Cypress Running Club - October 2018 Newsletter



On your mark,
get set...

Block off your calendar for 
Sunday, October 28, 2018 for our

 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Image result for halloween spooktacular
BRING your kids!! 

Know someone who hasn't signed up yet?   It's not too late!    Visit Here to register and still get your stuff! 

Once you're registered, be prepared to get your gear Sunday, October 28th starting at 3:00 and ending at 4:00. At 4:00 pm ALL UNCLAIMED GOODIES will be put up for sale in our garage sale, so be sure to claim your goodies before they are SOLD!

**FINAL Goodie Bag Pick Up
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
CRC Garage Sale & Marketplace 
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Kids Fun Run begins at 5:00 p.m.

Can't come?  No worries!  Simply ask another CRC member, friend, relative, neighbor, ANYONE to pick up your bag!

Come join the fun at our October social!!!
Jimmy Johns will provide sandwiches! 

Bring the kids for a race complete with medals, large inflatable awesomeness, lots of TREATS with a few tricks too!

**GARAGE SALE (4:00 - 5:00)
Wait, What?   You heard that right - SALE!
We will be selling all left over shirts, hats, and stickers.  
First come, first serve.  


If you previously got a shirt that doesn't fit, at 4pm you'll have the opportunity to swap out unworn shirts for a better size if available.


Who's Who in CRC
October Spotlight Coach: 
Mileage Builders group 

Nyria Gallardo
How do you stay motivated?
Great question! To be honest, it's hard to answer when I have been dealing with really low motivation lately. However, beyond my current situation and going years back, I can confirm that my primary motivation is the commitment that I make once I have a race planned. The race,itself, is not the motivation,. It'll always be there-the inevitable. It is the journey to get to the finish line. It is the "I have to" that motivates me, the compromise to complete the training, and finally, the setbacks and then getting up all over again. That's what keeps me going. 
The big influences in my life are my small family and my soul sisters. As a parent, you always try to do the best for your kid and set a good example. I ran more races while pregnant than I regularly have done. (Wow, her little guy has been with her since the beginning!)  and I love showing my husband what I am capable of. My soul sisters are just amazing! They pull my strings and get me out of the door when the days are hard. 

When there is no race scheduled, I still run to keep myself sane. Seriously, I just lace up and go for 3-4 easy miles to clear my mind. You just need to love what you do. I love running with buddies or alone. Running is something that it is mine. I put the work, I log the miles, yet I may not be the fastest but it doesn't matter to me. My legs will have completed the same 26.2 miles than the runner who finished first.
What is one thing you wish to share as a coach?
Honestly, I am really new in this coach role, and I have respect for every runner. It doesn't matter how fast you run, it's coaching them in completing each milestone in their running journey. I always say, "Run with your heart, and listen to your body. If you want to go further you will." 
How did you get involved with CRC and how long have you been with CRC?
This is my third season with CRC. I found CRC while I was looking to join a running club to learn about coaching and start my blogging career. I was running in my neighborhood and saw someone with the CRC shirt, Google'd it and then joined. (Wear your shirts ALL THE TIME people! Recruit more awesome people like Nyria!). As I am a bit shy (What?? No way!) and I didn't want to be out there with a bunch of people I didn't know by myself, so I registered myself and my best friend. It has been one of my best investments so far. 

What is one interesting fact about you?
I was a Chess Player for more than 10 years, participated in several National Championships back home. (mic drop) I even went to an intensive training camp in Cuba where we just talked, played, studied Chess for 30 days 24x7. I rarely tell others about this. 
Which race is your favorite and why?
I have many favorite races. Chevron Houston Marathon is my to-go race. I believe I will run that marathon every year for the rest of my life. The race has everything you need: good swag, great route, awesome people cheering all the way, and it is a home race. New York Marathon is my second favorite. Why? It was in my fifth try that I got in. It was a 'runcation' with the family. The whole experience going through the Verranzo Bridge, the five Boroughs, tons of people cheering, finding my husband and son twice on the route, the getting up at 3 am to start running by 11 am, and finally eating by 8 pm. That was a real marathon literally. I would love to do it all over again. Another one of my favorites is Crescent City New Orleans... it is a really fun race. Look it up! oh, does the Spartan or the Mud Run Houston count?!! (Of course!!)
**Thank you, Nyria, for sharing your story! Nyria is definitely one of the most inspiring women I know. She's also a strong advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness, specifically Leukemia. Did you know September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month!? One month of awareness isn't enough and we need YOU to help bring awareness, too. Please do consider joining Cypress Strong supporting our very own in our neighborhoods who are battling cancer. We 'heart' Nyria! 
Upcoming Dates
Light the Night
Cypress Strong

Oct. 27th

Cypress Half Marathon
Fun Finish w Cryo

Nov. 11th

Yam Jam
Nov. 22nd 
Thanksgiving Day  **great swag with great friends!

December Fun Finish & Hot Chocolate Day!
Dec 8th

CRC's Carbapalooza Pasta Party
January 18, 2019
Special Alert!
Training is heating up and so is morning traffic.

PLEASE remember to continue wearing your safety gear INCLUDING LIGHTS when running early mornings or at night. 

Share the road!

In addition to your blinkies, please run single file OR on the sidewalk when on high traffic roads.  

PRs & New Distances
163 Miles Relay Team
Matt Kuper  1st Corporate Division, 3rd overall 26:01

Karen Faber   Masters
Brian Haskett 2nd AG 
Matt Kuper  3rd AG PR 3:31

Karin Atkinson 1st overall female
Mary Jo D'Alessio  1st AG 57:26
**LaRonda Jackson

Olympic Triathlon
Charlotte French   4th AG PR 2:41
Scott McMicheal PR
**Elizabeth Simme 

Landi Orza 1st overall female
**Kim Bowden
**Ana Sanchez-Morales

**First time at that distance

Uh - oh! Did we miss it? 
If you don't see your PR or didn't get to post, add to the next brag time post OR PM Andrea Alford and it'll be added next month!
We still need Saturday morning Hydration volunteers! Please contact Danielle Robbins, our Hydration Coordinator, for questions and sign up HERE:  

Hydration volunteers receive a $25 gift card from Jimmy Johns for their service!
Race Discounts
Run Houston! Race Series
10% off

Bayou City Half Marathon Series
10% off

Texas 10 Series
Good for Cypress, Huntsville, Katy, & Conroe
25% off!

Houston Corporate Run 5K
Oct 22-25
Sign up for "Memorial Park Conservancy" team
CODE: crc5
$5 off

Jingle All The 5K
Dec 1st 
CODE: crc5
$5 off

BCS Half Marathon
10% discount
IT'S COMING!!!!     

CRC is once again the OFFICIAL Running Club of the Cypress Half Marathon!!!

Our commitment to the race includes providing volunteers for packet pickup and showing up for fun!  Signups to volunteer will be up soon for those of you not racing.

Still haven't signed up to race?  Check the "Discount Code" section in this newsletter for a last minute 10% off for CRC members!  There are options for 13.1, a relay, a 5k, and a kids 1k.  
Word is the swag is FABULOUS this year!!!!! 
Keep your eyes on Facebook for more news about this upcoming race!  Hope to see you there!

Fall is here, but the HEAT still lingers!

Even though our run schedules are in high gear and hydration is set out for everyone at several points throughout Coles Crossing (and other designated running areas), we still need to watch for signs of dangers of running in the heat as we head into the fall season.  

Remember to SLOW down if you have to - don't worry, you'll speed up your pace as temps drop in the coming months!   Most importantly, stay hydrated.  Run earlier or later (or... gasp... on the treadmill).  And... keep listening to your body!

For those of you new to training in the heat and humidity OR those of you who somehow blocked out what it was like on your most recent run, here are some helpful articles about how not to die in the heat!

Tips for proper hydration:  Click here. 

Tips on surviving the humidity (does not include tips for fluffy hair, #sosorry):  Check out this article.
Volunteer Opportunities!

CRC is volunteer-run and our new season is just around the sweaty corner!   Start thinking of how you may like to give back.
Here are a few areas with an opportunity to participate!
  • Hydration Duty
  • Committees
  • VolunCHEERS for races
  • Assistant Coaching
  • Social Events
  • and more!

Help with Hydration!
This is one of the easiest ways to contribute!  Simply click HERE for the calendar of open slots!

It's no financial commitment and easy as can be!  Danielle Robbins will get with you the week before and give you our easy instructions. Message Danielle Robbins on Facebook to volunteer!

As a "thank you" for preparing & bringing hydration, you'll be given a $10 gift card from our amazing sponsor, Jimmy John’s, for volunteering! Hey, did we say FREE lunch!??

Help with Race Support
Season is getting geared up!  Watch for posts requesting VOLUNCHEERS from our amazing board member, Kim Bowden!   

Interested in helping in other areas?
  • Like helping for social events or on Fun Finish days?  Check with Nyria Gallardo or Ron Stitt about upcoming events! 
  • Enjoy interacting with Sponsors?  Jaime "Jay" Garza is your guy!
  • Want to be a part of the swag bag experience next year?  Check with Claire Guppy!
  • Thinking of coaching?  Reach out to any of your friendly coaches to talk to them about next season!

Safety Reminders!
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  • If meeting in a group, meet on the sidewalk or grassy areas
  • Run on the left side of the road going toward traffic.
  • Run illuminated!!! Wear lights, bright colors and always carry I.D.!
  • When in doubt, assume the cars can't see you! 
  • Runners in groups should immediately run single-file to the far left and try not to run more than 2 abreast on the trails
  • Use sidewalks when roads are busy!
  • Make sure to hydrate properly - even in cooler temps!
  • Do not leave your vehicle if you are the first to arrive to the run and keep your headlights on until you're ready to leave!
  • Be aware of your fellow CRCers when driving through the parking lot and on the roads in Coles & Longwood
  • Run without earbuds or keep the music level low enough to be aware of your surroundings
  • Please do NOT park in fire lanes or in front of dumpsters!

Platinum Sponsors
Utilizing the latest research and state-of-the-art technology, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has become the leader in orthopedic care in northwest Houston. Team physicians to high school and collegiate sports teams and sports clubs across Houston, the elite group of orthopedic surgeons - with subspecialties in foot and ankle, hand and wrist, hip and spine and sports medicine - collaborate with primary care sports medicine physicians and rehabilitation therapists to offer patients of all ages the least invasive, advanced treatment options available.
Whether you walk, run, or simply need a good pair of shoes that fits right, our experts will work with you to evaluate your foot's gait and natural biomechanics to help you select a shoe that offers the best fit and function for you."

Discount: 10% off (excluding electronics) throughout the year and once a year 20% off coupon
Athlete and functional training-centric sports based chiropractic office.

Discount: Discounts on Rock Tape products, Biopharma Nutritional supplements, Massage Therapy
Investment Management, Financial Planning, College Planning, Estate Planning, Debt Management, Retirement Planning, Insurance Needs.
Delicious Italian food!

Discount: 10% off your visit
Cypress Massage offers a wide array of massage modalities, including  but not limited to Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Prenatal/Postnatal Massage, Trigger Point Massage, Orthopedic Pain Management Massage, Youth Athletic Massage.

Discount: $5 any service if you bring in your bib after your event.
Northwest Houston's premier athletic club and spa.
Flavorful beers that you don't mind drinking when it's 100°F outside. Whether you're someone new to craft beer or someone that needs more IBUs in their DIPA, we're making beer for you.

Gold Sponsors
ADARA means BEAUTY in many languages. The ADARA experience is a journey to discover your own kind of beauty. Hair Design, Color, Makeup Artistry, skin.

Discount: 20% Off all retail everyday.
At Airrosti, we focus on accurately diagnosing the root cause of your pain, then fully resolving that pain as quickly as possible—often within only 3 visits. We focus on results, not funneling you into a long-term treatment or pain management plan.
Our independent insurance agency helps to secure the best coverage and premium for all your insurance needs: Home-Auto-Renters-Boat-RV-Commercial-Life

Discount: Agency fee waived for all members
Cryo Recovery provides active recovery modalities that accelerate the healing process. Healing modalities include, cryotherapy, low level light therapy, compression, neuro training. We also provide performance optimization services that include altitude training.

Discount: 10% off membership
We're the family-owned, family-operated, employee-powered, cute-car-driving, make-it-shine, home cleaning team.

Discount: $25 off of first visit and fifth visit for recurring service. $25 off of a one-time visit.
Yoga Therapy for anyone needing to get out of pain, rehab after surgery or injury, manage chronic conditions or with more freedom and ease. Small group and individual yoga classes for athletes.

Discount: Call for discounts on small group and private session discounts.
As a native Houstonian, I am familiar with the area and proud to call this city home for me and my family. I enjoy the high energy atmosphere of residential real estate and love working with people of many different backgrounds. One thing is for certain, I take very seriously the responsibility of being part of my clients’ lives during one of the most important decisions they’ll ever make – buying or selling their home.

Discount: 1% off realtor fee
Home automation, custom audio video and security services

Discount: 15% off any new home security system and monitoring package
Home improvement, repairs, maintenance and remodeling services.

Discount: 10% off labor for all CRC members
The kolaches speak for themselves!  YUM!
Local CPA firm specializing in Taxation and Bookkeeping for individuals and small businesses.
Physical Therapy clinic that specializes in one-on-one care. Services provided are gait analysis, laser, cupping , dry needling; along with strength and conditioning.

Discount: Discounted running gait analysis
Delicious sandwiches and Jimmy John's donates $10 in store credit to Hydration Volunteers!  Thanks JJ!
Our revolutionary SuperStarch is changing the way you energize! This natural, slow-releasing carbohydrate keeps blood sugar stable and delivers steady energy for your brain and body. Make your calories count with SuperStarch, the key ingredient in UCAN products.
We are a non-profit team of runners and walkers who run and walk in honor of Cypress area blood cancer fighters and survivors, while raising money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Our teams participate in Team in Training and Light the Night events for LLS. Learn more in their Facebook group HERE!
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