Kristin Barry wakes up early in order to get a head-start on the day. As a mother of two, a wife, a free-lance writer, and an elite athlete, Barry’s days are always full, and yet she still takes time to give back as a high school coach and a coach for the youth strides program.
Runners Feed: Take us through a typical day of your life
Kristin Barry: I usually wake up early and meet my friend Sheri Piers at 5:00 or 5:30. We run for an hour and a half, maybe two hours. Then I head home and get my kids on the bus. It depends on the day but after that I volunteer at either my son or daughter’s school. If I have an article due or something that I am working on I write for a couple hours. In the afternoon I run again either at practice (I coach a high school boys XC team in the fall and a youth strides program in the spring) or at home on the treadmill.
RF: Do you work full or part-time while training? If so, what do you do? If not, what has kept you afloat while you pursue your dream?
KP: I work part-time right now. I am an attorney but recently have been doing free-lance writing.
RF: What do you do on a regular basis to make sure you toe the line healthy?
KB: I do a lot of core and glute strengthening exercises that my PT has shown me in the past. When I feel something brewing I typically get into see Jared Buzzell at Orthopaedic Associates as quickly as possible. He has been responsible for getting me on the starting line many times.
RF: My onsite support team will include…
KB: My husband Brian, daughter Gwen, son Zach and my Mom and Dad.
RF: How will you be decorating your bottles to make them easily recognizable?
KB: I will wrap them in contact paper. The last one I used had jelly beans on it so it was easy to spot.