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 more 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.