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Author Archive | Angie Spencer

My Weight Loss Story

I am 30 pounds lighter than I was last year

As many of you know I’ve been working with a nutrition coach through a company called MetPro for the past nine months. At the time of this writing I’ve shed 30 pounds, have amazing energy, and am starting to see improvements in my marathon times! Many people have inquired about my journey so I thought I’d share more of the details. Continue Reading →

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Ask the Coach Episode (Part 2) + Books!

In this episode we answer questions sent in by Academy members about finding time for strength training, when to stretch, how to avoid cramping at the end of a marathon, and more, as we bring you part two of our Ask the Coach Q & A.

In the quick tip segment Angie shares the top book picks from her summer reading. Continue Reading →

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What if Your Training Plan Doesn’t Have the Correct Number of Weeks until Race Day?

Here is a type of question that we get frequently. We featured this question in the quick tip segment on episode 291 of the MTA Podcast.

“I’ve always wondered if I start a training plan with less than the number of weeks of the whole plan should I start it in the middle and count to the number of weeks left until my race? Or should I start at the beginning of the training plan and take it as far as I can until my race?” -Teri

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How to Prepare for Your First Trail 50k

For those who want to break into the ultra marathon world a 50k is a good distance to start with. If you’ve run a marathon and are currently injury free then a 50k is very do-able. In fact, we have a beginner 50k plan over on our website that’s 20 weeks in length and based on 4 running days per week (and cross training of course).

If you’ve recently completed a marathon and are looking to do a 50k you likely won’t need to start from scratch with your training and can simply jump into a training plan the appropriate number of weeks out from your race.

In some ways, training for a 50k is very similar to training for a marathon. The aim is to build on your endurance base and support structures through easy runs, hills, long runs, and core/strength training. It can also be beneficial to sign up for a marathon three weeks out from your 50k to use as a final long training run before you go into the tapering period. Continue Reading →

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How to Do a Mid-Year Running Review


Wow! At the time of this post we’re already more than halfway through 2019. That just blows my mind! We all have challenges to face along this crazy and wonderful journey of long distance running. If you’re not where you want to be right now don’t be afraid to re-evaluate your strategy.

By evaluating whether you’re where you want to be and making progress toward your goals you can know that your energy and efforts are going in the right direction. Continue Reading →

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Charlevoix Marathon Race Recap + How to Keep Pushing in a Marathon

The first main stop on our 2019 camping trip out West (which Trevor is calling our Ultramarathon Sufferfest Extravaganza) was the beautiful Charlevoix Marathon along the shores of Lake Michigan.

This was my 58th marathon, 45th state, and 4th fastest marathon.

The day went better than I expected and I managed to squeak out a BQ and get 1st place in my age group.

Let me tell you all about it . . .

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