Pacer Larissa


Where are you from?

Pacific NW – Born in Oregon & raised in Seattle

Current P.R.


Typical pace

8:30 marathon; 8:00 training

Number of marathons



Independent Sales Rep, Athletic Apparel

Freelance journalist/writer

Favorite marathon

Winthrop Road (WA)


Running, Weight Training, Blogging, Dancing, Reading

Favorite Running Food

Honey Stinger honey gels

What are you reading now?

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

Who do you train with?

Myself mostly and some good friends on the long runs.

Personal goals

Grow every day; be a better person; get another BQ; hit 1:40 half marathon; have fun!



A quotation you like…

Everything you ever needed to know about yourself you can find out in 26.2. - Boston Marathon


The marathon will humble you. - Boston Billy Rogers


Why do you run?


For the freedom and pure joy it gives me. Freedom to go how far, how long, when, where. I love the time to pray, sort through& solve problems, and gain clarity on my runs. I tend to garner creativity more from running than without running; great as a writer.


Describe your best marathon memory.


My very first marathon will always remain with me. I was smiling from the beginning to the end, even when I hit the wall at mile 20, like so many Marathon Maniacs warned me at mile 9. The distance brought such joy and challenge that I crave and the slower pace, allowed me to enjoy other racer’s company and the scenery.


Why do you pace?


I love to give back to others and the running community. To help people meet their goals is a wonderful, amazing feeling. Seeing their smiles when they finish, is truly rewarding.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


I was a personal pacer for a friend who wanted to finish sub-2:00 half marathon (Eugene). We communicated signals to get status on how she was feeling. Based on these signals, I helped her achieve a 1:51. It was a moment of tears shared by both parties.
As a group pacer, it was my first time pacing (You Go Girl), and I finished in just under 10 seconds.


Why should someone run in your pace group?


If you want to finish at the stated pace-group time, you can count on me keeping the pace steady. If you like 2-way communication, having your questions answered, encouragement, & smiles, I’m your pacer! I keep a close eye on pace to make sure it doesn’t go over (I’ve experienced that unpleasant pacer sprinting in the beginning); going up hills, pace will slow, but I’ll communicate to pick up pace going down to make up for it.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I am here to help you and I WANT to help you. Pace will be steady splits (e.g. 9:09 miles for 4 hour finish) unless a steep or long hill slows us down, we will pick up the pace a little on the downs.


Anything else you’d like to share?

Runners inspire me beyond belief!


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Monetary & material donations to foster children in Washington state; possibly becoming foster parents.

Monetary & material donations to women’s domestic violence in Washington state. (WSCADV)

Monthly donations to ASPCA.

Volunteer work with PAWS, low-kill animal shelter in my county.

Raised money for American Cancer Society, through DetermiNation


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