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Choose to Get Stronger [Part 2] My Story + How to Get Started with Strength Training

In our basement home gym. One of my favorite quotes is this one by Jocko Willink

Do you strength train?

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.

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First Marathon Accomplished Using MTA Beginner Plan

*Here is a nice email we received from a customer named Hanna Knapp.

“I want to share great news with you! I did it and ran my very first marathon. It was the Virtual Publix Atlanta Marathon 2021.

I could not have done it without you two, all the MTA friends and my supportive family.

I started running one and a half years ago. A friend who trained for her first half marathon inspired me. I got a bad back injury in the very first month of training. But this slipped disc could not stop me to start running again first thing after recovery. Continue Reading →

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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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Why Run A Marathon?

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In this episode we discuss the many hidden benefits of running marathons, plus we’ll give you some important steps if you’re just starting. And in the quick tip segment we recommend two online directories for finding races all over the world.

The marathon is a distance that puts you in a small minority of the population. Less than 1% of the population will run a marathon (some figures put this at 0.5% for the United States). And while the marathon is not for everyone, we truly believe that it’s do-able for most anyone who has the desire and is willing to work hard. But the marathon is also challenging enough that it’s important to put the time and energy into training properly. So, why run a marathon? Continue Reading →

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First Marathon Done!

Here at MTA our mission is to help you conquer the marathon and change your life. The first step is believing that you have what it takes. Then you commit to train.

Huge congrats to Academy member Christie Youngblood for taking on the challenge to train for a marathon and finishing strong at the Honolulu Marathon! She dealt with 16 miles worth of rain but still remained positive.

My first marathon is done! I finished in 4:47:38 and beat my goal of 5 hours. It rained for the first 16 miles, but at mile 20 I saw the most beautiful rainbow! Angie & Trevor thank you for the amazing podcast and all of the advice. I found the magic in the misery and I am more proud of myself than I have ever been. I don’t think I am even close to being done and I cannot wait to see what is next!” #Ihavewhatittakes

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What It Feels Like to Run Your First Marathon

Here’s a message from the Academy Facebook group that illustrates the thrill of finishing strong at your first marathon.

Paula Soto completed the Bakersfield Marathon on November 12th 2017 with a time of 4:34:45.5!

What I love is that she ’embraced the suck’ of the finial miles and finished with a smile on her face . . . ready to do it again!

Listen to the joy in her words, we can’t say it better than this, Continue Reading →

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