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A Question About Losing Those Last 10 Pounds

Today’s question comes from a runner named Ellen who eats a heathy diet but still desires to lose those last (stubborn) 10 pounds.

We are answering one question per day sent in by subscribers to the MTA email newsletter. Our friend Angelo Poli from MetPro will be helping us answer some of the complex weight loss questions (like today’s) and sharing tips.
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Lose Fat while Fueling for Runs

Hello runners! We will be doing mini-series here on the blog -answering one question per day sent in by subscribers to the MTA email newsletter. The questions will be about weight loss, fueling, and nutrition for runners.

When we invited readers to send in questions we received nearly 100 responses -way more than we can get to on the podcast. Our friend Angelo Poli from MetPro will be helping us answer some of the complex weight loss questions (like today’s) and sharing tips.

Today’s question is about losing fat while still adequately fueling. Continue Reading →

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Ask the Coach Episode (Part 2) + Books!

In this episode we answer questions sent in by Academy members about finding time for strength training, when to stretch, how to avoid cramping at the end of a marathon, and more, as we bring you part two of our Ask the Coach Q & A.

In the quick tip segment Angie shares the top book picks from her summer reading. Continue Reading →

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Ask the Coach Episode + Road Trip Rundown!

In this episode we bring you an Ask the Coach Episode as we answer questions about hill work, tricks to increasing speed, and what to eat before a race and more.

Plus we give you a road trip rundown of our 7,719 mile journey across America and Angie will explain how to keep your habit of running while traveling.

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What if Your Training Plan Doesn’t Have the Correct Number of Weeks until Race Day?

Here is a type of question that we get frequently. We featured this question in the quick tip segment on episode 291 of the MTA Podcast.

“I’ve always wondered if I start a training plan with less than the number of weeks of the whole plan should I start it in the middle and count to the number of weeks left until my race? Or should I start at the beginning of the training plan and take it as far as I can until my race?” -Teri

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What counts as an official marathon?

race bibsHere’s a good question about when a distance officially goes into the marathon (or half marathon) count. This was featured in the quick tip on MTA Podcast episode #281.

For the sake of clarity most people only count officially organized races as part of their marathon numbers. In the course of marathon training most people will run the half marathon distance many times so those 13.1 mile (21.1km) runs go in the category of training runs. Continue Reading →

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Shoe Rotation During Marathon Training

When I was training for my first marathon I only used one pair of shoes and struggled on a number of levels. Since that time I’ve seen the value in rotating through different types of shoes in training.

I definitely advise runners to have at least two different types of shoes in your rotation and there seems to be evidence to back this up.

Here is what the research seems to say on this topic and some bonus tips on how to prolong the life of your running shoes.

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Some Help With Chafing

During the Juneau Marathon this past summer I totally forgot to apply anti-chafe ointment (you’d think after 50+ marathons I’d remember) and I got the most hellacious chafing under one arm.

By mile 20 I was running with my arms held away from my body like wings.

Unfortunately the race didn’t have much in the way of support and there wasn’t a spot to stop and glob some petroleum jelly on the area. Continue Reading →

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How to Stay Marathon Ready

Many runners I know do about two marathons per year -usually one in the spring and one in the fall. But what about adding in a couple more impromptu marathons?

Here is a great question we received from a runner who wants to be able to jump into a marathon at the last minute.

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Experiencing “Phantom Pain” During Marathon Training

Have you ever found yourself obsessing over little aches and pains as you get closer to race day? It’s not uncommon.

Here is a question from a reader wanting me to explain phantom pain in more detail. Happy to help!

I remember one time you talked about phantom pain. Can you explain it again? I’m almost positive I’ve been suffering from it. Thanks Brittany

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