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 Gabe Grunewald is coaching Chip Gaines (of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and Magnolia fame) to his goal of running a marathon in 2018. On a run through Central Park in October 2017, Gabe and Chip connected when, “he just thought we were two crazy runners who could give him a little a running advice (which we did, at his request of course!),” per Gabe’s post on Instagram. In his first training log post on the Magnolia blog, Chip wrote of their chance meeting, “I asked her how long it would take for an average guy like me to train for a marathon, and she convinced me that with some old-fashioned hard work I could be ready by the beginning of summer.” As for his inaugural training run, he said, “Monday was my first official day of training, and all I can really say is—that hurt.” Read Chip’s full post, Training Log: My First Run on the At Home blog from Magnolia

 Jasmin Stowers sets big goals for 2018. “While many may refer to 2018 as an ‘off-year’, given the absence of a global outdoor championships, Stowers sees it as anything but, and though she is polite and modest to a tee, she’s doesn’t hesitate when asked what would constitute a successful season,” which she states are, “to win a medal at world indoors, and also become the diamond league champion.” Read the full article, Stowers Eager to Make Her Mark in Birmingham on IAAF

 Allie Kieffer has signed with Oiselle. “Allie has been a national class athlete since she graduated college in 2010, but after qualifying for and missing the Olympic Trials in 2012 with an injury, Allie made an attempt to ‘retire’ from the sport. Back in New York with a full-time job, her body repaired; the love of running and the desire to connect with the running community drew Allie back in.” Allie was flung into the spotlight following her incredible 5th place finish at the NYC Marathon in November, at which she set a 15 minute PR while negative splitting. Read the full announcement, Welcome to Oiselle, Allie Kieffer! on the Oiselle

 Jared Ward will be competing at the Houston Half Marathon this weekend. In a post on Instagram, Jared wrote, “Decided last second on [the Chevron Houston Marathon] as a chance to qualify for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain this March.”

Save Coogan’s

 Reported by the New York Times on Tuesday, and summarized by David Monti on Twitter, “Terrible News: Coogan’s, New York’s official T&F bar, will be closing in May, unable to afford a $40K/month rent increase.” See Kyle Merber‘s tweet below with a link to a change.org petition, should you be inclined to support the endeavor to Save Coogan’s

ICYMI

 Maria Dalzot is a total BA on the trails. This should be news to no one. What you may not know, is that she is a total BA Registered Dietitian too! Maria has recently been published in Runner’s World and Outside Online sharing her tips for setting nutrition goals and using your food for the best fueling.

 Kaitlin Goodman joined the Rambling Runner Podcast to discuss her PR-laden 2017. They also discuss her bouncing back from the USATF Outdoor Track Championships and she answers questions that pertain to dedicated amateur runners everywhere. Check out Episode 25 of the Rambling Runner Podcast with Kaitlin Goodman

Reasons to Celebration

 Chaunte Lowe‘s birthday is Friday, January 12. Give her a virtual high-five @chauntelowe

 Alan Webb‘s birthday is Saturday, January 13. Send him well-wishes @alan_webb1

 Brandon Hudgins‘s birthday is Sunday, January 14. Send him birthday greetings @bhudgnasty – also, give this excerpt a read from his book Going the Distance

 Jeremy Taiwo‘s birthday is Monday, January 15. Let him know that you agree House Gryffindor is best @JeremyATaiwo

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