More in-person races are taking place around the world so in this episode we share how to get back into racing by evaluating your fitness level, choosing the right plan, and finding the time to train. Continue Reading →
Author Archive | Angie Spencer
At my most recent marathon, the Revel Wasatch, I had to modify my goal mid-race. I often talk about “doing hard things”, pushing yourself, and getting comfortable being uncomfortable. All of these are necessary elements in long distance running.
But we don’t often talk about is how continuing to push yourself can sometimes work against you whether in training or during a race. It’s important to stay strong but also be mentally flexible. There is a point when pulling the plug on your race goal is the hard thing to do but also a necessary choice. Continue Reading →
In this episode we speak with Dr. Stacy Sims, PhD., an Environmental Exercise Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist specializing in sex differences in endurance training.
She’s the author of the book Roar which I swear I recommend to someone at least once a week!
Dr. Sim’s research has had a big impact on my thinking, especially when it comes to strength training, and we are delighted to finally have her on the MTA podcast!
In this episode Angie recaps the Revel Wasatch Marathon in Utah, her 67th marathon to date. Plus you will hear how to modify your goal when things go wrong. Continue Reading →
If you ask just about any marathoner what the hardest part of training was, after mentioning the long runs, they just might say “the taper.” So what is the tapering period and how can you take advantage of it? Continue Reading →
In this episode and blog post I share the story of how strength training improved my running. I also answer great questions sent in by listeners.
Plus I’ll give you some tips on how to get started correctly.
Hopefully you were able to listen to Part 1 and were convinced of the importance of strength training.
Strength training is something that has had a positive impact on my development as a runner.
I felt a huge shift in my training and mindset when I decided to focus on being strong instead of trying to be thin.
We lose muscle mass as we age so it’s important that you choose to get stronger. Here are the benefits of strength training for runners . . . Continue Reading →
In this episode you will hear how to log a high mileage week and/or month while minimizing your risk of injury. MTA coaching client Elliot Shelton logged 141 miles in one week while competing against a running buddy in a mileage contest. Hear how he managed it.
In this episode we bring you an interview with Yolanda Holder, the Walking Diva. She has walked over 550 marathons and ultras and has a Guinness World Record for most marathons completed in a calendar year. And in the quick tip segment Coach Angie will answer a question sent in by a listener about pursuing big goals. Continue Reading →
In this episode we talk about how habit beats motivation when it comes to achieving your running goals. Plus Coach Angie shares tips on how to read more books in 2021. Continue Reading →
In this episode we take a look back at some of the top running related news and stories of 2020. Even in a chaotic year there were many positive and inspiring things that happened! Plus we’ll tell you about a 300 mile run challenge to keep you motivated in the new year.
On my birthday I decided to attempted a 5k PR on the treadmill.
Without a marathon on the calendar and lack of travel to in-person races I’ve had to get creative and think of other running goals.
Since running 42 miles to celebrate turning 42 seemed pretty daunting I decided to go for the 5k PR attempt.
I was happy to finish in 20:27 and average a 6:34 pace.
Here are some tips on improving your 5k time . . . Continue Reading →