Meet the Coach: Angel Mulhern

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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angelWhen and why did you start running?

Running has always been a part of my life.  My earliest memories of running involve running through the pastures of our family farm in rural Wisconsin.  In my twenties, I became interested in completing a marathon, so I looked up a Hal Higdon training schedule online and ran the Chicago Marathon.

How did you get into coaching?

I heard James Dodds, a Rogue coach, talk about how some people love to run and only run and others love to share their love of running through coaching.  Immediately, I approached him and said, “I want to share my love of running with others.”

Why Rogue?

After following Hal Higdon’s advice for a number of marathons, I wanted to try training with a group.  I heard great things about Rogue, and loved the welcome I received every time I walked into the Rogue store.

What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?

Running should be fun!  Not every run will be pleasurable, certainly not every race, but with persistence, training, and support, everyone can learn to enjoy the experience of running.

Most memorable run?

By far, my most memorable run took place in Maseru, Lesotho, Africa, where I volunteered to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.  I stayed there for almost a month, while training for my first marathon.

One morning, my training schedule called for a ten-mile run.  I knew the route from our lodging to the housing site was roughly ten miles, and I was very familiar with the roads, as we had traveled those six days a week for two weeks.

With my twenty-something fearless, naive attitude, I took off running through the foreign streets of Maseru.  I considered the perils of my solo run as I approached a large crowd of hundreds of unemployed citizens gathered outside a factory.  I slowed and approached with much trepidation.

Suddenly, the people spotted me and turned to greet me with their two handed wave.  They smiled, called out, “Khotso!” which means peace, and made way for me to run directly through their huge assembly.  I responded by smiling and returning their generous greeting.  They cheered louder for me. I smiled broader, ran faster, and felt like an Olympic runner.  Even in the moment, I knew it would be hard to beat such an incredible experience.

Favorite post-run meal?

I should say a banana and chocolate milk, but then I’d be lying.  Most of the time, I eat a banana, but on rare occasions I indulge in a cinnamon roll and coffee at Mozart’s.

Favorite Rogue long run route?

Call me strange, but I like to run long by myself (quiet and solitude are rare treasures for a stay at home mom), but I do enjoy the challenge and camaraderie of Rogue’s “Run from Hell.”

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

Be patient!  Learning to enjoy running takes a LONG time.  Don’t expect instant results.  Instead, relax, walk when you need to, be persistent in your training, and rely on the experience and support of others to guide you toward your goals.

What are you coaching next?

Intro to Rogue in Cedar Park

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

When I’m not running or coaching, you can find me chasing after my two children.  When my two year old and four year old let me, I’m reading, cooking, and discovering our great city with my husband.

Any pets?

Emma, a hairy, lovable, Old English Sheepdog

What’s the last book you read?

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?

Beer

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

Is a sweet potato a vegetable?

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

I’d love to explore Thailand.

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

Write a book.

Favorite quote?

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” ― Garth SteinThe Art of Racing in the Rain

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Angel’s next program is Intro to Rogue, a four week program that offers beginners a chance to take their first steps and try out Rogue with minimal commitment. Details here!

 

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