Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Woodlands FIT:

Questions about the program:

Questions about signing up:

Questions about the training:

Other questions:

  1. It is past the registration date. Can I still join Woodlands FIT?
    We will take registrations for the 2018-19 season beginning on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 through Labor Day, Monday, September 3.  Once we are past the registration date, we cannot take any new members.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins? Woodlands FIT does not have a drop-in program, unless you are a visiting member of another USA FIT program. Our all-inclusive membership covers our seminars, coaching, and training runs/walks.
  3. What is Woodlands FIT? Woodlands FIT is an award-winning, 35-week running and walking program. This same program is currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Woodlands FIT will begin its next season in July with registration opening soon.
  4. Who should join? Woodlands FIT is perfect for anyone who has a desire to challenge themselves, wants to exercise and make new friends, wants to increase their body strength and stamina, wants to look and feel better, or simply wants to get involved in a healthy lifestyle sport.
  5. When is the Woodlands FIT season? The official Woodlands FIT season begins the six months prior to the Houston Marathon & Half as well as the USA Fit Marathon & Half and continues through the Woodlands Marathon and Half. This usually runs from July until March. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members.
  6. Where is the training? We are meeting at Tyler’s, The Woodlands location, 1555 Lake Woodlands Dr #400, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Our Saturday group workout will begin and end at Tyler’s.
  7. Can walkers participate? Walkers are welcome! We have a wonderful walking program that will enable you to complete the Houston Half and the, walker friendly, USA Fit Marathon and Half Marathon.
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity? Woodlands FIT is not associated with a charity, and you do not need to raise money to participate in this program. There are several good marathon training programs where raising money for a charity is part of the program. While these can be effective and rewarding, we realize that it’s not for everyone, and it may be impossible to do year after year. Some of our members choose to raise money for a charity, but it certainly isn’t a requirement.
  9. How did all this come about? It all began in Houston 25+ years ago with 50 runners, two guys, and an idea that runners needed some guidance and training to achieve their marathon goals.
  10. What is an ability-based color group? Woodlands FIT consists of five pace groups: Blue/Green, Yellow, Red, and Purple (walkers). You will be placed in the group that best suits your training pace. For example, if you train at a 9-10 minute per mile pace, you will be a member of the Yellow group. This system works because it allows you to train with those who are at your ability level.
  11. What color group will I be in? Our first weekend run is a one or two mile pace placement walk or run. Your time for pace run/walk will place you in a color group. You should walk or run at a pace at which you feel you could keep going for a little bit beyond those one or two miles. If you couldn’t keep walking or running after completing our initial pace finder, then you are going too fast. All walkers are in our Purple group regardless of pace.
  12. Why should I walk or run my one or two mile time trial slower when I can go faster? Simply because you are training for a marathon, not a one- or three-mile race. Walking or running too fast will seriously compromise your training season. If you find your correct training pace from the beginning, you will complete the marathon in less time, you will experience fewer injuries, and you will have a lot more fun.
  13. What are the weekly seminars? For the first few weekends, after the group run/walk, we’ll hold a 15-20 minute educational seminar. Topics will all be health and fitness related and will be led by industry professionals.
  14. What happens on any given Saturday? We run or walk with our groups before each seminar (if there is a seminar that week.) The seminar will start at 8:10 a.m. on the scheduled Saturdays for a seminar. After the seminar, we usually meet with our color groups for a few minutes to talk with the coaches, ask questions, make plans for the next week, etc.
  15. Who created our schedule? Our schedule comes from the great folks at USA FIT’s national headquarters in Houston. For over 25 years, they have been training people all over the country just like us. Everybody has a different marathon philosophy, but ours has been tested literally tens of thousands of times.
  16. Do we get discounts on shoes? As a member of Woodlands Fit you will receive a discount card for Tyler’s. This will give you 10% off your purchase.* *Some exclusions apply. Discount only valid for the duration of your selected training session.
  17. How can I sign up? Once registration opens on May 28, you can sign up online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page or in person at one of our sign-up sessions.
  18. How much does it cost? Woodlands FIT’s 35-week training program costs only $190 for new members and $160 for returning USA FIT members. Your training for the 2018 season will begin in July 2018 and continue through March 2019.
  19. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group workouts and coaching
    • Training log
    • Seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • Woodlands FIT T-shirt
    • Organized Track Workouts led by Woodlands Fit coaches
    • Discount at Tyler’s* (*Some exclusions apply)
    • Social activities and more!
  20. When are the orientations and in-person sign-up sessions? We are working to determine those dates now. When they are set, we’ll post them here and in social media. Like us on Facebook @woodlandsfit  and follow us on Twitter @woodlandsfit to be among the first to know.
  21. What happens at the orientation/sign-up session? The orientation and in-person sign-up sessions include sign-ups, an orientation seminar, and the opportunity to meet fellow runners and coaches. Everyone is strongly encouraged to come to one of the orientation/sign-up sessions. The orientation/sign-up session takes approximately 3o-45 minutes.
  22. Can I pay with a credit card? Yes, please. Register online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page to pay with a credit card. You will have the ability to sign up online at our in-person sign-ups this year so bring your credit card or debit card to register.
  23. Do I have to attend both orientation sessions? No, as long as you make it to one if possible that will be sufficient.
  24. I can’t make it to the first weekend. Should I still sign up? Definitely! We’d like you to attend the first week for the reasons outlined in the previous Q&A, but we know not everyone can make it to week 1. That’s why we have another sign-up the following week. The week 2 seminar will be a quick overview of week 1, but we also have Coaches/Assistant Coaches ready to answer any question you have from the previous week.
  25. Does entry into Woodlands FIT include entry into the marathon? No, your payment to Woodlands FIT only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with the Houston Marathon and Half in any way — we just train for it. We will provide information about how to sign up for the Houston Marathon & Half and the USA Fit Marathon and Half Marathon.
  26. How much training does this program involve? Realizing that most people lead very busy lives, this program is one that can easily fit into your schedule. For the most part, the program calls for running or walking only four days a week. Your long run or walk will usually take place on Saturday with your group. The day after your long run/walk is always a rest day. During the week, you run or walk for time only (i.e., 30 minutes), not for distance.
  27. What does 20 on the weekly schedule (during the week) mean? Are we running 20 miles? During the week, we run for minutes. So if the schedule says “30” on a Tuesday, you should run or walk 30 minutes. Do this at a comfortable pace unless instructed to do otherwise. On the weekends, we do miles, so the schedule will say four miles. Listen to your coaches for guidance on running these miles each week.
  28. Do I have to be there every week? While those long runs and walks are a lot easier when you’re doing them with the group, we know there are times when you won’t be able to make a weekend meeting. The seminars are important, so be sure to speak with your coach or running buddies about what you missed. In our experience, the success of our members is directly proportional to their ability to attend our weekend trainings. If you do have to miss a week, check this website for the next week’s schedule.
  29. Can we participate in races during training? Sure! You certainly don’t have to be competitive about it, but it’s fun to run or walk in a different place, get a race number, and cross the finish line. We usually run 10 for Texas in October.
  30. What if I travel during my training? Can I attend USA FIT programs in other cities? Absolutely. USA FIT has programs in over 50 cities around the world, and you are welcome to attend any USA FIT meeting anywhere.
  31. Could I win the marathon? Of course you could. However, most likely you’ll get a nice T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, bragging rites, and a lot of cheers from spectators and coaches.
  32. What if I want to find out more? E-mail us at