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“Can’t wait to see what else I can accomplish!”

Here’s is a wonderful email from Emily, a MTA coaching client, who just completed her first marathon. Congrats Emily on your success!

“Dear MTA, I’ve been listening to the MTA podcast for about 5 years now. Always inspired by the recaps and never really thought I could be a success story due to the fact that training for a 10k or even a 5k would always end up with me developing some sort of injury.

I always wanted to be a runner but I was never consistent enough- I would get discouraged then come back to it every few months. After many failed attempts at trying to train on my own, I bit the bullet and contacted MTA for help. Now today I am proud to say that I am a success story!

I wanted to express my gratitude for having me paired with MTA Coach Antonio to help me get through my first marathon. I was able to show up and successfully complete the 2021 Chicago Marathon injury free! I have gone through so many ups and downs these past few months and Coach Antonio has been nothing but supportive and informative through all of it.

He drew up a training plan that was suitable for me. It was not overwhelming and he really built my confidence up that made me truly believe that I can do hard things! Thank you soooo much again, MTA!!! Running the Chicago Marathon has truly changed my life . . . I can’t wait to see what else I can accomplish!!” Regards, Emily Novak Continue Reading →

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New personal best by over 48 minutes

Congrats to Artiea on the solid training build up and shaving 48 minutes off her PR!!

“I’m checking in after running the Virtual Boston Marathon on Sunday, 10/10 in New York City. As you know, I purchased the training plan with a goal finish time of 5:15, I’m happy to report that I finished in 5:20!!! Overall, I’m so happy with how prepared I felt going into this virtual race. I was able to maintain a consistent pace throughout only slowing down to cross through a few traffic lights. This is a new personal best for me by over 48 minutes. Thank you for curating such an excellent training plan. I am running NYC marathon in 4 weeks, hoping to carry this momentum into that race.” -Artiea

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Shoutouts from the Berlin Marathon

I’m a week late in posting this but congrats to all our Academy members and coaching clients on running the Berlin Marathon this year. I wish I could have been there!

Cecilia from Sweden earned a PR on a hot day!

“My finish time of 4:11:49 was slower than I had hoped for BUT only after the finish I fully realized how tough conditions had been . . . I still ran a PR of almost 5 minutes 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻! So in the end I am super happy about the race and the result! Just need to find a cooler one for my next attempt of getting closer to that 4 hour mark 😊! And of course, I need to send huge thanks to MTA coach Joel Royal Pearson who has put up with me for over 3 years now 😉. Without him I would never be in this place today!”
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Faster Marathon Than Expected

Congrats to MTA coaching client Marly who actually just finished 1,000 miles for the year. She ran a full marathon on July 31st.

Today I did a full virtual marathon with the Social Distance Run 2. The run was easier compared to last week but air quality was still moderate to severe from wild fires. It has been over 2 years when I ran my last marathon (5:02). Today my time was 4:39:46 (5 minutes faster than my target). Thanks to Coach Lynn for all he training and support and to Angie & Trevor for your resources and challenges. This group is awesome! -Marly

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Running -An Unexpected Light in the Dark

Congrats to Academy member Yali, who conquered her first 50k! Here’s a nice email she sent us about how running has been an unexpected light in the dark.

“Dear Trevor and Angie,

I can’t believe I am writing these words – yesterday I ran my first Ultramarathon, a 50K, -at the “3 Days at The Fair”. The race is a 1 mile looped course, so the 50K is 31 full loops plus a little more.

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Feeling Euphoric


Congrats to MTA Coaching client Bill D. on his new (blazing fast) PB of 3:07:56 at the Revel Wasatch Marathon!!

Runner’s high from a new personal best marathon . . . combined with a chance opportunity to meet Angie on the race bus made for a remarkable day at the Wasatch Marathon in Utah. Coach Dominique prepared me and challenged me to find even deeper capabilities than I knew I had within me. I am so grateful for her development of me over the last 2+ years. Coach Steve added sage advice too for dealing with the high altitude of 8000′ and I look forward to continuing this MTA journey with him. I finished 20th overall, 2nd in age group, and a new PB of 3:07:56. I feel euphoric! -Bill Drinkward

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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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