Cypress FIT coaches are ready and here for you to being your training! For any program or season, these coaches will help prepare you for any race!
Cypress FIT Coaches
Organizer - RRCA Certified & Hill Work Coach
I have always been a fairly active person with a background in dance, aerobics, and weight training. Until I started with USAFit Cypress, running was not my exercise of choice. Luckily, a friend asked me if I wanted to join USA Fit Cypress. She shared with me about the comradery, educational seminars, race medals, and socials, so I decided to give it a try.Read More
At first, I was afraid that I would hold everyone back because at the time I couldn’t even run 1 mile without stopping. I didn’t know what to expect, but went ahead and attended my first group run. There I found out that they had several groups I could choose from that would fit my ability and pace. I continued through the season following the USA Fit training program and implementing the information I learned from the seminars on running. At the end of this first season, I finished my first ½ half marathon! After this, I was hooked and running became my exercise of choice. Since then, I have participated in 15 half marathons, 2 triathlon races, and 2 ten miler races and am looking forward to doing more.
Joining USA Fit Cypress has been one of my best decisions – I’ve learned a lot, made new friends, and achieved more than I thought possible. It’s amazing what a confidence boost achieving your goals can be.
Now as a coach and co-organizer, I enjoy encouraging and helping others achieve their goals. USA Fit Cypress is truly a positive and supportive group. Come join us! It can change your life.
Assistant Coach - Green Full and Half Marathon & Advanced Training Coach
I have helped lead and assisted the Blue/Green groups and the interval training practices with Cypress Fit going on 5 years now. I have a special interest in trained and non-trained individuals body’s adaptations to endurance events like marathons and triathlons. From my own experiences and interests in strength and conditioning, I’ve gained valuable knowledge in how to train for these events and have shared these tools to help others achieve their goals. I enjoy helping Cypress Fit being a fun, safe and enjoyable club where like minded individuals can do what others might think is impossible or insane in their eyes. I have completed many 5K, 10K, 26K, half marathons, full marathons, Sprint Tris, Olympic Tris, and Half Ironman Tris. I hope soon to add more to my list and do even longer distances. If you have a goal or goals for your next event or questions about running or how to be an effective runner, feel free to ask me or one of your other coaches, we all don’t bite. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails.
Full Marathon Coach & Yellow Full Marathon Assistant Coach
I am so grateful for the USA Fit Cypress community which has supported my running new personal bests including a 50K trail race I never would have imagined running prior to USA Fit and these great people! I am motivated to do more running and training as a function of Saturday group runs,, the mid-week workouts, the great conversations during our time together and the general support for all of us to meet our individually set goals. The non-running social events help me meet folks who run at different paces and learn from their inspiring running and life stories. I found USA Fit about 3 years ago and have been involved ever since where I am amazed each season at the new people I meet and the goals we achieve with the support of each other. I encourage you to join this great running club!
Assistant Coach – Red Full Marathon
During my youth in a small Kansas town, I was always active and athletic. In high school, I excelled at football, basketball and track. The 440 yard dash was my specialty. Yes, high school races were measured in yards back the 80’s.
So, you could say that I have always been a runner. Still, distance running does not come easy for me to this day. I have had to learn how to run long training distances and endurance races. I started learning to run long distances in 2005 after noticing that I wasn’t as fit as I wanted to be and learning that my cholesterol was borderline. Heart issues run in my family, so I felt I needed to make a plan that would keep me healthy for many years.Read More
I improved my diet and began walking. After a few months of walking, I began running on a regular basis. Gradual increases in distance led me to my first half marathon, which then led me to run my first marathon two years later. Now that I’ve completed the Houston Marathon 9 times, I get to train with you and share what I’ve learned.
I’ve trained with USA FIT Cypress for about 5 years now and I rarely miss a Saturday morning long run on the paths of The Bridgelands. These long runs are both social and a good way to measure your progress. The hill workouts at the Hockley Soapbox Derby Hill and the track workouts at a local high school track can make you a stronger runner. The seminars held immediately following the Saturday long runs will educate you on many of the topics critical to a successful running season, such as stretching, hydration, nutrition, running shoes, injury prevention, and more. Furthermore, there are many experienced runners in the group that are always ready to share their own experiences.
Please don’t be intimidated about joining USA FIT Cypress. We are your neighbors and friends, and we are not semi-professional runners. Everyone in the group remembers what it is like to attempt a distance that you’ve never run before. We also celebrate with you as your endurance gets stronger and stronger, enabling you to set new personal records. I look forward to running with you!
Assistant Coach – Red Full Marathon
I used to hate running! I would marvel at my coworker when she told me that she runs 3 miles around Memorial Park 3 days during the week and 6-9 miles on Saturdays. I never imagined that I could run 3 miles let alone a marathon. Little by little I started to run with some of my coworkers. The most I ran was a few 10K races.Read More
Assistant Coach - Orange Full Marathon
My childhood was dedicated to gymnastics. In high school, however, I found the love for running. I used to be a fast runner, unbeatable fast😊. Due to other priorities, however, I stopped running after college many years ago.
One of my goals, when I moved to this community, was to start running again. I do not like running alone; it had to be in a group. I found CyFit three years ago through the communities Facebook page. One of the organizers, Donya, touched base with me after she read my post requesting information about a running group and provided details. I decided to join without knowing what to expect. I remember how tense and insecure I was felt my first day. Well, the heartwarming welcome of the CyFit coaches and members made me return and continue my running journey, with what I call today my CyFit family. Thanks to the great coaching, I was able in the shortest time to sign up and run several half marathons. My Saturday’s motivation is the early wake up to join the group for a run, great communication and laughter!
Assistant Coach - Yellow Half Group
I ran 5Ks for a long time until a friend convinced me that doing a half marathon would be a great idea. I signed up for the 2005 Aramco Houston Half, downloaded a training schedule, and did all my distances on the three mile loop in Memorial Park all by myself. I survived it so I signed up for the full marathon for 2006.Read More
I knew my training could have been better so when someone told me about Houston Fit, I joined immediately. The group runs were much better preparation for the long distances. I looked forward to my running group and didn’t want to let them down by missing my weekday workouts or missing a long run. I had a great time at the marathon and continued to sign up every year.
When I got married, moved to the suburbs, and had kids I switched over to running half marathons and to Cypress Fit. I’ve loved having my running group out here to keep me accountable for my training and my pacing. Im looking forward to running with both new and experienced runners and encouraging each other to keep on running.
Assistant Coach - Red Half Group
I have always been relatively active and enjoyed playing all kinds of sports as a kid, especially volleyball. Running was never my passion, but more of something I had to do as part of my sports training. As I got older, I started running more and participated in several 5ks and 10ks in my 20s and early 30s. In 2010, my sister (who had just given birth to twins the year before!) trained for a half marathon through USA FIT Houston. I was so inspired by her journey that I decided I wanted to do it too!Read More
I joined USA FIT Cypress in 2011 and have been back every year since. I keep coming back because I love how running makes me feel. To be clear, I don’t always love how the actual RUN feels, but that feeling of getting it done just can’t be beat! I get a sense of accomplishment from following the training plan, increasing my mileage and completing the Saturday morning long runs. It’s something I do just for myself when so much of my other time is dedicated to family and work.
But, the thing I love most about running and about USA FIT Cypress specifically is the people. I have met so many amazing friends through this group. I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday mornings and catching up with my running buddies on life events. Everyone is encouraging and accepting and fun. And boy do you get some great stories out of people when you’re running 12 miles together!
I encourage everyone to come out and try USA FIT Cypress. You CAN do it! There is a pace group for everyone, the environment is very welcoming, and you will feel fantastic when you reach that 13.1 or 26.2 goal. Join us!
Assistant Coach - Red Half Group
My love for running started when I was in Jr. High and High School. The longest distance I ran at that time was the 400 meter dash. I decided my junior year to trade my running shoes for dance shoes and quit doing track for drill team but the love of running was still in me. After I graduated, I started running again for weight control and got hooked!Read More
I started doing 5K’s, 10K’s and then half marathons. That led to a desire to complete a full marathon, one of my “bucket list” challenges.
I trained with Kenyan Way running group and ran my first two full marathons. I then decided to stick with half marathons for running and move to my next bucket list challenge…..a triathlon! I joined a gym with a pool and started training on my own. During that time, one of my co-workers found USAFit Cypress and we both joined in 2013. She talked me into running a couple more marathons. I was thrilled to find another running group that was closer to where I live, it sure beat driving into Houston!
I have run 4 full marathons, 11 half marathons, 6 sprint triathlons and 2 mud obstacle races.
I have really enjoyed running with the people in USAFit Cypress. Everyone is so positive and encouraging and the neighborhood is great. Come and join us in this crazy addiction we call running!
Assistant Coach - Red Half Marathon
I started running about eight years ago when a friend of mine talked me into finally joining a gym. I hadn’t exercised for as long as I could remember, so all the group exercises seemed challenging to me, not to mention those intimidating weight machines. For the first few weeks, I felt a bit overwhelmed.Read More
One day, I found a 30-day couch-to-5k program in a magazine. It looked like a perfect plan for me. It starts with running one minute, walking two minutes and repeats 10 times. By the end of the 30 days, you should be able to run 5k without stopping. So I gave it a try. It turned out it wasn’t as easy as I thought. But I did not give up. It took me almost two months before I finally finished that program. I still remember how proud I was when I told my friends that I had run 5k for the first time in my life. And I haven’t stopped running since.
I trained with Houston FIT in both 2008 and 2009 and really loved being part of a running group. The detailed and diversified weekly schedule not only improved my running but also made it more fun and challenging. And there’s so much more: the support and encouragement from the coaches, the seminars after the run, the water stations along the routes, the conversations with my running friends. Without all these, I don’t think I could have finished my first marathon in January this year. I had such a good time during the race, I look forward to running more marathons in the future.
So come out and join us for a run. Who knows? You may fall in love with running too.
Assistant Coach - Red Half Pace Group
After “taking off” about 18 years from exercise and fitness I’ve been striving to develop a better me and to set a good example of a healthy lifestyle for my kids. I had generally considered myself a fit and healthy person, but when starting to exercise and train again, I discovered it to be a bigger challenge than expected. On that journey, a friend introduced me to triathlons and a cousin got me hooked on long-distance relays (Ragnar Trail Race!). Initially, I wasn’t much of a swimmer or long-distance runner, but after individual research and training, things began to come together. A few years ago, a friend who was a member of USA FIT Cypress suggested I sign-up. Having only trained on my own, I was a little nervous about running with others. I’m so glad that I decided to give it a try, because I have enjoyed sharing the hard work and its rewards, fun times, and experiences with my fellow CyFit-izens.Read More
As a kid, I was always active. I played various team sports including high school track and field and recreational tennis and volleyball in college. After returning to fitness, I’ve been able to build upon the habits and methodologies instilled in those formative years by seeking and incorporating new information in sport science. I am happy to say that I’m making progress toward my goals and love to be part of helping others attain their goals. I appreciate sharing with and learning from others, and always look forward to the next USA FIT Cypress activity.
Assistant Coach - Orange Half Marathon
Finally, I found the best running group in Houston! I have been with two running clubs since 2012 but Cypress Fit is incomparable. Here in CyFit we treat each other not just as running mates but as family/friend.
When we moved to Bridgeland in late 2018, the first thing I looked for was the running club which I heard is one of the best in Cypress.
Come Nature Fest of Spring of 2019, with no hesitation, I approached the stand that says, “USA Fit Cypress” but I can’t remember why I did not sign up right there.Read More
Friday Night Bite followed that weekend where I met Coaches/Organizers Donya Brewer and Wendy Riley who were handing out flyers. I asked for Coach Donya’s email and as soon as I got home, I emailed her expressing my interest in joining the group. I was so excited to start my training in July of 2019 after two years of not running. I have run six 5K’s, three 10K’s and 7 Half Marathon’s before joining Cypress Fit and I look forward to more runs and trainings.
CyFit gives me great motivation to develop my running skills, endurance and strength. Feeling blessed and grateful, I share the same enthusiasm and encouragement to others inside and outside our running group.
If you want to change your life and develop as a good runner, Cypress Fit will help you achieve that goal!
Assistant Coach - Orange Half Marathon Pace Coach
Joining USA FIT Cypress training group has been rewarding in many aspects personally, such as becoming healthier and more physically fit, and really being part of a family of runners that extends beyond the scheduled running days. We are like a family that sincerely cares for each other. I never ran a half marathon in my life, or signed up for a race until 2018. Initially starting off at age 50 and being seriously overweight, the mental challenges of running a half marathon seemed liked a crazy idea. After all, I had nothing to prove to myself anymore as I had already accomplished so many things in my lifetime. But this wasn’t about accomplishing something to say I accomplished it, but rather a new lifestyle to enjoy life to the fullest in my latter years of life. A new purpose, and a renewal of saying that age is just a number and not a limiting factor.Read More
Along the way since starting three years ago, I’ve had so many coaches and members be an amazing support system. We as a group are not super competitive, but we do strongly encourage each other along the way to help you meet your personal goals in a positive and constructive manner. It’s not about who finishes first with the group, it’s about ALL of us finishing the run and/or walk. If you do aspire to finish first, that competitive spirit will be fully supported as we all have personal goals too. It’s always fantastic to have a runner who is pushing themselves to become faster, as that also inspires others to try harder.
The heart and passion of our running/walking group begins with the two organizers, Wendy and Donya. Their commitment to us is overwhelming, so I felt compelled to be part of the team at the coach level to be more involved. My first season coaching the Orange running group began in spring of 2021, and I look forward to helping you achieve whatever it is that drove you to join our family. I’m here to support you in any way possible, and to let you know that you will not be alone. Together, we can figure this out. We all have our struggles in life, I still battle my weight issues and my eating lifestyle. So, don’t be afraid, let’s help each other overcome our obstacles and persevere to a greater future and happier life!