Ursuline Academy (Dallas, Texas), 2007
Rice University, 2012
Psychology, Sociology, and History
Running & Writing - In addition to my book (Run the World, published in 2016), I do freelance writing for outlets such as Runner’s World, Outside Mag, PodiumRunner, and more. I also blog at beckyrunsaway.com and mainly write about running, travel, and food.
My race in Atlanta was a pretty positive experience. I moved up from 40-something a couple of miles in to 16th at the finish. While of course I would have liked to finished higher (who besides the winner doesn’t?), it was a well-executed race and also a lot of fun. Huge props to the Atlanta Track Club for hosting and orchestrating our massive field!
Ironically, my former college football playing dad introduced my siblings and I to running. We loved joining him for neighborhood loops when we were in middle school, and 100% did the fun runs for the t-shirts. My love took off from there!
I was mostly a 300-meter hurdler in high school, and I believe my best time was 46.XX (don’t remember exactly). I only ran the 1600 and 3200 for one season, and my PRs were 5:07 and 11:0X (also a little fuzzy).
Finishing 2nd in State (TAPPS, Texas’ private school league) in cross-country, the 1600m, and the 3200m
3000m Steeplechase: 9:48
Running in the Olympic Track Trials (steeplechase) in a Rice singlet
Traveling the world as a Watson Fellow for one year right out of college, researching running cultures and training styles in almost 2 dozen countries, and then publishing a book about that journey in 2016 (Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey through Running Cultures around the Globe)
I’m part of 2 sets of twins, just one grade apart (both boy-girl sets)
Jim Bevan, 13 years and counting!
Mile repeats or long tempo runs
Dirt roads in Longmont and Niwot
Thai, Ethiopian, and Japanese
I love Ras Kassa and Community in Lafayette
Big range! Some favorites are Oh Wonder, Wild Rivers, and Bon Iver
Super into documentaries of all types, The Office, and Breaking Bad
Michael Pollan, Erik Larson, David Sedaris, David Grann
All the Pretty horses (McCarthy), Man’s Search for Meaning (Frankl), Cooked (Pollan), The Prophet (Gibran)
Instagram - @beckyswade
Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful podcast
My husband Will and my Ursuline and Rice teammates (can’t pick just one!)
Deena and Meb
Really into Simone Biles right now
I don’t have a timeline mapped out, but I’d like to write another book (or more), build a family, make some US teams, and travel far and wide!