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Author Archive | Angie Spencer

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

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How to Avoid Overtraining as a Long Distance Runner

In this episode we speak with Dr. Ben Shatto about overtraining -which is a leading cause of injury and burnout in long distance runners. And in this episode’s quick tip, Angie answers a listener question about how Boston qualifying times work. Continue Reading →

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Does everyone suffer the last 6-8 miles of a marathon?

Here’s a question from an Academy member named Lyndi about the later miles of a marathon . . .

I have lots of questions following my marathon yesterday. Does everyone suffer (horribly) for the last 6-8 miles and it is just part of the experience or is there genuinely a way to train so that it doesn’t end that way? I suspect there may be an unspoken code of silence about how bad it really is and, like childbirth, we highlight the high moments and wink quietly about the rest. -Lyndi

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Three lessons I’ve learned from 10 years of running marathons

My first marathon

After I finished marathon #52, the Rhode Island Races Marathon, it dawned on me that my first marathon had been almost ten years ago to the day.

That first marathon was the 2008 Country Music Marathon in Nashville TN.

The above photo is from the finish line area on that day. I remember being filled with both excitement and nervousness. When this photo was taken we only had two little kidos and Trevor was still a non-runner. I had purchased the hat I was wearing at the expo the day before because rain was in the forecast. It’s still my go-to marathon hat all this time later.

Fast forward 10 years and 52 marathons later, here’s what I’ve learned . . .

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Interview with Laura Vanderkam, Time Management Expert

Laura VanderkamIn this episode we speak with time management expert and runner Laura Vanderkam about how you actually have more time in your week than you might realize, which is great news for busy runners!

In the quick tip segment, Angie answers a listener question about underwear for runners.

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Race Recap: Rhode Races Newport Marathon + What I’ve Learned from 10 Years of Running Marathons

In this episode I recap my most recent marathon in Newport, Rhode Island. Plus we look at the 2018 London Marathon, and in the quick tip segment, I will share three lessons from 10 years of running marathons.
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Boston Marathon 2018, Staying Tough in Brutal Conditions!

Elite women at the 2018 Boston Marathon

Weather conditions were completely miserable at the 2018 Boston Marathon. This included constant rain, cold, and winds hitting the runners at 25 mph! In this episode we give you an overview of this year’s race, plus we’ll tell you how to stay strong during tough marathon conditions.
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Interview with Amelia Boone, The Barkley Marathons

Amelia BooneAmelia Boone is a world-class obstacle racer and full time corporate attorney. In March of this year she competed in the infamous Barkley Marathons -the race that eats its young. Since the race was started in 1986 only 15 people have successfully completed all 5 loops of the course. Continue Reading →

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