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.
As a boy, I would watch my Dad go out for neighborhood runs. After growing tired of being told I was too young to go along, I followed him around a ½ mile field without him ever knowing. I was 4! As an adult, I volunteered at a triathlon and witnessed all ages, abilities, shapes, and sizes doing something great for themselves and said “why not me?”
How did you get into coaching?
I look back at the physical and mental transformation I went through after joining Rogue with tremendous pride. I also met many people along the way who were new to running or coming back after a long absence and saw the pride and satisfaction on their faces and bonded with that. I wanted to help runners through their journey the same way my coaches have done for me.
I initially followed my wife, Jennifer, after a season with another program. She came home raving about the sense of community she felt and how at ease she quickly felt after walking in unsure and intimidated. I had a longer history with running and triathlon but was struggling with training consistently and not finishing strong at races. My reasons for staying have grown in multitude and very much helped me grow in my personal and work life.
What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?
I strongly believe that a person gets the most out of endurance running when they can be consistent and stay healthy. So helping a runner define, understand, and commit to the right amount of effort during the workouts and learn what recovery really is is key. My style is positive, unyielding can-do spirit combined with learning as much about the runners I coach as they will allow. The more I know, the better I can be at picking the right amount of challenge in the workouts.
Most memorable run?
Not a fair question. Chasing my Dad when I was 4, running the NYC marathon 6 weeks after 9-11, running the London marathon in 2012. Running in Paris the week after. Should I go on?
Favorite post-run meal?
Anything involving friends, coffee, and breakfast food!
Favorite Rogue long run route?
The variety is awesome and is a great way to learn about different parts of the city, but my personal favorites involve any route that takes me through downtown, around the Capital, and through the UT campus and comes back down Duval. Feels like flying!
If you could give one piece of advice to a new runner, what would it be?
I notice some new runners are very hard on themselves when they first start. Not necessary or beneficial in any way. Confidence in your ability in the long-term and a willingness to learn over time wins the day.
What are you coaching next?
I”m currently coaching Winter Half Marathon downtown. Early birds and those challenged with getting it all in are welcome!
What do you do when you aren’t running or coaching?
I am focused on a series of triathlons this year, so lots of swimming and biking. I’m studying Spanish trying to become legitimately bi-lingual, and I like to travel. Headed to Vancouver, Cabo, Berlin and Italy in the Summer and Fall for a couple of races for fun and vacation.
Kennedy, my thugerella 3 year old Ridgeback.
What’s the last book you read?
Start Something That Matters, Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Founder
What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?
Boring answer here. Greek yogurt.
If you were a vegetable, which one would you be?
Probably a mushroom. I’m mellow, meaty go well with many other things.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
That’s a long list. Corsica and Southern France, New Zealand, Spain, Tahiti.
What is one to-do on your bucket list?
A ½ Ironman (coming this October) and a full Ironman (2014)
Ooh. Weak topic for me. What’s doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I feel like I should have a Gandhi or Dalai Lama quote ready.
Scott is currently coaching Winter Half Marathon, which will prepare runners for any November/December half marathon (ie San Antonio, Philly, Dallas). The group began on July 10 – details here!