Running Rogue is our weekly podcast with training tips and commentary on current events in the running world. Some of the episodes are posted below, but you can find more on iTunes or on our special podcast page:

Episode #1: Breaking Two and Arthur Lydiard

In this first episode, Rogue coaches Steve Sisson and Chris McClung talk about Breaking2, Nike's sub-two-hour marathon project, and the foundational training principles of Arthur Lydiard. Lydiard is the father of modern, elite-level distance coaching, but his methods don't always make sense on the surface. Listen to this episode to understand more and learn how to apply Lydiard's principles to your own running. 


In this second episode, we start with a discussion on doping in the sport including the latest from the McLaren report on Russia. We answer the question: how can you be a track and field fan and avoid being jaded by the latest news? Then, we interview Allison Macsas, founder of Rogue Expeditions and an elite-level athlete. Allison shares her journey to become the 22nd fastest marathoner in the country, all while maintaining a full-time job. Her story brings tips and perspectives for runners of all levels. 

Episode #3: Happy New Year with Paul Terranova

In this third episode, we ring in the new year by talking about the US field for the Boston Marathon, chatting with Masters Trail Runner of the Year Paul Terranova, and providing tips on how to start a running program in 2017. Happy 2017 y'all!

Episode #4: Octogenarians and "Overpronation"

In this episode, we share the story of 85 year old inspiration Ed Whitlock and then tell you why everything you thought you knew about pronation is probably wrong. Dr. Kim Davis from RunLab joins us with her medical perspective as we talk about shoes and the pervasive myths that exist about footwear fitting.

Click here to find Chris's blog on the "Myth of Overpronation." 

Dr. Davis's blog on pronation can be found here.

Episode #5: Marathon Race Planning

In this episode, Steve and Chris open with a tribute to two greats Ashton Eaton and Nick Symmonds, but they spend the bulk of the episode talking about how you should prepare for your next marathon across 5 key categories - Logistics, Pace Strategy, Nutrition/Hydration, Gear, and Mental Prep. Listen in so that you are more ready than ever for your next one!

Episode #6: Mental Training (+ Chris eating crow)

In this episode, Chris admits he might have been wrong about Jordan Hasay, plus he and Steve handicap the full Boston fields. Then with the main topic, they talk about why mental training is important and lay out a framework for a podcast series on mental training with more episodes to come. 

Episode #7: Miles Matter

In this follow-up to episode 1, we begin a series on the physical tenets of training that will run in parallel to our series on mental training (pun intended). For this episode, we talk about why your running mileage matters and how to safely build it. You also get bonus content where we riff on Bekele's world record attempt in Dubai, Kate Grace's sponsorship switch, and a few other big stories in our sport.

Episode #8: Austin Marathon & Half Marathon Race Strategy

In this episode, Steve and Chris start by breaking down the Austin Marathon elite fields. We tell you who the favorites are and make our picks for both the men's and women's races. Then (beginning at the 15 minute mark), James and Chris give their strategic breakdown of the Austin course and talk about how you should plan your pace strategy and mental game for this race. If you are racing Austin (full or half), this is a must-listen.

Episode #9: A Chat with Scotty Mac

In this episode, we catch up with former Rogue coach and Rogue Athletic Club member Scott MacPherson. Scott, affectionately known as Scotty Mac, is an elite marathoner who has endured many trials and triumphs during his career. He recently had a breakthrough race with a 2:14 personal best at CIM, but any marathoner can relate to his struggles. Listen in to hear about his journey from Texas High School State Champ to pro runner just trying to compete with the best of the best.

As the opener, Steve, Chris and Scotty also talk about Nitro Athletics, a new track meet format headlined by Usain Bolt, attempting to create more excitement in our sport. Here is a clip of one of the events with a unique format the "Elimination Mile:"

Episode #10: Usain Bolt + Running by Feel

With episode #10, Chris and Steve continue their series on training principles. In episode #1, they laid out Rogue's five core training principles. In episode #7, they talked about the first training principle in detail - Miles Matter. In this episode, they cover the 2nd and 3rd principles, discussing the importance of effort-based training and how every day has a purpose. As Steve eloquently states: "If you don't follow the purpose of the day, then you might as well stay home in bed."

As bonus content up-front, they discuss the upcoming retirement of Usain Bolt and where he fits in the list of all-time great track athletes. As a part of this discussion, Chris shares his personal story of watching Bolt break the world record at the Olympics in Beijing.

Episode #11: Why Do You Run?

This episode starts with a recap of a brutally tough day at the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon

Then, Steve and Chris continue their series on mental training, delving further into the first component of their mental framework - the battle plan. With this installment, they help you think about what motivates you to run and then walk you through the steps to create a statement of purpose for your running. If you can't answer the fundamental question - "why do you run?" - then it will be difficult to set big goals and achieve them down the road. 

episode #12: all things running form

Unfortunately, you can't improve your running form by thinking about it or just going to a running form clinic. In this episode, Dr. Davis from RunLab joins us again to talk about running form. We start with the top 5 myths on running form (including a discussion on the Pose Method), then discuss common running form challenges, and finish with 5 ways to improve your running form. It takes work, but the work we discuss will make you a more efficient runner based on how your individual body moves through space. 

In this episode, we intro the podcast discussing this video of two 90+ year old men going at it in the 60m dash:

And, you learn a little bit about adventure racing in central Texas. Are you ready for a 6+ hour race?!?

Episode #13: Creating a Vision and goals for your running

This week, Steve and Chris open with commentary on the latest news from Nike's Breaking2 project. Nike announced the location of the sub 2 hour marathon attempt as well as details on the shoe and gear that will "assist" the athletes along the way. For more details, check out the Runner's World article here. 

Then, we continue our series on mental training with this 3rd episode in the series (also check out episodes 6 and 11). In this episode, Steve and Chris talk about visioning and goal setting for your running. You might think it's cheesy, but we promise creating a vision board will change how you approach your training and place you on a path to achieve big goals!

episode #14: boston marathon course strategy

The Boston Marathon is the oldest continuously-held marathon in the world, but it's only the second oldest continuously-held road race in North America. Do you know which one is the oldest, or did you know that Boston hasn't always been held on a Monday? In this episode, we discuss fun facts on Boston Marathon history, provide some way-too-early race predictions for this year, and then spend the majority of the episode discussing Boston Marathon course strategy. Whether you are running Boston this year or dream of running it some day, this episode is for you.

Episode #15: The Importance of Peaking and Training with a Group

This is the 4th and final episode of our series on training principles (also check-out episodes 1, 7, and 10). In this episode, we discuss in detail our final 2 training principles, explaining the importance of peaking and training with a coach/group. Running is only a solo sport if you let it be.

For the blog we reference, click here

As the intro, we begin with a tribute to the late, great Mr. Ed Whitlock, who left us too soon a few weeks ago at the age of 86. We then unpack the results of the NYC Half Marathon and tell you why you need to know the names Emily Sisson and Noah Droddy.

Episode 16: Women and Running 

Men AND women... this episode is for you! Guys need to better appreciate and sympathize with their female training partners, and the ladies might want help managing the unique realities that running as a woman can bring. In this installment of Running Rogue we talk about a range of topics from periods to pregnancy to running safety with special guests and all-around badasses Mallory Brooks and Jen Harney.

Mallory is a mom, the Rogue trail coach, founder of Spectrum Trail Racing, and a personal trainer at Pure Austin. Jen is a mom of 2 boys, the training director for Rogue Cedar Park, coach for TeamRogue in Cedar Park, and has coached all levels of runners from middle school to masters. 

As intro-bonus content, we recap race #1 of the Rogue Trail Series as well as talk about the greatest footrace on the planet - the World Cross Country Championships. This YouTube clip of the race is a must-watch to fully understand the race:

Episode #17: Inspiring Stories from the Boston Marathon

Part A:

Part B:

We are releasing two parts to Episode #17 this week, one today and one Thursday. In them, we share 9 inspiring stories from the Boston Marathon through the years. For Part A, hear the stories of John A. Kelley (Runner's World Runner of the Century), Roberta GibbKatherine SwitzerJoan Benoit Samuelson and Boston Bill Rodgers. In Part B, we discuss the Duel in the Sun and then tell stories about the current American running heroes - Kara Goucher, Desiree Linden, Ryan Hall, and of course, Meb.

Also, check out Episode #14 where we break down the Boston Marathon course and discuss pace strategy for it. 

Episode #18: Self-talk and Visualization

In this episode, we start with Chris sounding off on doping in running, discussing recent medal upgrades for Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. We also tell you why you shouldn't let it make you a cynic.

Then, we continue our series on mental training and begin discussing the mental tools (or weapons) you can put to use to become a stronger runner. Self talk and visualization are two of those weapons. Learn what they are and how to put them to work in your favor.

Episode #19: Boston Marathon 2017 Recap

In this episode, we mix it up and give you a full breakdown of Boston Marathon results including a recap on how we fared with our pre-race predictions. Some highlights:

  • We call bulls**t on one big part of the results
  • We discuss Des Linden and what it will take to get her first victory
  • We give props to Jordan Hasay and talk about why her future is so bright, and more...

In addition, we give you a review of the new documentary on Boston: Boston, An American Running Story and tell you why it's a must-see.