Kirsten Larsen – Pasadena Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)

From: $125.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

I am a holistic health & running coach with a focus on helping you heal & strengthen your whole body so you can run freely with ease.



Pasadena running coach Kirsten Larsen is here to meet you where you are at, whether it’s just starting out, coming back from injury, or in need of a re-set. She also offers offers strength training, nutrition coaching, and additional meetings for assessments, such as mobility, and form, based on a runner’s individual needs – reach out to her if you’d like to customize a monthly coaching package.

Contact Kirsten

LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Pasadena, CA
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, sessions include assessments that include mobility, form, functional movement, stability and strength, along with drills and exercises that help build your form, efficiency, and capacity to be a better and stronger runner


  • Functional training, Rebuilding from injury, illness, or time off, Strength & mobility training, Corrective exercises, Nutrition, and Mindset
  • Beginner to Intermediate
  • Road & Trail
  • 5K to Marathon


My coaching philosophy is that everyone has the capacity to run. There are a lot of components that affect our ability to run well: lifestyles, movement styles, nutrition, mindset, emotional state, stress levels, etc. Joy, Sustainability, and a Whole person approach are important.

I believe that Joy should be at the forefront. Running and exercise should certainly have challenges, otherwise, the transformation won’t happen. However, if the joy gets taken out of it, injury and/or burnout are sure to follow.

I also believe that sustainable training is key to really enjoying your running. And by sustainable, I include a person’s everyday life. A training plan on paper might be sustainable, but conflict with their everyday activities. It needs to be something that allows for the ebb and flow of life.

Lastly, working within a whole person approach has allowed me to look at functional movement, nutrition, and even mindset shifts that help a person really perform & feel their best.


I’ve been coaching in various forms for over 10 years. I’ve coached ages 6-60. I’ve coached soccer, running, and building back from injury.

Currently, I train adults who have had either illness, injury, or simply busyness get in the way of their running dreams. We work together with form, mobility, mindset, nutrition, and of course proper training in order to help you find a sustainable and fun training flow that fits into your life.


Having experienced burnout and loads of injuries at one point in my health and running history, I really went after learning about functional movement, corrective exercises, understanding the mechanics of the human body and running form, as well as how nutrition plays a part in our body’s ability to recover and train well.

I am a holistic health and running coach with a focus on helping people really learn how to heal and strengthen the whole body in a way that allows you to really thrive in your health and running. As a running coach, I focus on helping you connect with your whole body in order to create a body that really runs well. A few of these components include mobility, stability, strength, training progression, nutrition, and more.

I hold certifications in running, running form, exercise nutrition, nutrition for healing the body, integrative nutrition, personal training, corrective exercise specialization, and more.


Jay Dicharry, Krissy Moehl, Eric Orton, Jack Daniels, Scott Jurek, Rich Roll, Catra Corbett, Chrissie Wellington, Greg McMillan, Jason Fitzgerald, David & Megan Roche, Matt Fitzgerald, David Clark, Matt Dixon.


  • Cross Country in High School.
  • Triathlon team in college.
  • Hiatus from racing during initial working years.
  • Then rebuilt as a busy working adult to complete many 5K, 10K, Half, and Full Marathons.


  • RRCA – Level 2 running coach
  • NASM – Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM – Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Precision Nutrition – Level 1 Exercise Nutrition
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach


Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
Any questions/comments for Team RunRun or the Coach in general?


2 reviews for Kirsten Larsen – Pasadena Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Gardener Manjikian

    I can’t recommend Kirsten highly enough! We’ve worked together nearly 2 years, and as a busy working mom of 3 kids 3 and under, I was struggling to find balance with my weight, nutrition, exercise, energy, self-care, stress and overwhelm. I initially chose to work with Kirsten for nutrition counseling, and at the time didn’t realize how my problems were interconnected, and how her holistic approach could help me address underlying root causes, to heal and transform all areas of my life. From the beginning she truly listened and assessed my situation with fun, creative tools, to help ground me in my “why” and think outside the box about setting visionary goals. From there, each week she helped me develop small, easy, practical, customized habitual lifestyle changes, which ultimately amounted to a true paradigm shift. I already considered myself pretty healthy and enjoyed occasional running, but suffered from hip/knee/pregnancy-related injuries, and thought that maybe I should transition to a lower-impact sport. But over 8 months, she supported me from injury assessment, to physical therapy, to strength training, to running coaching — so that I beat my 18-year-old-self’s marathon time at more than double the age, injury-free! My husband and I both lost 15-20 pounds without even trying; I’m the strongest I’ve ever been; and best of all — I’m confident that I have the skills and perspective to maintain this lifestyle moving forward. I’m excited to continue working with her as a running coach as I set my sights on more goals, like trail races and triathlons. Thank you, Kirsten!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aryeh Laufer

    Worked with Coach Kirsten for 6 months and my running improved on all levels. My stride, pace and endurance dramatically improved. Kirsten created an individualized running program for me and made changes to it as needed. I learned so much from her in our time working together. From proper nutrition, stretching, warm up, core and muscle strengthening to everything related to running. I’m forever grateful and Coach Kirsten.

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