running shoes in Menlo Park

The fall of 2008 was not a great time to buy a business, let alone expand one. But, that’s just the step husband and wife Jim Gothers and Lisa Taggart took, buying The Runner’s High in downtown Menlo Park and renaming it Fleet Feet.

“I’d worked at Runner’s High for eight years before becoming a sales rep for Mizuna,” Jim says. “I missed making connections with people everyday, so we took the leap.”

The pair met in a Marin bike shop a bit over 20 years ago. Jim followed Lisa to Iowa City when she moved there to attend grad school with the goal of becoming a writer. Back in the Bay Area, she was a travel editor at Sunset for 11 years. She’s also written a couple of books, including The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater and Women Who Win: Female Athletes on Being the Best.

Married now for 14 years with a four-and-a-half-year-old son, the two have brought community, as well as sales to Fleet Street, adding frequent guest speakers and organized training groups.

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