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I’m officially a marathoner now and I’m hooked!


Congrats to Academy member and coaching client Parker Watson on conquering his first marathon!! 🙌

“Angie, Trevor, and Coach Henry, you were right! I do have what it takes to run a marathon and change my life!

I completed my first marathon today, Revel Rockies. And with the help of Coach Henry, I achieved my “A” goal of a sub 5 hour race with a time of 4:54:48!

The weather was perfect and the course was stunningly beautiful. I held a steady pace for the first 20 miles, got to that final push, and felt strong with no “wall” in sight. I turned on my “Release the Kraken” playlist for that last 10k and powered through for a fast finish!

I’m officially a marathoner now and I’m hooked! I’ve already signed up for the Richmond Marathon this November. Thank you for creating such an amazing community and encouraging us to do hard things! Hopefully I’ll see some MTA members at Richmond!”

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Success Story with Jamie Tizzard: How Running Can Change Your Life

In this podcast episode we speak with Jamie Tizzard -a mother of two from southern California who has been completing our virtual run challenges. 

In 2020 she found herself scrolling through Facebook and responded to an ad for the 100 Mile Challenge.

It was the push she needed to get off the couch, become a runner, drop 75 pounds, and start running in-person races.

Jamie now runs 6 miles 5 times per week and has improved her running pace from a 15 minute mile to a 9:30 minute mile. She finished the Orange County Half Marathon in 2:05:07!  

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Why I Hired a Running Coach

Blog story by Coach Nicole Hart -Head Coach at MTA

Some people might wonder why a running coach would hire a coach, but it’s actually quite common, as coaches often seek the fresh eyes of another professional to guide them in their training.

I have made some new running goals for 2022, and I decided to hire a coach to help me achieve those goals.

Part of my job as the head coach of Marathon Training Academy is to discuss with runners why they might consider hiring a running coach.

Many people that I speak to are looking for accountability and guidance in their training. They may have had running injuries in the past, or have reached a plateau in their performance. Working with a coach can be the factor that gets them to the next level of their training, while also providing support and encouragement.

If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to work with a running coach, I hope my experience will give you some idea of what to expect. Continue Reading →

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Boston Marathon 2022 Roundup

Michelle finishing 3:44:20

It was a great day at the 2022 Boston Marathon for many in our community and we’d like to give some shoutouts to MTA coaching clients, members, and coaches. Here are a few:

First of all congrats to Michelle Baker who ran 3:44:20 dropping her time from her previous 4:00:27! Here’s what she had to say,

“My first Boston Marathon on Monday was amazing. Much of the credit goes to MTA coach Lynn for getting me there. I signed up for coaching after hitting the wall hard at mile 20 when running my first marathon in 2019.

My goal was to BQ (4:05) and run a marathon under 4 hours. Working with coach Lynn I ran and BQ’d at two races in 2021 and was thrilled to be accepted to run Boston in 2022 . . .

With excellent guidance and the training plan from Lynn I ran 3:44:20 at Boston and felt great doing it. The awesome support of the crowds and perfect weather also contributed to this success. . . .Keep reaching for your goals; it’s a great feeling when you get there!!”
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Now it’s no longer “if” but “when”!

Congrats to MTA coaching client Cecilia on running a BQ time at the Hannover Marathon!!

“Hello MTA! Happy to share that yesterday I finished the Hannover marathon in Germany. It was a cold race (32-41F), windy at times, but a very flat course and not crowded. My finish time was 4:03:26, which is an 8-min PR and a BQ for my age group 🙌! Hard work pays off even if your age starts with a “5”!

I remember saying to coach Joel back in 2018, when I signed up for MTA coaching, that I would never run a 4-hour marathon. Now it’s no longer “if” but “when”! Onwards and upwards 😊!”

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Achieving a stretch goal with MTA Coaching

Congrats Rachel Everett who worked with MTA Coach Nicole to achieve a PR of 4:38 in her marathon! Here is a wonderful note she shared with our team.

Here is what she had to say . . .
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“I’d like to share with you and the MTA team my deepest gratitude to Coach Nicole Hart for training me to a PR at the Go! St. Louis Marathon last weekend!

Her guidance, training and encouragement were absolutely perfect and everything I needed to achieve this stretch goal.
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MTA Coach wins the Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon

Huge congratulations to MTA Coach Kristyn Smith who WON the Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon last weekend in a blazing fast time of 1:16:55!! 🤩

Kristyn joined our team in January and is currently taking clients who want to take their marathon training, speed, and race day execution to the next level. In addition to being an accomplished runner she is a RRCA Certified Running coach and ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

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Confidence to Run 50 Miles

Gretchen (left) with running friend Laura

Congrats to our coaching client Gretchen Smeltzer on finishing a trail 50 mile ultra!!

Gretchen ran the Syllamo 50 Miler in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Here is a recap she sent MTA Coach Henry. Reposted with permission.


Hey Coach Henry! Yesterday was incredible!! . . The weather was perfect. Started in the high 30’s and ended in mid 60’s.

Beautiful sunny skies. Lots of elevation and beautiful views of river valleys, Ozark Mountain vistas, Creeks and rocky craigs. Such a beautiful place!! Continue Reading →

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Marathon Success Story with Delorean Ostrom

In this podcast episode we bring you a marathon success story with MTA coaching client Delorean Ostrom who is running a marathon every month in 2022 to raise money for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

We spoke with Delorean just a few days after he finished the Snickers Marathon in Athens, Georgia. This was his 2nd marathon in six days and he ran a PR of 4:28:53.49!

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A strong, powerful, female athlete

Lauren (left) with Coach Athena (right)

Here is an awesome letter from a Texas runner named Lauren. She worked with MTA Coach Athena for six months inside our Coaching Services. Reposted with permission.

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Coach Athena,

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how grateful I am to have gotten to work with and learn from you.

So much of what I’ve gained from our time together goes beyond running, and it’s hard to put into words just how impactful you’ve been on my life since we connected last year.

When I reached out to MTA for coaching I never imagined I’d end up getting connected with someone who not only provided excellent training and guidance but also served as a key role model I so desperately needed.

You filled a gap I hadn’t realized existed (or perhaps just hadn’t acknowledged) – that of a mentor. And not just any mentor – a strong, powerful, female athlete. Continue Reading →

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Marathon Success Story with Dipti Pandya

In this podcast episode we bring you a marathon success story as we speak with Academy member Dipti Pandya, a radiologist and mother of two, who just completed the Disney Dopey Challenge.

You will hear about the setbacks she faced during her training, including a cancer diagnosis, how she finds time to train, and what it was like to cross the finish line of her first marathon.

Enjoy!

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