Cyc Fitness offering free post-race class to marathoners

An indoor cycling session at Cyc is like a mashup of a fitness class and a visit to a nightclub. Photo by Ashley Landis for AAS
An indoor cycling session at Cyc is like a mashup of a fitness class and a visit to a nightclub. Photo by Ashley Landis for AAS

Are you running the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon this weekend?

Bring your bib to Cyc between Feb. 16-22 to get a free shake-out session. Ashley Landis for AAS
Bring your bib to Cyc between Feb. 16-22 to get a free shake-out session. Ashley Landis for AAS

Cyc Fitness, an indoor cycling studio at 715 West 23rd Street, is offering a free class the week after the race to runners who show their bibs.

“We think of it as a fun, non-impact way for them to spin those legs out after the big race,” says Jessica Clark of Cyc.

I dropped in for a session led by Keoni Hudoba a few years ago, and couldn’t decide if I was at a fitness class or a nightclub. It’s a sweat slinging, music thumping experience that leaves you with a heavenly fitness hangover.

No need to book in advance; check the schedule here.

Creepy Crawlies & Critters Trail Race results

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Shae Vaughan, winner of the Creepy Crawlies & Critters 10K trail race by Trailhead Running.

Results from Saturday’s Creepy Crawlies & Critters 10K and 5K trail runs …

10K Participants

Pl

Bib #

Participant

Distance

Time

1

115

Shae Vaughan

10K

45:52.7

2

149

Aubrey Lempertz

10K

49:19.0

3

133

Nicole Nelson

10K

55:34.5

4

159

Melanie Denton

10K

56:55.9

5

121

Jeanne Hoffman

10K

58:10.5

6

101

Tarrah Thompson

10K

58:14.6

7

140

Pam LeBlanc

10K

59:23.8

8

155

lindsey robertson

10K

59:54.8

9

135

lynette moench

10K

1:00:14.1

10

129

Kari Ponto

10K

1:00:15.1

11

145

Vanessa Swesnik

10K

1:01:48:8

12

122

Lauren Schreiber

10K

1:02:09.1

13

142

rebecca cook

10K

1:02:25.4

14

117

Glenda Gaitan

10K

1:03:26.1

15

105

Dena Childs

10K

1:03:53.1

16

151

Emily Fontana

10K

1:04:41.7

17

143

ariel shagory

10K

1:06:32.1

18

111

Nichole DuBose

10K

1:08.57.8

19

158

Danielle Douglas

10K

1:10:18.5

20

147

Selena Caldera

10K

1:11:19.5

21

124

Marcia Desy

10K

1:12:06.0

22

110

Pam Tobias

10K

1:12:20.5

23

152

Amy Bush

10K

1:12:20.5

24

144

Gisela Jennings

10K

1:12:56.4

25

134

Lee Ann Riley

10K

1:14:50.8

26

120

Mariana Garrison

10K

1:14:50.8

27

137

Sara Brennan

10K

1:15:06.6

28

118

Debbie Price

10K

1:17:56.4

29

156

Cassondra Taylor

10K

1:17:59.6

30

131

rachel moyer-trimyer

10K

1:17:59.9

31

102

Roseann Ferraro

10K

1:18:32.4

32

138

Jennifer Dingler

10K

1:18:33.0

33

123

Roxanne Rico

10K

1:19:02.7

34

119

Kelley Humphries

10K

1:20:51.4

35

148

Courtney Whited

10K

1:21:41.4

36

130

maggie komazec

10K

1:22:20.3

37

161

Jennifer Lujan

10K

1:22:20.8

38

128

Melanie Herlinger

10K

1:22:41.1

39

127

Edith Burch

10K

1:22:48.5

40

126

Kelly Sawyer

10K

1:23:00.3

41

160

Marline Manassian

10K

1:24:00.3

42

100

Taline Manassian

10K

1:24:01.7

43

157

Marijean Azrak

10K

1:24:02.7

44

139

Kristen Herrera

10K

1:32:39.0

45

154

teresa medina

10K

1:33:42.0

46

153

Betsy Tieman

10K

1:36:19.2

47

125

Catherine Kurkowski

10K

1:43:26.1

48

106

Tiffany Pritchett

10K

1:58:40.9

5K Participants

Pl

Bib #

Participant

Distance

Time

1

26

Caitlin Gabor

5K

27:58.1

2

29

Tara Nash

5K

29:51:00

3

84

Krista Kuhn

5K

30:13.2

4

43

Suzanne Trotter

5K

36:15.9

5

8

Terry Joy

5K

36:40.2

6

83

Holly Gaete

5K

38:37.4

7

81

Julie O’Brien

5K

38:46.9

8

41

Aimee Kent

5K

39:52.8

9

3

Karen Bodiford

5K

40:40.6

10

16

Lisa Wernli

5K

41:06.7

11

141

Kristn Ruff

5K

41:20:00

12

70

Robin Clark

5K

41:30.6

13

86

Chris Lewis

5K

41:53.9

14

25

Katie Hutcheson

5K

47:57.4

15

13

Kim Hanford

5K

54:40.7

16

146

Carol Meisel

5K

54:45.8

17

1

Jelyn Thomas

5K

1:09:46.9

18

31

Nancy Lopez

5K

1:20:24.9

19

82

Jody Kelly

5K

1:35:50.3

20

Unknown Bib #

5K

1:44:38.3

21

Unknown Bib #

5K

1:44:38.7

Mike Pauwels to walk to San Antonio to honor McCallum High musicians

Mike Pauwels will walk to San Antonio to honor McCallum High School musicians starting Sunday.
Mike Pauwels will walk to San Antonio to honor McCallum High School musicians starting Sunday.

Mike Pauwels walks to the library, he walks to the grocery store and he walks to the dry cleaners.

Starting Sunday, he’ll walk all the way to San Antonio.

It’s part of a challenge laid down by his son Hugh, who plays clarinet in the band at McCallum High School. Hugh practiced long hours and made Texas All State Band this year. The band will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio next week, and Hugh, who had seen his dad log hundreds of miles walking around Austin, challenged him to walk there to see him play.

The 95-mile trip will take five days. Pauwels, 70, has plotted out a route that sticks to back roads and avoids Interstate 35. Hugh will drive out once during the walk to drop off clean clothes and cart away the dirty stuff. Pauwels will stay at hotels along the way, because although he likes to walk, he also likes to sleep comfortably at night.

So far, the weather looks perfect.

Pauwels, a retired electrical engineer, says he is making the walk to honor all the musicians from McCallum who made All State band, choir or orchestra. The adventure will mark his first really long, multi-day walk, but he’s been traipsing all over Austin for the last three years. He’ll carry a flag honoring McCallum Fine Arts along the way.

“I watch my son practice, go through regional and then area auditions … getting to All State takes a fair amount of effort, and walking’s not so hard,” he says.

Pauwels, a former runner who got hit by a car and underwent knee surgery, typically walks about 10 miles a day. Recently he’s been walking farther – on Wednesday, he logged 17 miles.

“I’d like to say I started because my son started using my car, but it’s just entertainment. Anybody can walk, but not everybody has the time,” he says.

Pauwels writes about his walking adventures in this blog.

Hit the trail at Creepy, Crawlies & Critters race this Saturday

Participants in one of Trailhead Running's races make their way through the course. Photo by Jake North.
Participants in one of Trailhead Running’s races make their way through the course. Photo by Jake North.

I’ll be scampering through the woods again this weekend, at the Creepy, Crawlies & Critters race put on by Trailhead Running.

I’m finding lately that I love trail running. It’s slower than running on pavement (expect to run 20 to 30 percent slower on trail than on roads), but it’s also the vibe of the sport. Trail running is more laid back, puts you more in touch with the outdoors and, best of all, typically features real food at the aid stations of longer events (think boiled potatoes and peanut butter sandwiches instead of energy gels).

Plus, it’s more like playing than working. Remember when you were a kid, romping through the woods on the trail of horned toads or white-tail deer? It’s like that, complete with muddy clothes and a sense of adventure.And, as the Trailhead Running folks so aptly put it, “You’re not lost, you’re with us.” (They also advise runners to keep an eye on the trail and look for critter bones along the way at this weekend’s race…)

Creepy, Crawlies & Critters participants choose from either a 5K or a 10K route. The race is for women only, limited to 100 runners, and designed for athletes who are new to trail running or for experienced runners looking for a new venue.

The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at YMCA Camp Cypress in Buda. You can still register for $50.  Packet pickup is 3-7 p.m. Friday at Luke’s Lockers, 115 Sandra Muraida Way.

A pancake and fruit breakfast will await runners at the finish line.

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a special class at Title Boxing Club

The couple that exercises together sticks together. Or something like that. PHOTO/Title Boxing Club
The couple that exercises together sticks together. Or something like that. PHOTO/Title Boxing Club

Nothing screams “I love you” quite like a quick jab, a right hook and an uppercut.

Pam LeBlanc tries a Title Boxing class in October, 2014. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez/AAS
Pam LeBlanc tries a Title Boxing class in October, 2014. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez/AAS

To that end, Title Boxing Club, which offers group boxing lessons (with punching bags, not against human opponents) is offering a pair of Valentine’s-themed classes.

A “Couples Date Night” session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and a singles’ “Love in the Ring” class is set for noon Feb. 14 at both locations, 13945 North U.S. Highway 183 and 1401 South Interstate 35 in Round Rock.

And remember: Working out with your partner is a great way to tell them you care about your health and theirs. You’re more likely to stick to a fitness plan if you’ve got a partner to train with, too. Plus, it’s fun to come out swinging in front of your honey.

I tried the class in October, when I was going through a stressful period in my personal life. Punching helped.The folks at Title Boxing  say all those endorphins you’ll release while exercising with your partner will help you create a stronger bond.

Punch on!

Elite South African runners in need of host family for Austin Marathon

Sipho Ngxongo, right, shown here with Philani Buthelezi at the 2014 CASA Super Hero Run, is need of a place to stay for the Austin Marathon. His training partner, Sphamandla Nyembe, not shown, also needs lodging.
Sipho Ngxongo, right, shown here with Philani Buthelezi at the 2014 CASA Super Hero Run, is need of a place to stay for the Austin Marathon. His training partner, Sphamandla Nyembe, not shown, also needs lodging.

Two elite runners from South Africa need a place to stay while they are in Austin to race the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon.

Sipho Ngxongo, who has placed fifth and third in the race in past years, contacted me this week wondering if anyone would be willing to host him and his training mate, Sphamandla Nyembe. I met him briefly a few months ago at the CASA Super Hero Run in Cedar Park.

Both are blistering fast runners.

They’re in need of lodging for about two and a half weeks because they’re also planning to run the Woodlands Marathon in Houston on Feb. 28.

If you’re interested in hosting them, or know someone who might be, please contact Ngxongo at s.ngxongo@yahoo.com.

Don’t want to run? Try Austin Fit Walking programs instead

Austin Fit offers 8-week and 19-week walking programs.
Austin Fit offers 8-week and 19-week walking programs.

 

All kinds of things keep people from running: Wonky knees, the thought of being the slowest person in the pack, lack of interest …

But walking. Walking is something almost everyone can do.

It’s social, it requires no equipment other than a decent pair of shoes, and like other forms of exercise it reduces the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. It also puts less stress on the body, so you’re less likely to get injured.

Elayne Barber heads up the Austin Fit Walking programs.
Elayne Barber heads up the Austin Fit Walking programs.

I was reminded of all that a few days ago, when I met super walker Elayne Barber for a cup of coffee. Barber has been a fitness walker since 1997, and today heads up the Austin Fit Walking program.

To get an idea of how much she loves running, consider this. Barber has completed nine marathons and too many half marathons to count, all walking. Last year she did 11 half marathons; this year she’s aiming for one per month.

“I feel better, and I can manage life better, if I can walk consistently,” she says.

Barber purposely parks a 7-minute walk from her office. She walks from her car to her office in the morning, to her car and back during lunch, and back to her car after work. That, along with a 15-minute walk thrown in during the day, gives her 45 minutes of exercise nearly every weekday.

“Nobody wants to go to lunch with me because nobody wants to walk that far,” shes jokes.

Even if long-distance running isn’t your goal, Barber can get you fired up about walking. A dedicated walking program, instead of a walking component to a running group, gives non-runners a place to fit in. They’re not an after thought to more fleet-footed exercisers.

“Usually walkers’ focus is to get fit or lose weight,” she says. “It’s not about speed.”

Austin Fit offers two walking programs – the eight-week Art of Fitness Walking program for beginners looking to build up to a 5K distance ($60), and the 19-week spring training program ($125). Group members meet in Central Austin and walk an array of neighborhood routes. Pace varies according to participants; no experience is necessary.

For more information email purple@austinfit.com.