Meet the Coach: Stacey Shapiro

At Rogue, we believe that the success of our training programs rests not just upon expertly designed schedules and the huge network of resources and support on offer, but also upon our incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated coaches. These people put heart and soul (and a lot of time!) into helping you reach your full potential, and we thought you might like to learn more about them.

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Coach Stacey Shapiro

How did you get into running? Coaching?

I have always been active and grew up swimming and playing tennis, however I didn’t begin running until my 30’s. My cousin encouraged me to train for a triathlon in 2007. I was a walk/runner and hadn’t been on a bike for 20 years but am always up for a challenge. I joined Rogue and became an Iron Chick and was hooked. Since my weakest area at the time was running, I signed up for half marathon training. The rest is history!

After a few years of training for half marathons, I did my first half iron man (70.3 miles of swimming, biking, and running) and then decided to try a full marathon. I ran 5 full marathons my first year! I love training with others and have loved coaching, especially first timers training for half marathons. I love supporting my runners and helping them reach their goals!

What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?

As a first grade teacher I am very patient. (Don’t worry, I don’t treat my runners like kids but I do always make sure I have everyone and I know I have similar mannerisms when coaching as I do teaching.) I am energetic and enjoy motivating others and encouraging them to motivate themselves. I am approachable and can emphasize with my newbie runners because I was in their shoes not too long ago.

Most memorable run? Hmm…. of course my first half marathon (3M in Austin) and marathon (Austin Marathon) will always be memorable, but I also loved running the Goofy Challenge at Disney World. I ran the Donald Half Marathon on Saturday and the Mickey Marathon on Sunday which qualified me as “Goofy” earning an additional medal and shirt. I had never been to Disney World before and it was so much fun running through all of the parks and posing with the characters. I also loved running the Kona Half Marathon in Kona, Hawaii.

Favorite post-run meal?

That’s easy, breakfast tacos!

Favorite Rogue long run route?

I really like the St. Ed’s Route. (My favorite quality run would have to be the Marshes! I know you didn’t ask, but when I think about my favorite Rogue Workout that one always pops into my mind! )

If you could give one piece of advice to a new runner, what would it be?

With a little hard work and dedication, anything is possible!

What are you coaching next?

Intro to Rogue in July

What do you do when you aren’t running or coaching?

I teach 1st grade in Austin ISD. This is my 16th year teaching and I absolutely love it! I also have the privilege of training the new 1st grade teachers in my school district. I love traveling and try to do it often in my spare time.

What’s the last book you read?

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?

Flavored water from HEB. I love that stuff!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica but I would be willing to go almost anywhere!!!

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

I would like to run a marathon or half marathon in every state.

Favorite quote?

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A.A. Milne

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Stacey’s next program is Intro to Rogue, which gives beginners the chance to take their first steps and try out Rogue with minimal commitment. The group begins on July 10 – details here!

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