Becky Wade Biography

Career Highlights

  • Won debut marathon in 2:30 (California International Marathon, December 2013)
  • Qualified for finals in the Olympic Trials 3,000m Steeplechase (June 2012)
  • Qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 10,000m and 3,000m Steeplechase (June 2012)
  • U.S. Junior National Champion in the 3,000m Steeplechase (2008)
  • Ran the 3,000m Steeplechase at the IAAF World Junior Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland (2008)
  • 4-time All-American at Rice University (Cross-Country, Indoor 5k, Outdoor 10k twice)


Background

How did you start in your sport?
My dad is a college football player-turned-runner and used to take my siblings and I on neighborhood runs and to fun runs. I was a hurdler and sprinter from 5th grade through my junior year of high school before transitioning to the long distances. I focused on the 10k and steeplechase at Rice and am now chasing faster times in those events as well as in the marathon.

What does a typical training day look like?
During high volume training, I run over 100 miles per week so my runs range between 6 to 25 miles. I normally run easy on my own when I wake up, spend a few hours working or volunteering, and head to the track in the afternoon for a hard workout, core and exercises in the tDraining room, and a plunge in the ice bath.

What keeps you passionate about your sport?
The prospect of representing my country and mixing it up with the best in the world excites me daily. I also have the most supportive family on the planet (a twin brother, another set of twins a year older, and our parents), and they are a huge source of inspiration to me.

What made you realize you had made it?
Winning the California International Marathon last December confirmed that I have much further to go in this sport, and that I am committed to do everything I can to reach my potential.

Hobbies:
Traveling, cooking, playing the piano, making art, writing letters, reading, wine-tasting, watching documentaries