All of our Fit programs are overseen by our program head coach, Katie Johnson. Katie is uniquely qualified for this title because of her knowledge, experience and passion for running and walking. She holds a degree in kinesiology from UCLA, a masters in counseling as well as a teaching credential and has run dozens of marathons and half marathons. She is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a RRCA Certified Coach.  But, best of all – she’s just plain fun.

In addition to Katie, our Fit programs are fortunate to have an outstanding group of coaches and assistant coaches, all with a passion for fitness. Each of our dedicated coaches embody enthusiasm, sense of humor, and the desire to help members reach their goals. While we are certainly serious about providing our members with the very best training programs and information possible, we never lose sight of the fact that it has to be fun. That is our promise to you.

Meet The Coaches

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Tina Knight

Carlsbad Purple Color Group

Single best benefit of running/walking:

It does great things for your health, body and soul!

Best running/walking advice ever received:

LISTEN to your body! If it says run-RUN! If it says walk-WALK! If your body says rest-PLEASE REST!

Favorite pre-race ritual:

I eat belvita, take my vitamins/supplements and drink a glass of water!

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Maureen Ferrel

Carlsbad Green Color Group

Favorite role model and why:

My mother because she always tells me, 'The more you move the better you feel!' She also tells me when she thinks I'm getting too fat!

Single best benefit of running/walking:

Feeling good!

Favorite post-race meal:

Cheeseburger with fresh tomato, onion and lettuce.

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Shanthi Lackey

Carlsbad Orange Color Group

Favorite role model and why:

Meb Keflezighi. He has defied many odds and overcome them. He is very down to earth and an amazing runner.

Single best benefit of running/walking:

The camaraderie and motivation of running with others.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Add mileage slowly. Don't do too much, too fast whether you are just starting out or coming back from an injury.

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Kim Guillen

Carlsbad Orange Color Group

Favorite role model and why:

My father. I grew up watching him run races (I especially remember the Coronado Bay Bridge race), stay physically fit for the military and raise two daughters on his own.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Enjoy every minute and don't be too hard on yourself.

Favorite pre-race ritual:

Get up early, shower and take my dog out for a brief walk.

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Beth Herzog

Carlsbad Red Color Group

Favorite role model and why:

My parents for teaching me the importance of determination and never giving up - even when you really feel like it!

Best running/walking advice:

Have fun! Don't be in competition with anyone other than yourself.

Single best benefit of running/walking:

Enjoying the beautiful weather and beach on a regular basis.

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Jodi Hays

Carlsbad Yellow Color Group

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Don't let not feeling good keep you from running. Head out for ten minutes, then decide how you feel!

Favorite running/walking gear:

A running buddy. If I don't have that I like to listen to music.

Favorite pre-race ritual:

Stretching and listening to 'Today is Your Day' on my iPod.

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Dennis Lain

Carlsbad Site Administrator

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Coach Katie emphasizes that if you are running or walking at a pace too fast to carry on a conversation then you should slow down some and focus on form and enjoy the run or walk.

Favorite running/walking gear:

I like to have shoes with lots of cushion, fancy socks and a water belt that fits snug with water bottles that do not bounce around.

Favorite pre-race ritual:

I eat something I enjoy and am used to about an hour or so before the race. Typically peanut butter and banana on a toasted English muffin. I also bring my own water and gels so I don't get a stomach ache during the race from something I haven't had before.

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Angela Kanish

Mission Bay - Purple Color Group

Favorite role model and why:

Yolanda Holder, known as the Walking Diva, has crushed all kinds of distances as a walker.

Favorite post-race meal:

Guilty pleasure - In 'N-Out Double-Double Protein Style with ketchup and mustard. After 13.1 miles, I've earned it!

Best running/walking advice:

Don't worry about being the last finisher. It's not about speed, it's about distance. My mile may not be as fast as your mile, but our distance (and medals) are the same.

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Suzi Merritt

Mission Bay Green Color Group

Single best benefit of running/walking:

Feeling better about myself!

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Start out SLOW!

Favorite pre-race ritual:

Gathering with In Motion Fit friends to keep the butterflies to a minimum.

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Bethann Giraldi

Single best benefit of running/walking:

Hmm best benefit I guess is staying active and meeting great people.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Taking walking breaks is ok! I also hear a lot it's just one foot in front of the other. 😉

Favorite pre-race ritual:

Don't really have a pre race ritual...but I do like to make sure my clothes are picked out and enjoy going out to carbo load with friends

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Tanya Reese

Mission Bay Orange Color Group

Single best benefit of running/walking:

I am a big believer in the good hormones (Runner's High) produced by running. Running can relax your mind.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Active stretches before each run. I have noticed that when I make it a point to do active stretching before my run I have better success.

Favorite pre-race ritual:

I like a bagel and peanut butter.

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Lily Kinninger

Mission Bay Yellow Color Group

Single best benefit of running/walking:

It improves my mental health. Those endorphins feel oh-so-good!

Favorite role model and why:

Steve Jones (former marathon record holder). He stopped for a bathroom break and still won the 1985 London Marathon!

Favorite post-race meal:

Ribeye steak dinner!

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Bill Aaron

Mission Bay Site Admission

Favorite role model and why:

Survivors, because overcoming odds typically bring out the best in people.

Favorite Race:

San Dieguito Half Marathon; great course, wonderful beer garden.

Favorite post-race meal:

Phil's BBQ or carne asada.

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Katie Johnson

Head Coach

Single best benefit of running/walking:

It makes me stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally which allows me to perform better in all areas of my life.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Start slow, finish strong!

Favorite pre-race ritual:

Lay everything out the night before!! Pin bib number to shirt and attach timing chip to shoe. Pack clothes to change into, as well as snacks.

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Laurie Adams

Mission Bay Red Color Group

Favorite workout weather:

San Diego most of the year because it's overcast and cool.

Single best benefit of running/walking"

There are so many! The single best benefit probably is that I set goals for myself, and I accomplish them, leading to self-confidence and pride.

Favorite running/walking gear:

I always carry my water bottle. I have tried different water belts over the years. I like the 20 oz. bottle in the center of my back. I felt like Batman when I ran with the belt with multiple bottles.