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Author Archive | Angie Spencer

Heart Rate Training and More with Dr. Phil Maffetone

When it comes to heart rate training perhaps you have heard of the Maffetone Method -which is a calculation that uses 180 minus your age to find your maximum aerobic function.

The genius of heart rate training is that it trains your body’s systems to tap into its fat stores for energy instead of primarily burning sugar.

That’s why we are excited to have Dr. Maffetone on the podcast to pick his brain about the MAF Method, inflammation, and the over-fat pandemic. Continue Reading →

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How Hiking Can Fit into Your Marathon Training

One of many hikes with the kids this summer.

For runners who also enjoy hiking it can be a challenge to know how hiking can fit into your marathon training plan without you feeling sore all the time or getting injured.

Hiking can be approached in so many different ways depending on the type of elevation, length of the hike, your pace, and how many rest breaks you take.

I personally feel that hiking can take the place of easy runs, be done on some cross training days (as long as you’re not neglecting strength work), and even be an occasional substitute for long runs. Continue Reading →

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The Importance of Electrolyte Replenishment

Let’s talk about electrolyte replenishment during long runs and races. As runners we all sweat to some degree. Amazingly, each person has around 100 sweat glands on a quarter sized area of your skin for a total of 2.6 million total sweat glands. The amount we sweat depends on our gender, fitness level, weather conditions, altitude, and a few other factors.

Our bodies are designed to effectively keep a stable body temperature which can present a challenge during prolonged running, especially in warm conditions. Continue Reading →

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How to Go From Couch to Marathon


In this episode we tell you How to Go from Couch to Marathon, plus we talk with a runner from California who went from weighing 400 pounds to running his first marathon! And just a reminder that you can go through our A-Z system for getting marathon ready inside the Academy. Find out how to join here.

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[Part 2] Angie and Trev’s Most Excellent Summer Adventure + Juneau Marathon Recap

In this episode we bring you part 2 of our 10,000 mile camping trip to Alaska which we are calling, “Angie and Trev’s Most Excellent Summer Adventure”. Plus, Angie the Juneau Marathon in beautiful Juneau, Alaska. Continue Reading →

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Angie and Trev’s Most Excellent Summer Adventure

In this episode we recap our big road trip to Alaska, which we are calling “Angie and Trev’s Most Excellent Summer Adventure.” Plus we talk about why you should take the plunge in marathon training and life.

We also have an important announcement about this year’s MTA Podcast Virtual Half Marathon!

Lot’s of photos ahead . . . Continue Reading →

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Yoga for Runners, Interview with Sage Rountree

Welcome to the MTA Podcast! In this episode we speak with yoga expert, runner, and author Sage Rountree about how practicing yoga can do wonders for your running.

Plus we give you a travel update on our trip to the Juneau Marathon . . . something we are calling “Angie and Trev’s Most Excellent Adventure”. Continue Reading →

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Choosing a Pair of Running Shoes

Here is a question from a podcast listener named Vince that we featured in the quick tip segment on episode #254.

Hi Angie and Trevor, I am running my first full marathon in about a month!  Wanted to know if you had any specific suggestions for running shoes.  I would like some cushion to prevent soreness in my feet.  Look forward to your reply 🙂 -Vince

Here are a few things to consider when looking for the right pair of shoes: Continue Reading →

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Race Recap: The Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota

The 42nd edition of the Grandma’s Marathon was held on Saturday June 16, 2018 in Duluth, Minnesota.

The race was first started in 1977 by a group of local runners who planned a scenic marathon from Two Harbors to Duluth. There were 150 participants that first year. It has since grown into one of the top 15 largest marathons in the United States.

Runners come from all 50 states and from over 50 countries. Continue Reading →

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How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Marathon Training

The topic of the menstrual cycle is something that many people feel uncomfortable discussing and I recognize that it’s not as relevant to our male readers.

However, for women or those coaching women it’s important to have an awareness of how the menstrual cycle can affect training and know what to expect during different times of the month. Hormonal shifts can affect many aspects in a woman’s life including sleep cycles, stress levels, appetite, fluid retention, energy levels, motivation, and much more.

So, I want to talk about the phases of the menstrual cycle, what challenges you may face during various phases of the cycle, how to train strong despite hormonal challenges, and how to deal with your flow during long runs and races. Continue Reading →

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How Do Boston Qualifying Times Work?

Here’s a great question we received from a listener named Anthony. We featured it in the quick tip segment of podcast #250.

“I really enjoy the web site and podcast, very inspirational. I finished my first half marathon in 2007 at age 45 with a time of 2:07. I stuck with it through the years and recently achieved a BQ at the Manchester marathon with a time of 3.35.47 a 6 and a half minute pb. I am in the 55-59 age category. What are the chances of this time getting an entry into the 2019 Boston Marathon? Keep up the amazing work.” Anthony

Here’s my best explanation: Continue Reading →

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