Our Gazelle C

“Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.” Wikipedia
Last year I met this incredibly talented Gazelle that we’ll call “Gazelle C.” She was a participant in our Girls Gone Gazelle spring session that trained for and completed the June Sole Sisters Women’s 5K. With no formal race or running experience (she was 10 after all) we had the opportunity to introduce her to running at a time when she was also dealing with some health issues that could have easily sidelined a less motivated athlete.
Initially starting with a combination of "walk+run+walk" training, the coaches were quickly impressed with her focus. This Ga...

“NEVER SAY NEVER” – especially about the Boston Marathon

I recently posted something on facebook talking about how I would be returning to the Boston Marathon in April 2018. My words below were one of the comments I left when a friend congratulated me but said he’d never be fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I have a complicated relationship with the Boston Marathon but I’ve been very fortunate that qualifying hasn’t been the issue.   Never say never!  I wanted a sub 3 hour marathon for a long time and I got it in my 30th marathon. Just think if I had said I'll never be fast enough to do it! I mean 29 times before I wasn't. Talk about having to keep the faith. Sometimes you simply have to wait longer than others to get what you were always gonna get. So don't ever sa...

Taking on Virtual Everest

Eight Alumnae Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club participants took on Virtual Everest which is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Society that involves running up (and down) Citadel Hill eighty (80!) times for a total elevation gain of 8848m. The event was scheduled for November 12, 2017.
I (“Coach Stacy”) have a confession to make. I wanted the Gazelles to do something really big on this particular day so that I wouldn’t. November 12th was the one year anniversary of my participation in a 100 Mile Race (yep, I ran 100 miles) and I was afraid I’d want to commemorate it by doing something even crazier. For about a minute I thought of doing Virtual Everest by myself. Then I got an even better idea but I needed to see if there were other ...