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Author: Becky Wade

Native Texan, Rice University grad, Colorado transplant. Specializing in the 3K Steeplechase and Marathon. Author of “Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe,” which is available on Amazon and wherever else you get your books.

January 3, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions From Around The Running Community

Our loyal readers and followers sent in some of their resolutions for 2018 including one of our writers vying for an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.

November 2, 2017

Pumped Up Picks: Matt Llano’s Pre-Race Playlist

Matt Llano has everything from Taylor Swift to Rascal Flatts to Michael Jackson on the pre-race playlist that pumped him up before his major comeback.

October 22, 2017

Processing a Marathon: How to Win a Little Bit without Actually Winning

Professional marathoner Becky Wade takes us through her thought process and recovery after running at the 2017 Chicago Marathon.

October 4, 2017

Surviving The Tapering Phase Of Marathon Training

In Becky Wade’s last post before she tackles the Chicago Marathon, she shares her tips on how she deals with the excitement ahead of a marathon.

September 12, 2017

Fueling up for a marathon: Keys from a pro

Becky Wade details her eating schedule and how she prepares her body and stomach before big training sessions and major races.

August 29, 2017

Pumped Up Picks: Sara Hall’s Pre-Race Playlist

What does marathoner Sara Hall listen to before a big race? In the latest installment of Pumped Up Picks, she shares her pre-race playlist.

August 20, 2017

Marathoning Mind Hacks: Mental Tricks for the Marathon

Professional marathoner Becky Wade shares some of the tips and tricks that she uses while racing 26.2 miles in order to break up the race.

July 31, 2017

Pumped Up Picks: Curtis Beach’s Pre-Race Playlist

What does former decathlete Curtis Beach listen to before a big race? In the latest installment of Pumped Up Picks, he shares his pre-race routine.

July 22, 2017

How to pick a marathon and how I chose Chicago

Becky Wade will be among the elites at the 2017 Chicago Marathon in October and she shares her tips on how to select the right marathon.

July 5, 2017

Pumped Up Picks: Courtney Frerich’s Pre-Race Playlist

What does Bowerman Track Club steepler Courtney Frerichs listen to before a big race? Her playlist in the latest installment of Pumped Up Picks.

June 30, 2017

Summer Travel, Training and Running Tips: Part II

As the weather gets warmer during the summer, now’s not a bad time to head to the mountains for summer training & running. Here are some great destinations.

June 22, 2017

Pumped Up Picks: Molly Huddle’s Pre-Race Playlist

What songs does American record holder Molly Huddle listen to before a big race? In the latest installment of Pumped Up Picks, she shares her playlist!

June 16, 2017

Breakfast (Lunch, and Dinner) of Champions: Kenyan Ugali and Stew

64-76% of the calories consumed by elite Kenyan runners come from carbohydrates and some of that is thanks to ugali. Here’s how to make it.

June 14, 2017

Pumped Up Picks: Kyle Merber’s Pre-Race Playlist

What does NYNY Track Club miler Kyle Merber listen to before a big race? In the latest installment of Pumped Up Picks, he shares his pre-race playlist.

June 10, 2017

Pumped Up Picks: Devon Allen’s Pre-Race Playlist

What does U.S. Olympian Devon Allen listen to before a big race? In the latest installment of Pumped Up Picks, he shares his pre-race playlist.

June 8, 2017

Summer Travel, Training and Running Tips: Part I

Becky Wade encourages runners to spend their summers trainings and exploring a new setting to shake up your running spots.

June 7, 2017

My top 10 runs from my whirl around the world (photo essay style)

It’s hard for me to get behind all of the obscure “holidays” taking over my news feed these days.

I’m sure there are people who can’t wait for Love Your Produce Manager Day (April 2), or who recently went all out for Nylon Stockings Day (May 15)—but for the most part, they seem to serve as justifications for posting yet another cute animal shot or indulging in an overpriced but highly ‘Grammable dessert.

Global Running Day (June 7) is an exception.

Having essentially celebrated Global Running Year a few years back, this is a holiday I wholeheartedly support. While today isn’t nearly as exciting as my 2013 edition, when I was 11 months into a year-long exploration of running cultures around the world, it’s a good excuse to stir up some nostalgia and reminisce about my all-time favorite runs—in between a hard track session and a recovery run, of course!

Here is my ongoing, chronological list of favorite runs around the world.

  1. Bushy Park in Teddington, England: For how big and bustling it is, the Greater London area has an amazing amount of green space and running trails buried within. My favorite was Bushy Park, a short jog from the flat I rented, home to herds of massive deer, and the training grounds of local stars as well as international elites who visit in the summertime.
  2. Dirt roads in Kilmihil, Ireland: My runs in County Clare, Ireland were among the most special of my whole trip. Not only were the dirt roads empty and pastures as green as AstroTurf, but my maternal ancestors laid their roots there many generations ago and I felt a deep connection to the land as a result. 
  3. Hilly countryside in Bern, Switzerland: In Bern, I linked up with a small group of elite runners (including one former NCAA steeplechaser) for an epic uphill tempo. We wound our way up a long and winding incline, passing fields of wildflowers, towering windmills, and countryside cottages I dream about to this day.
  4. Mount Entoto in Sululta, Ethiopia: If I had to pick my very favorite place to run in the world, Mount Entoto is it. Its rugged terrain and high altitude (3,000 meters at the peak) attract both aspiring youngsters and legends like Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, and the Dibaba sisters, who can be found weaving up and down the mountain in the early mornings.
  5. Trails in Falls Creek, Australia: This scenic ski town about four hours outside of Melbourne has been hosting Aussie distance runners for half a century. For one week after Christmas, I crashed with the Melbourne University Athletics Club and shared the trails with a few hundred runners, ranging from recreational to Olympic-caliber. 
  6. Singletracks in Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand’s nature game is on another level. I loved taking off on runs from my temporary home in Auckland, and covering stretches of ground that felt like beaches, rainforests, swamps, and farmland—in as little as an hour, and usually not on purpose.
  7. Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, Japan: It’s hard to find a nice, soft-surfaced place to run in Tokyo if you don’t know where to look. One of my hosts introduced me to Yoyogi Park—one of a few green expanses in the entire city—and it quickly became my go-to spot. It’s only about two miles around the perimeter, but it offers some amazing people-watching as well as guaranteed run-ins with some of the professional (corporate-sponsored) teams that live nearby.
  8. Tancheon River in Seoul, South Korea: I spent just a week in Seoul, but quickly fell in love with the wide, smooth running paths that flank both sides of the Tancheon River (a tributary of the Han River). Perfect for tempo runs, it also offered prime viewing of some very interesting exercise classes that filled certain pockets each morning.
  9. Old military trails in Stockholm, Sweden: One of my host families lived at the edge of an old military base on the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden, and basically had a well-groomed and elaborate trail network for a front yard. Some of my most memorable runs of the year were on those rolling paths with my older brother Matt, who visited me for ten days in Scandinavia and exponentially increased his fitness during that time.
  10. Forest paths in Turku, Finland: I’m not sure what I liked more: Finnish forest runs, or the sauna sessions that usually followed. Either way, the woodsy trails in Turku, Finland (home of the great Paavo Nurmi) were some of the most pleasant I’ve ever run on. I’m not sure where he actually trained, but I like to think I stepped on at least one of Nurmi’s 120-year-old footprints during my two weeks there.

What’s missing from this list? Which runs should I aim to tackle before Global Running Day 2018? Let me know at @bexwade89 (Twitter) or @beckyswade (Instagram).

And then prepare yourself for Guinea Pig Appreciation Day—less than a month to go!

May 26, 2017

Pumped Up Picks: Justyn Knight

Syracuse distance runner Justyn Knight shares his playlist that gets him going before any major competition. Of course Drake is on the playlist.

May 23, 2017

Running community mourns loss of Gabe Proctor

The running community lost a young and talented runner as Gabe Proctor died at 27 years old. Becky Wade remembers the former Mammoth Track Club runner.

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