In this episode we tell you How to Go from Couch to Marathon, plus we talk with a runner from California who went from weighing 400 pounds to running his first marathon! And just a reminder that you can go through our A-Z system for getting marathon ready inside the Academy. Find out how to join here.
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 . . .
How you define hard is how you are going to experience hard. -Ryan Hall
Hear our podcast interview with Ryan here.
Post race blues or even mild post race depression is not something that gets talked about in the running community that much but it’s a very common phenomenon.
People are more likely to talk about feeling like a rock star crossing the finish line, having a sense of euphoria or super powers post race, pride, a generalized relaxation, calmness, relief and a mental high.
But often these good sensations start fading anywhere from a few hours to a few days post race and you’re left feeling anything but great. You’d think that post race blues might only happen after a disappointing or horrible race but it can also happen after conquering a new distance or an amazing PR. It can also happen to some people during periods of injury or hitting a plateau in training. Continue Reading →
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 →
Angie and I are excited about what the new year holds!
The podcast just surpassed 5.9 million total downloads and we’d like to thank all of our wonderful listeners.
You guys are the best!
Here is a quick look back at 2017 and our thoughts on how to make 2018 an epic year.
I try to use use the word “epic” as much as possible since it drives Angie nuts hehe.
In this episode we look back on the biggest running news from 2017. Plus we share tips on how you can make 2018 an epic year!
In the quick tip segment we recommend an app that lets you easily run for charity.
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By Henry Howard
Each year the most popular New Year’s resolutions revolve around health and fitness: Eat more healthfully, lose weight, work out regularly, start running, etc. Vows proclaimed before the new year dawns often don’t outlast winter.
In fact, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February.
While runners have integrated training into their lifestyles, they can also fall short of their goals due to family obligations, work commitments, lack of motivation or other issues.
Whether runners are revealing resolutions, creating race calendars, plotting epic challenges, or outlining their goals for 2018, the coaches at Marathon Training Academy (MTA) offer some sound advice on how to be successful. Continue Reading →
If you listen to the MTA podcast you probably know that we love to read! This photo is our living room.
Most of the following books that are mentioned here were published this year (2017) and we had the privilege of interviewing the authors.
I’ve linked to the Amazon page where you can find each book in case you want to pick one up for yourself (or as a gift this holiday season). These links contain our Amazon affiliate code so anything you order will give the MTA podcast a little kick back -which will make us do a happy dance. Continue Reading →
In this episode we ask listeners how they got into long distance running and what running has taught them about life. In the quick tip segment we share of list of books that will fuel your passion! Continue Reading →
In this episode we motivate you to do the hard thing in endurance and life! We speak with Rob Jones, a double amputee who just ran 31 marathons in 31 days. Plus, Trevor recaps his Spartan Beast race in South Carolina and Angie gives a survey of the toughest races in the world -which will change your definition of hard.
Ten years ago I started training for my first marathon. We had just moved from Montana to Missouri, I had a toddler and baby at home, and I was feeling a bit depressed and needed something big to challenge me.
At that time I didn’t know anyone who’d ever run a marathon, didn’t have any friends who were runners (and Trevor wasn’t a runner at the time), and had only done two 5k races. Clearly this was pre-MTA days. Continue Reading →