Ask the Coach Q&A (part 1)

In this episode we are joined by two coaches on our team and answer questions sent in from Academy members and listeners about running injuries, ultra training, shakeout runs, super shoes, mileage per week, and more! Continue Reading →


29 Minute PR in the Marathon

Congrats to our coaching client Gareth on running a 29 minute PR, he writes,

“Mesa Marathon in the books. My #3 Marathon and a PR by 29mins!! I couldn’t have nailed this one without an awesome training block under the guidance of Coach Antonio. I really enjoyed the process and mixture of sessions throughout the build up – I leant on the feeling of those tough ones when the race got heavy at Mile 21 yesterday.

Weather wasn’t superb – however the atmosphere and location were spot on! Through the rain and puddles – I kept to the plan we’d discussed and I knew at halfway I was rolling ok. Squally showers kept the temperature low and the feet drenched.

The quads were banged up from the early fast downhill sections, and at Mile 23 needed to dig real deep . . . found something in the tank and kicked it home with a strong last 3 miles to run 3.30.34.

This is my first race with a coach formulating a specific and guided plan and can absolutely testify to its value! Much thanks Coach Antonio and bring on the next PR chase!”


Tips on Running a Big City Marathon

In this episode we share tips on running a big city marathon, like one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Plus, we speak with an official charity partner of the Tokyo Marathon about literacy rates for children, especially girls, around the world.

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The Untethered Runner -Interview with Dave Proctor

In this episode we speak with Canadian ultra-runner Dave Proctor author of the book Untethered: The Comeback Story of one of the Longest Fastest Runs in History. In 2022 Dave ran across the entire length of Canada in 67 days, averaging 105.3 kilometers (65.4 miles) per day!
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Life is Fun, That’s My Motto

Congrats to Anna from Finland on finishing the 2500 Mile Challenge! She finished this distance challenge around the same time as her retirement party. She writes,

“Day before yesterday was my retirement party, 67 years on the earth 🙈😎💕💕🎂🎂🎼🥳🥳 And what a party that was! Today I reached my 2500 miles medal 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️👏🏻👏🏻👍🤗☀️Thanks Angie and Trevor Spencer for all fantastic medals!❤️ Life is Fun! That’s my motto since many years!”


Finding a Logos (Meaning) in Your Running

What makes life worth living and how can we relate this discovery to long distance running?

I recently finished the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. It’s a powerful personal narrative and keen first-hand observation into what makes life bearable in the worst of circumstances. I recommend everyone read it.

Here’s a quick look at the book and what it might have to say about your next long run. Continue Reading →


Running Retreat in the Alps with Trevor and Angie

photo credit: @runthealps, @kimberly.strom

Trevor and Angie will be hosting a nine day run/hike on the famous Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB).

The Tour du Mont-Blanc is the most famous trail running route in the world, and for good reason. Wandering over mountain trails from France, to Italy, to Switzerland and back into France, the “TMB” footpath includes some of the most iconic mountain terrain anywhere.

We believe this trip will be a transformational experience on many levels. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the Alps, challenged by the distance around Mont Blanc (roughly 165k), and get to hang out with Trevor, Angie, and fellow MTA podcast fans!

The tour starts on July 11th 2024. Please email us if you want to be added to the waiting list! There are currently 0 spots available but we can add you to the list if one opens. Continue Reading →


Motivation for Your 2024 Running Goals

In this podcast episode we give you a healthy dose of motivation as you think about your marathon training in the new year! Hear how fellow runners are dealing with setbacks, setting goals, and taking on new challenges. 💪

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MTA Podcast Featured by The Telegraph

Somehow I just found out that the The Telegraph listed our podcast among the “top 40 uplifting podcasts for mood, mind and body.”

The article is from 2019 and behind a paywall but here’s the blurb about us,

At first glance, the world of fitness podcasts is dominated by Wolf of Wall Street-esque motivational speakers, bodybuilders and bikini models promoting their “brands” while gnawing your ear off. But there are gems: the Marathon Training Academy offers tips to ultra-runners. An episode recapping the scenic Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland transported me to the Highlands, convincing me that a marathon might be a goal worth setting, if only to visit the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye.

The writer, Madeleine Howell, is referring to Angie’s recap of the Loch Ness Marathon.

Also, she probably uses “ultra-runners” to mean those who run a long ways, not ultramarathoners. Thanks Telegraph for the kind mention!


12 Marathons in 12 Months with MTA Coaching

Here’s a post from our client Heather Grazzini-Sims who had an awesome year. Enjoy!

“MTA Coach Abby was a huge asset to my success of completing 12 marathons in 12 months!

I started working with Coach Abby of MTA in the fall of 2021. I had several marathons under my belt at this time and had worked on and off with other coaches but I needed a change.

I like the process that MTA has for selecting coaches based on the runner’s profile. I also like that Coach Abby lives in a similar region, so our running conditions are often the same. After working together for about a year, I knew she could help me with my next crazy idea. Continue Reading →