“Let the Race Come to You” -Interview with JJ Stark-Modlin

In this episode we speak with Academy member JJ Stark-Modlin. Once upon a time she hated running and was even advised that, because of her injures, she’d never be able to run a full marathon.

She has since run 27 marathons and dropped her finishing time from 5:06 down to 3:32.

After a ten year journey she qualified for Boston at the Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon in Utah.

Her coach told her “Let the race come to you”.

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Don’t Fear Change, Master It!

Chances are you will not be the same runner in five years. In this episode we speak with Brad Stulberg -performance coach and author of new book ‘Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything is Changing —Including You’.

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From a 5:06 Marathon to 3:32 Marathon (BQ)!

We’d like to say a huge word of congrats to our client JJ Stark-Modlin on earning a BQ at the Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon! This was an epic 10 year journey in the making. She writes,

“I started running in the winter of 2012, using a Couch to 5K training plan that I found online and built up to my first 5K in May of 2012. I’ve always loved competition and was a competitive artistic roller skater for nearly 20 years prior to retiring and starting to run.

Once, I found racing, I was hooked on running. My family told me that due to my extensive history of injuries from skating, they doubted I would ever be able to run a marathon.

But I loved pushing myself to improve and to increase my distance running, building from a 5K to 10K, then half marathon by the fall of 2012. I was completely hooked researching everything I could about the running world. Continue Reading →


Come to Our Live Event in Boulder!

Trevor will be recording a live podcast interview and Q&A with Ultrarunner Scott Jurek at the Boulderthon in Boulder, Colorado, at 2:00 pm on October 7th 2023. Location = Expo Stage at Pearl and 14th St. Come to Boulder’s signature event with a downtown finish! Use the code MTA20 for 20% off your registration. www.boulderthon.org

Scott Jurek won the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run a record seven straight times. He has also finished first at the 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, and the Badwater 135. In 2015 he set the Appalachian Trail speed record, averaging nearly 50 miles a day over 46 days. He also set the United States all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles: 6.5 marathons in one day. Scott is a New York Times-bestselling author of Eat & Run and North.


Nutrition for Runners Q&A

In this episode we’re helping runners troubleshoot pre-run and intra-run fueling, bonking; nutrition for peri-menopause and menopause; how to add more protein to your diet, including vegan protein sources; dealing with nausea after a race; and the 3 essential nutrition practices you don’t want to ignore! Continue Reading →


Running Doesn’t Have to Suck

Imagine you are training for a marathon and your plan calls for a 20 miler this weekend. Does that sound fun?

Have you noticed that we speak of playing golf, playing tennis, playing hockey, etc., but we don’t say, “I’m playing marathon training”.

In endurance sports we run, we swim, we cycle, we lift weights. We don’t play.

But we should play!

Play is a strong biological drive that helps us children develop and continues into adulthood.

From an article on The Importance of Play for Adults,

Playing is just as important for adults as it is for children. Among its many benefits, adult play can boost your creativity, sharpen your sense of humor, and help you cope better with stress.

The trick is to look at running as “play”. Here are elements that make running fun: Continue Reading →


Running Marathons for Fun, Who Does That?

Running doesn’t have to suck! In this episode we explore the relationship between fitness and play. Learn about the psychology of “movement play” and seven ways to have fun while training for a marathon.

And don’t forget you’ll have a great time as an Academy member hanging out with us online! Learn more here.

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The Race That Changed Running

In this episode we speak with Doug Mayer -journalist and author of the book “The Race That Changed Running, The Inside Story of UTMB”. Plus we’ll tell you about a running retreat in the Alps we are hosting next year and how you can be a part! Continue Reading →


Interview with Martinus Evans -Slow AF Run Club

In this episode we speak with Martinus Evans author of the book, Slow AF Run Club. Hear how Martinus got into running while weighing over 300 pounds and how he overcame the challenges faced by slower runners! Continue Reading →