meet your SeaWheeze trainers: chris and jenn
posted: March 4, 2013
SeaWheeze 2013 is just over 5 months away, but we just can’t wait to get started! The Get Sweaty Get Ready program starts on March 18th, and we want you to introduce you to the four awesome trainers that are going to be taking you from here to the finish line on August 10th.
This week, meet Chris McClung and Jenn Howard-Brown, who head up the Rogue Running group in Austin, Texas. They set a BHAG to bring 150 runners to Vancouver in August and kicked things off with a launch party last week – look for more of their inspiring story coming soon!
chris mcclung (twitter: @chrismcclung)
Chris was a retired (and recovering) soccer player at age 19 when he began running to stay in shape and quickly became addicted to the sport. Since then, he has run 10 marathons, struggled through 2 Half-Ironman events (w/o drowning!), and completed over 90 other road races and triathlons. Chris is one of the co-owners of Rogue Running, an Austin, Texas-based running store, training center, and community that is committed to changing people’s lives through running.
jennifer howard-brown (twitter/instagram: @jennhb)
Jenn is a run coach for Rogue Running who is passionate about helping athletes find the joy in running. She has completed 14 marathons — London, New York, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, San Jose, Dallas and Eugene; more than 3 dozen half-marathons; 2 triathlons; and countless 5k’s and 10k’s. Jennifer began coaching for Rogue four years ago and has trained hundreds of athletes, who describe her as a Tiger Mom coach — nurturing with a dash of drill sergeant.
q & a with jenn and chris
1. What made you want to be involved with SeaWheeze?
C: Fate? A calling? Changing lives through running and fitness is my passion, and for some reason much bigger than me, I was meant to be a catalyst to inspire others for this year’s race. On a drive to an ambassador meeting at lululemon, I had this spontaneous vision of this tidal wave of people from Austin experiencing the journey to SeaWheeze together. Less than an hour later, I had put that vision into words, and that is when the BHAG was born. Now we have over 150 strong coming from Austin to do the race, and I am so excited to help others in the journey through the training program as well!
J: Joining an inspired group of runners and yogi’s for a fun-filled weekend in a beautiful city was impossible to resist. There is an electric hum buzzing about the SeaWheeze that I had to be part of.
2. What’s your favorite race to run?
J: The Eugene Marathon in Eugene, Oregon — better known as TrackTown, USA. It’s a smaller race on a good course with reliably good weather in magical, running town, finishing on the track at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, where the running greats have run.
3. What’s your favorite way to sweat (other than running)?
C: Chasing my children! I have two and four year old boys and a newborn daughter. They keep me on my toes!
J: A juicy, vinyasa flow class. It’s equally as a tough as a run workout without the impact.
4. Favourite thing about your hometown (Austin, TX)
J: The best thing about Austin is the “weird.” We pride ourselves on being a little quirky with our “Keep Austin Weird” slogan celebrating everything from our colony of 1.5 million bats living under the Congress Bridge to our Cathedral of Junk and our food trailer culture.
C: In my opinion, there is no better fitness community in the US than what we have in Austin. Whether you want to run, swim, bike, stand-up paddle, hit the gym, or do almost anything else, you can find a community of like-minded athletes who will surround you with love and lift you up. That and the BBQ and Tex-Mex food too!
5. Who inspires you?
C: The athlete’s I coach. I love being a part of their journey from goal-setting to action to accomplishment.
6. Best piece of advice for a first time half-marathoner?
C: Be consistent and have fun! Find a local run group or get a group of friends to together to meet regularly. Choose shorter, fun buildup races that will provide milestones along the way. Oh, and smile more!
J: Have a positive, mental attitude. Your body listens to your brain — those unspoken doubts in your head affect your physical performance. Stay positive and trust your training. You will succeed.
7. Tell us one goal you have for 2013.
C: To set a new personal best marathon time this year (under 2:46!) My marathon best came in 2004, just over 9 years ago. I have been close to breaking that time again, but haven’t yet gotten there. This is the year that I do it!
J: I will achieve my Boston-qualifier in 2013, which means running a qualifying time (3:45) in order to register for the 2014 Boston Marathon. (I need to PR by 37 seconds!)
We are super excited to meet those who will be following our program from home or from their local lululemon store. See you all in Vancouver in August! –Chris and Jenn