Meet the Coach: Amadora Puchol

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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208467_1889127142267_5819570_nWhen and why did you start running?

It goes back to when I lived in Barcelona, Spain and I ran a few local races in my home town at the age of 8 and 12 years old. At 18 years old, I started running more frequently, but just for the fun of it. Back then, I did not have running clothes or even running shoes. I ran with old heavy tennis shoes! It was not until I moved to the United States (Austin) that I developed a more serious interest for running.

How did you get into coaching?

Because I love running and I want to share my passion for running with others. I like experiencing the transformation of my runners. Coaching brings me a lot of joy.

Why Rogue?

I strongly believe that Rogue offers the best run training nationwide. Besides, we have the coolest running community!

What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?

My philosophy?  Very simple, “To teach my runners all I have learned through my own personal experiences. I have run numerous 5ks, 10ks and half marathons, 9 full marathons and one 50k trail ultra marathon. I have qualified for Boston three times (and ran it twice). I qualified and ran the NY marathon as well. My runners get the best running program they can get; I’m a very approachable coach. I make sure that all my runners have a very positive experience with Rogue and running with the team. By the end of the season, they are hungry for more!

Most memorable run?

It is very hard to choose only one.  I did my very first trail run in the summer of 2009, an 8 mile run in the greenbelt. I fell in love with trail running instantly! CIM (California International Marathon) gave my best personal time to this day.  I remember the pain and pride I felt during those 26.2miles! 3M 2011 was my NY qualifying time. I cried like a baby after I crossed the finish line. Tears of happiness!

Favorite post-run meal?

Chocolate milk and a boiled egg, hummus with celery or a protein smoothie.

Favorite Rogue long run route?

If running on the road…..My favorite route has to be the Mount Bonnell route. (I like the physical pain and mental challenge I feel when I’m running this hilly course. Plus, what a great view we have from Scenic Dr!). When running trails…I’m in love with Moon Shadow trails (they’re very technical and beautiful).

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

Don’t worry about your pace.  Relax, have fun and be consistent.  You will see results for sure!

What are you coaching next?

IBM 5K/10K Speed.  A great training program for the runners who want to focus this summer on speed before training for a longer distance or for the long distance runners who need a break from higher mileage but don’t want to lose their fitness level.

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

You’ll find me spending time with my family. The latest and greatest activity is SUP in the lake with my daughters Isabella and Andrea (8 and 6 yrs old). I enjoy discovering new local restaurants, watching movies or traveling shows, taking Core Power yoga classes (their sculpting class with weights is a killer!) and spending tons of time at Whole Foods (I can stare at the produce department for hours!).

Any pets?

Two Beta fish (Rainbow and can’t remember the other name “I’m a terrible mother!), our guinea pig Coco Loco Comer and Luisa, my 16 years old cat.

What’s the last book you read?

I’m currently reading “11minutes” from Paulo Coelho. I’m about to finish it.

What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?

Organic soy free eggs. Such a versatile protein!

If you were a vegetable, which one would you be?

No doubts I would be kale. I eat it raw, grilled, steamed and stir fried. I even add it to my juices and smoothies!

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

Mmm tough one.  There are so many places I want to see! The first places that come to my mind are Lake Como (Italy), New Zealand, the North and South of Africa and Turkey. I wish I could take a few years sabbatical and travel around the world.

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

Machu Picchu! Since I was 8 years old, I have had a fascination about the Inca civilization and their culture. My dream is to run the Machu Picchu marathon some day. Every time I see a picture of the ruins of Machu Picchu my heart skips a bit! I-must-go-there-some-day.

Favorite quote?

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it”

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Amadora’s next program is IBM 5K & 10K training, which will prepare runners for this popular October race (or any other race around it!). It begins Tuesday, July 9.

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One thought on “Meet the Coach: Amadora Puchol

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