On the Ground at the Boston Marathon

In this podcast episode we recap the 125th Boston Marathon. Feel the energy from the crowds and hear from runners at the MTA Meet up. Coach Angie takes you along the course and shares interesting facts about the world’s most prestigious marathon.

The date of the 2021 Boston Marathon was changed from Patriot’s Day in April to October 11th– a full 910 days after the last Boston Marathon in 2019. It took place the day after the Chicago Marathon (a number of runners did a double requiring logistical and physical endurance).

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“Can’t wait to see what else I can accomplish!”

Here’s is a wonderful email from Emily, a MTA coaching client, who just completed her first marathon. Congrats Emily on your success!

“Dear MTA, I’ve been listening to the MTA podcast for about 5 years now. Always inspired by the recaps and never really thought I could be a success story due to the fact that training for a 10k or even a 5k would always end up with me developing some sort of injury.

I always wanted to be a runner but I was never consistent enough- I would get discouraged then come back to it every few months. After many failed attempts at trying to train on my own, I bit the bullet and contacted MTA for help. Now today I am proud to say that I am a success story!

I wanted to express my gratitude for having me paired with MTA Coach Antonio to help me get through my first marathon. I was able to show up and successfully complete the 2021 Chicago Marathon injury free! I have gone through so many ups and downs these past few months and Coach Antonio has been nothing but supportive and informative through all of it.

He drew up a training plan that was suitable for me. It was not overwhelming and he really built my confidence up that made me truly believe that I can do hard things! Thank you soooo much again, MTA!!! Running the Chicago Marathon has truly changed my life . . . I can’t wait to see what else I can accomplish!!” Regards, Emily Novak Continue Reading →

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New personal best by over 48 minutes

Congrats to Artiea on the solid training build up and shaving 48 minutes off her PR!!

“I’m checking in after running the Virtual Boston Marathon on Sunday, 10/10 in New York City. As you know, I purchased the training plan with a goal finish time of 5:15, I’m happy to report that I finished in 5:20!!! Overall, I’m so happy with how prepared I felt going into this virtual race. I was able to maintain a consistent pace throughout only slowing down to cross through a few traffic lights. This is a new personal best for me by over 48 minutes. Thank you for curating such an excellent training plan. I am running NYC marathon in 4 weeks, hoping to carry this momentum into that race.” -Artiea

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I Hate Running and You Can Too!

In this episode we speak with Brendan Leonard author of the book I Hate Running And You Can Too -How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Make Sense of an Irrational Passion.

Hear why it’s ok to walk in a marathon and why you get to create your own definition of success.  

We also ask Brendan about what it’s like to make a living as an outdoor writer.

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Shoutouts from the Berlin Marathon

I’m a week late in posting this but congrats to all our Academy members and coaching clients on running the Berlin Marathon this year. I wish I could have been there!

Cecilia from Sweden earned a PR on a hot day!

“My finish time of 4:11:49 was slower than I had hoped for BUT only after the finish I fully realized how tough conditions had been . . . I still ran a PR of almost 5 minutes 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻! So in the end I am super happy about the race and the result! Just need to find a cooler one for my next attempt of getting closer to that 4 hour mark 😊! And of course, I need to send huge thanks to MTA coach Joel Royal Pearson who has put up with me for over 3 years now 😉. Without him I would never be in this place today!”
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What strength training exercises do you recommend for runners?

MTA Coach Athena answers a question about strength training for runners. Learn about personalized coaching through Marathon Training Academy here.

“My question concerns strength training. We hear all the time that strength training needs to be incorporated in running plans. However, I am not sure what this actually means. Is it lifting weights…or squats…or lunges? What strength training exercises do you recommend for runners and for how long or how many reps would be beneficial? -Thanks for all you do!” Deborah Kiernan

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Interview with Dave McGillivray -Race Director of the Boston Marathon

In this podcast episode we speak with Dave McGillivray the longtime race director at the Boston Marathon. Always picked last for sports due to being short, Dave found running at an early age. He first attempted the Boston Marathon at 17.

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What about speedwork for half marathon training?

Coach Nicole answers a question about speedwork and internal training. Learn more about MTA Coaching here:

I started running about 10 years ago at the age of 40. (Late bloomer). I’ve always been slow-ish. My best half-marathon time is 2:20. How can I get faster? I know all the buzz words like intervals and tempo runs. But what does that look like when I’m running around my neighborhood or local park? Sprint from mailbox to mailbox? Watch my Garmin the whole time? I guess I’m looking for home grown suggestions that are easy to follow. Linda

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How Many Calories Should I Consume on Long Run Days Versus Lower Mileage Days?

Metabolism expert Angelo Poli from MetPro answers a question about fueling properly and metabolism regulation. Talk to a metabolic expert about your goals: www.metpro.co/mta

I do have a question regarding fueling properly and metabolism regulation. I have trouble knowing how many calories to consume on long run days vs lower mileage days. Is it possible to damage your metabolism by under-fueling/over fueling for your runs? How do we know if we are taking in too many calories as a runner? Thank you! Rebecca Sewald

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What are healthy snacks to keep hunger in check between meals?

Metabolism expert Angelo Poli from MetPro gives recommendations on healthy snacks for runners to help keep hunger in check between meals. Talk to a metabolic expert about your goals: www.metpro.co/mta

I always feel motivated when listening to your podcast! Your enthusiasm, humor, education, and podcast topics helped me get back into running after my first AND second baby! “I can do hard things!” I find that I am more than 1 minute per mile slower post babies, which is hard to accept as I like competing with myself! I wonder if it’s due to my change in nutrition, or sleep, or both?! I would love to learn about quick, practical snacks for a full scheduled, working mom of two, trying to get back to quick paced running, please! I appreciate your knowledge, inspiration, and time. Sincerely, Berenise Lemus Balguma

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Q&A | Training Tips for Older Runners

Coach Nicole Hart answers a question from an older runner. Learn more about MTA Coaching here.

“I am now 75 years old and still run about 20 miles/week. I have run a few marathons, (and many half marathons) but not in a few years. What do you recommend for an old guy like me for getting back in marathon shape? Should I pay attention to my heartrate or to my pace? What should my optimal running weight be? My goal would be to run as best I can in order to make a judgment as to whether or not I might be able to qualify for Boston. So, what should my goal be?” -Herb

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