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Author Archive | Trevor Spencer

The Running Shoe Episode!

In this episode we speak with running shoe expert Brian Metzler author of the new book Kicksology -the Hype, Science, Culture, and Cool of Running Shoes.

Plus Angie shares tips on how to get the most out of your shoes . . .

And you will hear from a runner whoโ€™s been listening to the MTA Podcast since the very beginning.

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3:12:02 Marathon at Age 51

This is an awesome email I received from a coaching client who just ran the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon last weekend.

“I coached myself for 17 years–and thought I was pretty good at it over the course of 3 marathons and 30+ half marathons. However, using an free online training plan for the marathon through the winter, I ended up with a 3:29 marathon at the end of March this year–well shy of the 3:25 qualifying time for a 51 year old male. And, of course, the actual time for entry needed is even faster. I made some adjustments and ran a second in mid-May, only to finish feeling weak, dizzy and in pain with a time of 3:33!

However, in just 3 months, Coach Joel helped me deliver a 17 minute PR in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and guaranteed me a place in the 2021 Boston Marathon with a 3:12:02. I must admit there were times my neighbors must have thought I was losing my faculties. Like when I was skipping backward down the sidewalk rotating my arms wildly clockwise and then counter clockwise. Or, how about running all out for 70 meters and then just standing there stock still for 2 mins and 45 seconds before repeating?! Yes, there are some seemingly crazy drills, but Coach Joel clearly knew what he was doing!! Continue Reading →

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Live Podcast Event from the New York City Marathon

In this bonus podcast episode you will hear the replay from our live event at the New York City Marathon. Angie spoke on a panel with fellow podcasters Tina Muir, Carrie Tollefson, and Emily Abbate about their marathon stories -the ups and downs of training.

Big thanks to all the listeners who attended and special thanks to Generation Ucan for organizing it. Enjoy!

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Episode #300! ๐ŸŽ‰ Listener Voicemails

In todayโ€™s show we celebrate reaching our 300th podcast episode by hearing from our amazing listeners! We asked runners to call in and tell us where they live, what they do for a living, and what races they have on the calendar.

Plus Angie recaps her recent marathon in Vermont -which she is calling one of her most challenging races yet. Continue Reading →

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Live Events at the NYC Marathon

Come join us for two events at the New York City Marathon this year!

Event #1. Live Podcast with Generation Ucan -Angie will be speaking at a live podcast event with Generation Ucan on Friday, November 1st from 6:30-8:00.

Event #2. Morning Shake Out Run -We are also hosting a short 2-mile shakeout jog / chat the day before the Saturday Nov. 2nd at 8:00 am.

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The Kaisermarathon in Sรถll, Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

Exactly one week before the 2 hour marathon barrier was broken in Vienna, Austria, I was in the county for a race of an entirely different variety. The Kaisermarathon (don’t you love how German smashes two nouns together) is a beautiful mountain trail race in the Wilder Kaiser region of Tyrol, in the Austrian Alps.

The race starts in the small village of Sรถll and winds its way onto a well-known (in that region) mountain called the Hohe Salve 1,829 meters (6,000 feet) above sea level. On this long awaited trip to Austria I was ready to trek through postcard-perfect scenes of Alpen paradise.

It rained relentlessly. Continue Reading →

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Participation Map for this Year’s Virtual Half

We are thrilled to have runners from 47 states + Puerto Rico and 6 Canadian provinces/territories signed up for this year MTA Podcast Virtual Half Marathon! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

We also have runners from 4 out of 8 states in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ and the following countries: Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ, Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ, India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช, UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ, Germany๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ, Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช, Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ, Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด, The Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ, and New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ.

Running is what brings us all together! You can still register for the race here: https://www.marathontrainingacademy.com/half

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Interview with Coach Bob Larsen

In this episode we bring you an interview with Bob Larsen -pioneering running coach, retired Head of Track and Field at UCLA, Meb Keflezighiโ€™s coach, and co-founder of the Mammoth Track Club.

Plus Angie will tell you about a GPS watch with a super long battery life.

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Running to the Edge

In this podcast episode we speak with Matthew Futterman, sports editor at the New York Times, about his new book Running to the Edge -A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed.

This interview provides an interesting overview of the last four decades of distance running, a reminder of how far we’ve come, and plenty of motivation to run to your edge!

In the quick tip segment, Angie shares a mantra for getting through the last 10k of a marathon. Continue Reading →

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Exploring the “Pain Cave” with Courtney Dauwalter

In this episode we speak with ultra runner Courtney Dauwalter -winner of the 2019 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc -the most prestigious trail ultramarathon in Europe.

She has also finished first at the Tahoe 200, Western States 100, Moab 240 and many other ultras.

And in the quick tip segment you will hear about nutrition strategies for building muscle and promoting recovery.

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A Question About Losing Those Last 10 Pounds

Today’s question comes from a runner named Ellen who eats a heathy diet but still desires to lose those last (stubborn) 10 pounds.

We are answering one question per day sent in by subscribers to the MTA email newsletter. Our friend Angelo Poli from MetPro will be helping us answer some of the complex weight loss questions (like today’s) and sharing tips.
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