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Sub-Four Marathon at Forty

Here’s a nice email we received from a customer named Stephen who used the Resilient Runner to help with IT Band injuries and used the MTA 4:00 Marathon plan to earn a shiny new PR!

“Hello MTA family!

With all our races being cancelled, I was excited to see all the great things that the MTA podcast was doing to help keep us all sane. I completed the 100-mile challenge at the end of last year.

Later when I saw the medal for the 300-mile challenge as well as the theme: I Run to Burn Off the Crazy, I had to sign up. I justified signing up for another virtual race with the thought that if the spring race I sign up for does not happen, at least I will have this cool medal and a sweet new hat.

I decided that this was the year I try to attempt to break 4 hours in the Marathon. Under 4 hours now that I am 40! Continue Reading →

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A Better, Happier Runner!

Here’s a nice email from a client named Suzanne who earned an 8 minute PR at the Atlanta Half Marathon.

“I wanted to email MTA to thank Coach Lynn for her help in my recent PR in the Atlanta half marathon.

Last year when races were canceled, Coach Lynn put together a program to help me become a stronger and faster runner. After I ran a faster (for me) than expected virtual Peachtree 10K on Thanksgiving, we talked about my goals for 2021. She told me that a half-marathon under 2 hours was in reach for me; my previous half in November 2019 was 2:07.

She continued to encourage me in the next couple of months of training and never bought in to my concerned emails about reasons 2 hours was going to be too difficult for me.

On the big day I found that I was able to hold the needed pace for the entire time, and by mile 8 I knew I would be successful. I crossed the finish line at 1:58.55, 8 minutes faster than my previous PR!

Coach Lynn’s upbeat attitude and encouragement really made the difference in enabling me to reach a goal that I thought would be in the distant future for me. Thanks to Coach Lynn and MTA for all your help in making me a better, happier runner!” -Suzanne

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Some Things Take Longer

Congrats to Cassandra Smith on completing the 300 Mile Challenge! Here’s an inspiring post she shared in our FB group, reposted here with permission.
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SOME THINGS TAKE LONGER

Since completing Marathon Training Academy’s 100 mile challenge in September 2020 amid COVID-19 lockdowns and curfews, I was ready for their next challenge. Not sure, I anticipated that it would be all of 300 miles 😱

My Plan: Complete 100 miles each month from January to March which meant 4-5 runs per week at a minimum of 25 miles each week.
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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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Shoutout to Coach Lynn

Here’s a nice comment from a client of Coach Lynn, one of the awesome coaches here at MTA. Congrats Jenn on your success!

Shout out for MTA and Coach Lynn Grieger specifically! I’ve been working with her for about a year now and I know I can be difficult and non-compliant but Coach Lynn has been nothing but patient and kind.

On top of that, she has gotten me from run/walking 30 seconds/1 minute to running non-stop and from a 16:30 minute mile (on a good day) to my current 13:30 mile. I’ve also lost 42 pounds! And all of this has been through illness, injury, and while working as a frontline healthcare worker during a pandemic.

I’ve been a listener to the podcast from the beginning and have been through many ups and downs physically and emotionally. This podcast and this MTA family has been such a positive force in my life, showing me that I can do hard things (thanks Angie ❤). -Jenn Greenly December 15th 2020

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What Running My Very First Half Marathon Taught Me

This was sent in by Sarah Granato who ran the MTA Virtual Half Marathon this year.

“Thank you Angi and Trevor for everything! Thank you for your podcast, your Virtual Half Marathon opportunity and for all you do for the running community.

I’ve written so many iterations of this summary of my ‘first half marathon’ experience and… way too long, all of them.

So here is my list, in short, of what running my very first half marathon taught me.

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A Runner’s Weight-Loss Journey

(This story is from my younger sister Autum Haley who started working with MetPro after she saw my success).

After having my fourth baby in 2018, I was frustrated about weight loss and stuck at twenty pounds heavier than I wanted to be.

Despite doing all the things I’d previously done to lose weight after my other pregnancies, nothing worked and two years passed. It was the definition of stubborn weight — weight that refuses to budge despite your best efforts and doing all the “right” things.

Thanks to my sister Angie (who all you MTA followers might know!) I started working with a MetPro nutrition coach in January, here are my results . . . Continue Reading →

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So Psyched to Be a Marathoner!

Congrats to Academy member Jo Beth on running her first marathon at the Jackson Hole Marathon in Wyoming!

Here is what she wrote,

“So psyched I can finally share my own post saying I AM A MARATHONER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The weather forecast changed from sunny and gorgeous to cold and rainy two days before the race….and three days after I had packed up my car and driven to Jackson with no rain coat or long sleeve of any kind.

Luckily, Eddie Bauer saved the day and my childhood best friend and I were able to cross the finish line together smiling and crying tears of joy!

Thank you Angie and Trevor for helping me become a life long runner and changing my health and life for the better. I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN A MARATHON AND CHANGE MY LIFE!!!!!!!” Continue Reading →

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First Marathon at the Age of 50

Congrats to Academy member Deb from Alaska, who is coached by MTA Coach Kristen, on finishing the Hatcher’s Pass Marathon! This was her first marathon and 4,000ft of elevation gain!

“I just wanted to give a quick thankyou for the great pod-cast and the services you provide through your coaching. I was able to finish my first marathon at the age of 50 with the help of Coach Kristen. I could not have done it without her help and the great tips you provide with the pod-cast! Thanks for helping me accomplish something I have wanted to accomplish for many years. One bucket-list item marked off!” -Deb

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The Difference 4 Months Can Make

Here’s a wonderful email we received from a coaching client named Margaret who worked with MTA Coach Dominique.

What follows is a quick note to Angie and I followed by Margaret’s last email to her coach sharing what she learned from her in just 4 months of personal coaching.

Dear Angie and Trevor,

I wanted to send you a note of thanks for your help over the last few years. I started running at age 48 (I’m 57 now). I really didn’t know what I was doing. One day my son-in-law told me about a postcast, MTA, and now I’ve listened to every episode.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing now is that I want to send to you my last check in letter to Coach Dom (I copied it below). I was scared to get a coach (I’m too old, too slow …), but I am so glad I did. She is so great and I want you to know how much her coaching has helped me.

Stay Well and Happy, Margaret Eggleston

Dear Coach Dom,

I want to thank you for your support these last four months. I ran more and pushed myself farther than I thought I could. I am disappointed that it didn’t end in the Big Sur race, but I know that I’ve learned and grown a lot. I wanted to list some of the positive growth, so that I can remember and plan new goals for myself.

I am running without muscle cramps (remember January and February, ugh!).
I ran 116.5 miles in February! I didn’t even realize it until way later.
I am able to run longer without walk breaks.
I can run faster.
I like interval training!
I ran a half marathon by myself and got a PR!
I acquired skills that I can use in the future (drills, exercises, stretches).

I’ve enjoyed hearing from you and learning about your running journey too. I hope that you will be able to run 2 Oceans next year. I will run Big Sur in November. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Thank you again. I will miss our weekly notes.
Sincerely,

Margaret Eggleston

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Officially A Marathoner!

Here is an inspiring post from one of our coaching clients named Alaina W. We want to wish her a huge congrats on completing her first marathon!!🙌

“I officially became a marathoner yesterday! I completed the Austin marathon in 5 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second! I explored all new levels of pain but I pushed through and found I am extremely capable of hard things. There were a lot of times I didn’t think crossing the finish line was going to be possible but that feeling when I finally did it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

I would like to thank MTA Coach Kristen who helped me bounce back from a severe asthma attack in July and made it possible for me to have this experience today! I would also like to thank all of you in the academy for your constant support and motivation! I have what it takes to run a marathon!

Already thinking I can beat my time, and the soreness hasn’t subsided yet. Guess this means I’m a real runner now!” Alaina W.

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Shoutout to MTA Coaching

Here is a nice FB post from Academy member Anissa W. about the progress she made working with her MTA Coach. ❤️

“Today is the last day of my coaching with Coach Dominique Hamel and I wanted to share my MTA coaching experience.

I signed up with her about 15 months ago because I was scared of hurting myself because I had no idea what to do to train for my first full marathon. She not only got me through my first marathon injury free, she also helped me transition from run/walk to just running.

After that first marathon I wanted to do another and I wasn’t ready to give up my coaching, so she coached me through a second marathon. Then my husband signed us up for the Dopey Challenge at Disney and she coached me through that too. It’s been quite a journey Coach!! Three full marathons and 2 half marathons and numerous 5ks.

Thank you for being a part of it! If anyone is considering coaching I would highly recommend it and I especially recommend Coach Dom.” 💙🏃🏼‍♀️ -Anissa W.

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