Marathon Training Academy

Marathon Training Academy
By Angie and Trevor
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Running podcast that helps you unlock your potential to master marathon training and life. Listen as coach Angie Spencer shares her knowledge and experience as both a marathoner and registered nurse to help you run smarter, feel better, and go the distance. Whether you are a new runner or have logged many miles, Marathon Training Academy will propel you to the next level.
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Feb. 11, 2018
We are excited to welcome Sean Astin back on the MTA Podcast. Sean plays Bob Newby in Stranger Things 2. He’s best known for the staring role in Rudy, Goonies, and playing Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Sean has completed 13 marathons and a full Ironman triathlon. In this interview you will hear about the races he’s done, the ups and downs, the #run3rd movement and the after school running programs he helped create. Interview with Sean Astin Run 3rd kids Also Mentioned In This Episode #Run3rd 5k in Mesa, Arizona. Run the virtual race and get your #run3rd swag in the mail! Use the code MTA to save $5.00 Sean Astin website: #Run3rd Facebook group The post Interview with Sean Astin appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Feb. 1, 2018
Gretchen Rubin is a bestselling author and expert on how to make healthy habits stick. In this podcast episode she explains how your personality tendency relates to your running goals. And in this episode’s quick tip, Coach Angie explains how to tell if you need an extra rest day during training. We’ve had Gretchen on the show on two previous occasions and I finally got to meet her and her sister Elizabeth Craft last summer at Podcast Movement. Interview with Gretchen Rubin Short Bio: Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential writers on human nature. Her books, such as the blockbuster bestsellers The Happiness Project and Better Than Before have sold almost three million copies in more than thirty languages. The Four Tendencies As runners we expect ourselves to arrive at the starting line of a marathon well prepared, having executed our training plan. But sometimes we disappoint ourselves and fail to stick to our goals in a consistent manner. The Four Tendencies is a framework for understanding how you handle both inner expectations (which you impose on yourself) and outer expectations (what others expect of you). Also Mentioned in This Episode The Four Tendencies book The Four Tendencies quiz The Five Points of Life Race Weekend in Gainesville, Florida. Five Points of Life Race weekend February 17-18, featuring marathon, half marathon and 5K in beautiful Gainesville, Florida, home of the University of Florida—where the mean race temperature on race day is a balmy 58 degrees. RXBAR – a whole food protein bar made with a few simple, clean ingredients, which all serve a purpose: Egg whites for protein. Dates to bind. Nuts for texture. Use the code “MTA” for 25% off your first order. Health IQ -Marathon Training Academy is sponsored by *Health IQ*, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special rates on life insurance. Go to to support the show and learn more. How to tell if you need to take an extra rest day during training . . . By Angie Spencer It can occasionally be hard to tell the difference between physically needing a break and being lazy. Even as a person who loves to exercise there are some days when I have to really figure out if my lack of motivation is due to a genuine reason or not. And with flu season here there are many people who are struggling with sickness. Here are some questions to ask yourself to figure out what your body needs: 1) Are your muscles really sore or are you feeling achy? This could be a sign that you’re not getting enough recovery or that you’re getting sick and an extra rest day may be just what you need. 2) Are you injured? Or are you dealing with discomfort that hurts while you’re running or afterward? This could be an early sign of injury and giving yourself an extra rest day to help decrease inflammation may be a wise choice. If the issue doesn’t respond to extra rest it’s time to consult professional medical advice. 3) Did you get less than 6 hours of sleep? Getting extra sleep is probably more important and it may be wise to take an extra day or do some easy low impact cross training or stretching/mobility work. Chronically getting very little sleep can lead to unpleasant things like lack of recovery, injury, increased stress levels, lack of progress in your training, and weight gain. I know there is a small minority that can thrive on less than 6 hours of sleep but that’s a very small number. The rest of us are simply functioning sub-optimally if we’re not getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep. See The Sleep Episode. 4) Have you been sick? If yes, take an extra rest day or five. It’s been a bad flu season and there has also been a lot of respiratory issues going around. I’ve heard from many runners lately who’ve been struggling with sickness in the middle of their training and it can be very frustrating to feel like you’re getting off track and losing fitness. But if your symptoms are below the neck or you’re dealing with a fever or body aches then strenuous exercise can actually delay healing. If you’ve been sick then it’s wise to focus on rest and recovery and when your energy levels start to normalize then starting back slowly is most beneficial. In most cases there’s plenty of time to pick back up with your training plan. But you shouldn’t train hard until you’re fully recovered. If your race is coming up quickly then it’s more beneficial to be a bit undertrained but healthy rather than try to continue training and prolong the sickness. You can also use your recovery time as an opportunity to spot train any weak areas with a focus on mobility and then very slowly progressing back into running. I’ve seen many people who haven’t been back to “normal” training for 2-3 weeks after getting sick. Once your energy levels and eating begin to improve you can start with walking and light yoga or ST. If that feels fine then you can progress to easy runs and more normal cross training. 5) Is it just negative mental chatter? If you’re feeling fine physically and know you should get out for a run, then you probably should. If you’ve boiled your lack of motivation down to laziness then promise yourself that you’ll just get out for 1 mile (or whatever distance seems reasonable). At that point you’ll probably be more willing to continue. It’s always the hardest to get out the door and if you do that you’ll probably overcome the whole distance. I’d also encourage you to have a race that you’re training for. Even having a 5k on the calendar (and using a training plan) can help keep you motivated and challenge yourself. Also, understanding which of the 4 Tendencies that Gretchen talked about today can be very helpful in understanding how you respond to expectations and how to stay motivated and consistent. The post Interview with Gretchen Rubin -The Four Tendencies and Running appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Jan. 21, 2018
In this episode we discuss the many hidden benefits of running marathons, plus we’ll give you some important steps if you’re just starting. And in the quick tip segment we recommend an two online directories for finding races all over the world. The marathon is a distance that puts you in a small minority of the population. Less than 1% of the population will run a marathon (some figures put this at 0.5% for the United States). And while the marathon is not for everyone, we truly believe that it’s do-able for most anyone who has the desire and is willing to work hard. But the marathon is also challenging enough that it’s important to put the time and energy into training properly. So, why run a marathon? Why Run A Marathon? The start of a New Year causes many of us to think about health and fitness related goals. And if you’re listening to this podcast there’s a good chance that one of your goals is to become a long distance runner this year or take your current level of running to the next level. For some people running a marathon has been a long time goal and for other people it’s been a natural progression as they’ve increased their fitness and want to challenge themselves. I’m sure many listeners have done a marathon at some point but then life got in the way and now they’re starting from the beginning again. The reasons to run a marathon vary because each of us are different. We each have a unique set of life circumstances, personality traits and dreams for the future. Training for a marathon provides a big “payoff” or fulfillment factor. You will experience positive changes physically, mentally, and emotionally. Here are some possible reasons that people have for taking on the marathon distance: Social Benefits: Friendships: Make new friends, whether in person or online. Running puts you in contact with a community of active, healthy and goal oriented people and breaks down the barriers between people. Even some of the short-term interactions I’ve had during marathons are special memories that I cherish to this day. Inspiration: Taking on the marathon challenge is very likely to inspire other people in your life to get healthier and challenge themselves. History: You get to tap into an amazing history of long distance runners. Our bodies are uniquely built to accommodate long distance running. When you run long distance there’s a sense of tapping into something truly primal. Travel: A marathon can be a great way to explore new places. That may be a trail system nearby, a country road, or a state or country you’ve never visited before. Explore: Be a tourist on foot. There’s a unique perspective that you get by running through the streets of a city, or past unique architecture, or through amazing natural settings. Somehow this just can’t be replicated by whizzing by in a car. Plus, during a race the streets are often closed down so you don’t have to battle traffic. Supported exercise: How frequently in life do we get to have complete strangers cheering for us, or handing us water, gels, candy, and petroleum jelly? Plus, the end result is getting a medal placed around your neck. A marathon is a way to feel like a mini celebrity for the day. Do good: Raise money for a great cause. Training for a marathon can be a wonderful way to shine light on a charity or cause that is important to you. Trevor (right) at the Munich Marathon Personal Benefits: Self-confidence: Tackling the training runs and eventually the marathon distance help put other challenging things into perspective. You’ll come away knowing that you can achieve a lot more than you previously thought. Long distance running can start feeling like a secret super power. Head space: Running long increases resilience and improves mental clarity. Running can become a passion, not just exercise. It can be a place where you find peace, solitude, have time to think, and are able to work through negative emotions. Improved health: Some of the many benefits of marathon training include a stronger heart and lungs; more defined leg, glute and stomach muscles; better posture; possible weight loss; increased strength and endurance; better fitting clothes and more energy. Many people find that as they train it’s a catalyst for reducing or eliminating negative behaviors like smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and overeating junk food. You might add years to your life. But you’ll most certainly add life to your years. New heroes: You’re very likely to come across some amazing people during training and the marathon. There are runners overcoming some huge challenges that just might put a lump in your throat, tears in your eyes and a smile on your face. Many of the people I admire the most are those who I’ve come in contact with through running. Integrate: Become more at home where you live. Running has taken me down streets, roads and trails that I would never have explored if I wasn’t a runner. The quest to find interesting and unique running routes for trail runs, speed work and long runs really open up the area that you live to exploration. There’s a special high to discovering a “new” (to you) running route. Running gear: For people who like to accessorize you’ll now have a great excuse to purchase that GPS watch you’ve been wanting, stockpile some awesome running shoes, and buy attractive and functional sweat wicking running clothes. Goal achievement: As we get older many of the “firsts” in life are behind us. It’s not like we can (or want to) go back to our high school graduation or the birth of our first baby. Going the marathon distance for the first time is a very special moment and something you’ll probably remember the rest of your life. It will help you realize that there are probably other “firsts” or hobbies that are now within your reach as well. Emotional payoff: People who run are often happier because of the release of endorphins (or feel good chemicals) in their brains, also known as the runner’s high. This results in a feeling of well-being, lowers stress levels, increases self-esteem, and improves mood. Heightened senses: There’s something about long distance running that sharpens your senses. Smells, sights, sounds and tastes become all the more distinct. As I run I often take vivid pictures with my eyes (but you can do this on your phone too). The scent of a forest or bacon cooking really gets your attention. Plus, the food you eat post-long run or marathon is going to taste so amazing. Because you can: The most important reason to run a marathon is for you. It’s all about challenging yourself and personally experiencing all the benefits that long distance running has to offer. When you train for a marathon for yourself it enables you to become more proud of yourself. I like the saying that goes something like this, “There will be a day when I can no longer run. Today is NOT that day.” Commit, Train, Succeed! When you set a big goal like your first marathon it’s important to define your personal motivation. If your goal of doing a marathon doesn’t come from inside you, if you’re not doing it for yourself, it’s much more likely that you’ll give up when the going gets tough…and it WILL get tough. Things like scheduling difficulties, sickness, injury, lack of motivation and much more will probably happen at some point. So remember that becoming a marathoner begins in the mind so really define that personal “why.” It may be some of the things we previously mentioned or it may be something totally different. Your mind is in the driver’s seat on your marathon journey and once you decide to see something through it’s amazing how much the human will can conquer. There are people who complete marathons in wheelchairs, those in their 80’s and 90’s, and those using prosthesis. Many runners are battling or have overcome cancer, accidents, heart attacks, obesity, depression, anxiety and many other challenges. In a marathon the average runner doesn’t run to merely beat others. Instead you run to achieve a personal victory. It’s a battle to become a better version of you. It’s hard to explain to non-runners why you would pay money to “abuse” your body. But anyone who has crossed the finish line understands. It’s part of the mystique of the marathon. Everyone who crosses the finish line is a winner. Oprah finished a marathon a few years ago and her finishing time has become something to beat for many people. She said that running a marathon is a metaphor for life. It has obstacles, moments when you feel like giving up, when you’re tired or overwhelmed. But you keep going. Finally you can see the finish line. She said it was a proud and joyful moment- one of the best she’s ever had. Veteran marathoner Hal Higdon says, “Your life will never be the same, and regardless of what the future holds you can look back and say, I finished a marathon.” And once you’ve decided to train for a marathon and have started that journey our goal at MTA is to support you however we can. That’s why we emphasize smart training. This involves knowing and listening to your body, building up your running base, scheduling your training, knowing how much time you need to train for a race, picking an appropriate training plan or getting a coach, and planning for personal safety. We want you to stay injury free and have the best possible experience. You can do this by building up slowly, not cutting corners, doing regular cross training like strength and core work, addressing small issues early before they turn into injury, taking rest days, and having a balance of hard and easy training days. Also Mentioned In This Episode -great race directory for finding marathons (and reviews of marathons) in the U.S. -robust list of races all over the world. Health IQ -Marathon Training Academy is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special rates on life insurance. Go to to support the show and learn more. Shout Out! Huge congrats to Academy member Joel who recently completed his first marathon! Wow what an experience. Thank you Trevor and Angie for getting me through my first marathon and for such an amazing podcast. Your podcast has given me the courage to take my running to the next level. I now know I have what it takes to run a Marathon. The Chevron Houston Marathon was a great first Marathon. Having such an awesome support crew (my Texas Family) helped to push me through the tough miles. Unofficial chip Time was 5:51:58. -Joel G. The post Why Run A Marathon? appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Jan. 11, 2018
Here at MTA we want to empower you to be a lifetime runner not just a “one and done” marathoner. In this episode we speak with Jonathan Beverly author of the new book Run Strong Stay Hungry -9 Keys to Staying in the Race. Why do some runners give up the sport when they get older why others continued for 40 years or more? Running journalist Jonathan Beverly interviewed 50 lifetime runners including champions Deena Kastor, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Bill Rogers to discover the key ingredients that kept them going strong. Becoming a Lifetime Runner Jonathan Beverly (age 53) is the former editor in chief of Running Times and shoe editor for Runner’s World. He lives in western Nebraska, near the Colorado border, with his wife, Tracy, and son, Landis. He helps coach the high school cross country and track teams and can often be found running the dirt roads and grassy hills of the high plains. He was on the podcast previously to talk about running form. In this conversation you will hear why some runners gave up the sport while others have been running for decades. photo credit: Jonathan Beverly Interview Questions/Points The book Run Strong Stay Hungry gleans wisdom from over 50 master’s runners—people who have been running for 30, 40, and 50 plus years and distills 9 keys to being a runner for life. 9 Keys Consistency: Lifetime runners have made running a habit (they run often and have made running a default). You are more likely to get injured in the build up to high mileage than maintaining high mileage. Variety: Mixing things up. Take time to get stronger, work every system, spice it up, know who you are (keep a strong identity as a runner). Training by feel: Let go of the watch and use perceived effort, listen to your body . . . become a chef. A chef doesn’t need a recipe. Humility and Hunger: Compare up, reframe adversity, embrace the process, personalize success. Adaptability: Setting Goals + Flexing with the Times. Be flexible as your life situation and body changes, be creative, be adventuresome, step away (decouple emotion from paces/PR’s), build adaptive skills, run hard less often, trample on the past, specialize and optimize. Student of the Sport: Learn all you can, be your own scientist, embrace the puzzle. Staying Connected: Nurturing the ties that bind and motivate. Be inspired, bridle the downtimes, broaden your purpose. Hope: Remember optimism can be chosen (see the book Learned Optimism). Cultivate hope, choose optimism, argue with the implications. Love: Lifetime runners simply love to run. Embrace your split personality- both the competitor and the runner inside, love the run, strike a balance, and find harmony. Also Mentioned in This Episode The book Run Strong Stay Hungry The Running Form Episode -the first time we had Jonathon on the podcast. Pittsburgh Marathon -Trevor is running this in May Sun Basket -makes it easy and convenient to commit to healthy eating. Get $35 off your first order through our link! Quick Tip: A Question From a Slow Runner Here’s a great question we received from a listener named Maya, 
So I’ve been training for a marathon for the past couple of months and I have to be honest with you- I am a slow runner. Running has never been easy for me, I’m really short and very feminine as some like to call it lol. I’m not built like a runner. But I set a goal all those months ago and I’d like to accomplish it. I’ve been training on and off and the marathon that I’ve already signed up for is pretty soon. I’m aiming
for about a 15:00min/min pace average. I just don’t want to be laughed at or judged for how slow I’m going to be running. That’s why my training has been all over the place. I keep convincing myself I shouldn’t even run a marathon. I don’t know, I guess I’m kind of freaking out that come race day, by the time I finish, everyone will be gone, and then when people ask me my time and I say about six hours,
they’ll judge me. I guess I’m looking for some encouragement and some advice on how to deal with this. -Maya It’s very normal for slower runners to feel self-conscious about their pace.  Some people feel like they’re not “real” runners if they run slow (which we think it totally untrue).  The truth is that most people wish they were faster (whether they’re a 6 hour marathoner or 3 hour marathoner).  And unfortunately there are some judgmental people out there who won’t understand slower marathon times (both inside and outside the running community), but it does no good to worry about them.  I’ve had non runners ask me if I won the marathon and when I answer no they seem disappointed in me. I think the key to having peace with your marathon time is to decide that you’re going to do this marathon for yourself, on your own terms.  That way if someone doesn’t understand it won’t bother you as much because you’re not doing it for them.  For some reason people like to chime in with their opinions (and social media makes this super easy). But if you really define your “why” for taking on this challenge then it becomes about your personal journey and becoming a better version of yourself. Whatever your pace, training for a marathon is a life changing experience. 
It’s also a good idea to make sure that you choose a marathon with a generous cut off time to decrease anxiety about your finishing time.  We have a couple articles on our website that may be helpful to you as you take on this adventure.   Issues Faced by Slower Runners Race Day as a Slow Runner The post Becoming a Lifetime Runner -Interview with Jonathan Beverly appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Dec. 31, 2017
In this episode we look back on the biggest running news from 2017. Plus we share tips on how you can make 2018 an epic year! In the quick tip segment we recommend an app that lets you easily run for charity. Biggest Running News from 2017 Here is our roundup of the top stories from 2017. As you will see, some are more light hearted than others. I’m sure we missed some good stories so feel free to share a link in the comment section below. Breakthroughs . . . Nike’s Breaking 2 attempt at the Formula One track in Italy. Every detail and factor had been assessed and studied for nearly three years in advance. The three men participating were Lelisa Desisa, Zersenay Tadese and Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge was the only one who came close to two hours finishing in 2:00:25 after a 100% effort. Five months later he finished first at the Berlin Marathon. Galen Rupp cemented himself as the current top American marathoner by winning the Chicago Marathon- running the last 5 miles at sub world record pace. Jordan Hasay ran Boston in 2:23:00 making it the fastest marathon debut by an American woman (previous record was held by Kara Goucher). Hasay had never even raced a half marathon before. 16 year old Norwegian runner Jakob Ingebrigtsen became the youngest runner in history to run a mile in under four minutes when he clocked 3:58.07 at the Pre Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Incredibly, Ingebrigtsen would follow it up by running almost two seconds faster in front of his home crowd in Oslo, improving his mile PR to 3:56.29. Shalane Flanagan age 36 won the NYC Marathon (first US woman to win in 40 years). Tina Muir, of The Running for Real podcast, a professional runner from Great Britain, chose to stop running to regain her menstrual cycle (which had been gone for over seven years). After ten weeks she was able to reach her goal of getting pregnant and is expecting her first baby in early 2018. Julia Hawkins, age 101 from Louisiana, (who started competitive cycling at age 81) competed at the Senior Olympic Games for the first time last year and recently got a PR of 36.62 seconds in the 100 meter dash. The rivalry between Dixon Hemphill age 92 and Orville Rogers age 99 continued at the Masters Indoor Track Championship in the 60 meter dash. Rogers won by a small margin with 18 seconds flat. Losses . . . Middle distance Olympian David Torrence died at age 31. Professional long distance runner Gabe Proctor died at age 27. Long distance legend Ed Whitlock of Canada died at the age of 86. Among his many accomplishments was a 2:54 marathon at age 73 and a time of 3:56 at age 85. Harriet Thompson, the oldest woman to run a marathon and half marathon, died at age 94. She didn’t start doing marathons until age 76 as a way to raise funds and awareness for cancer. Bad Asses . . . An elite runner named Esther Atkins used her speed to save money while traveling to her race. She scheduled her flight for 2 hours after she anticipated finishing the race and ran from the finishing line with a small backpack to La Guardia Airport. She placed 3rd in the race and had an hour to spare before her flight back to South Carolina. Kelly Herron, age 36, from Seattle was attached mid-run when she stopped to use some park bathrooms. Herron fought back with a vengeance using self-defense techniques and was able to lock the attacker (a sex offender from Arizona) in a bathroom stall until police arrived. Although she was injured she didn’t let this incident stop her from running and completed the Chicago Marathon this year. John Kelly from DC became the 15th person to finish the brutal Barkley Marathons in TN, doing the 5 loops in 59:30 (just under the 60 hour cut off). He was the only finisher this year. Retirement . . . Meb Keflezighi, age 42, crossed the finish line of his final professional race at the NYC Marathon. Bart Yasso retired from Runner’s World at the end of the year. Just for Fun . . . British Columbia runners had to call police to report that a small white pony named Motley was on the loose and was chasing them and nipping at their heels. The situation quickly got out of hand when police arrived at the scene and it took three officers to corral him. Artist Lori Richmond uses her runs for artistic inspiration. She snaps a picture of whatever catches her eye while running and then heads home and immediately turns the image into a painting. She’s kept up these daily paintings for her whole training cycle. Glen Raines, age 50, a software engineer, has a running alter ego called Barefoot Caveman. During races he runs barefoot and only wears a handsewn loincloth and bone necklace. He finished the 2017 Boston Marathon in 3:40. Chris Estwanik of Bermuda set a record as the fastest suit wearing half marathon at the NYC Half Marathon in 1:11:36. The idea was hatched as a bar bet and he bought the most flexible suit he could find for the race. Sources: How to Make 2018 an Epic Year As we look back on the past year we have so much to be grateful for! The podcast just surpassed 5.9 million total downloads and we’d like to thank all of our wonderful listeners. You guys are the best! I was able to run the Jackson Hole Marathon in Wyoming, Mount Desert Island Marathon in Maine, Rehoboth Beach Marathon in Delaware, and a local 5k with my boys. I also started meditating every day -which has been the single biggest positive change I made in 2017. In 2018 I plan on continuing to mediate, do regular core training, and try to collect more marathons in new states. I’ll be running the Grandma’s Marathon in June and more races are in the works. Trevor ran the Go! St. Louis Half, the Flying Pig Marathon in Ohio, the Munich Marathon in Germany, and the Harrisburg Half in Pennsylvania. He also managed to get to Mardi Gras, Death Valley, Podcast Movement Conference, Disneyland, and Oktoberfest (two in Germany and one in the States). Our biggest change in 2017 was selling our house and moving to Pennsylvania, which now puts us closer to family. It was a great year for MTA. We brought 4 new coaches onto the team: Lynn, Chris, Steve, and Dominique who are AMAZING people, and we launched an injury prevention program for runners called The Resilient Runner. We also hosted the first ever MTA Virtual Half Marathon in November and had 350 runners from 21 countries participate. We’re looking forward to another great year! Here are some thoughts from Trevor and I on how to make 2018 the best year possible. From Trevor 1. Identify Your ULP (upper limit problem) This concept comes from the book The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. He says each person has an Upper Limit Problem which is like a thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When things are going well for us our ULP mechanism kicks in and we suddenly start worrying about things going wrong in some way. “Almost none of your worry thoughts have anything to do with reality”. 2. Do something that scares you. In 2017 we talked about redefining “hard.” Ryan Hall told us, “How you define hard is how you are going to experience hard.” The truth is, what you consider hard now is only relative to your experience and moment in time. A previous version of myself would have thought that running 10 miles was hard. But now I’ve been able to do 14 marathons. By pushing yourself to do harder and harder things you build up resilience and immunity to obstacles. Your confidence grows and you move on to bigger and bigger things. That’s why training for a marathon is life changing, it grows you into a stronger person on many levels. Like the shout out we read from Troy in CA, who said: “. . . I am here to tell you that not only are we capable of much more than we ever imagined, but the act of gradual intentional suffering really does transform us.  What a journey this has been.”
 3. Set things in motion. This year I got to reap the benefits of things I set in motion years ago. It’s hard to tell when things will come to fruition so the important point is to get the ball rolling. Remember that our actions have exponential effects like an investment it compounds over time. You are making decisions and taking actions today that look small but will, when added to other actions, have a huge effect. Just signing up for a marathon is a small action that will set in motion a serious of events that can change your life. The journey to becoming a better version of yourself is taking that first step. First you’ve got to find the courage to start. So, put a race on the calendar. Just do it. Set things in motion, and like Bart Yasso says, “Never limit where running can take you.” From Angie 1. Evaluate One step to setting goals that will make us happier and more successful begins with evaluation. Ask yourself a couple of questions (these are borrowed from a blog post by Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy): What worked for me last year? What didn’t work for me? Honest reflection can be one of the best tools to personal growth in any area. And goal setting really pays off when we monitor what we’re doing. This can be through a blog, computer document, calendar, journal, or pictures. The key is to track yourself periodically to make sure you’re going in the right direction. The way you set and evaluate goals often comes down to your personality type and how you respond to expectations. We’ll be interviewing Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies, about this topic in the near future. 2. Be open to possibility. Stay open to change and new experiences. As a type A person I can tend toward being a control freak. It would be easy for me not to try anything different or hard that might not turn out perfectly. One of the things I’ve been working on the last couple of years is to try and relax more and be open to possibility. This is something that will probably take me a lifetime to master, but meditation has been so helpful to me in creating space and quiet for my body and mind. As a result I’m less hard on myself and hopefully show more grace to other people as well. 3. Gratitude “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” One of the certainties of life is change and along with the good there are often those changes that we’d really rather do without. It was a big “aha” moment when I realized that I was responsible for my happiness. I can’t place this burden on anyone else. Keeping a mindset of gratitude, focusing on the positive, and counting the little blessings in life can go a long way to having a happier life. Another way that I stay grateful is by minimizing optional negativity (the negative stuff that I can avoid). For me this means that I listen to very little news and watch very little TV. Another small example as an avid reader (150+ books read in 2017) is that I’ve learned to ditch books I’m not enjoying. I’m an adult and can do that I want my leisure time to be spent on things that I truly enjoy. Also Mentioned in This Episode The Drury Hotel Company. They have 150 hotels in 25 states (we have stayed at dozens of their locations). They have exceptional service, great treadmills, free wifi, huge breakfasts and free evening food and drinks! Use our link and get 15% off your stay and a free gift from us. Charity Miles -an app that allows you to easily run for charity. The app’s corporate sponsors, like Johnson & Johnson, donate 25 cents for every mile you run or walk. Health IQ -Marathon Training Academy is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special rates on life insurance. Go to to support the show and learn more. Bedgear Performance Bedding– Bedgear uses heat-deflecting, moisture-wicking, and air flow technologies to get you sleeping deep so you wake ready to perform at your peak. Use code MARATHON20 to get 20% off. CW Hemp -use promo code MTACWHEMP for 10% off Charlotte’s Web products – including their new creams and balm. The post Biggest Running News from 2017 + How to Have an Epic Year! appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Dec. 23, 2017
We’ve been long time fans of Ryan Hall and always hoped to have him on the podcast. Ryan is a former professional runner, 2x olympian, American record holder in the half marathon, and the only American who has run a sub 2:05 marathon. These days he runs to raise money for great causes. In this conversation you will hear how Ryan manages pain in the marathon and how he reframes the word “hard”. Plus, you’ll hear the story of how, at 13 years old, he had faith that one day he would run with the best in the world and use his running to help others. Lot’s of great stories and tips in this interview! Interview with Ryan Hall Ryan Hall set the U.S. record in the half marathon when he ran 59:43 at the Houston Half Marathon in 2007- the first American to break one hour barrier. He placed 10th Olympic Marathon in Beijing. He’s the only American to run sub-2:05 (2:04:58 at Boston). His wife Sara Hall is also an elite runner -she just won the 2017 USATF Championship in 2:28:10. The Halls have 4 adopted daughter, sisters, from Ethiopia in 2015. Quotes from this interview How you define hard is how you are going to experience hard. So much of running is about being able to shift your perspective as you go. What you believe about yourself is going to determine where you go in life. What set me apart from a lot of runners that I ran against is that I wasn’t afraid to risk a lot and fail. Sometimes our biggest failures come right before our biggest breakthroughs. When I could get outside of myself I was much better at managing pain. Focus more on your heart than your performance. Happy feet make light feet. Seeing this video always makes me want to go out and run! Links Ryan and Sarah Hall Website Hall Steps Foundation Running with Joy book Also Mentioned in This Episode Health IQ -Marathon Training Academy is sponsored by Health IQ an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special rates on life insurance. Go to to support the show and learn more. RXBAR -a whole food protein bar made with a few simple, clean ingredients, which all serve a purpose: Egg whites for protein. Dates to bind. Nuts for texture. 100% delicious! Bedgear Performance Bedding– uses heat-deflecting, moisture-wicking, and air flow technologies to get you sleeping deep so you wake ready to perform at your peak. Use code MARATHON20 to get 20% off. CW Hemp -use promo code MTACWHEMP for 10% off Charlotte’s Web products – including their new creams and balm. The post Interview with Ryan Hall appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Dec. 15, 2017
In this episode Angie recaps the Rehoboth Beach Marathon in Delaware her 51st marathon and in the quick tip segment, we share tips and gear recommendations for running in the cold. Race Recap: The Rehoboth Beach Marathon The 10th annual Rehoboth Beach Marathon and Half Marathon was held on December 2, 2017. The race website is kind of funky looking but they sent out very informative emails and had a very active FB page which included lots of restaurant recommendations. The race gets excellent reviews on Marathon Guide. I found registration to be a bit expensive. Even if you pre-register 10 months in advance the fee is $100 then it goes up to $160 the closer you get to race day. The half marathon prices range from $85-140. Race Morning My alarm went off at 5:30 am and I got ready. Trevor and the boys drove me to the starting area. Fortunately there was very light traffic and about a 2.5 mile drive (less than 10 min) to get parked near the bandstand on Rehoboth Ave. There is free parking in the downtown area and if you arrive early (around 6am) there will be plenty of spots. In the summer months they feature free concerts at the bandstand area with is right next to the beach. I was able to get race morning packet pick up which was fast and easy. They had gender specific shirts (black for the guys and lavender for the ladies) and we also got the after party wrist band (extras are available for $30 pre-purchase). I got my bib pinned on, sat in car for a while, and then Trev & boys left. The unofficial gear checkThere were some indoor bathrooms and line of port o pots and the lines before 6:30 am weren’t bad. They had an unofficial bag check where you basically just dumped your stuff in an open bin. As I waited for the race to start I saw the sun rise over the beach and ocean which was beautiful. The weather was clear and in the low 40’s. The race had pacing groups ranging from 3:00-5:30 for the marathon and half 1:40-3:00. Some runners were dressed up in holiday costumes (like Santa, holiday hats, ugly sweaters, a bear in a backpack, etc). There seemed to be many groups of friends together. After some pre-race announcements and the Star Spangled Banner the race started a couple minutes after 7am. The Course The town of Rehoboth Beach, DE, is located on the mid-Atlantic coast, is at sea level and is the largest beach resort area in the state of Delaware and has a year round population of around 1,500 people (which increases to over 20,000 during the summer months). We ran down Rehoboth Ave by shops, through some residential areas for about a mile and out of town down Ocean Drive with nice views of the sunrise over the ocean. Then the course continued out to the Gordon Pond Wildlife Area and Cape Henlopen State Park. This area had hard packed trails at around the 5k point through mile 8. I saw Academy member Foti Panagakos at this point and we started running together. The State Park area has WW2 bunkers and lookout towers from 1941 when the park was a military base. There are also beach views, coniferous trees, and marsh lands. It was a very beautiful and peaceful section of the course with a few very minor hills. There seemed to be a nice mix of first time marathoners and those more seasoned like 50 Staters and Marathon Maniacs. The half marathon course split off around mile 9. Overall the course was well marked and there were volunteers at appropriate locations. One thing that the course had was a couple long out and back sections which can sometimes be discouraging if you’re not prepared for them. Overall there were not a large amount of spectators except a few around aid stations and on some of the out and back areas. Around mile 20 the course enters the Junction and Breakwater Trails (a former rail corridor) for a final out and back. I saw Bart Yasso around that point cheering. The area had state and country flags hung over the trail, music, and an announcer to liven things up. There is a slight incline from mile 22-25 but it wasn’t very noticeable. After this trail section we head back into town to finish at 4th Street behind the Rehoboth Beach Running Company. Both the half and marathon have a time limit of 7 hours. Aid Stations The aid stations were located approximately every 2 miles and had water and sports drink. A couple also had gels and pickle juice. There was also an unofficial aid station candy stop and the Dairy Queen was handing out small ice creams at mile 10. There were port o pots located at the aid stations. For my fueling I used UCAN of course. I had a UCAN snack bar before the race and 2 servings of the mixture during the marathon which I took at pre-arranged intervals. My energy levels felt nice and solid, although I did enjoy a couple pieces of candy and some pickle juice during the race. Use the code MTA51 Finish Area At the finish line they gave out heat sheets, great medals (anchor/life preserver), water, sports drink, and chocolate milk. There was a large tent with the post race party and more post-race celebration at the top of Cultured Pearl Restaurant. Inside the tent there was a long beer line- Dogfish Head Brewery- 3 beers, DJ doing music, and people singing and dancing. There was also an amazing food spread: waffles, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, hamburgers, veggie burgers, baked beans, mac & cheese, pasta salad, chips, sodas. Another great bonus is getting free race photos. There were 945 marathon finishers and 1653 half marathon finishers. The male marathon winner was Jon Chesto with a time of 2:44:35. The female winner was Holly Smith with a time of 3:01:02. My Experience I enjoyed running with Foti for 13 miles and also interacting with other runners out on the course. I met a firefighter who had just run Philly the weekend before in his full fire gear. I saw a shirt that said, “Slow and steady wins the race, unless you’re doing a real race.” I always like observing clever race shirts and signs. The weather started in the mid-40’s and got up to the low 50’s with only a slight wind. It really was ideal running temps. I wore a throw away shirt that I got rid of around mile 2, light gloves from the Dollar Store, arm sleeves, capris, my MM tank, Altra Escalantes, and my lucky hat. After about 3 miles I took my gloves off and rolled my arm sleeves down mid-race (but pulled them up again toward the last couple of miles in some wind). My hip flexors and hamstrings were feeling very tight and I stopped to squat down and stretch a couple times (which always prompts runners to inquire whether you’re all right). My mantra after mile 18 was inspired by an Academy member named Courntey and it was, “This is fun, this is fun, pain is a liar.” After some rest time in the afternoon our family got together with Foti and Judy at Chesapeake and Maine (a seafood place by Dogfish Head Brewery). The next day we stopped by the Delaware State Capitol. if (window.addEventListener){ window.addEventListener("message", function(event) { if( >= 22) { if(, 22) == "__MM-LOCATION.REDIRECT") location =; } }, false); } else if (window.attachEvent){ window.attachEvent("message", function(event) { if( >= 22) { if (, 22) == "__MM-LOCATION.REDIRECT") location =; } }, false); } With my oldest son. Also Mentioned in the Episode Running in the Cold At pretty much every race you run you’ll see runners in a huge variety of clothing options. As someone who typically runs a little warm during races I’m always amazed at people bundled up with weather that’s 50 degrees or warmer. At Rehoboth Beach I saw everything from shorts and singlets to one man who had literally covered himself from head to toe (with only his eyes showing) for the race. One key is to start to learn how your body reacts to various weather conditions and dress appropriately. And remember that if you’re warm at the start (not counting those throw away layers) then you’re probably going to overheat quickly. You’ll often hear the advice to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer. And when in doubt be sure to wear layers that can easily be removed or discarded. Gear Recommendations from the MTA community: Head- Buff balaclava -great for head or neck; Top- Underarmour base layer; Craft running jacket Bottoms- EMS Techwick tights Hands- convertible mittens keep the hands warmer, dollar store knit gloves for chilly weather (can be easily discarded or tucked in a pocket). Feet- Darn Tough wool socks; Yaktraks removable strap Sponsors Generation Ucan -the revolutionary new way for runners to fuel without sugar. Use the code MTA51 to save 15% Sun Basket – makes it easy and convenient to commit to healthy eating. Get $35 off your first order through our link! Bedgear Performance Bedding– uses heat-deflecting, moisture-wicking, and air flow technologies to get you sleeping deep so you wake ready to perform at your peak. Use code MARATHON20 to get 20% off. Virtue Labs -a new haircare brand with a vision: To give everyone the best hair scientifically possible. Use the code MTA to try Virtue at 10% off, plus free shipping. Shout Out I had a pretty decent day at San Antonio today. I ran 3:32:58 and amazingly, I was third in my AG, which has never happened before, so it must have been OK. I’ve learned so much from Coach Steven in the past 6 months, and I kept his advice in my mind, and I think that’s what helped me to have a decent start and not completely fall apart in the end. All I can say is “thanks” — it’s been very challenging, but so much fun. -Mitch G. The post Race Recap: The Rehoboth Beach Marathon appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Dec. 6, 2017
In this episode we ask listeners what got them into long distance running and what running has taught them about life. In the quick tip segment we share of list of books that will fuel your passion! From the Running Community with Love . . . The first ever MTA Virtual Half was held in November. We about 350 people participate from all over the world. To the best of my knowledge we had runners from . . . 47 US states plus D.C. and Puerto Rico. Top three states: California, Texas, and New York 8 Canadian provinces and territories: BC, AL, SK, MB, ON, QB, NS, YK 9 European countries: UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain 5 Australian states: WA, SA, NSW, VIC, and QLD. Plus these countries: New Zealand, Kuwait, The Bahamas, Israel, Colombia, China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Japan. The MTA Virtual Half was a lot of work (we packaged all the swag ourselves) but it was a huge success and the positive vibes from the runners has been phenomenal! Here are some photos and quotes . . . Ran the virtual half on board USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on 22 November on a treadmill (yuck) with a great view. The rocking of the ship does add a little bit of a challenge, but all went well! Completed the half in 2:7:49s (with a trip over the international date line in the middle)! -Daniel Minnick. Finally smashed out the MTA virtual half today! I didn’t expect to run it in just seven minutes over my personal best while off-season – a little encouragement and motivation goes a long way! Thank you to Trevor, Angie and the academy for making this possible, it was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait for the next virtual event! –Vi Tran (South Australia) It took me all of November to admit to myself that I wasn’t ready to run a half marathon again having just had a baby in July, though the training goal did motivate me for some nice runs. So instead I took my 4,5 month old daughter with me for a looong walk with the stroller. Was hoping to walk the full distance . . . we were out 4,5 hours (!) including a nursing stop outside in a bus station. . . Lovely clear winter day with temperature started at -2 Celsius, but warmed up just above freezing during the day. – Line Seglem Larsen (Stavanger, Norway) Virtual MTA half marathon from Medellin, Colombia. Thanks so much to Trevor and Angie for putting this together. My participation was a way to say thank you to both of you for the excellent podcast over the last 7 years. I have listened to every single episode since # 1, and most of what I know about running has been through you. It even inspired me to launch my own running podcast in Spanish. Keep up the good work. –Luis Miguel Garzon Vega Finished my MTA Virtual Half in Hawaii today! Really significant to me because it symbolizes my comeback from injury. Plus I get a great swivel head medal! Thanks to the MTA community for your support and encouragement! -Pat McCain (Hawaii) MTA Virtual Half done ! A great way to spend my last long run this year. Not my best time but was determined to enjoy the surroundings for once despite the miserable weather in Scotland. .. defo time for cake I think! -Paula Guilliard (South Lanarkshire, UK) Greetings from Duisburg, Germany ! After getting married on the 28th of October, we spend most of this month on our honeymoon in Thailand (starting 29th October until 20th of November). Therefore I had to pause my training for more than 3 weeks. .. Nevertheless, I wanted to do the #marathontrainingacademy #virtualhalf, so I put on my running gear today and got on the street! We had 5° Celsius and headwind, perhaps it was not the best idea to just wear a T-Shirt but I kept running, although my arms were freezing! And I finished without slowing down! Thank you for the motivation to go out and run even if you don’t feel like it! Looking forward to the medal, it’ll perfectly suit my wedding dress (and no, I didn’t run in my wedding dress ). Greetings to all the fantastic, motivating people in this group and of course to Trevor and Angie! Love your podcast! Keep up the good work! Caroline de Beule (Germany) Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! I just wanted to share my boyfriend and I’s gratitude for putting on a great race! My boyfriend has never really run before meeting me and he wanted to be supportive of my sport and run a race with me. With our school and work schedules, it is very difficult to find a race that we could do. When my mom mentioned your race and how we could do it anytime during November, we felt that it was the perfect race for us to do. We decided that we would do our race and seal our fate on November 17th at our local YMCA. It was not only my boyfriend’s first half marathon, it was also his first race EVER! I am so extremely proud of him for “Releasing the Krakenâ€� through some mishaps (asthma and a malfunctioning watch). He was able to finish it in excellent time and did not give up. We had a ton of support from our YMCA (and was even featured on their Facebook page) and from our family. Thank you, again, for such a wonderful race and hope to do it again in the future! I am attaching some pictures from our race day! -Stephanie Garcia(Texas) Hi Trevor and Angie! Last Saturday I ran the Virtual Half Marathon, which was my first half. I am a 17 year old girl from Pennsylvania and I started running 4 months ago to improve my fitness, but when I found your podcast it opened the running community to me and I fell in love with running. When I heard about the Virtual Half, I decided to challenge myself and sign up. With only ever running a 5k distance, I didn’t think I could do it but your running wisdom got me to my goal strong and healthy (I included my stats and a before and after picture below). I listened to your podcast on every training run I did throughout the MTA beginner half marathon plan and during some cold, windy long runs it was the only reason I kept going. Your podcast has taught me so much and I definitely could not have done this without either of you because both of you inspire me to become the best lifetime runner I can be. During the Virtual Half, I felt confident and happy almost the entire time and during the tough last 2 miles I even yelled “Release the Kraken!” Listening to your podcast and yelling that phrase got me through the 13.1 miles without needing a walk or stop break, something I once thought impossible. Don’t stop what you are doing because everyday you create new passionate runners like me. Thank you both again because I couldn’t have done it without you! -Abby Watson (Pennsylvania) Love love the medals !!!! And my daughter wants to steal my hat thankyou Trevor and Angie, you 2 rock !!! I swear I almost cried opening up my package, felt just as excited as when I completed the mta virtual half please do this again next year. -Frank & Jessica Atondo (Arizona) To See More Epic Photos from the MTA Virtual Half See: The post Inspiration from the Worldwide Running Community appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Nov. 23, 2017
In this episode we motivate you to do the hard thing in endurance and life! We speak with Rob Jones, a double amputee who just ran 31 marathons in 31 days. Plus, Trevor recaps his Spartan Beast race in South Carolina and Angie gives a survey of the toughest races in the world -which will change your definition of hard. Motivation to Do the Hard Thing Rob Jones was wounded by a land mine as a combat engineer with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan in 2010. His injuries required double above the knee amputations and extensive rehabilitation. He was fitted with prosthetics at the Walter Reed Medical Center where he relearned how to stand, walk, run, ride a bicycle and row. photo credit: Rob Jones Journey Rob trained for the 2012 Paralympics where he got a bronze medal in rowing. In 2013 he did a solo self supported transcontinental bike ride where he rode 5200 miles across the US in 181 days. His most recent challenge was running 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days to raise awareness and funds for wounded veteran charities (we talked to him on day 28). Rob successfully finished his 31st marathon on Veterans Day 2017 -running 812 miles total and raising over $150k for charities. You can find out more by visiting: Rethinking What We Call Hard Life can be full of pain. If you doubt that statement then a few minutes of listening to the news should be sufficient to change your mind. Although life is also good it can be hard and there is value in doing the hard thing. One benefit of challenging yourself is that through chosen discomfort you can build better resilience to face the pain that we don’t choose and can’t control. Building mental, physical and emotional resilience can make you a stronger and more compassionate person. One great things about training for marathons is that it can help us redefine what is truly hard in life. In the grand scheme of things most of the irritations we experience on a day to day basis are first world problems. The dictionary defines this as “a relatively trivial or minor problem or frustration (implying a contrast with serious problems such as those that may be experienced in the developing world).” Many first world problems include not finding a close parking spot, having to take the stairs, not having WiFi 24/7, not having a Starbucks nearby, having little leg room on a flight, dealing with a grumpy waiter or service professional, etc. These things are not truly hard. Marathon training gives us a broader framework to experience the world. And if you’re at the point in your fitness where you don’t find the marathon hard anymore there are always lots of other hard endurance races to choose from. Here are some of the hardest endurance races in the world: Marathon de Sables– Sahara Desert, Moroco: 150-156 mile stage race split over 6 days through the blistering desert. Hardrock 100– Silverton, CO: 48 hour time limit through the San Juan Mountains, 33,000 feet of ascent with the highest point at 14,000 feet and 33,000 of descent through tough terrain. The Everest Marathon– Mt Everest Base Camp: participants are required to spend 3 weeks in Nepal prior to get acclimated to the elevation which starts at 18,000 feet and finishes down the mountain at 11,300 feet in very cold conditions. The Barkley Marathons– TN: very hard to get entry, 100+ mile course: 120,000 feet of climbing, having to navigate and finish in less than 60 hours. Only 15 people have finished in the race’s 30 year history. Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc– France: 106 mile course loops through France, Italy and Switzerland through tough and gorgeous mountains. The Patagonian Expedition Race– Chile: this team event has a different course of 375-500 miles every year and requires navigation and survival skills as well as rock climbing and sea kayaking within a 10 day period. The race course is not announced until 24 hours before. Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile– NY City: longest certified road race where runners start at 6am and run through midnight for 52 days in a row. Badwater 135– Death Valley, CA: starts at the lowest part of Death Valley in July and finishes at the end of the road on Mt Whitney. Over 14,600 ascent, 6,000 feet of descent and extremely hot conditions. Pike’s Peak Ascent and Marathon– Manitou Springs, CO: Starts at 6,300 feet and winds along a narrow trail to 14,115 feet on top of Pike’s Peak and then turns around to make the descent. The Munga– Belfast, South Africa: Along the Munga Trail where you have 120 hours to navigate around 400k (250 miles). Iditarod Trail Invitational– Alaska: You can run, fat bike or ski the 1,000 mile course. Only about 58 individuals have finished since the event was started in 2000. The Jungle Marathon– Amazon Jungle, Brazil: It’s called the world’s “wildest eco race” that transverses jungles and swamps through 100 degree heat and humidity. They offer a marathon, a 4 stage 80 mile ultra and a 6 stage 158 mile ultra. Spartathalon– Athens, Greece: 150 miles+ along the route that Pheidippides ran from Athens to Sparta. Dean Karnazes talked a lot about this in his book “Road to Sparta.” Other honorable mentions include Western States 100 in CA, Eastern States 100 in PA, Leadville Trail 100 in CO, HURT100 in Hawaii, Bob Graham Round in UK (hits 42 peaks in the Lake District), The Dragon’s Back Race in Wales (5 day, 188 miles, total climbs double the height of Everest 56,000 feet), Grand to Grand Ultra (Grand Canyon in AZ to summit of Grand Staircase in UT- self-supported 170 miles in 7 days), 6693 Ultra (choose 120 or 350 miles across the Arctic Circle, described as coldest, toughest and windiest), Ultra Trail Mt Fuji in Japan (105 miles in 46 hours), Plain 100 in WA (100-112 miles in 36 hours, totally self supported). Also Mentioned in This Epsisode . . . The Spartan Beast in South Carolina Does this look fun? Trevor completed his Spartan Trifecta -running 3 distances in 1 calendar year. Read his race recap here. Health IQ -Marathon Training Academy is sponsored by Health IQ an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special rates on life insurance. Go to to support the show and learn more. BEDGEAR® Performance Bedding uses heat-deflecting, moisture-wicking, and air flow technologies to get you sleeping deep so you wake ready to perform at your peak. Use code MARATHON20 to get 20% off through December 31. Virtue Labs -a new haircare brand with a vision: To give everyone the best hair scientifically possible. Use the code MTA to try Virtue at 10% off, plus free shipping. Molekule – Creates a clean air purification experience. Molecule breaks down harmful microscopic pollutants like allergens, mold, bacteria, viruses, and even airborne chemicals. This starts from the materials used on the device to a streamlined filter subscription – with replacement filters arriving at your doorstep right when you need them. For $75 off your first order enter the promo code MTA at checkout. Shout Out! Hi Angie and Trevor, I am a relatively new listener and live in San Francisco. 5 years ago I was hit by a truck as I was crossing the street. My journey to return to health has been long but in some ways that accident was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It helped me to understand in a profound way how important our health is in order to live an enjoyable life. Somewhere along that journey I got it into my head that I want to try a half-marathon. I searched for a podcast on running tips and motivation, found yours, and it became my favorite right away. I wanted to suggest the book *Running With the Mind of Meditation* as a recommended read. The idea to recommend it came to mind during a couple of your shows, particularly in the Munich marathon recap where Trevor mentioned the emotional feelings he experienced during that race. Thank you both again for all of the good work you are both doing. Warmly, -Michelle The post Motivation to Do the Hard Thing! appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.
Nov. 13, 2017
In this episode we bring you a marathon success story with Academy member Karima Modjadidi who kept a recurring knee injury at bay and earned a PR and BQ at her recent Marathon. Plus, Angie talks about the Boston Marathon qualifying standards and what it takes to run a BQ. Interview with Karima Modjadidi Karima ran the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon (we refer to it as the Via) in Allentown, Pennsylvania this Fall. The race is known for being a last chance Boston Qualifier however last year (2016) it was interrupted by a train crossing for 8 minutes which led to people missing their BQ. Karima’s goal was to run a Boston Qualifying time at this year’s Via Marathon, but a nagging pain in the knee messed up her last 4 weeks of training. In this conversation you will hear how she and her coach worked through it and what he told her before the race. She’s been training with MTA Coach Steve Waldon. Spoiler alert: She did qualify for Boston and set a PR! She’s amazing! Karima is originally from Bethlehem, PA, hometown of Bart Yasso. She’s a PhD student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC and studies Psychology and Law. Her marathon PR is 3:24:56 This conversation illustrates the ups and downs of training and the often epic struggle that goes into earning a BQ. We hope you enjoy it! Karima and parents after the Via Marathon Karima with fellow MTA-ers Foti Panagakos and Mitch Goldstein Also Mentioned in This Episode MTA Coaching Services -if you are interested in putting the power of a running coach behind your training we have a limited number of spots open at the moment. Health IQ -Marathon Training Academy is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special rates on life insurance. Go to to support the show and learn more. BEDGEAR® Performance Bedding uses heat-deflecting, moisture-wicking, and air flow technologies to get you sleeping deep so you wake ready to perform at your peak. Use code MARATHON20 to get 20% off through December 31. RXBAR -a whole food protein bar made with a few simple, clean ingredients, which all serve a purpose: Egg whites for protein. Dates to bind. Nuts for texture. The post Marathon Success Story + What it Takes to Qualify for Boston appeared first on Marathon Training Academy.