The “Social Distancing” Run 2021 Edition

At the start of the pandemic we didn’t imagine that in 2021 so many in-person races would still be cancelled or postponed.

Last year we launched the Social Distance Run in response to many of our members asking us to host a virtual race. The event went viral and 15,300 people joined in, which kept us very busy here at MTA.

We just launched the “Social Distancing” Run 2021 Version. We took last year’s medal and changed it to a beautiful blue color with earth in the background -since we are all united by running. The socially distant runners are carrying new items (like a vaccine). Register now and save $5! See more details here.

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Choose to Get Stronger [Part 2] My Story + How to Get Started with Strength Training

In our basement home gym. One of my favorite quotes is this one by Jocko Willink

Do you strength train?

In this episode and blog post I share the story of how strength training improved my running. I also answer great questions sent in by listeners.

Plus I’ll give you some tips on how to get started correctly.

Hopefully you were able to listen to Part 1 and were convinced of the importance of strength training.

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Some Things Take Longer

Congrats to Cassandra Smith on completing the 300 Mile Challenge! Here’s an inspiring post she shared in our FB group, reposted here with permission.
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SOME THINGS TAKE LONGER

Since completing Marathon Training Academy’s 100 mile challenge in September 2020 amid COVID-19 lockdowns and curfews, I was ready for their next challenge. Not sure, I anticipated that it would be all of 300 miles 😱

My Plan: Complete 100 miles each month from January to March which meant 4-5 runs per week at a minimum of 25 miles each week.
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First Marathon Accomplished Using MTA Beginner Plan

*Here is a nice email we received from a customer named Hanna Knapp.

“I want to share great news with you! I did it and ran my very first marathon. It was the Virtual Publix Atlanta Marathon 2021.

I could not have done it without you two, all the MTA friends and my supportive family.

I started running one and a half years ago. A friend who trained for her first half marathon inspired me. I got a bad back injury in the very first month of training. But this slipped disc could not stop me to start running again first thing after recovery. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Dick Beardsley -Redemption and Hope

In this episode we interview Dick Beardsley–2:08 marathoner, running ambassador, and motivational speaker.

His neck-and-neck race against Alberto Salazar at the 1982 Boston Marathon is famously known as the “Duel in the Sun” and lives on as Boston Marathon lore.

In 1989 Dick suffered severe injuries from a farming accident that badly mangled his body and later led to an addiction to pain killers. He also lost his 31 year old son, an Iraq War veteran, to suicide in 2015. If you are feeling hopeless or dealing with thoughts of suicide please reach out for help. The National Suicide Hotline Number is 1-800-273-8255. Through all the hardships Dick has persevered and is a true example of the power of redemption and hope.

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Interview with “The Walking Diva” Yolanda Holder

Yolanda Holder after completing 3100 miles in 52 days


In this episode we bring you an interview with Yolanda Holder, the Walking Diva. She has walked over 550 marathons and ultras and has a Guinness World Record for most marathons completed in a calendar year. And in the quick tip segment Coach Angie will answer a question sent in by a listener about pursuing big goals. Continue Reading →

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MTA Podcast Featured by Runner’s World

Big thanks to Runners’ World for recommending the MTA Podcast to their readers. See article here.

“If you’re training for 26.2, running coach Angie Spencer and her husband, Trevor, have everything you need to reach the finish line. Having hit the podcast’s 10th anniversary in 2020, the duo provides plenty of training tips, interviews, and reviews of marathons from around the world. (Angie has run one in every state!) While they don’t always bring on guests, runners like Sara Hall, Dathan Ritzenhein, and even actor Sean Astin have all stopped by.”

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