Author Archive | Angie Spencer

Interview with Keira D’Amato

Keira D’Amato breaking the American record.

In this podcast episode we speak with Keira D’Amato, the 37 year old mother of two, who broke the American record in the marathon this year running 2:19:12!

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Keira describes her running career as “the road less travelled”. Hear how she went from injury and struggling through her first marathon to becoming the fastest female marathoner in the United States. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Dr. Stacy Sims, Menopause for Runners

In this podcast episode we speak with Dr. Stacy Sims a physiologist, nutrition scientist, and expert on sports performance for female athletes who are in perimenopause and postmenopause.

Stacy explains the challenges that women runners face in the perimenopause period and beyond; and what measures they can take to offset the downsides that come with aging (like loss in muscle mass, reduced bone density, and weight gain). 

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How to Set Yourself Up for Success After an Injury

In Part 1 of our injury episode we talked about how I’ve been dealing with my hamstring injury, what injury is, and how to get past denial to find a solution.

If you haven’t checked that episode out it may be helpful to go back and listen.

In this episode we want to go deeper into coping with injury, especially mentally and emotionally, and how to set yourself up for success in the recovery process.

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A strong, powerful, female athlete

Lauren (left) with Coach Athena (right)

Here is an awesome letter from a Texas runner named Lauren. She worked with MTA Coach Athena for six months inside our Coaching Services. Reposted with permission.

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Coach Athena,

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how grateful I am to have gotten to work with and learn from you.

So much of what I’ve gained from our time together goes beyond running, and it’s hard to put into words just how impactful you’ve been on my life since we connected last year.

When I reached out to MTA for coaching I never imagined I’d end up getting connected with someone who not only provided excellent training and guidance but also served as a key role model I so desperately needed.

You filled a gap I hadn’t realized existed (or perhaps just hadn’t acknowledged) – that of a mentor. And not just any mentor – a strong, powerful, female athlete. Continue Reading →

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Getting Real About Running Injuries

In this podcast episode I answer a question from a discouraged runner and share statistics, tips, and hope on dealing with an injury so you can keep doing what you love.

Many of the episodes that we do are inspired by emails and feedback that we get from listeners.

The question that prompted the topic of dealing with injury came in from Megan who asks,

“Question for Angie.  She’s been dealing with a hamstring injury.  I’m curious if she in hindsight feels like she did something wrong that could have prevented this injury.. . For someone who has all the tools and knowledge to prevent injury like you guys, to still get injured is disheartening to me.  I like to think if you’re smart, you can be an injury free runner, but I guess that’s not the case.  I’m dealing with a debilitating posterior tibial tendon disfunction that will likely never go away.” -Megan. Continue Reading →

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Marathon Success Story with Dipti Pandya

In this podcast episode we bring you a marathon success story as we speak with Academy member Dipti Pandya, a radiologist and mother of two, who just completed the Disney Dopey Challenge.

You will hear about the setbacks she faced during her training, including a cancer diagnosis, how she finds time to train, and what it was like to cross the finish line of her first marathon.

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Favorite Books from 2021

As you may know I love to read! I finished a total of 262 books in 2021 (kind of a cool number for a marathoner).

It broke down to 131 fiction and 131 non-fiction. About 30% of these were audio books. Pro tip: with the app Libby you can get free audiobooks through your local library.

Below I provided a list of my fiction and non-fiction favorites from 2021.
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Interview with Sally McRae -Keep Your Heart Up ❤️

In this episode we speak with ultra-runner Sally McRae winner of this year’s Badwater 135.

Sally grew up fast after tragedy struck her family at the age of 17.

Hear what it means to to “keep your heart up” as a runner. Plus, she looks back on how she conquered the fear of running at night; and gives practical tips for running defensively out on the trails. Enjoy!

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