Our Coaches


Rachael Peters

Organizer - Woodlands FIT

 Howdy Woodlands Fit Crew,

This is my 7th year with Woodlands Fit and my 6th year as Organizer. I love this group, its members and its awesome coaches.

I ran my first half marathon and marathon while I was in college at Texas Tech University & convinced my college roommate to join me in the craziness! I couldn’t have done it solo & knew that group training, for me, was the way to go. I grew up playing soccer and running local 5K’s and always enjoyed it but, there is just something about that 13.1 or 26.2 mile distance that lures you in. I have 3 marathons under my  belt (Marine Corps is my favorite to date) and multiple half marathons, 10 Milers, 10K’s, 5K’s and 2K9s. The 2K9s I run with my trusty side-kick, Abbi. You will be meeting her, if you haven’t already, she is our official mascot.

I am so glad you’ve decided to tackle your goal of joining the 13.1 or 26.2 mile club with Woodlands Fit. We are going to have a great season! Your training, hard work, and the support of your Woodlands Fit family you will get you to that finish line.

Wreck ‘Em,

Rachael

 

rachaelpeters@lukeslocker.com

Laura Faria

Head Coach - Head Coach – Blue/Blue/Green Marathon Group (< 9 min/mile)

Head Coach/RRCA Certified Coach – Blue/Green Marathon Group (< 9 min/mile) Welcome runners! I am thrilled to again have the opportunity to coach the Blue/Green full marathon pace group and train with an amazing group of runners. I have been with Woodlands Fit for six years, and this is my third year coaching. In 2011, I decided to push myself and train for a half marathon. By the time race day arrived, I was hooked and ready to sign up for a marathon. Since then I have run eleven 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. For the past several years I have had fun running the Goofy Challenge at Disney World. This race is terrific because it allows me to run a half marathon with my husband and then challenge myself to run a full marathon the next day. I have run two Boston Marathons and am already excited for Boston 2018. 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 teenage daughters and a ten-year old son, who keep me busy with their soccer, lacrosse, and cross country practices, meets, and games.

laurapfaria@comcast.net

Randy Bradley

Head Coach - Yellow Group (9-10 pace) - Full Marathon

Hi and welcome to Woodlands Fit. This is my fourth year to be involved in Woodlands fit. I have been an assistant coach for 3 years and this is my first year as a head coach. 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 good friend suggested we run a 5K race together. To say I got hooked on the competitive aspect of that event would be an understatement. I then decided my goal was to work my way towards running ONE full marathon.

To prepare for the marathon I increased the distances of my events and ran several half marathons prior to attempting my first marathon. Well needless to say if finishing a 5K got me pumped up, finishing a marathon was spectacular. It truly does let you know what your body and mind are capable of if you want to put in the work. So after finishing my first marathon, I actually took 3 days to find my next marathon to register for. (So much for the one and done initial thought).

I have now completed 17 full marathons and although I still do them for the competitiveness of the event, I enjoy them more now to spend time with people who most likely have taken a very 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 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 first or your fiftieth marathon.

 

randy@woodlandsrunning.com

Mike Smith

Head Coach - Red Group (10+ min. pace) - Full Marathon

Mike Smith 

Welcome to the Red Full Group. We’re known as the most fun group.  Rightly so, as the Red Full group spends the most time together on the road… sharing the miles, our lives and our story with each other.
 
My running story started in 2009, running 5Ks for some weekend recreation. After getting hurt, my wife signed me up for a 5 mile group training program. The “training program” became my new daily routine and the “group” my new friends. We joined Woodlands Fit in 2011. I’ve been the group’s coach since 2013. Through the support of the Woodlands Fit running community, I’ve been able to make and achieve new personal goals and to complete 56 marathons in 46 different states.
 
We are looking forward to a new season, to all the fun times on the way to the finish line, on hearing your running stories and in helping each other achieve our goals!
Run Happy!
wfredfull@gmail.com

Vicky Gillmor

Head Coach - Half Marathon (All Paces)- Head Coach

Vicky Gillmor

Head Coach- Half Marathon Groups

(RRCA Certified Coach)

 

Welcome to Woodlands Fit! This is my 5th year with Woodlands Fit and 4th 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 8- GE Run Thru the Woods, 6- 10 For Texas, 16- Half Marathons and 4- 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!

vickyandjillrun4fun@gmail.com

vicky_gillmor@att.net

Mona Draper

Head Coach - Purple Group - Walkers (13:45 Pace) Half Marathon

I started long distance walking when my neighbor invited me on the off-season to join the walkers for a short ‘jaunt’ on Saturday mornings.  When it came time to start training for the marathon, I joined on a whim for I enjoyed the camaraderie of the walkers immensely.  I never intended to actually do a marathon.  Before I knew it, I was crossing the finish line at the 2004 Houston Marathon amazed and proud at what I had accomplished!!!

My husband, Ken Roemershauser, who started long distance by walking a half marathon with me, is the Half Marathon Yellow Group coach.

I hope to share my own passion with you for those long distance, long talking walks and run/walks!!

consensusstrategies@comcast.net