How to Improve Your 5k Time

On my birthday I decided to attempted a 5k PR on the treadmill.

Without a marathon on the calendar and lack of travel to in-person races I’ve had to get creative and think of other running goals.

Since running 42 miles to celebrate turning 42 seemed pretty daunting I decided to go for the 5k PR attempt.

I was happy to finish in 20:27 and average a 6:34 pace.

Here are some tips on improving your 5k time . . . Continue Reading →

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How to Keep Running Strong as You Get Older

This post was inspired by our interview with Marshall Ulrich who has taken on so many amazing challenges in his 50’s and 60’s (he will be 70 next year).

You don’t have to be “young” to take on challenges, set endurance goals, and follow your passions but there is an inevitable pace decline that eventually comes with aging along with a few more aches and pains.

Since we’re all getting older it’s important to be proactive about our health and training so that we can support our bodies the best way possible. Continue Reading →

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A Runner’s Weight-Loss Journey

(This story is from my younger sister Autum Haley who started working with MetPro after she saw my success).

After having my fourth baby in 2018, I was frustrated about weight loss and stuck at twenty pounds heavier than I wanted to be.

Despite doing all the things I’d previously done to lose weight after my other pregnancies, nothing worked and two years passed. It was the definition of stubborn weight — weight that refuses to budge despite your best efforts and doing all the “right” things.

Thanks to my sister Angie (who all you MTA followers might know!) I started working with a MetPro nutrition coach in January, here are my results . . . Continue Reading →

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So Psyched to Be a Marathoner!

Congrats to Academy member Jo Beth on running her first marathon at the Jackson Hole Marathon in Wyoming!

Here is what she wrote,

“So psyched I can finally share my own post saying I AM A MARATHONER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The weather forecast changed from sunny and gorgeous to cold and rainy two days before the race….and three days after I had packed up my car and driven to Jackson with no rain coat or long sleeve of any kind.

Luckily, Eddie Bauer saved the day and my childhood best friend and I were able to cross the finish line together smiling and crying tears of joy!

Thank you Angie and Trevor for helping me become a life long runner and changing my health and life for the better. I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN A MARATHON AND CHANGE MY LIFE!!!!!!!” Continue Reading →

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Race Recap: My 50 Mile Strugglefest

I didn’t really plan on running a 50 miler this fall but when the MCM turned into a virtual race I knew that I needed to see if I could find a new challenge, and preferably something that was an in-person race.

I looked around on Ultrasignup.com and found the Pine Creek Challenge which takes place in Northern PA. They offered several distances including a 100 miler, a 100k, 50 miler, and marathon. The 50 miler sounded like a good challenge considering the race was just 7 weeks away.

Fortunately I’d kept a strong running base over the summer and was able to gradually increase my mileage before a good taper. I got up to a 70 mile week and thankfully stayed healthy. My sister Autum signed up for the marathon so we decided it would be a fun race/sisters weekend. Continue Reading →

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Podcast Fan in Estonia Runs the Kihnu Marathon

This race report was sent in by an MTA Podcast fan Estonia named Joonas Püvi.

As you can imagine, all big marathons in Estonia have been cancelled (well, you can still run them virtually), so I wasn’t able to run my planned Tallinn Marathon.

Two weeks before the previously scheduled run I was double checking the marathon calendar and to my surprise, I found a small marathon still happening!

Not virtually, but physically!
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