Our Coaches


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Organizer -

Head Coaches

 Organizer  Georgiana
Eric Blue and Green Marathon < 9 min/mile
Ivette
Yellow Marathon 9 – 10:45 min/mile
Don Red Marathon > 10:45 min/mile
Sue Purple All Walkers
Danita Orange Half Marathon
Don W Orange Half Marathon
Ileen Orange Half Marathon

 

Marathon Coaches

Pace

Name

Run/Walk

7:30-8:00 David run
Todd
8:15-8:30
Mark run
8:30-8:45
Gordon run
Eric
 9:00-9:30 Ramesh  
Anthony
9:30-9:50 Shannon
Michael
9:50-10:10 Nat
Ivette
Adwait
10:10-10:45  Georgiana   
Sabine
Terry
Trevor
10:45-11:30 Amy 6 min/1 min
Bill
11:30-12:00
Paul  6 min/1 min
Zoë
12:00-12:30 Paula  90 sec/30 sec
Shoba
12:30-13:30
Sean  1 min/1 min
Don
13:30-15:00 Michael 1 min/1 min
15:00-16:00 Mary walk
16:00-17:00 Kriba

 

Half Marathon Coaches

Pace

Name

Run/Walk

< 10:00 Kim F run
Jess
Anthony
 10:00 – 10:30  Teri run
Danita
10:30 – 11:00 Sharron 6 min/1 min
Daiyana
John run only
12:00 – 12:30 Becky 6 min/1 min
Don
Kim B
12:30-14:30 Ileen 3 min/1 min
Katie
Dee Dee
Sandra
 14:00 Felicia walk
floater Ronit
15:00-16:00 Sue
Chuck
16:00-17:00 Tanya
Kristin
17:00-18:00 Vickie
19:00-20:00 Debra
Carolyn
21:00 Joy

 

Class Coaches

Aracely Core Conditioning
Mark Speed Workout
Arnon and Lara ATP

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Carolyn

Pace Coach - Purple

I have completed multiple half marathons and have been coaching for Personal Best for a few years. I have been a part of the program most all of the seasons. This is my third year coaching the 10K walking group.

I am a 20-year breast Cancer survivor, my motivation is to stay that way. I am also 5-years post-op total hip replacement, so I walk with a purpose because I want to thrive gracefully and be completely mobile until the day I go home to be with Jesus. My goal is to be an example of excellent health to others. No matter what challenges we face, we can always overcome any challenge in life; with a good positive mental attitude and a healthy active lifestyle.

Ronit

Assistant Coach - Purple

I did my first full marathon, the Maui Marathon, in 2002. I have been with San Jose Fit since 2009 and completed both full and half marathons with them. I have been an assistant coach since 2010. My walking pace 12.45 to 14 minutes per mile depending on the distance. 

I am looking forward to coaching this year and helping people accomplish their goals. 

 

Mary

Assistant Coach - Purple

I joined San Jose Fit in 2013 as a walker.  I wanted a group to walk with and did not have a marathon goal.
I enjoyed the season and joined again the following years. My first Half Marathon was Rock and Roll, 2014.
I had to concentrate too seriously for it to be “fun”, but I was happy and proud of the experience. The friendships and camaraderie are wonderful and I look forward to my first year as assistant coach for the walkers.

Joy

Assistant Coach - Purple

I started running in high school when our cross country coach let 7 girls join the boys cross country team since there was not a girls league at the time.  I continued to run for fun during college, as it helped me deal with stress.   After college I ran less as life got busy with work and family.   In my late 30’s I took up running again.   I did several 10k’s and then decided to try a half marathon.   But I did not train properly and it was a disaster since I did absolutely everything wrong.  I then came across a sign in the window of a Los Gatos shop advertising San Jose Fit and decided to join.   That was in 2003.   I ran and coached until 2012 when I had to have knee surgery.   After healing from my surgery,  I broke my foot and had to take another year off from SJ Fit.     The doctor advised that I should not run anymore.  So in 2014 I came back as a walker.   I found out that you can still get a great work out walking.  Hope to see you all out there!

Tanya

Assistant Coach - Purple

After having run for over 10 years through countless injuries and sufferings, I switched to walking and found a new joy.

The sport of walking is a low-impact, high-intensity, full-body workout. It not only increases blood circulation and strengthens muscles, it also helps relieve stress and improve mood. Moreover, walking with a group is fun!

So, if you’re starting to get fit, or prone to running injuries, or seeking camaraderie, please join us! I’m looking forward to helping YOU achieve YOUR goal while exercising together and having fun together!

Kristin

Assistant Coach - Purple

This will be my third marathon season with San Jose Fit, I found this amazing group of people when I realized the only way to recover from a bad knee surgery was to get off the couch and just show up for the training.  I love this group of amazingly supportive people and look forward to getting stronger every year!
I have experience in sports, training, fitness, and competition throughout my life, playing soccer competitively for a NCAA final four soccer team in college and then trained for two Olympic Distance Triathlons in my 30’s.  I’ve seen some great ups in sports, but later in life- I struggled to make the time to stay fit but this program has given me the courage and the strength to take on things I never thought I could do.  I look forward to a great 2017 season and hope to help you face your fears, find that strength and take on fun and exciting challenges as well.. See you on the trail!

Sue

Head Coach - Purple

I loved running for over 20 years until I endured a serious injury that literally knocked me off my feet. After a year of rehabbing my leg enough to walk, I joined the San Jose Fit Walkers in 2005 and found that love again. Between their humor and continuous encouragement, they got me to 22 miles and I haven’t sat down since. In 2007 I began coaching because I thoroughly enjoy giving others that same support. So, whether you’re a “retired” runner seeking an endorphin rush again, or someone just now getting in motion, I am fully committed to helping you reach your goal.

sue@sanjosefit.com

Chuck

Assistant Coach - Purple

Felicia

Assistant Coach - Purple

I first joined San Jose Fit in 2010 so that I could get myself in shape. I completed my first half as a run/walker. After injury I came back as a walker in 2013 and completed a full marathon! I figured if I couldn’t go faster (running) I’d go further. I enjoy sharing my acquired love for miles with my family and friends so it’s an honor and a privilege to be an assistant coach. I truly know that if I can do this, you can too!

Sandra

Assistant Coach - Orange

Running is an exercise for both, the mind and the body. It is about finding out what you can achieve and who you can become!

I have been involved with distance running for over 15 years.  My experience comes from running a variety of 10k races, half and full marathons. In my role as running coach with San Jose Fit, I will be there for you along the way, offering support and guidance – so you can reach your personal goals or your personal best!

Katie

Assistant Coach - Orange

I’ve done 3 half – marathons several 10ks. My motto is “My Race My Pace!”
This will be my second year as a coach and 3rd year with San Jose Fit.
I always look forward to this time of year!

Dee Dee

Assistant Coach - Orange

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2014.  Running is my first athletic endeavor!  I used to envy folks I saw running and never thought that would be me – but little did I know how much I would enjoy it – especially with the great group of runners in SJ Fit. My favorite thing about running is the post run bliss! The “Yeah – I did it! and the bragging rights!
With the wonderful coaching for my first training I was able to complete a half marathon by my 40th Birthday.  I’ve run another half and several 5, 10 and 15k races since then.   My goal this year to run a 5k month and another half marathon.

Ileen

Assistant Coach - Orange

I’ve been running/coaching with San Jose Fit since 2011 with the half-marathon group. This pace is ideal for first time runners and those that are getting back into running/jogging and want to start out slower (you can change groups anytime).

I was a Pilates Trainer and started running with the Stevens Creek Striders.  There is a lot of power in a group to propel and energize you through training runs.  I especially love running hills and encourage everyone to  come out for the hill runs at Rancho which starts in the summertime.

My favorite quote is “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

ileen@sanjosefit.com

Becky

Assistant Coach - Orange

Are you intimidated by how many marathons and half marathons all these coaches have run?  Don’t be!  I was in your shoes once. I was definitely not a natural born runner.  The thought of running any distance only inspired me to take a nap!  Run a marathon?  Are you kidding?  Furthermore, I started running very late in life.  Never mind.  Now people assume I’ve been running all my life! (Yeah right – if they only knew!)  If I can do it, almost anyone can.  I’m living proof.

Come on out and have fun with us!  Our goal is to provide you with the support you need to achieve whatever goal you set for yourself – and to have lots of fun along the way.  And in case you are wondering if anything qualifies me to be a coach, I have completed 7 full marathons and countless half marathons. But who is counting anyway?

Daiyana

Assistant Coach - Orange

This is my 5th year running and my second year co-coaching. I started by walking for stress relieve. Completed my first half marathon walking. Then my second year I decided to challenge myself and moved up to running. Even with the challenges of a new baby, I found that I enjoyed my run/walk group. I completed my second half marathon running. Now, I have no excuse. If I did it with a new baby, I have no excuse to keep my self-motivated.
​As a result, I have completed many 5k & 10k’s and  a few 1/2 marathons. I have encouraged many of my friends and family members to join me in being active.

John

Pace Coach - Orange

John first ran with San Jose Fit back in 1999 and has run a total of 7 marathons since then. He ran his PR at the San Francisco Marathon with a time of 4:19 and got close at the New York City Marathon with a 4:20. He did Hot Pilates at Yogasource Los Gatos for 4 1/2 years but recently switched to Orange Theory while also returning to San Jose Fit. John works lives in Los Gatos with his wife Hope and 14 year-old daughter Isabella.

Don Watson

Head Coach - Orange

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2000 because I saw this group of people running by my house in their underwear each Saturday morning and thought “WOW! What a bunch of loonies! My kind of people!”.

Seriously, my goal is always to get every runner through the training program and to the start line healthy and ready to run. Once they “toe it up” at the start line, they will KNOW that they can “Git er Done!”.

Each year I see people cross the finish line in their first half or full marathon and I know that this group of coaches and their fellow runners combined to make a very memorable “first” in that person’s life. That’s why I enjoy this group every year.

donw@sanjosefit.com

Kim

Assistant Coach - Orange

I run because I need to feed my soul. Going down memory lane, I can recall when I first started, not being an athlete, a friend of mine asked me many, many years back to go for a run with her and the San Jose Fit running group. My response was, “Say what?! Are you crazy?! I don’t run!” Well, the rest is history. I joined Team In Training shortly after that. They coached me to completing my first marathon. I have now finished a total of three marathons, and those are an accomplishment. I’ve done many half marathons, 10ks and 5ks. I have trained off and on with the Personal Best group, but last year was my first year as a coach. Everyone is motivated to exercise in many different ways and mine is to just cross the finish line at each of the events. Here’s a saying that I like, “Run Often. Run Long. But Never Outrun Your Joy of Running.” by Julie Isphording.

Anthony

Assistant Coach - Orange

I am relatively new to San Jose fit, this will be my second year in the program and it was such a great experience I thought it would be great to come back and help coach.  I been back in running for about a year now after taking the last 10 years off, and met a bunch of great people to help me achieve my individual running goals in a very welcome and supporting environment.   With the support of the program in my first year, I was able to knock over 30 minutes off my Half PR time. I look forward to a new year and the new and returning runners.

Sharron

Assistant Coach - Orange

I joined SJ Fit the first year it was formed and ran my first Marathon with the group.  I was extremely impressed how the group got me, a non-runner at the time, through the training program and gave me the tools to complete the Marathon.  I have been with the group on and off since then and started coaching when the 1/2 marathon group was formed.  I have coached both the straight runs and run walk styles.
I have embraced the run walk style after a few running injuries and find it works the best for me.  The pace group I coach is a 6:1 with a 10:30 – 11:00min mile average pace.  Over the years I have run 1 marathon and about 30 or so half marathons and too many 10ks and 5ks to count.  I look forward to a fun 2016 season and meeting new runners!

Danita

Head Coach - Orange

I’ve been running since my late teens, which let’s just say has been a long time. I’ve completed 1 marathon, 1 200 mile relay (bucket list items), and too many half marathons to count. I joined San Jose fit in 2012 to meet other runners. Through this group I’ve met some incredible people and made some great friends.

It’s an incredible feeling to see people run distances they never thought they would achieve. Knowing that maybe my coaching or jokes helped them get through those hard runs and to the finish line.

I enjoy trail runs, going places that you can’t get to by car, and exploring cities while running.

Favorite city to run: Washington, D.C.

Favorite trail: toss up between Huddart Park and Forest of the Nisene Marks.

danita@sanjosefit.com

Jess

Assistant Coach - Orange

Kim

Assistant Coach - Orange

I joined San Jose Fit six years ago with a friend not really knowing what I was getting myself into, I never even ran more than 2 miles. With the support of my awesome pace coach (Teri), and the friends I made on the trail, I completed my first half! As many runners do, I caught the itch, and signed up for more and more races to beat my personal goals! Since then I’ve completed over 15 half marathons and my first FULL marathon in Oct 2015. Now that I’m a coach, I get to help others accomplish their own personal goals.

Michael F

Assistant Coach - Red

I am a San Jose native who fell in love with running last year. I completed the Rock & Roll and Morgan Hill half marathons before going after and finishing the Sacramento CIM. I look forward to working with all new and returning runners and sharing the wealth of knowledge I have gained from my SJ Fit coaches.  See you on the trail!!
Don

Don

Head Coach - Red

I have been a runner most of my life but never ran more than 5 miles at one time until joining San Jose Fit in 2006. In 2006, I ran my first 10K, my first two half marathons, and my first marathon at the age of 50. I could not have run my first marathon without the support of my friends at San Jose Fit or any of the marathons or ultras since. I started coaching in 2009, and it has been a lot of fun watching new runners succeed at their first marathon. Since 2006, I have run five 10K’s, 13 half marathons, ten marathons, one marathon relay, two 50K’s, one 50 miler and countless miles in training.

don@sanjosefit.com

Paul

Assistant Coach - Red

I worked for the firm that started the Chicago Marathon, did a promotion for a client sponsoring the 1st U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984, and ran my first marathon in Paris where my longest distance was 6 miles. No kidding!  It took me 7 more marathons to beat that time. I introduced my 4 brothers to marathons in 1994 when we all completed the New York Marathon. My twin, Dave, and I completed marathons in all 50 states in 2014.

Most exotic marathon:  Great Wall of China

Hardest : Pike’s Peak

Most fun:  Anyone with family, now that my sister has begun.

Come live the adventure with me.

Shoba

Assistant Coach - Red

I joined San Jose Fit in 2014 with the intention of training for a half marathon. During my training I attended the morning lectures before the runs and learned the science behind safe running. Also attended core training and track workout which helped me strengthen my core and stamina. Since joining, I have completed two half and two full marathons. I have made some wonderful friends who inspire me everyday like Amy and Paula. I am training for my first 50K this June. I look forward to sharing my Saturday mornings on the trail with you!

Paula

Assistant Coach - Red

This is my 13th year with San Jose Fit. I never thought I could run a marathon but with the support and terrific coaching ran my first marathon at the age of 56 and have run 20+ marathons and numerous other races. I have been coaching with the red full marathon group for 8 years. It’s very rewarding supporting and encouraging my runners as they develop into a marathon runner.

Our team will be running a 90 second/30 second interval approach. Our team won’t be the fastest but you will be supported every step of the way. Creating a fun and encouraging environment is MY goal to helping you reach YOUR goal. Come join our team!

Zoë

Assistant Coach - Red

I have been running marathons since 2004, when I first started with San Jose Fit.   I have done 7 full marathons and 6 half marathons. I am a solid red runner, and can always be counted on for a joke, even at mile 21 on a training run!

zoe@zoemount.com

Amy

Assistant Coach - Red

I joined San Jose Fit in 2011, a brand new runner, anxious and nervous about training for a marathon and never having run a race of any distance.

As of 2017, I can say that I’ve completed 25+ half marathons, two relay marathons, 11 full marathons, three ultra-marathons and two half Ironman Triathlons.

I am proof of how well the training you’ll experience with San Jose Fit works! Not only will you have the confidence and endurance to run a marathon, but you will meet people that will change your life for the better. Show up, have fun, run the schedule and you WILL achieve your goals.

amy@sanjosefit.com

Sean

Assistant Coach - Red

I ran on and off for years, but never seriously.  Then I trained for and completed my first marathon in 2007 after dropping 40 pounds.  I joined San Jose Fit the next year.  Along the way,  I realized that running is my meditation, and helps me stay calm in a hectic environment.  I’ve completed 11 full marathons and 11 half marathons,  and still feel passionate about running.  I coach because I enjoy the moment when each runner comes to the realization the he or she has the strength and determination to complete a full marathon.

Bill

Assistant Coach - Red

I joined San Jose Fit in 2003 and started as an assistant coach in 2004.  I have run more than 15 marathons since my first in 1979 and more than 20 ultra marathons.  Last year I completed my longest race (101.2 miles) at age 63. My running goals this year are to qualify for the Western States Endurance Run lottery and to run a sub 4:30 marathon.  I look forward to another great year of running fun.

Terry

Assistant Coach - Yellow

I’ve been running with San Jose fit since the first season in 1998. Along the way I’ve taken some time out to do other things, but I’m back again to have fun with everyone again, this year.
Back in 1998, I thought this would be a one time event. That I’d run my one marathon and that would be it. Cross it off my bucket list and be done. How wrong I was.
Since then I’ve completed 48 marathons ( I’ll complete numbers 49 and 50 this season ) along with sixteen 50k runs, three 50 mile runs, and 40 half marathons.

Trevor

Assistant Coach - Yellow

I joined San Jose Fit in 2013. My goal was to check off a bucket list item – to complete a full marathon before I turned 50. After completing my first marathon, I was hooked and I continued with San Jose Fit and participated in many other races. Through the years with San Jose Fit, I received a lot of help, encouragement and training for which I am very grateful. This year I volunteered to coach for the first time.

Running for me is like meditation. My mind is serene and calm while my body is outdoors getting its exercise. I view running as a competition with oneself. There will always be runners faster than you and who can run longer than you. What matters is how well you are doing relative to where you were. San Jose Fit provides an excellent structure and coaching to help you improve your running capabilities.

Georgiana

Assistant Coach - Yellow

Organizer

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2002. Since then I’ve run many marathons, half marathons, trail runs and fun-runs. I’m also a yearly walker and supporter for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. A firm believer in the philosophy ‘no runner/walker left behind’, I ensure every runner crosses the finish line.  I, attribute my long association with running and San Jose Fit to the incredible bonds I’ve forged with my co runners/walkers over the years.

 

georgiana@sanjosefit.com

Sabine

Assistant Coach - Yellow

I moved from Germany to the Bay Area in 1999, and in 2000 started what everybody in California seemed to be doing: Running.

First in the company of my then infant son, Jonnie: Our Baby Jogger filled to the rim with diapers, bottles, toys and snacks to conquer the 2 miles from our house to Printer’s Inc Cafe in Palo Alto, where we would rest and fuel for a long time before heading back home. Later, when I was back to work at SAP, as a lunchtime routine and to hear the latest office gossip. — Never more than 4 miles and never more than twice per week.

On a whim I joined the “Hunsrück Half Marathon” that my sister had trained for, when I was in Germany for a business trip in 2005. Short but insightful conversations with other runners during the race (in German, but translated for your convenience) would go like this: Other runner: “What’s your goal time?” Me: “I don’t know.” Other runner: “Why don’t you know?” Me: “I’ve never done this before.” Other runner: “Well, then what’s your training time?” Me: “I don’t know, I never trained for this.” Other runner: “Idiot”, which happens to be the same word in German and English. … I finished, and when I was able to climb a flight of stairs facing forward instead of backwards again, the idea of following a training program was born.

It took another 5 years of following online training programs and doing painful and embarrassing things at races before I finally joined San Jose Fit in 2010. Here I learned about concepts such as run-walking, stretching, foam rolling, consistency, cross training, slowly increasing mileage, interval training and more. Most importantly: Here I made friends and running buddies who, ever since, challenge and support me to go faster, longer, higher, crazier and more often than ever before. With my new friends and the support of the entire San Jose Fit community, I have now done 6 Full Marathons, countless Halfs, and even placed 3rd in my age group at an admittedly small, local 10K.
Count on me for encouragement, sharing of wisdom, stories and home-made treats; don’t count on me for not whining when it’s too hot, too cold, too early, too late, too long, too short. Assistant coaches need some love, too.

Adwait

Assistant Coach - Yellow

Never having run a single mile in my life, I started treadmill running in 2004 with the simple goal of losing a few pounds and instantly got hooked.

But even after running regularly in the gym for years, I could never run more than 6 miles, and it all changed when I joined San Jose Fit. With experienced and passionate coaches, “training to suit your needs,” and the amazing comrades I met at San Jose Fit, I have completed 27 half, 13 full, 6 50K, and one 50M races.

Rancho San Antonio, Castle Rock, Mission Peak, and Los Gatos Creek are my favorite trails, and I am looking to add a few more miles and races in 2016 with all of you.

My advice to new runners is – cherish your success at every mile.

No one can describe the feeling of crossing the finish line; you have to experience it yourself. So come, join us and experience it!!!

adwaitsamant@hotmail.com

Ivette

Head Coach - Yellow

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2007 with no intention of running a marathon. I was just looking for running buddies. Two seasons later after my first 23 mile run with said buddies, 26.2 started to sound tempting. The following month, instead of stopping after the first leg of the Big Sur Marathon relay and getting on the bus to the finish line with the other relay participants, I ran 26.2 to the finish, earning two medals (relay and marathon) in one race! Since then I have run numerous marathons and ultra-marathons.

ivette@sanjosefit.com

Nat

Assistant Coach - Yellow

I joined San Jose Fit in 2012. Since then, I have completed a few marathons and an ultra marathon (50miles). My favorite running location is the PG&E trail at Rancho San Antonio. My favorite running quote is to enjoy the run and cherish every mile.

Shannon

Assistant Coach - Yellow

Before joining San Jose Fit in 2010, my longest run had been less than 5 miles. The idea of running a marathon seemed crazy, but I was a little curious about training for a half marathon.  On the day of the San Jose Fit orientation, I intended to sign up with the half marathon training group, but at the last minute I decided to get crazy and just try training for a full marathon.  I still recall the excitement of each new distance we achieved that first year of training.  Since then I have successfully completed 10 marathons, 5 50ks, and too many half marathons to count.  I am grateful for all of the friendships, knowledge and inspiration I have gained by joining San Jose Fit.  Being part of this community of runners helps motivate me to get out of bed for morning runs, train consistently, and achieve goals that I previously did not think were possible.  I look forward to sharing my experience to help you successfully achieve your running goals and enjoy the journey along the way.

Michael

Assistant Coach - Yellow

Running was never something I wanted to do for fun. Until, I met a young lady when I was in High School that ran marathons. Then I wanted to run as far as a fast as she could to impress her. That didn’t work out, but I loved the feeling of running long distances. During college I ran a few times a week from West Vally College to IBM on Cottle Road to get to work. Until 2008 I had never trained for an organized running event. While training with SJ Fit in 2008 through 2012 I ignored the coaching and continued to get injured just before completing an event. Giving up all hope until 2014 of being a Marathon runner. I did complete one Half Marathon in 2012. I rejoined SJ Fit in 2014 thanks to my wife and volunteered to coach in a Half Marathon group as a sweep to force myself to go slower, walk, and listen to the coaching. Now I’ve run several Half Marathons and at least 3 Marathons without injury before getting to the start line. I love running and helping others to achieve their goal to run.

Anthony

Assistant Coach - Yellow

I have enjoyed running with San Jose Fit for several seasons and recently enjoyed the opportunity to assist with coaching the yellow group. It’s a special treat to be a part of the process of supporting someone in realizing their running goals and achievements.

I have always enjoyed running however San Jose Fit has enhanced my favorite sport in many ways…the comradery, educational seminars and ability to realize new goals are just a few of the ways in which I continue to appreciate and enjoy being part of San Jose Fit!

I have run a variety of marathons and a couple of ultra-marathons however my favorite running moment was helping to crew for my twin brother at Western States!

I look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Ramesh

Assistant Coach - Yellow

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2007 and have been coaching various Yellow marathon pace groups since 2010. When I joined SJFit my goal was simple – be able to consistently run a few miles past the 2 miles I could then manage at a run/walk pace. As for a full marathon, well wouldn’t that be nice! Here’s an update. From a Red 12:00-12:30 min run/walk marathon pace group I’ve steadily progressed to now coach the Yellow 9:00-9:20 min marathon pace group. During this time I’ve run around 15 marathons and just about that many half-marathons (frankly, I lost count!). This year I ran my first ultra, the Way Too Cool 50k. This is just one example of what SJFit can inspire you to achieve, whether your goals are modest or ambitious. Talk to other fitters and listen to their accomplishments while making new friends and running buddies. I’m always eager to listen to your running stories. My advice to new runners is to be safe and have fun while you run.

 

Eric

Head Coach - Green and Blue

Running a marathon had always been on my lifetime “To Do” list. I finally checked it off in the summer of 1999. Since then, I’ve lost track of the total number of marathons and ultra-marathons I’ve completed. My favorite marathon was the New York marathon in 2004. My favorite ultra was Western States in 2011. Most of what I’ve learned about running comes from either my own running experience or from my dad, Tom Kaisersatt. I’ve never been part of an official training group so this will be a new and fun experience.

eric@sanjosefit.com

Gordon

Assistant Coach - Green

I’ve been running off and on since high school when I ran cross country (but not very well in those days). My distance running improved as I got older (more discipline), and now I attribute my good health to running and realize it’s a priority rather than an extracurricular activity when I have time. I’ve run four marathons—San Francisco Mayor’s Cup, Big Sur, Chicago and NYC, and plan to do NYC again this year. Christine Kennedy at Athletic Performance recommended that I join SJFit for marathon training. That was great advice—it’s a lot easier putting in the long miles when others were counting on you to be there. I’ve run with SJFit now for two years and have met a lot of great runners. When I was younger, I did experience the beta endorphins kicking in. Today, I tell people that the best part of running is when you’re done.

Mark

Assistant Coach - Green

Track Coach

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2011.  I ran my first marathon that year.  Since then, I have run four or five marathons and three 50K races.  I was an assistant coach for the fast blue group in 2015 and I learned a lot from that experience.  Specifically, I learned that in order to go faster over 26 or more miles, I actually need to slow down on most of my training runs.  This year I am running slower and I hope to be able to share my experiences with those who are just starting out.

Simon

Assistant Coach - Blue

If you are interested in finishing a marathon somewhere between 3:30 to 3:45, then this could be the group for you. When we get to the longer runs (15 to 21 miles), then we slow the pace down a bit.

I have been running with San Jose Fit for seven years, but I started long distance running when I was 10 years old, running 50 laps around a 400 meter track in England.  I started in the yellow 9:30 minute/mile pace group, not really intending on running a marathon, but just losing some weight. Since then I have run 12 marathons, and have many good friends to run with.

Todd

Assistant Coach - Blue

I joined SJ Fit about four years ago, and found many running friends.  Over the years, the blue group has inspired me to try and run faster.  I have qualified and run Boston Marathon four times with marathon best of 3:08 in CIM.  My goal is to run 50 marathons by end of this year, then continue to run 100 marathons by the time I am 60.  I would like to run under 3 hours for the marathon. I want to share my running wisdom gained over my 20 years of running and not running (injury).

David

Assistant Coach - Blue

I enjoy plenty of sports such as rugby and biking. However, running is something easy to practice without particular constraints.

I run from 3K (Cooper test) to more, even if I am mainly focused on 10K, I did several 20K, halves, four Paris-Versailles (sorry, I’m French), two 50K (trail) and last year the SF marathon.

I share my passion of running with the San Jose Fit runners this year helping them to reach their own objectives without injury and giving some tips from my own experience.