women's Apparel Specialist

    This week we're featuring something that never goes out of style - protecting yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays. We've got tons of running and lifestyle apparel at Gazelle Sports that offer UPF 50 rated protection built right into the fabric. Here' are just a few options from Lolë that can double as fitness and lifestyle pieces that will protect you from the sun no matter what the day might bring:

    lsw1232-y181Essential Jacket: The Essential is a Lolë classic for its feminine fit, and technical finesse. Four-way stretch and a moisture-wicking poly blend fabric with a UPF 50+ factor make this piece an essential layering piece from Spring to Summer.

     

    lsw1312-n244Cardio 2 Tee: The Cardio tee is the perfect addition to your weekly workout routine, with four-way stretch fabric for ease of movement. It's also  super soft and wicks moisture to keep you comfortable. Featuring an iPod pocket on the back and a reflective logo, you'll choose this stylish shirt time and again for both looks and functionality. And don't forget that UPF 50+ rated protection!

     

    lsw1183-g288_2000x2000_300_rgbRefresh Pant: These relaxed fit pants go with the flow, anywhere you go. Lightweight and wrinkle resistant,  the Refresh Pant is perfect for strolling about town or for a spin on the bike. Featuring a stylish low-rise, two hand pockets, a zip pocket and a reflective logo, plus UPF 50+ protection, you won't want to wear anything else all season long.

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