Meet the Coaches

Monica Motta - Training Director
Interesting Fact About Me: In February 2018, I will become RCAA certified and plan to grow the knowledge within our running community.
My Running Story: Began training for my first 5k in Summer of 2008. I completed Loop the Lagoon 5k in May of 2009. I went on to train with Fleet Feet and run the Shamrock'N Half in Spring 2010. Then train and run CIM Full Marathon in Fall of 2010. Shortly after this year, I volunteered to be a mentor with Fleet Feet Vacaville. The rest is history. I became a coach in 2012 and began my position as Director of Training Programs in July of 2014. My journey with Fleet Feet has been one that has changed my life through the experiences and friendships I've made over the years.
Completed Races: My personal race accomplishments since my first race in 2009 are; 2 Ultra 50k's, 22 Full Marathons, and 60+ Half Marathons, with a handful of 5k's, 10k's and trail races.
Favorite Race: New York City Marathon
Favorite Product: Garmin fenix 5S. Helps that its so pretty too!
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: I continue to emerge myself in the Fleet Feet community because I enjoy supporting, guiding and being a part of the journey with the group members. One thing I would want the community to know is that our running groups are a welcoming and supportive environment consisting of members at all running levels. You become family  with our programs, no matter your pace or level of experience.

Half Marathon & Full Marathon Coaches:
Jennifer Annuzzi - Half and Full Marathon Head Training Coach 
Interesting Fact About Me: I teach Special Ed and run for a special needs buddy.
Fitness Goal: To stay healthy and active into old age.
Favorite Race: Big Sur Marathon - huge hills but beautiful coastal views.
Favorite Product: Balega socks. No blisters here!! 
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: I love sharing my joy of running with others and helping them reach their goals. The look on someone's face as they cross the finish line is priceless and I am honored to be a part of that journey.
Joy Soares - 5k and 10k Head Coach
Interesting Fact About Me: I started running for the first time in my life at 40 years old, after losing 117 pounds.
Fitness Goal: To complete a sprint triathlon and run a half marathon in Lake Tahoe, CA.
Favorite Race:  Sacramento Run to Feed the Hungry
Favorite Product: My Garmin watch, and cherry lime Nuun
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: This program has given me so much personally, and I enjoy giving that back as a coach.  I love encouraging runners to push themselves and do more than they ever thought they were capable of. The Fleet Feet family is an amazing support system that I am so thankful to be part of.
 

Full Marathon Coaches:
James Burke 
Interesting Fact About Me: I love going on day trips in my Crosstrek and seeing what California has to offer. A good cup of coffee will always get my attention. Photography has been a long time hobby of mine as well, there is nothing like trying to capture the perfect photograph. 
My running story: I started running with Fleet Feet in the Spring of 2015. I joined because I wanted to understand how to be a more effective marathoner, as well as run with like-minded individuals. Since then, this place has become a family to me. I continued to come to the groups and really started to improve my form and my speed. I've grown tremendously as a runner and a marathoner, that when the opportunity was presented to Coach such an amazing group, I couldn't deny it. 
Favorite Race: I really enjoyed the Chicago marathon because the amount of supporters spectating was unreal!
Favorite Product: Triggerpoint Foam Roller. I wouldn't be able to continue running without it. So important to treat your muscles properly.
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: Coaching at Fleet Feet is pretty incredible because of the runners themselves. Witnessing the amount of growth in a season one runner can make, it really gets to your core. The runners are what motivates me to be here; also they help me find that motivation to continue to improve as a runner myself.  
Jeff Buntman 
Interesting Fact About Me: I did not start running until I was 50, and ran my first half marathon at 51 and my first marathon at 52. I love to have mental hashtags to keep me motivated, the main two were #13.1@51 and #26.2@52.
Fitness Goal: Stay healthy and manage my diabetes and weight. Fit for life is how I approach life. I try to do some form of exercise 6 days a week.
Favorite Race: I have a few, by far the Ave of Giants Marathon, and Folsom and Livermore Half-Marathons' are on top of the list.  
Favorite Product: There is a few, first I love Brooks shoes and my Nathan Hydration belt, I can't run without! And of course, my Garmin Forerunner watch.
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: I enjoy watching everyone's journey, support that everyone gets and gives from the group, seeing the wonderful friendships that are created, the support for each and every runner, and the motivation I get  and give to others from being part of the group.
Sarah Lesmeister 
Interesting Fact About Me: My first race ever was when I was 15 years old. I completed a 4 mile race across the Coronado Bay Bridge in San Diego.
My running story: After running my first half marathon, I started training with Fleet Feet Vacaville for motivation to continue my training and improve my time. I love to run because it improves my overall health (mental, physical and emotional). Coaching and mentoring provides great joy in my life, because I get to help people achieve their goals.
Favorite Race: Solano Turkey Trot
Favorite Product: Fluid Performance Drink in Passion Fruit Tea
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: I love to run because it improves my overall health (mental, physical and emotional).

Coaching and mentoring provides great joy in my life, because I get to help people achieve their goals.

Half Marathon Coaches:

Denise Burris
Interesting Fact About Me: Fact about me: I'm the youngest of 9 children.
Fitness Goal: My dream is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I am an average runner and the process of trying to improve my running to meet this goal is very much a learning process.   
Favorite Race: Avenue of the Giants Marathon - it is a beautiful race!
Favorite Product: A good pair of running socks!  And of course my favorite Mizuno shoes. 
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: Hands down the people I get to know and work with.  Our training groups are a very friendly, very caring group of people. It's exciting to bring in new people in and see them evolve and enjoy being part of our group.  I really have benefited personally from having this opportunity.  
Rodney Smith
Interesting Fact About MeBesides being an avid runner, I brew my own beer at home. 
Fitness Goal: My current fitness goal is ensuring that I keep a sub 9:00 minute mile pace.
Favorite Race: Running with the Bears.
Favorite Product: UCAN Endurance (Lemon flavor!) because I can mix 2 scoops with water and have energy that lasts for at least 10+ miles. 
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: The family atmosphere of the coaching team and the running groups. 
Lisa Feldmann
Interesting Fact About Me: My husband and I are huge NASCAR gurus/fans. My bucket list consists of seeing every race at every track once I retire (and win the lottery!). 
Fitness Goal: My goal is to maintain my current fitness level and active lifestyle.
Favorite Race: I have two favorites! Jailbreak Half Marathon in Wisconsin- it was sponsored by the local Sheriffs office and all the proceeds went to vesting their dogs (plus I thought Jason, my husband, was going to jump out of the woods at any moment to get me and that made the experience creepy, yet funny at the same time). CIM 2014 - I ran my first and last marathon, however what made this so special is that I trained and shared this experience with six other individuals that I have become life-long friends with and that is what I loved about this race. 
Favorite Product: Any capris sold at the store with deep side pockets. These are perfect for my phone, gels, keys, etc. I never worry about anything falling out. I also love my Vionic flip flops. 
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: I love helping and watching others succeed at reaching their goals. Plus, I get the pleasure of meeting new people and making life-long friends. That is a precious gift to me. 
Kim Schrutt
Interesting Fact About Me: I served for the Air Guard for 6 years.
Fitness Goal: Is to just run!
Favorite Race: Santa Cruz to Capitola Half Marathon
Favorite Product: I use Nuun for every run!
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: I love coaching because I can help other people realize their goals. Since I'm not a born runner, I have to work at it just like everyone else. I love coaching at Fleet Feet because of all the support I get from the Fleet Feet family. 
 

10k Trail Coaches:
Rodney Smith
Interesting Fact About MeBesides being an avid runner, I brew my own beer at home. 
Fitness Goal: My current fitness goal is ensuring that I keep a sub 9:00 minute mile pace.
Favorite Race: Running with the Bears.
Favorite Product: UCAN Endurance (Lemon flavor!) because I can mix 2 scoops with water and have energy that lasts for at least 10+ miles. 
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: The family atmosphere of the coaching team and the running groups. 

Denise Burris
Interesting Fact About Me: Fact about me: I'm the youngest of 9 children.
Fitness Goal: My dream is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I am an average runner and the process of trying to improve my running to meet this goal is very much a learning process.   
Favorite Race: Avenue of the Giants Marathon - it is a beautiful race!
Favorite Product: A good pair of running socks!  And of course my favorite Mizuno shoes. 
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: Hands down the people I get to know and work with.  Our training groups are a very friendly, very caring group of people. It's exciting to bring in new people in and see them evolve and enjoy being part of our group.  I really have benefited personally from having this opportunity. 
Lisa Feldmann
Interesting Fact About Me: My husband and I are huge NASCAR gurus/fans. My bucket list consists of seeing every race at every track once I retire (and win the lottery!). 
Fitness Goal: My goal is to maintain my current fitness level and active lifestyle.
Favorite Race: I have two favorites! Jailbreak Half Marathon in Wisconsin- it was sponsored by the local Sheriffs office and all the proceeds went to vesting their dogs (plus I thought Jason, my husband, was going to jump out of the woods at any moment to get me and that made the experience creepy, yet funny at the same time). CIM 2014 - I ran my first and last marathon, however what made this so special is that I trained and shared this experience with six other individuals that I have become life-long friends with and that is what I loved about this race. 
Favorite Product: Any capris sold at the store with deep side pockets. These are perfect for my phone, gels, keys, etc. I never worry about anything falling out. I also love my Vionic flip flops. 
What I Love Most About Coaching At Fleet Feet: I love helping and watching others succeed at reaching their goals. Plus, I get the pleasure of meeting new people and making life-long friends. That is a precious gift to me. 

Beyond Boundaries 10k Coaches:
Duane Davis
Fitness GoalTo keep up with my wife. Haha! I want to run well past 70.
Interesting Fact About Me I believe in Yetis and Bigfoot.
Favorite RaceCalifornia International Marathon
Favorite Product: New Balance 1080 shoes and their shorts, and Brooks Glycerin shoes. And of course my Nathan hydration vest.
Why I became a Fleet Feet Coach: I enjoy helping people. I always have.
Leslie Davis
Fitness GoalTo stay healthy for as long as I can by keep moving.
Interesting Fact About Me I wish I could've had my grandchildren first.
Favorite RaceGolden Gate half marathon
Favorite Product: New Balance 1080 shoes and the Garmin Fenix 5S. Its so pretty!
Why I became a Fleet Feet Coach: I have been coaching with Carol since she opened the store. I really enjoy watching people reach their goals. The first group I worked with, I was running along with one of the ladies and I helped her cross the finish line with a smile. It made it worth all the while to see someone cross their first finish line.
Kyle Masiewicz
Fitness Goal: Manage my weight.
Interesting Fact About Me:  People say I'm 6'5"....but I'm really 4'29".
Favorite RaceWindsor Green 5k
Favorite Product: Feetures & Balega socks
Why I became a Fleet Feet CoachTo meet new people. 
beginners to set and achieve their goals. 
No Boundaries 5k Coaches:
 
Jamie Almaraz - 5k Coach
Fitness Goal: To run with my mom and kids for as long as I can
Interesting Fact About Me:  I love colorful running pants. 
Favorite Race: Turkey Trot
Favorite Product: My Garmin watch!
Why I became a Fleet Feet Coach I enjoy running and want to share that joy with others. 
Shannon Chatigny - 5k Coach
Fitness Goal: To stay healthy, active, and increase my running speed.
Interesting Fact About Me:  Through the good and the bad, I am a huge Oakland Athletics fan. GO A'S!
Favorite Race: Tinkerbell Half Marathon
Favorite Product: I love my Nathan Hydration bottle. It fits my phone and keys while I run. I also love my Garmin Forerunner. 
Why I became a Fleet Feet Coach: I became a coach to encourage others to enjoy running and meet their goals. 

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