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Is Running Skyrocketing Your Cortisol Levels?

Worldwide, running is a very popular choice of exercise and there’s no denying the number of health benefits that it can provide. Increased energy, weight loss, muscle strength, improved heart health, and better stress level management are just some of the widely reported benefits from people who run. But, could running too much be causing a spike in your cortisol levels? Continue Reading →

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Meet new MTA coach Nicole Hart

By Henry Howard

Running was the furthest thing from Nicole Hart’s mind until her mid-20s. She started running at age 26 when she met her Army husband.

“He was really fit and active and I decided I wanted to be that too,” says Hart.  

But her “why” goes deeper than that. Much deeper.

When she was in nursing school, Hart experienced tachycardia symptoms, and was diagnosed with Wolffe-Parkinson White Syndrome. After seeing a cardiologist, she had the problem surgically corrected by ablation at age 24. Continue Reading →

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Things I Learned from the Jerusalem Half Marathon

Editor’s note: Here’s a short race report from one of our coaching clients named Brooke Taylor who ran the Jerusalem Half Marathon last Sunday.

Dear Angie and Trevor, Greetings from Israel! As we wait to board our flight back to the U.S., I wanted to check in and thank you for helping me get ready for the Jerusalem Half Marathon.

This race has been in the works for many months. It was my first-ever international race and I was also rehabbing my knee. I decided to become an MTA member and was paired with Coach Lynn to get me ready. I can say now, there is no way I would’ve had such a successful race without her help. Continue Reading →

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Conquering Miles and Spreading Smiles

Aaron Riddle is on a quest, several quests actually. But his main objective is to run 50 marathons in 50 states by the time he turns — wait for it — age 50.

Along the way, the 38-year-old seeks to inspire others to get off the couch and pursue their dreams. His partner in inspiration is a cartoon pig that Riddle draws and uses as his own personal mascot.

But the Team Riddles mascot serves as more than just motivation. It’s symbolic of how far Riddle has come. Continue Reading →

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Cronometer App for Marathoners

Committing to run 42 kilometres (or 26.2 miles) isn’t for the faint of heart. Endless days of pounding the pavement while training your body to endure such tough demands can take a massive toll on your body – even more so if you’re running competitively. When you’re putting your body through the rigours taking care of it as much as possible isn’t a luxury – it’s crucial to preventing injury and fatigue.

Enter Cronometer. The nutrition app that works as hard as you. Continue Reading →

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Pre-Marathon Foot Care Tips for Runners

Between marathon training and race day, your feet take a beating. Even if you are wearing the most comfortable and supportive pair of running shoes, utilizing orthopedic aids for your feet, and taking special care between runs to soak and massage your feet, chances are they have incurred some type of injury during the year, i.e. a blister, nail damage, etc.

While typically harmless, common foot ailments can quickly develop into something more serious that can threaten your marathon success. If you are planning for an upcoming marathon, keep these important foot care tips in mind: Continue Reading →

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The Importance Of Carbs and Protein When Training for a Marathon

Making the decision to train for a marathon is a big commitment, and it usually means undertaking a complete overhaul of your routine.

Many of us training know how important our workout schedules are and we know why we need to allow our bodies to become accustomed to strenuous activity. A big part of that transformation to ensure that you’re successful in your fitness goals is your diet. Continue Reading →

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A Big Audacious Goal!

Andrew Lorenzo has carved out a big audacious marathon goal for himself.

The goal — a 2:40 finishing time — is a nearly two-hour improvement from his only previous one at the Melbourne Marathon, which he completed in October 2018.

But it represents so much more. It represents his escape from a difficult time in his life when he struggled with severe eating disorders.

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Preventing Common Trail Running Injuries

Has the trail marathon bug hit you yet? While ultra-marathons have kept many trail runners busy traversing 50 to 100 plus miles of trails in a race, the trend of running 26.2-mile marathon-length trail races continues to grow across the nation. In fact, the American Trail Running Association lists over 100 trail running events and races across the U.S. for the month of January 2019 alone! Continue Reading →

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