Meet the Coach: Mallory Brooks

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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When and why did you start running?

I was living in Boulder, as a part-time student, full-time rock climber. It was suggested to me that I should experience the Pikes Peak Half Marathon. Knowing nothing about what it would feel like to gain 8,000+ feet of elevation gain in 13 miles, I accepted the insane idea as a solid plan. I distinctly remember telling my mother that I was only slightly confident that I wouldn’t die out there. It was an unparalleled feeling of accomplishment once I hit the summit with a not so record-shattering time of 4 hours and 3 minutes, but I couldn’t help but think, “what would that race have been like if I had trained?” And so began my love of running and racing in the mountains.

Most memorable trail?

For our honeymoon, my significantly faster running companion, Jason, and I set out on a 16 day trek across 200+ miles of the John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. We experienced extreme highs, terrifying isolation, and near mental breakdowns from the swarming mosquitoes. All of our ups and downs, as well as a near marmot murder, are well documented in a journal that is still hilarious to go back and read.

Favorite post-run meal?

Beets! I read somewhere that Ryan Hall swears by beets as a recovery food. In Washington, we grow beets the size of a melon and have trails lined with wild raspberries. Also, pomegranate! Oh, and wine! Basically, anything that stains your fingers red.

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

Learn from my 1 year old son, Paxton. His constant curiosity is infectious. There isn’t a trail out there that can tire you out like a full day with him.

What’s the last book you read?

Wild and Born to Run. It should be noted that I still run in shoes.

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

I’d love to make a well calculated attempt at the female unsupported speed record for the Wonderland Trail (93 miles around the base of Mt Rainier). 31 hours. My biggest challenge could very well be staying awake that long.

Favorite quote?

“Because it’s there” George Leigh Mallory, my namesake, on why he wanted to climb Everest

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Mallory will be coaching the Bandera 2015 training group alongside coach Devon Kiernan and would love to have you join! If you aren’t quite sure about trail running, check out her previous post, The Straight & Narrow. Training begins on September 23, 2014.

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