Rogue’s Spring Marathon Pick: Chasing the new with the tried-and-true


by Allison Macsas

Springtime. It’s all about the new. A new season, new life, fresh starts, big goals! So, it’s in this spirit that we have chosen the Vancouver Marathon & Half Marathon as the spring destination race for Rogues in 2016.

But wait. Haven’t we gone to Vancouver en masse before? What about this whole new theme?

Well, you’ve got a point. Rogue runners have descended upon this race before, specifically in 2012 and again in 2014, so no, the event itself is nothing new. And when you add in several years of SeaWheeze Half Marathon attendance as well, the location itself is definitely nothing new.

10305334_10152233618963666_4632822413701579075_nBut, here’s the thing. Vancouver is tried and true when it comes to the one new thing that we all care about: NEW PRs!! The weather is nearly always brilliant.* The half marathon is blazing fast and the marathon, despite a rather challenging last bit around the seawall**, also delivers consistently fast finishes. Both races are incredibly scenic, and the city happens to be at its blue-skied, flowery best in May. With 5000 marathoners and 10000 half marathoners, the field is the perfect size – big enough to generate that magical race day energy and to draw lots of spectators, but small enough that you’re actually able to do what you came to do – RUN.

228618_657908089998_5356123_nOf course, the event is just part of the draw. We all know that the post-race festivities are just as important as the race itself (and let’s be honest… usually a lot more enjoyable too!). The city is packed with every type of food, drink and venue imaginable, all of which you can walk (I promise, it’ll help with recovery!) to. You can stay afterward and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas in North America: take the ferry, go to Whistler, visit the suspension bridge, explore the redwood forests, eat as much sushi*** as you possibly can.

Flights from Austin are reliably affordable, and while hotels near the race can be a bit spend-y, there is no need for a car rental or a taxi – the light rail will take you straight from the airport to wherever you need to go for a few dollars. Better yet, join up with your running friends and find a cool place to rent on airbnb – there are a zillion options, many of which are more affordable, more comfortable and a heck of a lot more memorable than a hotel room. Plus, you can get the inside scoop from some locals that way.

10176147_10152235417568666_6132313691518639592_nIn 2014 it put a huge smile on my face to hear the race announcer comment, as yet another Rogue crossed the finish line, “Wow! Another Austin runner!” and I’d love to see our crew show up in an even BIGGER way next spring. I’ll personally head to Vancouver in May for the fifth time, and while the neither event nor the destination will be anything new, I believe that it’s the perfect recipe for exactly I want – a fifth shiny new PR.

Ready? The race date is May 1, 2016 and you can register here. Then, get ready to train like you’ve never trained before (in kilometers!). We kick off on December 1sign up here.

*”Brilliant” is defined by me as a temperature between 38-48 degrees and dry conditions on the starting line. In 2014 it was wet and “miserable” was perhaps a better term, but everyone still ran fast, soooo…

**It’s beautiful, but quiet and lonely on the seawall. But even if there were crowds, it’s the last 10K…it’s gonna hurt. Prepare your mantras in advance.

***And pho and ramen and everything else


AAEAAQAAAAAAAAMBAAAAJGZhZmVmYWVlLWUxODQtNGI3OS1iMmNhLTM1NmUxNjM3OWY0NwAllison has worn many hats at Rogue over the years, from graphic designer and marketing director to coach and co-founder of Rogue Expeditions. She spends most of her time globetrotting between RE trips these days, but always makes sure to leave the Vancouver race weekend open.

Riff Raff in Portland

by Phil “Panther” Carmical, coach of Rogue Riff Raff

–Sparkles (Emily McCoy) ran a blistering 3:04 marathon to capture 8th overall woman and PR by 9 minutes! In a big marathon like Portland, this is not an easy feat. She is a huge talent, with a natural ability and a very bright future in the world of running! I am very proud of her and her accomplishment, and I’m very happy that she’s found a home with us in Riff Raff.

–But let’s not forget “Mr. Sparkles,” (Justin McCoy), who ran a 3:45 in his first ever marathon. Justin followed his training plan to a T, and it was a pleasure to watch him transform this past season from someone who runs occasionally into a true marathoner who has a very bright future as a runner. It’s very satisfying as a coach to watch someone follow your training and accomplish great things like that. 

–Peaches (Stephanie Thompson) had everything going against her. She has been sick for a couple of months, now, from gastroenteritis to other ailments, and she missed a huge chunk of her training. We talked just weeks before the race about how she needed to change her expectations for this race, but I have to say that I am more impressed with her than ever before. There’s one thing you can’t count her out on, and that’s HEART. She has tons and tons of heart, and that’s something you can’t measure with a clock. Peaches has many PRs in her future, and I’m proud that she gutted it out today and ran the full marathon, even though she wasn’t anywhere near being fully prepared. She will be for the next one.

–I think it’s safe to say that Cakes (Lee Christy) it into our little run group from day one. I knew that she was one of us, and I am very proud of her performance in her very first marathon. I hope that there are many more, as a Riff Raffer, and I think that Cakes has a wonderful future. I’m really happy that she has joined our little band, and Tuesdays are always better when she’s there.  Like Justin, Cakes followed my plan to a T, and she is now a marathoner!

–Clairsonic (Sean Anderson) ran the half, and, although he didn’t do as well as he had hoped, he said that this experience made him want to re-commit himself to running harder and train for a 4-hour marathon. He will run a 4-hour marathon, sooner rather than later. 

–Finally, (Suellen Adams) ran the half with Glenda Adams as well and I have to say that we all still think of you two as Riff Raff. Thanks for representing with us!  Riff Raff for life!

Finally, thanks to everyone else who supported the runners and sent me texts and reports throughout the trip. I wish I had been there with you all, and it looked like you had a great time. Often, we forget how difficult it is to travel across the country to support friends in a race when we’re not racing ourselves. It’s a selfless, wonderful act, and it’s what we’re all about here in Riff Raff.  Congratulations, everyone!

Goodbye Rogue, Community that I Love.

By Jeff Knight

I remember the day well: July 20th 2006. I was sitting in a small dormitory in Wilmington DE, where I lived for the summer, watching the Tour de France. Stage 17 was a critical day. An epic day really.

Stage 16 was highlighted by a ridiculous blow-up on the part of Floyd Landis, the American hopeful for the GC at the Tour that year (GC = yellow jersey). Stage 17 was difference. On a nasty day with 5 huge climbs, Landis made a ridiculous breakaway with 120K to go. Practically motoring up the hills, Landis made back nearly 7 minutes on the day to catapult himself back into 3rd place overall.

Needless to say, I was motivated.

Unfortunately, (comically, maybe) we now know that performance was pharmacologically aided. At the time though, it didn’t matter, I was motivated.

At that time in Delaware, I was a bit overweight and definitely consuming more beers than miles ran but, for whatever reason, that day reignited a fire that took me to the place I am now in.


I grew up running. I never ran collegiately or anything like that but running is in my blood. My mother was a collegiate runner back in the 80s, and she instilled the routine early in my childhood. I ran my first 5k at 8-or-so-years-old. I ran track and cross-country in HS but my motivation for running wasn’t right. I left high school swearing I’d never run again.

And I didn’t….for a while at least.

For whatever reason, that Tour de France experience made something click. Had I had a bike at that time, I probably would’ve done that but whether it was fate or coincidence, I only had running shoes. So running is what I did.

Fast-forward a few years, a few half marathons and a few marathons; I had a serendipitous meeting with, one, Steve Sisson at the Barton Springs Trail Head of the Greenbelt. I knew of Steve from a Statesman article describing the then nascent Rogue Athletic Club’s pursuit of a USATF grant. We chatted for a bit, I wished him luck and then went for my run.

At that point in time I was already fascinated with exercise physiology. While I was a classically trained biochemist, I became fond of human performance research. I grew so fond of it that I finished up a master’s in biochemistry to pursue graduate work in exercise physiology, specifically performance.

In parallel to that pursuit of exercise physiology, I had begun to think about coaching. I worked as a teaching assistant throughout my undergraduate and graduate career. I liked teaching and to me, coaching was really an extension of that. Teaching a subject people wanted to learn.

Naturally, I cold-emailed Steve after our Greenbelt meeting. I reached out about a position as a volunteer assistant at UT, where I knew he coached at the time. While I had no coaching experience or collegiate running experience (two veritable prerequisites for college coaching), I sold myself as a budding coach with a love of teaching and strong knowledge of running physiology.

He politely (kind of) told me I could not coach with him at UT. It was a one-sentence email.

He did, however, tell me about a position with Rogue AC as an assistant coach. Clearly I had no choice. I had to take it.

Door opened.

That was February of 2010. Fast forward to 2015, I can authentically say the last 5 years have been some of the most amazing of my life. In that time frame I coached Rogue AC, helped start Marathon High, acted as training manager for Rogue Downtown and, eventually, lead me to act as the Training Director of Rogue Running. More importantly, I made incredible relationships during that time.

An End

As those 5 years have passed, I find myself entering a new phase in my life. A phase that would never had been entered had I not had the last 5 years. Friday, August 21st 2015 is my final day to act as Training Director for Rogue Running. While I will continue to serve as a Downtown Team Rogue coach, I will no longer act as a “the person that forces everyone to run up way too many hills on a Saturday morning.” Steve and Carolyn will take over Downtown training with help from Jen Harney, our CP Training Manager.

It is not clear what new role I will enter, but it is clear that I need to enter that role. I feel compelled to seek new challenges and new opportunities professionally. That decision, though, was not easy. I really love and have loved my job(s) with Rogue.

I am eternally grateful to Steve Sisson and Ruth England for giving me an opportunity to coach when I had no business coaching. I loved my time learning to coach Team Rogue with John Schrup; which inevitably lead me to realize my love for coaching adult runners. I’ve loved my time spent with Chris McClung, Carolyn Mangold and, most recently, Jen Harney as we’ve tried to figure out how keep Rogue doing amazing things. I am grateful for the time spent with Allison Macsas bouncing around marketing ideas, graphics and rolling t-shirts for the Austin Marathon expo. I am grateful for…. wow…. so many more. I’ve had the honor of working with so many amazing people over the years that there is no way I can cover them all here.

But, most of all, I’ve loved this community. Whether its our community coaches – who have a billion other things to do in their “real lives”, yet find the time to encourage and motivate others – or our community in general, that love runs deep. Nothing quite beats seeing the beaming smiles on a Saturday morning after the first 10-mile long run. Or the joy that comes from meeting a goal; whether that goal was a time goal, completing all of the Marathon Majors or, simply running a first 5k.

“But, most of all, I’ve loved this community.”

The craziest thing to me about this experience was it seemed like the more I put into Rogue, the more I got out. It’s true. I love hills and I am a bit of a masochist. Yet, whenever I’ve asked the community to join me in that craziness, the community never blinked an eye. (Shhh….I wont tell…I know y’all are masochists as well)

Whenever the training intensity was increased, it was adopted with open arms. Whenever changes or improvements were made at Rogue (things that kept us all up at night), they were understood and invited. Whenever we moved from the eastside to the west side (with a lot more hills), the community moved with us.

You see, all of us working at Rogue understand that Rogue is bigger than any one person. Rogue is rooted in the community. So as people in leadership positions have come and gone, Rogue has continued to do what its always done: change lives through running.

For that, I feel honored to be a part of the community. I feel proud to have guided the community. And whatever life brings next, I know I will be better for the experience I have had and will continue to have with this community.

With Love,

Jeff Knight

Former Training Director, Current Team Rogue Coach, Permanent Masochist

The Church of the Long Run

By Steve Sisson, Founder

There is this very peculiar ritual that occurs on weekends all around the world. Tribes of fools gather, or embark solo, to intentionally bring great suffering upon themselves. Many of these strange denizens of the road awaken at hours even Army Rangers and Navy Seals consider ridiculously early. This not a masochistic cult or a cabal of NSSI addicts; though “addict” is a term these athletes would likely, if begrudgingly, cop to. Instead, this is a celebration of the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other, over and over and over again; sometimes fast, sometimes slowly, week after week. Religiously. We call it The Church of the Long Run. The church I am a member of meets at 5:30 or 6:30am every Saturday. It’s called Rogue Running.


Call me crazy, but I believe there is something special going at 410 Pressler and 2800 Whitestone, just as there was when we were on the Eastside and before that at RunTex on S. 1st Street. Anyone who has been at Rogue on Saturday can attest that there is something magical about the experience of few hundred people gathering together to share their suffering.

To me, one of the truly amazing aspects of the Rogue experience is that much of what makes the programing so impactful was completely unintended. My goal in starting Rogue was to provide elite level training to anyone with the will and desire to stick to the six month, physically and mentally challenging program. If they completed the program, they would complete a marathon. The initial vision was towards results, even if for most in our program the result was just getting to the finish line. Along the way the commitment of serious, focused athletes of all levels coalesced into a powerful, life-changing community.

I didn’t realize before Rogue how powerful the group experience can be. To me, the sport of long distance running was always about a singleminded, lonely pursuit of numbers. Whether the focus was on the numbers at the front of your name (place) or the at the back of your name (time) or both, the ends justified the means. The experience of being a Rogue dramatically expanded my experience of being a runner and even of being a human. While there has always been the intent to foster community I have been completely unprepared for that community to become a family.


Each of these families are the direct product of a coach: an experienced guide who believes in the life affirming power of a running program, in general, and the unique opportunity the long run provides to challenge one’s preconceived limits. We are all motivated by further and faster. We’ve grown up in a goal driven society and it takes something very special to take us out of an acquisitional mode and into process driven mentality. I believe that it is this transition, from the “me-and-my-results” to “the experience-and-those-who-experience-it-with-me” viewpoint that is the difference between a group of people running together and The Church of the Long Run. To put it frankly, we all want “more”. We struggle to define what “more” is until we are sharing our innermost secrets with near strangers on a 20 mile run. Yes, it’s weird. Perhaps it is socially unacceptable. But we’ve all been there; and in that moment, on that long run, it seems entirely appropriate; necessary even. Our definition of family broadens beyond the confines of blood in the veins to blood spilled. I do not think the battlefield analogy is too strained.

What is this experience, and why does it affect those of us who have experienced it so strongly? I don’t know. I am not a sociologist or psychologist; I am a coach. And I know what magic feels like and the Church of the Long Run is absolute magic. On Saturday, September 5th please join us at Rogue Running to celebrate this magic of Church of the Long Run. If you are already a Rogue and want to share this and the impact the Rogue training experience has made in your life, then we ask you to invite a friend a friend to join us at 6:45am. If you are reading this and are not already a member of Rogue we welcome you to join us at 6:45am to see what it’s all about.


Steve Sisson is a beer connoisseur (read: snob), coach of Team Rogue: Dawn Patrol and the founder of Rogue Running. To pick his brain on all things running, drop him a line at

Shoe Review: The New Balance Vazee Pace, Metaphorically Speaking.

by Chris McClung

Your grandma’s pie. A snow cone on a hot Austin day. Deep conversation with old friends. A dip in the Springs. Coffee and a good book in your favorite chair. Your own bed after the perfect vacation. There are certain things in life that make you feel at home. For those who love a light, firm, and perfectly cushioned (not too much, not too little) shoe, the New Balance Vazee Pace is here. You can come home.


So good, she glows.

A firm, responsive shoe is a dying breed, and, even if you don’t know it, that’s sad news for the runners out there. The trend in running retail is to make midsoles softer and softer because that’s what sells – the plush, “oooohhh-aahhhh” feeling of the initial step-in (thats a tech term). The problem is that running in a soft midsole is like sleeping on a soft mattress, leading to a sore back. Your muscles and tendons are working over time to pull you out of that soft foam, which can definitely increase fatigue and potentially increase injury risk whether in your back or feet. Plus, in a soft shoe, you become more disconnected with the ground, making it more difficult for your body to adapt to what’s under foot.

Adidas running used to lead the charge with predominantly firm midsoles in their line-up, but sadly, they were losing the battle of the shoe floor (b/c it is harder to sell a firm shoe) and, thus, opted to switch to the softer Boost midsole foam. And while the current Adidas Boston Boost and Adios Boost are still pretty firm (thanks to the mix of Boost and more traditional EVA foam their midsoles), the shoes are indeed softer than their pre-Boost counterparts. Those of us like me, who loved the firm, poppy-fast feeling of the old Adidas line-up, have been largely without a home in the past few years. [Note: a few have migrated successfully to the firm, Mizuno options like the Wave Rider, Sayonara, or Hitogami but none of those work well for me personally.] After trying other options, I came back to the Adidas Adios Boost and Boston Boost as the best available options for me, but something has still been missing in my life.

“Last week I ran in this shoe twice, on back-to-back runs….straight out of the box. It could not have been better. Smooth. Disappears on-your-foot good.”

Enter the New Balance Vazee Pace. Last week I ran in this shoe twice, on back-to-back runs; the first run was 10 miles and the second was 17 miles. And, by the way, this was, straight out of the box. It could not have been better. Smooth. Disappears on-your-foot good. As I alluded above, it was like I had been on an amazing, long vacation and was reminded how good my own bed felt again. The vacation was great too, but boy did I miss my own bed. If the Adidas Boston 4 (pre-Boost) died and was reincarnated with a wider toe box and a New Balance logo, the Vazee Pace is it. Firm, light, responsive. It would be perfect as a lightweight trainer for anyone already comfortable training in the Brooks Launch, Adidas Boston, Mizuno Wave Sayonara, or New Balance Zante, OR as a speed shoe for anyone already going long in the Brooks Ghost, Mizuno Wave Rider, Saucony Ride or Adidas Glide Boost.


The shoe weighs only 6.5 ounces for women (size 7) or 7.5 ounces for men (size 9), but it feels like more cushioning than the weight implies thanks to the super light RevLite foam (which has been in the NB 890 and 1400 for a while). The heel-toe drop is 6 mm, which is relatively flat for those that like low drops but won’t shred the calves for those dropping down from the traditional 10-12mm drop options. The toe box is wide giving your toes plenty of room to splay and work independently, but it isn’t too wide for someone with a narrow foot like mine. Although I didn’t need to, you might consider going down a half size if you like a snugger feel in the forefoot. One other highlight is the soft, stay-tight, silky-smooth laces, which are often an afterthought on most shoes these days.


Them some smoooooth laces.

This shoe has similar specs (both weight and heel-toe drop) to the New Balance Zante, and although they are built on the same last, the two feel distinct. The Zante is softer, less responsive, fits snug throughout the foot and has an interesting “rocker” feel in the transition (which doesn’t exist for the smoother Vazee Pace). For those that love the Zante, the Vazee Pace might still fit in your portfolio of shoes, perhaps for your faster days.


Unlike the Zantee, the “tread” is discontinuous.

For me, the more-cushioned Vazee immediately enters the regular rotation for my easy runs while, also, stepping in for a long run on occasion. However, the Adios Boost stays as my trusty quality-workout shoe – at least until the original Adios comes back in January (yes, you heard that right!). At that point, my shoe rotation will be back where I need it – light, firm, and responsive all the way through… like déjà vu with my favorite comfort food. Join me for a taste. You won’t regret it.


Chris McClung is our fear-less leader at Rogue Running, our CRO (chief running officer).  You can find him on the roads, leading his Morning Show crew or chasing his kiddos.  Or, possibly, looking for the next pecan pie. 

Shoe Review: Wave Sayonara 3

By James Dodds


Today (errrr…July 1st, 2015) we got this big shipment from UPS and behold the Sayonara 3 was in it. Bus & I … you know Bus, Austin Bussing, former Longhorn, super fast, made the finals in the 3000 meters in the steeple this year at the US Championships and clocked an 8:38 PR …. Yeah that guy  – Bus:


You can see the fast.

So Bus and I were working together and before we put items in the system or place new boxes on the shelves we first “inspect.” We want to know what’s going on with the update before it goes on a customer’s foot. Bus’ initial reaction was that it looked “Retro. In a good way.” The mesh that forms the upper actually looks like those old school basketball jerseys from 7th grade athletics. You know the ones your coaches had you turn in after practice so they could “wash them.” Anyway, the holes in those old jerseys were a little larger and therefore more breathable. So our first observation included, “A breathable upper with a retro look.”


Retro, breathable upper.

Mizuno’s website calls the mesh, “Airmesh” and says, “it is breathable and cool and maintains a high standard of breathability and comfort.” Smooth move Mizuno! Especially considering the only complaint on the Sayonara 2 was the upper itself. And kudos on the retro look because you know how those Millennials are … Instead of moving forward, they like to reach back and wear mustaches and rock their “Grandpa’s hand-me-downs.” #LoveMeSomeMacklemore

So then we put it on and gave it the ole “feel test.” First thing Bus said was, “It’s definitely more substantial.” Jeff Knight thinks it looks like a “Wave Rider on a diet.” Me? I called it the baby Wave Rider.

Looking lean.

Looking lean.

Anything wrong with that? Absolutely not! I have put plenty of miles in the Rider and think maybe Mizuno was wanting to take the successes of the Rider itself and simply deliver a lower profile version. If that’s the case, then way to go Mizuno! Way to go! If that was not the goal, then what are you people doing? Only kidding …. What do I mean by baby Wave Rider? I mean it has a substantial heel that drops off into a flexible forefoot.



This shoe must do yoga,

The heel in both the Rider and Sayonara are both firm and tall. You notice it’s there. So when it comes to long mileage you definitely feel secure. But what you use it for is your call. If you like to race marathons and half marathons in the Adios, Cloud Racer, NB 1400, or Go Mebs, then the Sayonara 3 could be a fantastic long run shoe that provides a lift in the heel and therefore rest for the Achilles. On the flip side, if you spend most of your miles in a Ghost, Ride, Glide, Rider, or Strada then the Sayonara will be your next quality workout/racing shoe. So again, it depends on what you use them for … but before we leave the “feel test” category can I make another comment? Yeah, I can because I am writing this damn review so deal with it!

So Mizuno’s insert actually feels quite nice. It has a “gel-like” feel when you first step in. But anyone who runs in Mizunos knows that they are traditionally firmer due to the wave plate. You eventually bump up against a small piece a plastic that gives you are firmer and more responsive feel. So they have done a great job with the insole because it makes for a comfy/soft step-in feel while maintaining the traditional responsiveness of a Mizuno.



In addition, the tongue is “puffy.” Sorry, I couldn’t think of a better adjective. It is soft and puffy. Cozy, if you will. That’s a good thing. No on wants the tongue of a shoe slipping around on you. Anyway, let’s move on to a better thought.

When I showed it to Chris McClung he said it reminded him of the Mizuno Wave Precision which hasn’t been around since like 2012 (how does this guy remember that stuff?). He has a point. This rendition definitely feels like Mizuno is saying, “Hey, guys, sorry we had it right and then we changed it. Now we are getting right back to … right!” Does history matter though? Not now. All that matters is that they got it right. And yes, I am saying, “They got it right!” The Sayonara 3 is #right and #solid. (Yes that’s a hashtag … two of them!). This shoe is in the same category as the Launch 2. It has a slightly firmer and more responsive feel but very similar in style and function. Their heel to toe drops are similar, falling somewhere between 10-12 mm but the Launch actually weighs slightly more. We’re only talking .4 – .6 ounces difference but nonetheless there is a difference. Mizuno’s website list the weight as 8.4 oz but I am never sure which size & style that refers to so I weighed the Men’s Launch 2 size 11.5 in at 11 oz even and the Men’s Wave Sayonara 3 size 11.5 at 10.4 oz. So in reference to another, the Sayonara is slightly lighter than the Brook’s Launch 2 and just a tad bit heavier than the NB Zante. So we did all we could to “feel them out” and in the end they passed the test. But our final thought was on price.

No one wants to find a Zante or Launch alternative and then have to pay twice as much. So Bus double-checked the price and sure enough they come in appropriately. At $110 they are only $10 more than a Zante & Launch but $10 -$20 cheaper than a Boracay, Adios, or Clifton.

In conclusion, we find the Sayonara 3 to be a lightweight neutral trainer that passes the test. It has a comfy step-in feel that delivers the traditional responsiveness of the Mizuno family line-up. It’s retro look is sure to please your uncle Joe who ran before running was cool and your cousin Jake who has a mustache and thinks he is bringing running back. It stands up against the Launch 2 & the Zante but best of all it doesn’t break the bank. Coming in at $110 the light weight, neutral, retro looking, baby Wave Rider A.K.A. Wave Sayonara 3 is


11048612_10205148707529826_3643628134334924916_nJames Dodds is the Rogue Downtown Assistant Manager. He’s a thinker, may have missed his call as a preacher and, fortunately for him, has a pretty awesome wife. You can catch him on the floor downtown or on the road with his crew, Bods by Dodds. He primarily speaks in hashtags. #also

Originally posted on Rogue AC:

Attribution Theory/An Open Thank You Letter to Rogue

By: Austin “the Bus” Bussing

A little over a week has passed since the conclusion of the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (hereafter abbreviated as USAs). I had the time of my life in Eugene, met some great people, learned a lot about myself, and ran a couple of good races as well- finishing 12th in my first ever US steeplechase final with a PR of 8:38. In the afterglow of my experience at USAs, I’ve done a lot of thinking about how I arrived at this point in my life- where I seem to be poised on the precipice of accomplishing goals that once existed only in my imagination. Through this introspection, I keep coming back to my feeling of immense gratitude towards the Rogue Running community. It is this community, this nurturing network of incredible individuals that…

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