Woodlands FIT – Chapter Coaches

Woodlands FIT Coaches

Woodlands 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!

Randy Bradley

Full Marathon Head Coach

Hi and welcome to Woodlands Fit.  This is my ninth year to be involved in Woodlands fit and eight years as either an assistant coach or head coach for the full marathon group.  I started running sort of late in my life when I got tired of being a couch potato.  Initially I was going to just run for exercise then a friend suggested we run a 5K race.  I got hooked on the competitive aspect of that event and increased my goals to run ONE full marathon.  I have now completed over 35 half marathons, 25 full marathons and one 50 mile ultra and another ultra scheduled for this December.  I have even run half marathons and marathons in Ireland, Germany and Scotland. Although it was the competitiveness that got me hooked on running, I think it is the social aspects of running that have kept me going.  I enjoy the races more now to spend time with people who most likely have taken a similar path as me to make it to the starting line.  It is truly amazing to see how many instant friends you make over a 26.2 mile course.  Woodlands Fit is likewise where these friendships begin and grow.  It is amazing how many people start Woodlands Fit “just to get the training” and return year after year due to the fantastic friendships that are developed. I look forward to doing anything I can to help you all achieve your goal and that awesome feeling you get when you cross the finish line whether it is your 1st or your 50th marathon.

Vicky Gillmor

Half Marathon Head Coach & RRCA Certified Coach

Welcome to Woodlands Fit! This is my 7th year with Woodlands Fit and 6th year as head coach. I love Woodlands Fit for so many reasons but mainly because of the people and the accountability it provides! I began running in 2008 when I found a local running program that would train me to run 5 miles!! At that time I remember thinking “Wow, to be able to run 5 miles would be amazing!” Well…I ran my first 5 mile race on Thanksgiving Day 2008 and it was awesome…I was hooked! From there I trained for the 10 For Texas and then my first half! To date I have completed many more races including 18 Half Marathons and 5 Full Marathons. I became an RRCA certified running coach in 2011.   I now coach all levels of runners from beginners to intermediates with an emphasis on cross training!  I love coaching and hope to pass along my love of running while helping you get to the finish line!

Mona Draper

Walking Coach

I started long distance walking when my neighbor invited me on the off-season to join some walkers for a short ‘jaunt’ on Saturday mornings.  When it came time to start training for the marathon, I joined Woodlands Fit because I enjoyed the camaraderie.  I never intended to actually do a marathon.  However, before I knew it, I was crossing the finish line at the 2004 Houston Marathon amazed and proud at what I had accomplished! Iwas hooked after that first marathon experience. Since 2004, I have walked half marathons every year as well as The Woodlands Ten for Texas. I am a certified USA Fit coach and awaiting my RRCA certification. I have been the Purple Walking Coach for Woodlands Fit for 7 years. I hope to share with you my own passion for long-distance walking during those long distances while we train together.

Laura Faria

Co-Organizer & RRCA Certified Coach

Welcome runners! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to assist Melissa as a co-organizer of Woodlands Fit and still run with the amazing runners in Blue/Green full marathon pace group. I have been with Woodlands Fit for nine years. In 2011, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and train for a half marathon. I had never been a fan of running. By the time race day arrived, I was hooked and ready to sign up for a marathon. Since then I have run more than 20 marathons, multiple half marathons, and a number of other races, including the GE Run Thru the Woods, the 10 for Texas, and the Texas Independence Relay. I love running the Goofy Challenge at Disney World because it allows me to run a half marathon with my husband and then challenge myself to run a full marathon the next day. Right now I am working on completing the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. Currently I have run four Boston Marathons, Chicago, New York, and Berlin. Hopefully I will run the 2020 London Marathon in October, and it will be exciting to finish my Six Star journey in Tokyo! Not only does running help keep me fit, but it allows me to challenge myself and is a great way to relax. I can’t wait to help you reach your running goals in a fun and supportive atmosphere. My husband, Ian, and I live in The Woodlands. We have two daughters in college and a thirteen-year old son, who keeps me busy with his lacrosse practices and games.

Melissa Holloway

Organizer

Woodlands Fit is an amazing group of people who come together each Saturday morning during the season to share time and training as we prepare for marathons, half marathons, and races of other distances. I'm excited to lead the 2020-21 season along with Laura to help create a solid season of training. This is my sixth season with Woodlands Fit and third season as organizer. No matter your training goal this season, you’ll find Woodlands Fit coaches and members who will help you succeed. Through the miles, you’ll learn new things about yourself, develop friendships that can last a lifetime, and enjoy the support of the Woodlands Fit family. It’s going to be another great season with miles of smiles!

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