Weekend Warrior: Kristen Leone, Runner

35, Research Coordinator at UT Health Science Center, Coordinator for weekly run group and race team at Fleet Feet.

Bragging Rights: I completed the 2017 Boston Marathon. I qualified for Boston at my first marathon, the Memphis St. Jude marathon in 2015.

Fun Run: My favorites have been running Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim at the Grand Canyon and the Sylamore 50K trail race. Both were challenging to prepare for and complete—but so much fun! I did them with friends and met some new ones along the way.   

I ❤ Running: You get out of running what you put into it. I also love the friendships.  

Fitness Motivation: I fell in love with running when I was nine. It’s my therapy. I’m competitive, mostly with myself, and I want to get better and accomplish my goals. Staying fit allows me to run, hike, climb, and do other fun outdoor activities when I travel.

Next Challenge: I am running the New York City Marathon in November. I qualified for it with a 1:33 time at the Dallas Half Marathon last year.  

Obstacle Course: Recovering from 2017 meniscus surgery was difficult. I dealt with a lot of depression during that time because running keeps me mentally fit. When I was able to run again, I had pain during every run for about nine months. This was a challenging time, but my Fleet Feet run group helped me through this setback more than they know. 

Bucket List: To run a half or full marathon in all 50 states, to get better at photography, and to learn how to play the drums.  

Zen Trip: The mountains are beautiful and peaceful, and they help me recenter.

Running Motto: You have to be comfortable being uncomfortable, and consistency is key.

INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY TAYLOR TARTERA.

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