Featured Rogue: Dori Livingston

dori-smileIf you’ve spent any time at Rogue over the past five years, then at some point you’ve probably come across the brilliant smile of Dori Livingston. She is one of those rare people whose energy brightens the day of just about everyone she meets, and she also happens to be one of the hardest workers that we have ever had the pleasure of coaching. Dori has overcome more than a few challenges over the years, but her achievements – she’s featured in Runners World!  – have far outnumbered them. See below for a short Q and A:

When and why did you start running?

I began running in 2010 to deal the stress of my job as a State Trooper and my recent diagnosis with melanoma cancer.   My journey with cancer led me to running with friends with similar experiences. In 2011, Rick Nichols introduced me to Rogue and I joined Amy Anderson’s marathon training group. I loved the community of Rogue, and was hooked!

dori-ultraWhat has been your biggest running-related challenge, and your biggest achievement?

One of my biggest training challenges has been learning how to find a healthy balance with running, due to my cancer and other health issues that arose from it. My biggest achievement was running my first ultra, the Rocky Raccoon 50K trail race in Huntsville, Texas, earlier this year.


dori-runners-worldPick one defining moment.

My defining moment was being chosen as a finalist with the Runner’s World Cover Search and had my story featured in the December issue!

What’s next?

My goals right now are to heal my body (I just had shoulder surgery a few months ago), run healthy and tackle the Tahoe Triple in 2017!

I joined a running group to make friends, and instead I found a family

by Jordan Cooper

In August 2014, I decided to join a training group at Rogue Running in Austin, Texas. I had just gotten engaged to my now wife, whom I met on Tinder (which is a story for another time), and was coming to the realization that as I had grown in my relationship with her, I had lost some of the friendships I had previous to meeting her.

Although I graduated from college about a month before moving to Austin, my first four years in the Violet Crown could be viewed more as the “party” portion of my life than the four years I spent in college in my hometown in East Texas. However, most of the friendships I had made during that time were based more around going out and drinking than on something I could consider a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. As I moved down the path towards marriage, my time spent on the bar scene lessened, and I realized I needed a way to meet people that would be a little more conducive to my new, attempting-to- be adult lifestyle.

I learned about Rogue from a friend who had successfully run her first marathon while training with one of their groups. Previous to joining, I had casually trained for and successfully run a number of 10k’s and half marathons, which I did as almost a form of justification for my indulgent lifestyle. It was also somewhat meditative for me, the solitude of pounding the trails or pavement, so I was a little hesitant about running in the Texas heat with a bunch of strangers. I tried to maintain a positive attitude, especially considering I had at times in my life experienced the infamous “runners high” and figured if I could catch that sense of euphoria occasionally, that surely I could meet 1 or 2 people I might be able to bond with.

What happened over the course of the next few weeks, months, and now years is a laundry list of life lessons in connecting with people. Running in a group appealed to my competitive nature in a way I had not seen coming, and also reminded me of my past growing up playing team sports including soccer and basketball. I had not imagined a sport as considerably “solo” as running could be groomed and improved thanks to having a team or group around you, taking pleasure in your progress. I also learned that misery truly loves company, and that “embracing the suck” with fellow runners allowed me to overcome mental barriers to run distances I never could have imagined on my casual solo runs of the past. The accountability these connections provided gave me strength on those early Saturday mornings when I did not want to get out of bed to put in the work I had signed myself up for. Regardless of how I felt along the way, at the end of every one of those runs, I always felt accomplished and grateful for the kind words received from the cheerleaders around me.

Post-run stretches turned into hang outs, dinners, happy hours, holidays, and life events. I even took my turn at assistant coaching for a season. The bonds forged on the roads of Austin have turned into lifelong friendships and a sense of community and family I could not have imagined. As I spent the Fourth of July with over 50 runners who woke up early to run in the hills of West Austin before enjoying some amazing food and fellowship, I could not help but be grateful for the family I have come to feel a part of. As I train for the New York City Marathon this November, I know that I have the support of hundreds of runners who truly want to see me succeed, and it will be those smiles and handshakes, likes on Facebook, and good luck filled text messages that keep me going. I didn’t need an app to find friends; I just needed to go Rogue.


by Mandy Deen

Q: Where should I park at Rogue!?

A: I dunno, but for sure not across the street in the parking garage at Tacos y Tequila. They’ve sent letters.

Q: I want to be super cool and ride my bike to Rogue. Where I can park my bike?

A: I dunno that either, but for sure not on the handicapped parking spot sign post unless you’ve had prior approval from Dee. And don’t worry, you’ll know if you have her approval.

Q: I don’t have a running background. What are “quality workouts” and should I be scared?

A: It’ll all be explained by your coach. Save your fear for real things, like spiders or the lingering ambiguity about what you’re really doing with your life and whether everything is going to be okay after all (WHAT IF ITS NOT?!?)

Q: What’s the worst workout?

A: Yassos. Anything on the track kind of blows. Unless you like that flat and boring kind of thing. But it’s okay, we all have our faults.

Q: It’s raining and 50 degrees outside. Do I have to go run?

A: Cold rainy run = whiskey tea after! Unless it’s storming, then no, don’t go run. Safety first. Tree branches could fall on you! But be warned: at least five people in your group will go run in the storm anyway and post about it on Facebook later. So.

Q: What’s happening to my toenails?

A: Yep.

Q: Who are all those people on Saturday mornings!? Where do they come from? I’m not a social butterfly, I feel awkward, what do I do?!

A: Middle school awkward turtle playbook:

1) make a beeline for the map wall.

2) find a quiet corner and stare at your map whilst covertly scanning the room for someone you know from your group.

3) join a friendship circle for 16+ miles of complaining and delirious humor. Problem solved.

A2: OR you could do something mature and sign up for water stop duty now and again to interact with everyone and alleviate your social anxiety that way. Rogue also pays well for this.

Q: But I AM a social butterfly and I enjoy the energy of running and talking in a large group very early in the morning!

A: Please do not run up directly behind me and camp out there for five miles. #personalspacebubble

Q: On long runs, when I come into a water stop, I have noticed that some people will get a cup of water and then stand right in front of the cooler to drink it while everyone waits behind them. Is that a thing?

A: Nope. they’re doing it wrong. #waterstopetiquette

Q: What is ‘core class’ and should I go to it?

A: If you aren’t crossfitting or triathleting or yoga-ing or playing sand volleyball 3 times a week or commuting via kayak, then yes, you probably should. The main thing I hear about from people who attend is how sore they are the next day!

Q: What is that statue thing in the parking lot at Rogue?

A: It’s the petrified remains of a Rogue who happened to get caught by a basilisk. Next question.

Q: Who are those people that are always loud and drinking after workouts on Tuesday nights?

A: That’s Team Rogue, PM, Night Time is the Right Time. I would like to apologize in advance.

Q: Is it acceptable to sing during workouts?

A: Singing during workouts brings joy and amusement to the teammates around you during 100 degree evenings. It is considered a public service. Enthusiasm is valued over vocal skill.

Q: When’s the best time on a run or workout to ask involved philosophical questions?

A: Juuuuuuuuuust before a big hill.

Q: My _____ kind of hurts. Should I ignore it?

A: Probably not. You should email your coach immediately and use many superlatives. It’s better to find out you just need new shoes than to tough it out and end up with a stress fracture and 6 weeks in a boot.

Q: I just got a GPS watch for Christmas!

A: Congratulations! From now on, if you don’t wear it and log every single run on Strava and Facebook, it’s like it didn’t even happen. Also be sure to comment about your pace on each and every post! Otherwise people might not realize it was just “easy run pace” for you and think you’re actually some kind of slowbie. Also, if you happen to get a Strava Course Record somewhere in Austin, it just means Rogue AC hasn’t done a workout there yet. But they will. Eventually.

Q: Should I run the Austin Marathon?!

A: You live here, you know how these hills are! You decide. But, you should at least find a spot on the route with your other teammates and cheer everyone on. Those poor souls are gonna need it.

Q: Are people in my group secretly being competitive during workouts?

A: Hmmmmm. Maybe some of them. But don’t let it put you off, some people are just built that way! As the French say: “ne t’en fait pas” (don’t make any bile about it).

Q: I have questions about quality craft beers, good restaurants, or fancy kinds of baking recipes.

A: Great!! Someone on your team has the answers to those questions! Make use of your brain trust.


Mandy Deen has run with Rogue since deciding to take on the Dallas Marathon in 2012. She is currently a proud member of Team Rogue PM, a professional librarian and is also the author of The Rundown’s most popular 2014 post, The Rogue Map of Austin.

Next Thursday is Super Thursday!

Rogue’s last Thursday happy hour always features free beer, but this month we have even more to offer!

April’s event will be hosted by the Super Sidekicks, in support of CASA of Travis County, the Superhero Foundation and the greater cause of child abuse awareness and prevention.

Not only can you learn more about why CASA is so important and how to get involved with the Super Sidekicks through your own running, but you will have a chance to support the organization simply by shopping: Rogue will donate 3% of all Thursday proceeds to CASA of Travis County!

We will have free beer, free food (compliments of Tasty Healthy Meals) and, most importantly, a contest! As the theme is Superheroes, we want to see some walk through the door. Don your best superhero costume (as always, open to interpretation) and the winner will receive a $35 gift card to Rogue Equipment.

Super Thursday
Rogue Equipment
500 San Marcos St.
Austin, Tx 78702
Thursday, April 29, 5-8pm

You can find out more about the Super Sidekicks and ways to be involved here, and can check out the CASA Superhero Run here.

Feel-good Beer

Josh Hare doesn’t just coach for Rogue, he also brews beer, bakes dog treats and does his part for the environment.

Josh is behind Hops & Grain, a local craft brewery that uses the leftover barley malt proteins from the brew process to bake “Brew Biscuits,’ a sustainable and delicious (or so I’ve been told) canine treat.

On December 10 (that would be this coming Thursday), Hops & Grain will host their very first tasting party at Rogue Equipment. There will be three beers to try – a guided tasting will begin at 7:30pm – and plenty of Brew Biscuits for sale.

Make sure to be here – you will be supporting a fellow Rogue and local, sustainable-practicing entrepreneur, and trying out what just may be your next favorite brew (and your best friend’s next favorite treat). Things will get going around 7 – don’t miss out!

Hops & Grain: Craft Beer Sustainability Tasting Party

Rogue Equipment

500 San Marcos St.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

7pm (guided tasting at 7:30pm)

Hokahey 5K

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Give meaning to your run next weekend at the Hokahey 5K on Saturday, November 14.

The race is being put on in honor of Dan Keitz (Dano McKeitz), an Austin ultra-trail running legend who was diagnosed earlier this year with ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease) and Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). These auto-immune diseases affect nerve function, mobility, motor functions and cause muscular atrophy, among a slew of other complications.

All proceeds from the race will go directly to Dano’s recovery; the event will kick off at 7:30a in Oak Hill. You can register online and make any additional donations that you’d like – go support an important member of our running community and be thankful for your ability to do what Dano no longer can!

Big race in the Big Apple

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The highly-anticipated ING New York City Marathon will get underway on Sunday morning and may be one of the best shows around.

Naturally we are most interested in watching the large group of Rogues who are headed up that way, but the elite field is sure to deliver performances that no one should miss!

The female side includes:
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain), the World Record holder (2:15:25) and a three-time New York winner
Salina Kosgei (Kenya), the Boston champion
Yuri Kano (Japan), intent on becoming Japan’s first NYC champion
Joan Benoit Samuelson (USA), a former World Record holder who ran the US Olympic Trials at age 50
Desiree Ficker (USA), Austin’s own Olympian triathlete, who shifted her 2009 focus to the marathon

You can be awestruck by the other elite female entrants here

The men’s side includes what may be the most impressive field in history:
Five entrants have run under 2:06:17 or faster: James Kwambai (Kenya, 2:04:27), Jaouad Gharib (Morocco, 2;05:27), Patrick Makau (Kenya, 2:06:14) and Ryan Hall (USA, 2:06:17)
Hendrick Ramaala (South Africa), former NYC Champion and four-time Olympian
Marilson Gomes dos Santos (Brazil), defending NYC Champion
Meb Keflezighi (USA), former Olympic silver medalist

See the full field here

Those of us who can’t be there can watch the leaders and try to spot fellow Rogues from home, as the marathon will be live on the web via http://www.universalsports.com on Sunday morning and will also air on NBC at 1pm.