Chris Hayday

Age: 32

5k 19:22
10k 41:06
Half-marathon 1:31:12
Marathon 3:27:54

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 20's to 40's per week

When Did You Start Running? I ran cross country and track in high school, but I did not begin to run seriously until 1998. I began running to get back into shape and the running bug bit, and bit me hard! I decided to run a marathon and registered for my second one before I completed that first one.

Who Is Your Running Role Model? Who Has Influenced You Most In Running? Emil Zatopek, Katherine Switzer and Joan Benoit Samuelson. Zatopek had, by his own admission, little talent and he proves what can be accomplished with hard work, dedication and the good, old-fashioned gut-check. I respect Katherine Switzer for her fearlessness and refusal to accept what she knew to be untrue. Her entering the 1967 Boston marathon is on the order of Rosa Parks, and threw the door wide open for both women and men to realize that anyone can run if they are willing to put in the work. Joanie is just an incredible person and has been one of running's greatest ambassadors- she's both open & friendly and as fierce a competitor as they come.

What Is Your Favorite Workout? tempo runs, eight miles or so. I really enjoy settling into that pace that is just on the edge of uncomfortable. I also love the 18 and 20 milers that just go perfectly; I don't get too many of those so I savor them. My favorite race would have to be the Dane County (WI.) dog jog, where race slogans have included "watch your step" and "2 miles. 12 fire hydrants". It's a fundraiser for the humane society and you run with your dog. At the start, all the runners go forward and all the dogs go every way but forward. It's a blast!

Favorite Training Route: eight to 12 miles on the mkt. I could run this every day and never get bored.

Personal Info and Interests: I challenged myself to do 51 by 51- complete 51 marathons (one in all 50 states and dc) by age 51. Chicago made number eight. When I'm not running, I enjoy playing with my wife & two kids and our two dogs, and I try to get in a good ski trip every year or so. I'm also a political junkie.