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Women’s Running Series St. Petersburg | Training

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Coachs and Clinics

The following coaches and clinics come highly recommended by the staff of Women’s Running magazine. Whether you’re looking for advice, online training, group training or one-on-one personal coaching these coaches and or clinics can help you cross the finish line with a smile on your face!

Fit2Run Women’s Running St. Petersburg Half Marathon Training Program

Fit2Run is offering Half Marathon and 5K training programs for the Women’s Running St. Petersburg Half Marathon weekend. See details below:

Your Coaches:

USA FIT Tampa Bay


Why train alone for the Women’s Running Series? USA FIT Tampa Bay is part of the largest and most successful running and walking training program in the world. For over 15 years, we have been bringing hundreds of Tampa Bay area residents into the sport of running and marathoning, and inspiring those who never thought these goals were within their reach. Our experienced coaches are devoted to getting you in the best shape of your life in a non-intimidating, fun and safe environment. Upon joining, members will receive a proven, day by day schedule, ability-based group runs, weekly seminars, a USA FIT Tampa Bay tech shirt, and more! So what are you waiting for? We’re saving you a spot!

For more information, please visit www.UsaFitTampaBay.com or contact the program director, Michelle Schultz, at info@tampabayfit.com. Michelle is an RRCA Certified Coach and a USA FIT Certified Head Coach, located in St. Petersburg, FL.

Coach Lynn Gray, Tampa Bay, Florida

Lynn Gray, is a long distance runner having run more than 90 marathons. She has been an age group winner for over 25 years, and an All American Masters Track and Field recipient. Lynn has been coaching men and women to establish aerobic fitness through walking and running for over 20 years with her “Walk to Run” © programs. Currently she is the founder and President of “Take…The First Step,” a club that supports both walkers and runners of all ages in the Tampa Bay community. Lynn has both a Level I and II RRCA coaching certification. She recently published her first book: Fit and Faster – 100 workouts for the walker and runner. Lynn has developed clinics and workouts specifically for The Women’s Half Marathon & 5k. To find out more or to sign up for her training clinics go to www.firststepprograms.com and click on upcoming events or contact Lynn at 813-481-9310 or lgray88@yahoo.com

Coach Debbie Voiles, RRCA Certified Running Coach Tampa Bay, Florida

A veteran of over 160 races, including half marathons, marathons, urban adventure races, mud/obstacle races, triathlons, and ultra-marathons, Debbie is the founder of Run Tampa, a community of over 1,400 Tampa Bay area runners. She derives great satisfaction from working with women who were convinced they could never become runners. The highlight is being at the finish line when they complete their first 5K. Debbie encourages even those beginning runners to join her training program and make the Women’s Half Marathon their six month goal. She blogs atRunTampa.comandMojoforRunning.com, tweets @RunTampa and @MojoforRunning, publishes the Mojo for Running Podcast on iTunes and authored the book After your First 5k. Join the 970 people in her Run Tampa Facebook Group to make training plans with others training for the Women’s Half. Debbie’s half marathon training program begins May 15th. Workouts emphasize endurance, form, and speed appropriate to each participant’s experience, ability and goals. A Run Tampa shirt is included along with club membership. Contact Deb at deb@tampa.comor 813-416-4638 and learn more about her programs at RunTampa.com.

Coach Pamela Paul, Psychotherapist, Nutrition Educator and ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer FAB 50 Women on the Run, Largo, Florida

Pamela has always used running as her sport of choice and values the many benefits that one can achieve by distance running training. She is the coach for FAB 50 Women on the Run team which is made up of adventurous and spirited women of all ages, shapes and sizes who have taken the challenge to train for a half marathon. Pamela offers a 26 week training program, exclusively for the Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon St. Petersburg. Training begins in May and no running experience is required. Saturday morning group runs are held in Largo, FL and training schedules are provided. The team has a private Facebook group where they share their stories, connect with each other and enjoy the community of women pursuing the same goal: reach the finish line of 13.1 miles! Pamela offers weekly support, motivation, nutritional guidance, training tips and more. The group celebrates the completion of their training with a visit to the two-day expo and a private brunch together on the day before the race. Participants who have completed this program are proud to say that not only have they achieved 13.1 miles, but so much more! Read testimonials and find out more about the FAB 50training program at FAB50WomenOnTheRun.com or contact Pamela at 727-584-6919. or email pamelap@fab50womenontherun.com. “On our own we are mothers, sisters, aunts, wives, grandmothers and friends but together we are athletes.” – Kellie, FAB 50 participant & 2011 WHM finisher

Coach Joette Gdovin Bergeson, PhD, MPA, Road Runners Club of America Certified Coach Greater Tampa Bay, Florida

Coach Joette has been a runner for over 15 years completing 7 marathons and countless half marathons (including the 2009 Women’s half) and is a certified Road Runners Association of America Coach, Certified Team in Training Run Coach, and USA Triathlon Coach. Joette partnered with her husband Dan Bergeson to launch a run and walk training group, RunVie Racing in the Tampa area. RunVie Racing was built at the request of many fellow athletes to offer a group training program which provided individualized support for competitors and completers. Training programs are created for all levels from walk, walk to run, to advanced runners who want to achieve their aspirations! Contact Joette at coachbergeson@hotmail.com or www.RunVie.com The Women’s Half Marathon and 5k training program will focus on the core components of training from how to improve form and speed to the importance of nutrition, shoes, weights, stretching, etc. To learn more about our Women’s Half Marathon & 5k Group Training Program visit www.RunVie.com

Coach Nicole Clark, Lakewood Ranch, FL

Nicole has been in the fitness industry since 2000, working as a personal trainer, fitness manager and an owner of private studios. She has a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a Masters degree in Human Movement with an emphasis on Sports Performance. Nicole teaches continuing education courses for fitness and wellness professionals, as well as, clinics at local bike and running stores. Along with personal training and teaching, she and her husband also have a coaching service called Clark Endurance Training. Nicole actively trains and competes year round in half marathons and Olympic/Half Ironman Triathlon. Nicole and Nick own and operate Fitness Together in Lakewood Ranch, FL and live in University Park, FL with their two chocolate labs. Clark Endurance Training provides sport-specific programming for individuals who aspire to complete an endurance event. Nicole’s goal is to inspire and change lives through endurance sports. Currently Clark Endurance Training has over 20 women training for the Women’s Half Marathon in November, which meets twice a week in the Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch area, for speed and core workouts and long runs. Online coaching is also available. Team training is $50 per month and online/customized programming is $100 per month. Visit clarkendurance.com for more information.

Coach Jackie Miller, RN. BS. Sarasota, FL

Jackie Miller has been coaching for 5 years and is a USAT Certified Coach, Certified Personal Trainer and RRCA. She is a coach with the New Balance InMotion Beginning Running Program and is a partner at etricoach, which is a triathlon and running coaching company. At etricoach, the programs are all encompassing, covering everything from the training for the race itself, through nutrition, pacing, race strategy and strength and conditioning. Running Programs can be in group format through individual one on one programs. In the past, Jackie has coached group programs for the Sarasota Half, the Palmer Ranch PAL Half and the Disney Half. The Women’s Half Marathon Program, for local athletes consist of approximately 4 runs per week, including a long run, tempo run, steady state run and hills or speed work. Nutrition, pacing and strategies would also be covered. The group would meet 1-2 times a week for group runs. For non local athletes, the program would be online through trainingpeaks, and Jackie would be available via phone calls, texts and email. Please check out more info at www.etricoach.com or contact Jackie directly at Jackie@etricoach.com or 941-232-1264.

Coach Tia Pettygrue

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Tia has been running consistently for over five years.  She initially started running to lose weight and dropped almost 40lbs in the first 9 months to achieve her goal.  Within her first full year of running ran her first Half Marathon at the Women’s Half in St. Pete and then went on to complete her first Full Marathon less than 3 months later.  Since then, Tia has embraced the Half Marathon distance and has run almost 40 of them and is about to run her 7th Marathon to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  She’s now an experienced pacer with marathonpacing.com.  Her passion is helping women achieve their “first” goal by running their first 5k, Half or Full Marathon.  She does virtual coaching and helps to form online groups and buddies so no one feels alone in their journey.  Tia is also a co-Ambassador for the Tampa chapter of Black Girls RUN!  She’s been featured in Ebony and First for Women Magazine.  Tia is currently forming an online group of women to complete their first Half Marathon at Women’s Running Series St. Pete in November whether walking or running.  No matter what your race, Tia can help you achieve your FIRST with all the support and guidance you’ll need!

RRCA and USATF Certified Coach

Contact info:
Phone: 813-235-8685

Email: tiagp@yahoo.com