I am a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Nationally Accredited Interscholastic Coach, a member of USA Track & Field (USATF) and the Head Cross Country & Track & Field Coach for the San Diego Jewish Academy’s High School & Middle School Girls & Boys Teams. I am a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Peace & Conflict Studies and French. I was previously the Co-Founder, Co-Director and Running Coach for the San Diego Youth Fitness Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate young people about the importance of choosing a healthy and active lifestyle. I am an experienced Personal Trainer and Running Coach who has been teaching for nearly 7 years. I am an avid athlete and I love everything about running and fitness.
When I’m not coaching others, you can find me...
Running…a lot! I am a marathoner who has completed over 20 marathons and half-marathons, and just about every distance race in between. I consider a 16-mile mountain run or a 3-mile boot camp obstacle course on a Saturday morning, a fun way to kick off the weekend. My goal for 2017 is to run 2,017 miles by the end of the year in order to raise money for the Heather Abbott Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who provides prosthetic legs for people who have lost theirs due to a traumatic injury.
Never allow the beliefs of others to determine your destiny...
When I was a teenager I was told by a coach that I should choose a different sport than running because I didn’t, “have a runner’s body.” However, my mind and my heart told me otherwise. I’ve spent my whole life proving to myself that I am capable not only of achieving my goals on and off the race course, but of inspiring others of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes that they too do not have to be limited by the beliefs of others. Running and fitness have and will continue to transform my life and allow me to serve a role in transforming the lives of others.
"Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone's life. Be the light that helps others see..." -Roy T. Bennett
From a young age, God has gifted me with skills and opportunities to serve others. From my work serving as a guide for blind and visually-impaired residents in Paris, France, to my work as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and homelessness here in San Diego, to my more recent work in health and wellness, I have dedicated my life to supporting others on their journey to become the best version of themselves.
My greatest achievement...
is being the mother of two beautiful little redheaded daughters and wife to my amazing and supportive husband, John. They are the joy of my life, inspiring me every day to be the best that I can be. Together we are sharing a wonderful life together in beautiful San Diego.
Coach Carol Ann