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.
I began running as a sophomore in high school, when a basketball teammate wouldn’t quit asking me to attend a cross country workout. I finally did, intending it to be a one-time thing, but it quickly spiraled into two practices, then three, then a race, until finally I quit basketball altogether and became a runner. The coaches didn’t yell nearly so much! That led to a competitive running career at the University of Tampa, a post-collegiate spot with Rogue Athletic Club and the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.
How did you get into coaching?
I fell into a job with Rogue after returning from a year of traveling around Southeast Asia – this was another endeavor that I expected to be short-term, but instead has led to over four years of employment (I handle all of our graphic design, marketing and communications, among other things) and an extremely rewarding role as a coach.
The community! At the core we are a very local, very grassroots organization, but the community of runners is incredible and HUGE! It doesn’t just feel like family around here, it is – I love being part of such a unique, positive and passionate group.
What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?
I think that I do really well in the mentor role. I’ve been able to race at a very high level, but I’m also relatively new to the marathon and I find that I’m able to relate really well to all levels of marathoners – first-timers and those working to take it to the next level. I provide a lot of individual attention, REALLY wordy emails and truly care about everyone that I coach. I think that clear communication is key to success in a coach/athlete relationship, and I take the time for it. I also think that the process – the training – has to be enjoyable to be sustainable, so I try to keep the atmosphere lighthearted and fun (even during the toughest workouts). My runners are great and make that part easy!
Most memorable run?
That’s tough! The Olympic Trials was by far the most incredible race experience I’ve ever had – everything went right that day, and the crowd support was fantastic!
Otherwise, I’d have to pick a run in Morocco. I led a running trip there this past March (the first of many!), and the beautiful scenery combined with the realization of seeing this crazy idea take shape made it something I’ll never forget!
Favorite post-run meal?
Favorite Rogue long run route?
South Austin Ramble!
If you could give one piece of advice to a new runner, what would it be?
Consistency is everything! No matter how small the first steps are, keep taking them…they’ll get bigger. And don’t forget to enjoy the process!
What are you coaching next?
Winter Marathon – all November/December races. We just began this week, and I’m so excited about this group of people!
What do you do when you aren’t running or coaching?
Napping and eating! Just kidding…sort of. I’m a huge traveler, and it’s the one obsession that rivals running. I love gardening, cooking, photography,…anything outdoors.
Nope! See note on traveling above.
What’s the last book you read?
A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz (thanks to Steve Sisson for the loan!)
What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?
Lots and lots and lots of veggies. A gallon jar of Vietnamese chili/garlic sauce. And usually beer.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Impossible to pick one. Patagonia is high on the list, as are Bhutan and Nepal. And New Zealand! Everywhere I go just results in new additions to the list. I’ve been very lucky in that I usually get to fulfill my travel dreams.
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”
Allison’s next program is Winter Marathon, which will prepare runners for any November/December marathon (ie San Antonio, Philly, Dallas, CIM). The group began on July 9 – details here!