Our Coaches

Betty Gu

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.

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.