Meet the Coach: James Dodds

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.


ImageWhen and why did you start running?

Started running in 2008 to feel that sense of completion from finishing a marathon.  Kept running to lose weight, feel proud, meet friends, make sense of life, and all that jazz!

How did you get into coaching?

Spent my Saturdays and Sunday for two years asking John Schrup EVERY question there is related to running, injuries, shoes, and all that jazz! Spent one year shadowing Bobby Garcia and eventually took on my own programs.

Why Rogue?

Rogue is where I first learned to grapple with the marathon and believe in myself through the grappling.

What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?

I make running matter. It matters in and of itself. But it so much more than running in my group. It is life’s lesson/metaphor.

Most memorable run?

Running Big Fire with Brian, Jordan, and Ed. I was hungover and grumpy. They laughed. I cut off a mile and hid in the bushes to rest and then jumped out to scare them. They witnessed and accepted the best and worst of me in 16 (well 15) miles.

Favorite post-run meal?

Evening Run – 24 Diner burger, add a fried egg, fries on the side, & IPA to wash it down.

Morning – Tacos most anywhere – probably Dirty Sanchez & Monk Special at Torchy’s

Favorite Rogue long run route?

The one that goes down Congress, past St. Eds and into south Austin.


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

Consistency trumps intensity. Don’t fall prey to the too-too rule – too much too soon. Buy in to the long term development approach.

What are you coaching next?

The Austin Marathon program, starting September 4.

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

Hang out with Jordan Dodds, drink coffee, drink wine, and talk too much!

Any pets?

Blue and Red (Dog and Cat respectively)

 What’s the last book you read?

The Perfect Mile – I highly recommend it.

What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?


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


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

French wine country

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

Sub 3 marathon

Favorite quote?

Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: life.

– Bowerman


James will be coaching the Austin Marathon program on Tuesday nights at Rogue downtown. The program begins September 4, 2013 – get details here!


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