Meet the Coach: Marilyn Faulkner

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.


MarilynWhen and why did you start running?

I started running in 2004 to get into better shape and to get outside while doing it.  I had heard so many great things about the Town Lake Trail, so I thought I’d better go check it out.  The rest is history!

How did you get into coaching?

My first Rogue experience was as a beginning triathlete in the Iron Chicks training program.  I was so positively affected by the experience as an athlete, I knew I wanted to be a part of that type of motivation and education on a leadership level.  I educated myself in the sport of triathlon and started out as a beginning coach for Iron Chicks the following year.

Why Rogue?

Rogue is one of the most, no, the most authentic organization I have ever been a part of.  From day one of stepping into Rogue I knew it was different.  This place and these people allow you to be yourself, support you in your goals, and are there for you every literal step of the way, no matter your experience level.  And they do it because they love it.  That was so obvious and unique.

What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?

I’m a motivating and caring coach.  I help you to find what you do really well and help you to recognize and believe in it.  I also highlight and help you with what you’re struggling with, all in a positive way.  I consider it an honor and privilege to be a Rogue coach and treat it as such.

Most memorable run?

Wow – so tough!  Probably would have to be the Austin Marathon in 2012.  It was my first marathon so you know that’s special.  There’s nothing like it.  Close runners up would have to be my first triathlon ever, the Trek Women’s Tri, and the Big Bend Ultra Run.  Time just hasn’t touched Big Bend and it’s amazing to run there.

Favorite post-run meal?

The immediate gratification of eating a Clif or LUNA bar while doing footdrills around Rogue’s little footdrill track is my fave.  Seems like I begin visualizing that bar around the last 3-5 miles of my LR and can’t wait to have it!  After I get home, whatever leftovers are there and an Odwalla SuperFood green drink.

Favorite Rogue long run route?

St. Ed’s route!  It runs right through my neighborhood so extra bonus points for me each time I don’t veer off the route and run home to snooze.

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

It’s your run, it’s your race.  Don’t worry about what anyone else around you is doing.  Focus only on what you’re doing and keep positive forward motion, in both mind and body.

What are you coaching next?

The Austin Half Marathon program on Wednesday nights downtown and the Thursday night core classes.

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

Seeing live music, playing with my pups (see below), hanging with friends and fam, keeping up with to do lists, swimming, loving life in ATX!

Any pets?

Two awesome little blonde dogs from Blue Dog Rescue, Rosie & Keith, 19 fish

What’s the last book you read?

Start Something that Matters, by the founder of TOM’S, Blake Mycoskie

What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?

Orange Juice.  Some people need coffee in the morning.  I need OJ!

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

Lettuce!  Flexible, but can still hold its own.

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

Someplace exotic, wild, and cultural.  Somewhere where we’d have to be brave to go. That could be a lot of places.  You tell me what you think that is and I’ll add them to my list to check out.

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

Start my own business and love it.

Favorite quote?

I can’t decide so I’ll give you my two favorites:

“May the good Lord shine a light on you, make every song you sing your favorite tune.” –Rolling Stones

“Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!”

–Abe Lincoln in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure


Marilyn’s next program is Austin Half Marathon training, which will prepare runners for this Austin favorite. Training begins September 11 – details here!


One thought on “Meet the Coach: Marilyn Faulkner

  1. So inspiring! Love it! She is awesome at anything she puts her mind to, so I can definitely see how that would transpire over to her trainees.

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