Lisa Pozzoni

Phoenix, AZ


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Certified Since October 2009
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Lisa Pozzoni

I never thought I would be a runner! But one day in 2008, one of my personal training clients told me to read the ChiRunning book and the rest is history. I immediately decided to become an Instructor.
My goal is to help existing runners continue their passion without injury. I also love  teaching beginners the right way to run so they avoid injury and make running a lifelong fitness habit.

I completed my first marathon on 2/19/2012, my 41st birthday.

“I would’ve never considered it if weren’t for ChiRunning! It’s changed my life in so many ways and I love to share it with people”.

Thanks to this, my longest run so far is 62 miles. I am now an ultra runner and also received the first Instructor of the Year Award in 2018!

I am very active in the community on many levels. My passion is combining ChiWalking and ChiRunning with charities. “It’s a win-win when you are training for an event. You are getting healthy and giving back at the same time!”
My 3-Day Breast Cancer Team, Las Bombas, won biggest team and team that raised the most money several years in a row. Year to date they have raised over $850K for Susan G Komen. In 2012 I walked 100 miles for Marriage Equality in Arizona.  I was on the Board of Directors for Girls On The Run Maricopa County from 2015-2018.  I am a Distinguished Toastmaster and has held several leadership roles in her area with Toastmasters.

I’m a Certified Fitness Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Organizer for Running for Brews Tempe.

I am the owner of The Running University. Visit for more information. You can download my free ebook:  15 Steps for the Beginner Beginner ™ Runner, Easy and Practical How To’s for the ‘Newbie’, ‘Could Be’, ‘Sort Of’ or ‘Reluctant Runner’

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I had a private session with Lisa Pozzoni to improve my form so I don’t annoy that IT now that I am cleared. I have never been great at utilizing my arms properly and my shoulders are tight. At one point we tried keeping cadence not based on footfall, but when I actively pull the elbows back and allow them to resume neutral position on their own. Bingo! I am finally engaging my arms reliably and release the tension in the shoulders. It made all the difference today. I had faster 5Ks on the treadmill, but this could be a PR for road. I did not mean to, but it was so easy.


I participated in my first ChiRunning clinic with you in January, hoping to learn new things to help me run easier for the rest of my life. I didn’t mention any specific injury, however, for many years I’ve had toe problems (sever blistering) on my right foot for any length of run. This involved wearing band-aids, tape and mole skin to help with the blisters, but nothing ever solved the problem. The blisters and overall pain had become so extreme, I was wishing I could have two toes amputated! Crazy, but seriously, it was very bad! After the ChiRunning class and learning about my heel strike and mid-foot placement, I had a brand new running experience. My toe problem was solved! No pain, no blisters, no toe problems!! No need for band-aids, no tape, nothing at all!! YOU and ChiRunning have been an amazing life changer! Thank you!!
~ Kendra

I have had one of the most enjoyable running weeks I can remember in a long time. I have started to think of myself only as a climber of hills, and tried looking for only races to the top. Running downhill has been uncomfortable, mostly because I have been focused on how I run downhill, and the parts of my body that don’t like it. A week ago I did a chi hills running clinic with the fabulous Ms Lisa Pozzoni. Just a few reminders and practice and I felt that freedom again of letting go and flying downhill. Since then I am actually excited when I come to a downhill section. I just want to share this experience because as someone who has struggled with injury for the past 3 years, having someone look at my running form is a huge help. Now… at least I’ll be ready for that short downhill to finish up at Crown King. The Running University


I ran the back 7 miles slightly faster than the first six, and mile 13 was the fastest of the last seven. I actually remembered to do all my looseners and take my electrolytes etc right before the start. I remembered and used most of my form focuses and resisted the urge to run ‘faster than I should’ after walk breaks. I was actually able to keep my heart rate in control by varying my pace. The pre-race taper worked really well – I felt fueled, hydrated and strong during the race – I still had energy left at the end of the race. Despite just barely missing my course PR, I’m considering this my ‘best’ half marathon to date. I think I’m going to crush that 2 hour goal once I master using the techniques and proper strategy all at the same time on race day! Thank you Lisa – You Rock! Hugs!


You are such a blessing Lisa and you can add to anyone’s running journey – I love your approach, your style and your love for what you do – like I’ve said in the past you teach us to enjoy the journey and that is the most important thing we can learn ?

~ Becky

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