Meet the Coach: Amy Anderson

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.


amybostonHow did you get into coaching?

In 2000 or 2001 (I forget) there was an all-call for coaches for the Capital 10k and people said I’d be good at it.  I haven’t quit since.

Why Rogue?

I’m an “Original Rogue Coach”.  When Steve, Ruth and Carolyn formed Rogue, I was already coaching for them and I’d never go anywhere else.

What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?

Well, I’ll be honest.  I’m not much of a cheerleader, and I don’t think everyone deserves a gold star.  That said, I tend to invest in the athletes – whether experienced or inexperienced – who invest in me.  There’s a saying, “When all else fails, try doing what your coach told you to.”  I know absolutely that when a runner puts their trust in me, is honest with me, and we’ve worked together to come up with a plan, then they’re going to be successful.  I’ll do everything in my power to make it happen.

Most memorable run?

Boston 2010 when I ran my personal best marathon.  It was magical. A close 2nd in magical memories would have to be the New York City marathon, where I finished up my first ever 70-mile week (i.e. “no taper”) closing in Central Park with a 15-minute BQ and a huge smile.

Favorite post-run meal?

Coffee. I know I’m supposed to say something all carb-y and protein-y, but please.  Give me coffee.

Favorite Rogue long run route?

Any long run with Team Rogue and my chickens (team-mates).

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

Join Rogue!  You can run further and faster than you ever dreamed you could.

What are you coaching next?

Winter Marathon.  A big group of my repeat offenders… err, returning runners… are registered for the Philadelphia Marathon.  But I also expect to have folks who stay closer to home and run something in Texas.

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

I am so happy in my kitchen.  I love to cook. I love to bake.  Honestly, I don’t even mind cleaning up. I’m that happy in my kitchen.

Any pets?

A little kitty recently adopted me.  I’m calling her Gattini, which I think is Italian for “little kitty”. She’s very petite.

What’s the last book you read?

The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar.  It’s set in contemporary India and tells the stories of Bhima, who lives in a slum and Sera, the upper-middle class woman that Bhima works for.  Their lives almost couldn’t be closer or further apart.

What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?

Veuve Clicquot.  You never know when you might need to celebrate something.

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

I eat A. Lot. of vegetables, but I don’t want to be one!

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

Goa.  I nicknamed one of my savings accounts “GoaFund”.

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

I’d like to run 10 consecutive Boston Marathons. I’ve run it 6 times, 5 years consecutively so far.

Favorite quote?

“Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.”


Amy’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 10 – details here!

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