About Me

I am like many of you.  I have faced many challenges with my weight.  For 5 years,
I tried the “fad” diets and took the “magic” pills that were going to melt
away the pounds.  None of that worked until I started working out with
trainers.  I educated myself on the weight loss process, made a final
commitment, and finally achieved success!

I lost 40 lbs and 16% body fat in 5 months. It was not easy and it required
discipline.  We all want a quick fix but like any change in your life, you have to work for it.  I didn’t give up and it was one of the most significant
accomplishments in my life.

In 2005, I was laid off from my job and decided to take a risk and do what I always wanted to do.  I wanted to share that same feeling of success with others. I became a personal trainer.  I worked for a local gym however most people can’t afford the prices of one on one training.
I needed to find a way to help more people.  I created Easy Fitness Solutions so I could offer a variety of programs with different prices to fit in everyone’s budget.

In 2009 I decided to start dabbling into running which is when I found out about ChiRunning. The rest is history!  I am now the only Certified Instructor in Arizona and love teaching people the most efficient and safe way to run.  I became a Senior Instructor in 2012 and a Master Instructor in 2014.  I have clients that are achieving goals they never thought possible and that’s when I decided to create The Running University.

Education & Certifications
ChiRunning/ChiWalking Master Instructor
Road Runner Club of America Coach
BA in Spanish and Psychology, ASU
Certified Personal Trainer NASM National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified ChiRunning and ChiWalking Instructor
Corrective Exercise Specialist NASM
Certified EZ8 Running Coach
Certified Fitness Professional APEX
Certified Online Personal Trainer NESTA
Certified Fit Phone Coach NESTA
American Red Cross CPR/First Aid
Reiki Level II

Community Partnerships
2015-2016 Board of Directors Girls On The Run (Secretary 2016)
2014 Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
2012-2014 Area Governor, Zuni 2, District 3 Toastmasters
2011-2012 Advanced Communicator      Gold, Estrella Toastmasters President 
2007-2011 St. Joseph the Worker Hike for the Homeless Committee Member
2006-2009 3-Day Breast Cancer Training Walk Leader
2005-2011  3-Day Breast Cancer Team Captain & Walker.
We had the biggest team in Phoenix in 2008 and 2009..and raised the
most money:  Team Las Bombas

Affiliations
IDEA member
Local First Arizona
The Conscious Community

ChiRunning Experience
Attended 4-Day ChiRunning/ChiWalking Instructor Training with Master Instructor Kathy Griest in November 2009
Trained with Master Instructor Mary Lindahl in March 2010 as part of my original certification
Became a Certified Instructor in April 2010
Attended ChiRunning Instructor Weekend in November 2011
Assisted Danny Dreyer (the founder) in August 2012 at Kripalu
Achieved Senior Instructor in December 2012
Assisted Chris Griffin and Kathy Griest with Instructor Training Class March of 2013
Assisted Danny Dreyer October 2013 in Houston
Attended ChiRunning Instructor Weekend in November 2013 and presented “Building Your ChiWalking/ChiRunning Community”
Assisted Danny Dreyer March 2014 in Phoenix
Assisted Danny Dreyer/Jeff Carnivale/Dick Felton with Instructor Training Class May of 2014
Achieved Master Instructor status in December 2014
Assisted Danny Dreyer February 2015 in Phoenix
Assisted Danny Dreyer for a 5-Day Retreat at Kripalu “ChiRunning: A       Mindful Approach to an Ancient Sport” in 8/14, 5/15, 5/16

Humbled and grateful <3

Humbled and grateful <3

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ChiRunning Instructor weekend 11/13

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Hanging with Danny at Instructor Weekend 2011

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First time I met both Katherine and Danny at the Instructor weekend in November 2011