Grace Barnett runs with the Mammoth Track Club and is coached by Andrew Kastor. She is also a STEM lab teacher for an elementary school. Grace was 7th place at the Olympic Trials this summer in the 1500m where she ran a 4:05 in the final!
Grace ended by being a three time All-American at Clemson University after initially being a walk-on for the team. In November, the weekend of the NYC Marathon, she placed 2nd at the USATF 5k Championships.
In this episode, we hear about what it is like to live in Mammoth and work with Andrew and Deena Kastor.
Grace is one to be watching in the coming year!
What we talked about:
4:15- Recapping her race at the USATF 5k Championships where she finished 2nd
5:55- Her work as a teacher and balancing that as a professional runner
8:10- Why she decided to move to Mammoth to train professionally and what it is like living there
14:35- Growing up on the beach in South Carolina
18:50- Walking onto the team at Clemson University
22:10- Living far away from home
24:00- How she met her fiance
29:30- Her fiance being deployed in the spring
31:10- Earning a scholarship
34:00- Her fifth year at Clemson
36:20- What it was like when she first joined the team at Mammoth Track Club
38:10- Who she trains with
39:35- The family feel that she has on the Mammoth Track Club with Deena and Andrew Kastor
41:15- The community that she has in Mammoth
42:15- Her race at the Olympic Trials
44:55- Her mindset after finishing 7th at the Olympic Trials
46:10- Finding the right mindset with running as a professional
49:00- Her fiance’s military experience
51:25- Her experience at the Sir Walter Mile
55:20- Just missing the Olympic standard in the 5k
57:45- What she is going to focus on in training
58:40- Her favorite thing about working with Andrew Kastor as a coach
1:03:05- End of podcast questions
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