Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about USA FIT Midland:

Questions about the program:

Questions about signing up:

Questions about the training:

Other questions:

 


  • It is past the registration date. Can I still join USA FIT Midland?
    We will take registrations through February 17, 2017 at www.usafitmidland.com. In person registration only through February 18th.  Once we are past the registration date, we cannot take any new members.
  • I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins?
    USA FIT Midland 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.
  • What is USA FIT Midland?
  • USA Fit Midland offers two programs: Fall Program – Half Marathon Training Program; Spring Program is a 5/10 K running and walking program
  • Spring Program. USA FIT Midland is an award-winning 12-week running and walking program which trains its members for the 80’s Costume 5K and Disco Fun Run. This same program is currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally and includes a variety of training distances. USA FIT Midland has added a 5K Walking group and a Half Marathon training program.  The 2017 season will begin on February 4th with final registration on February 17, 2017.
  • Fall Program. USA Fit Midland is an award-winning 14-running program which trains its members for the Dallas Marathon. This same program is currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S and internationally and includes a variety or training distances.
  • Who should join?
    USA FIT Midland 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.
  • When is the USA FIT Midland season?
  • The official Fall USA Fit Midland season is the 14 weeks prior to the Dallas Marathon. This usually runs from September until December. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members.
  • The official Spring USA FIT Midland season is the  three months prior to 80’s 5/10K and Disco Fun Run. This usually runs from February through April. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members.
  • Where is the training?
    Beal Park Ranch House (5200 W. Wall St.)
  • Can walkers participate?
    Yes! We added a 5K Walking Group in 2014 to the Spring Program!  We will need a minimum of 5 walkers to register in order to get the group going. If there aren’t enough walkers – you will be refunded your registration fee.
  • Are you affiliated with a charity?
    USA FIT Midland is not associated with a charity, and you do not need to raise money to participate in this program. There are several good 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 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.
  • How did all this come about?
    It all began in Houston about 25 years ago with about 50 runners, two guys, and an idea that runners needed some guidance and training to achieve their running goals.
  • What is an ability-based color group?
    USA FIT Midland 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.
  • What color group will I be in?
    Our first two weekend runs are one mile pace runs. 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 three 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.
  • Why should I walk or run my one mile trial slower when I can go faster?
    Simply because you are training for a 5K or 10K , not a one-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 5K or 10K  in less time, you will experience fewer injuries, and you will have a lot more fun.
  • What are the weekly seminars?
    Every other weekend, before the group run, we’ll hold a 10-15 minute educational seminar. Topics will all be health- and fitness-related and will be led by industry professionals.
  • What happens on any given Saturday?
    We run or walk with our groups. The run will normally start at 8:00 a.m. every Saturday. Before the weekend, you will be given the starting time for your color group (available on the website and in the e-newsletter you’ll be receiving).
  • Who created our schedule?
    Our schedule comes from the great folks at Houston FIT. For over 24 years, they have been training people all over the country just like us. Everybody has a different training philosophy, but ours has been tested literally tens of thousands of times.
  • Do we get discounts on shoes?
    There will be more information to come.
  • How can I sign up?
    Sign-ups for the 2017 season begin January 2017. You can then 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.
  • How much does it cost? 
  • USA Fit Midland’s Fall 14-week training program cost only $90 for new members and $80 for returning USA Fit Members and $90 for New Members
  • USA FIT Midland’s Spring 12-week training program costs only $70 for new members and $60 for returning USA FIT members. If you are a City of Midland Employee, Midland County Employee, or MISD Employee the cost will be $60 for new members and $50 for returning members.
  • What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group work-outs and coaching
    • Weekly seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • USA FIT Midland T-shirt
    • Possible discounts at sports apparel stores
    • Social activities and more!
  • When are the in-person sign-up sessions?
    In-person registration for USA FIT Midland takes place at MLK Recreation Center, 2300 Butternut. Please call 432-685-7379 or 432-685-7381 for more information.
  • Can I pay with a credit card?
    Yes. Register online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page to pay with a credit card. We cannot accept credit cards at our in-person sign-ups, so please sign up online with your credit card online or bring cash or check to the in person sign-ups.
  • Do I have to attend both orientation sessions?
    If possible, we’d like you to attend both sessions (weeks 1 and 2). We will cover all the details of how the program works the first week and put you into your groups. The content of the first two seminars is also different. The first week is information about USA FIT Midland; the second will include an educational seminar.
  • I can’t make it to the first weekend. Should I still sign up?
    Yes, you should still sign up! We’d like you to attend the first week for the reasons outlined in the previous answer, 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.
  • Does entry into USA FIT Midland include entry into the race?
    No, your payment to USA FIT Midland only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with  80’s 5K/10K and Disco Fun Run or Dallas Marathon in any way, we just train for it! We will provide information about how to sign up for the 80’s 5K/10K and Disc0 Fun Run and Dallas Half Marathon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Could I win the 5K/10K or Half Marathon?
    Of course you could. However, most likely you’ll get a nice T-shirt, bragging rites, and a lot of cheers from spectators and coaches.
  • What if I want to find out more?
    Send us an e-mail at info@usafitmidland.com or call us at 432-685-7379 or 432-685-7381. Thanks!