Saturday Spotlight- Larisa Ramic-Wigand

Saturday Spotlight…
I don’t know how he did it but Lou has managed to successfully rope me into taking on Warrior of the Week lol. Always challenging me Lou LaFleur! I can always count on you! 🤗. So I am actually a Queens girl at heart. I grew up in Astoria with my two younger sisters in a very European household. My parents are from Bosnia and there was always a lot of food, moonshine, cigarettes and parties at our one bedroom apartment with lots of aunts, uncles and cousins. It’s amazing how much less you needed back then in terms of space. Simple times. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years practicing ballet, riding my BMX and playing at the handball courts. At 13 my parents decided schools weren’t great and bought a home in Plainview, Long Island. That was a huge adjustment to say the least. At 15 I quit ballet 👎😢 Bc as a teenager I had “better things to do” and my parents made it too easy. They themselves had their hands full. Fast forward I got myself a full time job working in an office and paid my way through college. I’d spend the day working and jet over to Briarcliffe College at nights after work. I did this for 4 years. I got my Bachelors in Business with a minor in Information Technology. I am currently working for Banfi Vintners, a wine importing company (yes I drink a lot of wine 😊) and hold the position of Business Intelligence Manager where I’m responsible for system design, setting up business processes with our consultants as well as building analytic tools for our internal and external employees. I met my husband through mutual friends at a party one night and it was the right timing for us both. We were married in 2004 and went on to have 3 kids. I have two sons, Sean 12, Aidan 10 and my daughter Alina who just turned 7. They are my world. I spend a lot of my days and weekends either on the soccer field, as both of my boys play travel, or my daughters ballet studio. I found Selden Hills by accident one day at my daughters studio overhearing a mom talking about it. I made note but never did anything with it. About a year ago I separated from my husband and it’s been a roller coaster of a year for me on a personal level. I wanted to jump out of my skin so many days .. I needed something challenging and extreme, at least for my beginner level. I was never a runner (never really ran more than 3 miles and no hills ever ! Lol), I always stuck with my Yoga and Barre. But I decided to reach out to Lou one day and met on a Sunday morning. Lou stayed with me that day on those hills and thank God he did bc I was like WTF have I done lollll. I’m an extreme person by nature and impulsive so when I have something in my head I just do it lol. No training no working my way up just straight to a 10 K on hills. I was in pain after but I couldn’t wait to go back! What I love about running outside is it’s the only time my brain checks out. Only thing I’m focused on is my breathing, how many miles I have left and how many I just put behind me. It’s really the only time I feel peace even though I’m in pain lol. Go figure. I did my first race this year, again thanks to Lou 😊… the Ocean to Sound and there I met some awesome ladies in my group. I love how close everyone is in this Run club and how supportive and amazing everyone is. So rare these days. So that’s it for me! Enjoy your weekend everyone!