Author Archive | Trevor Spencer

MTA ‘Trucker Style’ Technical Running Hat

Just a heads up that we have some of these highly coveted MTA running hats left over from this year’s Virtual Half. Grab one while supplies last!

This is a high quality ‘trucker-style’ technical running hat made from Boco Running, a Colorado-based company that specializes in trail running gear. It is made from performance woven material, wicking internal sweatband, structured front panels and adjustable plastic snap back closure. CLICK HERE TO ADD TO CART

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A Runner Friendly Hotel

I just got back from running the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. While in San Antonio I stayed at the fabulous Drury Plaza Hotel River Walk which was only The hotel 2 blocks from the starting line!

Drury has been a long time sponsor of the MTA Podcast and I’ve stayed at 3 dozen of their 150+ locations around the US. What we love about them is the comfortable beds, pool for the kids, fitness center, free food and drinks in the evening, and late check-out every time we’ve asked.

Use our link to save 15% off your room and received our Vintage Podcast Episode bundle as our way of saying thank you for booking through our link.

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Interview with Gene Dykes, 2:54:23 Marathon at Age 70

In this episode we bring you an interview with Gene Dykes the fastest marathoner over age 70 who ran a blistering 2:54:23. Plus we take you on the ground at the Philadelphia Half Marathon in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Continue Reading →

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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.

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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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