Cypress Running Club - September 2018 Newsletter



2nd Packet Pickup 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
Shirt Swap 8:00-9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Villa Sport Athletic Club near Jarvis and Barker Cypress

HOW: If you are picking up your packet, we'll be able to look you up by name. 

FOR THE SHIRT SWAP: You must swap BOTH your tech shirt and tank and they should be UNWORN.
Unfortunately at this time, we can't accommodate swapping long-sleeved shirts. 

If don't need to swap, you can still come by to visit our sponsor, Villa Sports and see what they have to offer!! 


Want to buy extras?  
  • If you forgot to order youth shirts, yowies (neck gaiters) or gloves, you can still do so, by going Here.
  • We will be opening up sales of extra car seat covers, yowies, gloves and additional shirts at our Halloween Garage Sale!
Charity Expo and Sponsor Visit!

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Come to our FOURTH annual "Charity Expo Day" on Saturday, September 8th. This is the day for charities, or any organization that sponsors a race benefiting a charity, to come out to talk to our runners about how we can be involved in causes we care about.

Come visit with Dr. Rand from Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine! Dr. Rand is a is a great resource to treat sports injuries. He has 100% recommendation from our CRC runners, as thorough and easy to understand while explaining your injuries. 

Visit all of the booths; and get your name in our raffle!! We'll have raffle items for those who visit all fo the booths. Our AWESOME sponsor, Koala Kolache will be out with goodies. You won't want to miss it!!! 

We are happy to announce that we have 8 charities signed up to participate this year. Come out to check them out!
Who's Who in CRC
September Spotlight Coach: 
Progression group 

Johanna "Jo" Abad 
I was asked recently, "how do I stay motivated when I hit the wall and I don't want to run?" and I had to think about it for a minute. Training for a race is a bit like being pregnant (you mommas know). You go through the process and at the end, you don't want to think about doing it again. You take a break from running, and after a short time, you realize that you miss it so much you want to get back out there as soon as possible. This happens to me between training cycles. I get away from running for a little bit; then I realized how important for me it is to get back out because I've forgotten the struggles and I'm ready to do it all over again. During the season, I find my motivation in meeting new people and making new friends. It gives me something to look forward to every weekend. I enjoy seeing my squad and putting in the miles while we discuss our regular lives. Afterwards, we'd all go have breakfast/coffee after our weekend long runs.
What is one thing you wish to share as a coach?
One thing I always share as a coach/motivator/cheerleader is that life is busy and you get out of running what you put into it. I tell runners to trust their training, but also realize that not every race is a great race, but every run is a GREAT RUN! I encourage them to reach out to the rest of the group for encouragement, but also to find the motivation within.
How did you get involved with CRC and how long have you been with CRC?
I have been involved with CRC since the beginning (the gray shirt gang). As I was getting back into fitness after having kids and along with some gym appearances, I knew I had to run, so I joined "the others". We were actually a different club and due to unforeseen circumstances we split up and some left out of the neighborhood and the ones that stayed formed CRC. There were so few of us that if, it was raining and we didn't want to skip a run, we would go to the Coles gym and run on the treadmills. 🙂 Thus, my fear of the treadmill was no more!!! Since then, I have volunteered for CRC in various positions over the last few years as Coaching staff. 

What is one interesting fact about you?
If you know me, you know that every year I train for "my last marathon". But, the truth is, there is no last, maybe less frequent. I hope to run and encourage others to push their limits, and realize that every race can be accomplished with a realistic and well-executed training plan.
Which race is your favorite and why?
I have run marathons (including my favorite last year NYC2017), a few half marathons, lots of trail 25k's, 30k's a road 50k and a handful of 5k races in the last 10 years, but my favorite races have to be the 200 miles plus relays (4 or 5, but who's counting) that I have ran with friends that I met through CRC.
OMG--Isn't she super woman or what??!!!!
She would like to add, "Find people like you and stick to them like gum. Motivation and the love for running itself are contagious, but also keep in mind #itsaboutsomething>running; it's about human relationships. There is nothing more rewarding to me than to pass that along.

**Thank you, Jo, for sharing! Watch out in our next newsletter for the next Spotlight Coach!



Upcoming Dates
CRC's 4th Annual Charity Expo & Sponsor Visit
**Visit from Dr. Rand with Methodist Orthopedics**
September 8th

Gear Demo Day: Hoka, Wright Socks, OS1st, Gu and Body Glide
September 22nd

CRC Halloween Spooktacular, Garage Sale, and Marketplace
October 28th

Yam Jam
Thanksgiving Day  **great swag with great friends!

December Fun Finish & Hot Chocolate Day!
Dec 8th

CRC's Carbapalooza Pasta Party
Friday, 1/18/19
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
100k Relay - Habanero Hot
Team Refried Bad Idea (Karin Atkinson, Rodrigo, Cherie, Becky, and Gary)
2nd place overall
Team Trails with Wolves (Phi Ji Lif, Mark, Faby, Craig, Ash, Rudy)
3rd place overall
Mike Hoefer 6th overall, PR @ 15:51

**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
For Members Only
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!

Summer Runnin' Tips!
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Hydration & Running in the Heat
For those of you new to training with high temperatures and humidity, 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.
So I joined, now what?
Unsure of where to get started?  

Check out the #crcwelcomepost in Facebook, check out the training page at OR look below at some handy guidelines to figure out what to do next!

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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