Our Coaches

Paul Faulkner

Organizer - Yellow Half Marathon

“Change your life” is a motto for USA Fit. This will be my fourth season with Lubbock Fit. I do not have a running background. My motivation was to get into better shape and maybe lose a few pounds. The program has worked for me. I began training with Lubbock Fit at age 57. I have completed 1 full marathon, the Panhandle Marathon in 2013 and 5 half marathons: San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll 2011 and 2012, the New Orleans Mardi Gras in 2012 and 2013, and the Willie McCool in 2013. My wife, Vicki, and I have participated in many local 5k and 10k races. Running with Lubbock Fit has changed my life. Our “group runs” on Saturday are informative, challenging, and fun. The running tips, friendship, and encouragement I have received from the group have helped me gain the knowledge, conditioning, and confidence to finish a marathon and a half marathon.

You can get into better shape, meet new friends, have fun, lessen your chance for injury, and complete a marathon or half marathon with the USA/Lubbock Fit program. I am eager to share what I have experienced the past 2 years. Come join us and let’s see what we can accomplish together.


Vicki Faulkner

Organizer - Red 5K/10K

Let’s get moving! I will be in my third season with Lubbock Fit. My motivation is to get people started with walking and also to be an encourager for the entire group. I trained for and completed the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in 2012. I have completed numerous 5K and 10K races in the area. Some of the most fun events have been the Howl-O-Ween Dog Run/Walk, the Carol of Lights Run, Turkey Trot, and the Color Run. Runners and walkers are positive people that are fun to be with. The fun and friendship at our group runs on Saturday is something that I look forward to each week. The benefits of walking are numerous: Getting into overall better health, increasing your energy and stamina, focusing on an attainable goal, and the feeling of accomplishment once you reach that goal. Whether you want to walk 1 mile,  a 5K, 10K, or half marathon, you have to get started. You can’t finish the race unless you begin! Let’s get started!


Karen Barber

Head Coach -

This is my 3rd season with Lubbock Fit and 1st season as a coach. I have run 2 half marathons: the Llano Estacado Winery Half Marathon and the Willie McCool Half Marathon. I ran the winter season with my 9 year old son, Kyson, who completed his first half marathon at the WIllie McCool. I love encouraging other runners and supporting them in their running goals. Lubbock Fit members have become family to me. I look forward to Saturday runs because of the people I get to see.

Sylvia Miller

Head Coach - Intervals - Marathon and Half

Running will “Change Your Life”. At least it certainly has for me. In 1997 I ran my very first marathon. Running a marathon was always a dream of mine. So at the age of 32 I began training on my own. I did not have a running background but found a program I could follow.

Fast forward 15 years later to 2012. I wanted to start training again but running alone was not much fun. That’s when I joined Lubbock Fit. I never knew there was such a large group of runners – all ages, all levels of ability, all shapes and sizes and most importantly all friendly and supportive. I have made some great running friends and have learned so many things about myself and running. Now, I not only have running buddies but I have family. Everyone in Lubbock Fit is so supportive.

Running with Lubbock Fit is not about competition but about helping others reach their goals. The training programs that Lubbock Fit provides really work. The Coaches help you figure out what works for you and they get you to the finish line with a smile on your face. Our Coaches will be there for you every step of the way.

Since joining Lubbock Fit, I have found that running is not just about the race. It’s about relationships. Running with other people will make your running fun! We have pace groups for all levels of ability. The run-walk philosophy has really worked for me and has helped me complete many races. I am honored to be a Coach and look forward to seeing you this season!