Author Archive | Angie Spencer

“Let the Race Come to You” -Interview with JJ Stark-Modlin

In this episode we speak with Academy member JJ Stark-Modlin. Once upon a time she hated running and was even advised that, because of her injuries, she’d never be able to run a full marathon.

She has since run 27 marathons and dropped her finishing time from 5:06 down to 3:32.

After a ten year journey she qualified for Boston at the Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon in Utah.

Her coach told her “Let the race come to you”.

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Don’t Fear Change, Master It!


Chances are you will not be the same runner in five years. In this episode we speak with Brad Stulberg -performance coach and author of the new book ‘Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything is Changing —Including You’.

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Nutrition for Runners Q&A


In this episode we’re helping runners troubleshoot pre-run and intra-run fueling, bonking; nutrition for peri-menopause and menopause; how to add more protein to your diet, including vegan protein sources; dealing with nausea after a race; and the 3 essential nutrition practices you don’t want to ignore! Continue Reading →

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I won my age group

Congrats to our coaching client Christine Pearson who finished the Stumptown Trail Runs 50K in Oregon and won her age group!! Here’s a note she wrote to MTA Coach Athena (posted with permission).

“Well . . . I won my age group. That’s the headline. It was hard, but in a weird way super fun.

The hills kicked my butt and I was thankful to have an excuse to walk and eat. Although my watch didn’t accurately measure the distance, the time is correct: 6:22. I won my age group by an hour.

Thank you very much for your constant support and encouragement. You were in my head A LOT! My husband took a photo of me finishing. Ps- several of my toe nails are in bad shape. It will be a good excuse not to run this week.” -Christine P

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Getting the Best Out of Yourself as a Masters Runner


In this episode we share how to get the best out of yourself as a Masters Runner. (Any runner past the age of 40 is considered a Masters Runner). Joining us is Tony Schollum -a listener to the podcast who ran 2:48 at Boston in the 50-54 age division!

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InsideTracker- Turning Information into Actionable Steps

Angie (right) with her sister

I recently had my fourth InsideTracker blood test and it yielded some interesting results.

I first heard about InsideTracker back in 2016 and have been so impressed by how the experts there are able to turn information about your bloodwork numbers and lifestyle into actionable ways to see improvements.

I generally consider myself a very healthy person but through the years my iron and ferritin levels have been low.

Many female athletes tend to struggle in this area and I am certainly one of them. Below is a graph of my results which show they still need work. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Lauren Fleshman

In this podcast episode we speak with Lauren Fleshman -one of the most decorated American distance runners of all time and author of the book, ‘Good for a Girl -A Woman Running in a Man’s World’.

In the quick tip segment we answer the question: can runners benefit from using infrared saunas?

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Kara Goucher -The Longest Race

In this episode we speak with Olympian Kara Goucher about her new book The Longest Race -a personal memoir and an inside look at one of the biggest scandals in the running world! Plus, you will hear what inspired her to dream of going to the Olympics, how she made the jump from the track to the marathon, and her passion for the sport.
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You Are Capable of So Much More Than You Think You Are


In this podcast episode we speak with Jacky Hunt-Broersma an amputee runner who finished 104 marathons in 104 days!

Jacky is an Arizona based ultrarunner who was born and raised in South Africa. She lost her leg in 2001 at the age of 26. In 2020 she became the first amputee to run 100-miles on a treadmill finishing in 23 hours 38 minutes. In 2022 she set a Guinness Record for Most Consecutive Days to Run a Marathon Distance (Female). This interview will reinforce the truth that, “You are capable of so much more than you think you are”. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Emily Sisson


In this episode we speak with Emily Sisson -the current American Record holder in both the marathon and half marathon! You will hear Emily talk about her early influences and what a typical day in her life looks like as an elite runner; the non-negotiable habits that help her stay healthy; and how rest and recovery contributed to her faster race times.

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