Mileage Builder Group

Introduction To The Mileage Builder Group

  • Welcome to the largest training group contained within the very best running club in Texas, the US, and quite possibly the entire world*
  • Our goal is to help the recreational runner (defined as someone who currently runs less than 20 miles per week) improve their endurance such that if chosen, longer races such as half, full or even ultra marathon can be successfully completed while providing a safe and super-fun social support structure.
  • We also want to continually set a good example for all runners.
  • To “maxamaze” your running and training pleasure, we have three experienced coaches in the MB group. Two of them are knowledgeable, nice, wonderfully fun people named Lea and Jenda. The third is neither nice nor fun. His name is not Lea or Jenda.

* We have no concrete proof that this statement isn’t 100% true 😛

Who Should Stay And Who Should Move?

  • We know that EVERYONE will want to join and stay in the Mileage Builder Group but as you can imagine, with only three coaches, that is not feasible so we have established a pace range that will help us maintain our fun factor level:
  • If you generally run faster than 11:30/mile, you should consider moving up to the Foundation Group.
  • If you generally run slower than 13:45/mile, you should consider moving to the Couch to 5K Group. This pace time allows those running full or half marathons to beat the six and three hour cut-offs.
    Our primary goal is to keep everyone safe and best allow for social interaction. Using these ranges will help ensure three things: 1) that you’ll easily be able to find a running buddy, 2) that you won’t be bored waiting for everyone else to catch up and 3) that you won’t struggle to keep up. Please feel free to raise any questions or discuss any concerns with one our the Mileage Builder coaches.
  • If you fail to follow road safety instructions or otherwise endanger yourself or your fellow runners, you will be asked to visit the mean coach. This will not be a pleasant conversation for you or the mean coach so you are urged at all times to “stay safe out there!”

What Do We Want To Achieve?

    • While fun and fitness are important goals for both CRC and the Mileage Builders, runner safety is priority #1 at all times.
    • If you see something dangerous happening or about to happen, please speak up!
    • Though training for any race is optional and up to each individual, many of the Mileage Builders will plan to train for and run one or more of the races listed below.
Race Name Date Plan
Cypress Half Marathon Nov. 12, 2017 See Plan
Aramco Half Marathon Jan. 14, 2018 See Plan
Chevron Marathon Jan. 14, 2018 See Plan
Woodlands Half-Marathon Mar. 3, 2018 See Plan
Woodlands Marathon Mar. 3, 2018 See Plan
  • (Note: If you want to train for a different race with a specific time goal or at a new distance, please use the posted plans at www.cypressrunningclub.com or reach out to one of the coaches for guidance to help you reach your goal!)
Steve Sutphen

Steve Sutphen

Head Coach

Steve Sutphen started running in 1991 and has completed 17 races at or beyond the marathon distance along with many, many shorter races.
Through consistent running, he has lost 40 pounds and continues to work hard to keep the weight off.
As far as coaching experience, Steve was certified by the Road Runners Club of America in 2014 and over the years, has coached numerous
beginning runners through their first 5K or 10K race. With further guidance and training, many have continued to progress and completed a
full marathon and a few even moved up in distance to finish a 50K ultra (31.1 miles).
His philosophy is that running is a particularly unique activity in that each individual can apply a wide range of “goals” to their effort. For
example, if one wants to focus on competition, he or she can train to do so. If one wants to run to get fit or to lose weight, a plan can be
developed to achieve this goal. If the runner doesn’t care about speed or endurance but instead enjoys the social aspect, that goal can be met
though group fun runs, and of course running can also be used as a solitary meditative activity leading to a clear mind and reduced stress. In
the end, collaboration and alignment between the runner and the coach is a critical element to the overall success, health, and ultimately, the
enjoyment achieved through participating in the sport.

SAFETY FIRST!

RUNNERS:

  • For group runs, please gather on the sidewalk or grassy areas
  • Run on the left side of the road going toward traffic.
  • Run illuminated!!! Wear lights and/or reflective clothing!
  • When in doubt, assume the cars can’t see you!
  • Run without earbuds or keep the music level low enough to be aware of your surroundings
  • One in/one out rule is a best practice!
  • 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!
  • Wear or carry some form of identification on every run (including an emergency contact number).
  • Make sure to hydrate properly – even in cooler temps!
  • If you are running with a stroller, please attach lights to it so drivers and other runners see it.

DRIVERS:

  • 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
  • Please do NOT park in fire lanes or in front of dumpsters!
  • Don’t leave any valuables visible when you leave your vehicle.

A Quick Guide To Injury Prevention

  • Injury prevention is very important for all runners, especially those new to running or those that are building their mileage for the first time.
  • We recommend warming up and cooling down for the first and last 10 minutes of your run, especially runs that are at faster paces. We’ll start all runs a bit slowly to help in this area.
  • It is also important to implement a post-run stretch out after your cool down.
  • Wearing the proper footwear will help to prevent injury.
  • Finally, if you start your season running too much or too fast, you will end up injured. Use caution as you build your running base. Rest days are critical to help prevent injury.
  • Run no more than 3 or 4 non-consecutive days per week until you have a solid base for faster, more frequent running. Your coaches can help provide guidance in this area.

Remember: you can’t finish your race if you don’t make it to the starting line.

When Do We Meet?

These group gatherings are 100% optional.

  • We like to be consistent so we try to keep it simple: 5:00 AM on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at Sampson elementary school at 16002 Coles Crossing Drive North, Cypress (of course), 77429
  • Plan to meet at 5:00 and leave at 5:05. If you miss this window, you’re on your own.
  • In case of light rain, we run.
  • In case of heavy rain, thunder and/or lightening, we cancel. Updates will be posted in FB and on GroupMe (see slide 10).
  • All we ask is that if you do start with one of the Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday group runs and decide for whatever reason to cut your run short, please try to let someone know (either before we begin or during the run) so we do not worry about what happened to you. Search parties are expensive.
  • We post weekly training plans in the CRC Facebook group. Click the “going” button to make sure you receive any communication/updates that are posted.

Where Should I Park my Car?

We will have two places to park but we’ll do everything possible to make sure you don’t get them mixed up. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we meet in the parking lot behind the swimming pool across Cole’s Crossing Drive from Sampson. It is not showing on the map but “visualize” a parking lot behind the building behind the pool.
On Saturdays, park in the large lot and we’ll meet at the Sampson Elementary driveway as shown in the picture on the below.

For the Tuesday and Thursday runs, meet behind the Coles Crossing lap pool, which is across the street from Sampson Elementary.

How To Stay Involved And Engaged?
There are at least four ways to stay in touch with CRC and Mileage Builders

  • The cypressrunningclub.com web page contains a ton of great information including registration links, training plans, our monthly newsletter, the CRC store, volunteer opportunities and other member information.
  • CRC also has a “closed group” Facebook page for those social media types who need instant updates and answers to more immediate needs and questions.
  • The Mileage Builder group will communicate via FB and will also use a smart phone app called GroupMe. This no cost app is completely voluntary and will only be accessed by Mileage Builder members. The purpose is to keep everyone informed up-to-the-minute. For example, if you’re going to be five minutes late for a run and want to let the group know, this is the tool to use.
  • Lastly, word-of-mouth. Feel free to set-up runs and other social activities with your running buddies.

A Few “Best Practices”

  • Run single file or no more than two abreast on the roads or sidewalks.
  • When running on roads, ALWAYS run on facing traffic.
  • Call out “Car Up” or “Car Back” when a vehicle approaches. This alerts other runners to move toward the curb.
  • Stay visible. Lights and/or reflective clothing are mandatory when running in the early morning or after dark.
  • Some drivers may get angry and show an aggressive unwillingness to share the road with us. We should not respond in any way other than with a smile.
  • Very important: If you stop to use the bathroom at any retail establishment, please carry some money and buy something. The store managers may stop allowing us to use their facilities if we assume they are free. Also, remember to say Thank You to the employees. They are providing us a service that is HUGELY valuable to all of us and we want them to continue to do so. It also sets a good example for others.

Coaches Biographies

Steve Sutphen started running in 1991 and has completed 17 races at or beyond the marathon distance along with many, many shorter races. Through consistent running, he has lost 40 pounds and continues to work hard to keep the weight off. As far as coaching experience, Steve was certified by the Road Runners Club of America in 2014 and over the years, has coached numerous beginning runners through their first 5K or 10K race. With further guidance and training, many have continued to progress and completed a full marathon and a few even moved up in distance to finish a 50K ultra (31.1 miles). His philosophy is that running is a particularly unique activity in that each individual can apply a wide range of “goals” to their effort. For example, if one wants to focus on competition, he or she can train to do so. If one wants to run to get fit or to lose weight, a plan can be developed to achieve this goal. If the runner doesn’t care about speed or endurance but instead enjoys the social aspect, that goal can be met though group fun runs, and of course running can also be used as a solitary meditative activity leading to a clear mind and reduced stress. In the end, collaboration and alignment between the runner and the coach is a critical element to the overall success, health, and ultimately, the enjoyment achieved through participating in the sport.

Jenda Standley started running in 2012 after a ski instructor called her “completely out of shape”; her first half-marathon was the BCS in 2013 and her first full marathon was Chevron in Jan of 2014. Since then she has set a variety of goals, such as 6 half-marathons in 6 months and plans to complete her second full marathon in Jan 2018. She became a RRCA Certified Coach in June 2017. With each passing year, Jenda becomes more passionate about running; not for speed or competition, but for other benefits such as health, energy and friendship! For her, the greatest gain in the CRC community has been the constant support, love, encouragement, laughter that comes through the sore muscles, broken toe nails and incredibly early mornings. Best personal quote: “I cried after my first race and regarded my coach as an angel for pushing me through what I thought could never be accomplished”. Seeing and helping others through the same, beautiful experience is what keeps her running!

Lea Burns never had an interest in running… or fitness in general. Then came along her future husband, who was an avid runner. In an effort to impress him, she claimed to be a runner also jumped in and signed up for her first half marathon in 2014. Little did she know that she would soon discover a passion for running and endurance sports. After running a few more half marathons Lea joined CRC, where she met what would become her second family. In just one season with CRC, she went on to complete her first marathon and an Ironman Triathlon!!! The CRC community was instrumental in her ability to reach such huge personal goals. Best quote: “I would love to be able to encourage, support and guide others to reach their own goals, and this is what has led me to begin coaching. I look forward to next season, new friends, and lots of racing. See you in Coles Crossing!”

Questions???

Ask one of your coaches – we are here to help make your running and more specifically, your overall CRC experience safe, enjoyable and successful.