28 Nov '17, 12am
Despite a Rare Liver Condition, This Texas Teen Runs From the Front
RELATED: Get stronger, faster, and stay on the road with the New IronStrength Workout from Runner’s World . Napier has been a phenom since she started running at age 9. Last December, she broke the 13-year-old age-group world record in the 8K in 29:52. The previous mark had stood since 2000. At local 5Ks near her home in Fulshear, Texas, she typically wins outright against competitors twice her age. At an indoor track meet at Texas Tech University when she was in fifth grade, she came in seventh place out of 20, taking the lead from the front. The rest of the field: competitive female college runners . “Most people like to kick at the end; I like to kick from the beginning,” Napier says. “I might as well give it everything I have.” RELATED: The Science of the Finishing Kick That’s partly because she’s running on borrowed time. Due to a condition called biliary atresia, her...