Dissatisfied with being told that her re-built knees would never allow her to run, Deb began race-walking, and through strength training and perseverance was soon a frequent runner at the Nike Woman’s Marathon. Today, Deb is an avid recreational runner, and can often be found running her favorite trails and parks throughout Colorado Springs, often dressed head-to-toe in one of her favorite lululemon outfits.
Balancing a 24-year career at Herman Miller Workplace Resource with her responsibilities at home, Deb served as coach for the Saint Mary's High School cross-country and distance track programs, a position she still holds today. Her approach to coaching includes the latest in running sciences, constantly evolving her technique as new methods and technologies likewise evolve. Stemming from a desire to take her coaching to a higher level, she became USATF Level II certified in 2009.
Deb found great satisfaction in working with and mentoring high school students. While several of her past students have continued to run at top Division I programs, she feels most proud of the students who have learned to love being active and living a healthy lifestyle. An inherently optimistic and motivating person, her greatest satisfaction lies in helping others reach their active potential.
In turning her career path more towards this end, Deb completed the Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT) Internship program, a rigorous year-long educational and training process, gaining her certification to practice in early 2012. MAT, an emergent technique to improve muscular contractile ability to increase stability, is gaining a reputation within the Olympic and professional sports sectors, and gives her the opportunity to help active people of all levels, recreational or elite, enjoy healthy, injury free activity with optimal performance and improved recovery time.
Deb serves on the board of St. Mary’s High School and contributes her time and talents to various charitable organizations. She is married to Mark Harris, an architect, with whom she has had 5 amazing kids (but did so in her typical efficient manner, as she has two sets of twins), ranging in age from almost 8 to almost 20. Deb has lived in Colorado Springs since 1988 and loves the amazing outdoor opportunities available year round.