“Hey—there goes Kristin!”, my friend gestured to the right as a handful of runners sped past our car.
“That’s crazy,” I murmured, awestruck. I was a half hour away from running my first 5k, and the idea of running before a race, the idea of running even a yard more than 3.1 miles seemed two strides short of lunacy.
Kristin Barry went on to finish that 2007 race in 16:51, just 8 seconds shy of her PR, taking the top female spot and besting her then new training partner Sheri Piers by nearly 30 seconds. I went on to… finish. And to remain in awe of my speedy neighbor and friend.
A great deal has transpired both on and off the road for Kristin in the seven years since that race, including a 2008 and 2012 showing in the Olympic Trials marathon. As a newly minted masters runner, Barry kindly agreed to share with Salty Running her journey through injury and aging as a competitive runner. Read more >>