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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!!๐Ÿ™Œ

“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 didnโ€™t think crossing the finish line was going to be possible but that feeling when I finally did it was like nothing Iโ€™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 hasnโ€™t subsided yet. Guess this means Iโ€™m a real runner now!” Alaina W.

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MTA ‘Trucker Style’ Technical Running Hat

Just a heads up that we have some of these highly coveted MTA running hats left over from this year’s Virtual Half. Grab one while supplies last!

This is a high quality ‘trucker-style’ technical running hat made from Boco Running, a Colorado-based company that specializes in trail running gear. It is made from performance woven material, wicking internal sweatband, structured front panels and adjustable plastic snap back closure. CLICK HERE TO ADD TO CART

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A Runner Friendly Hotel

I just got back from running the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. While in San Antonio I stayed at the fabulous Drury Plaza Hotel River Walk which was only The hotel 2 blocks from the starting line!

Drury has been a long time sponsor of the MTA Podcast and I’ve stayed at 3 dozen of their 150+ locations around the US. What we love about them is the comfortable beds, pool for the kids, fitness center, free food and drinks in the evening, and late check-out every time we’ve asked.

Use our link to save 15% off your room and received our Vintage Podcast Episode bundle as our way of saying thank you for booking through our link.

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3:12:02 Marathon at Age 51

This is an awesome email I received from a coaching client who just ran the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon last weekend.

“I coached myself for 17 years–and thought I was pretty good at it over the course of 3 marathons and 30+ half marathons. However, using an free online training plan for the marathon through the winter, I ended up with a 3:29 marathon at the end of March this year–well shy of the 3:25 qualifying time for a 51 year old male. And, of course, the actual time for entry needed is even faster. I made some adjustments and ran a second in mid-May, only to finish feeling weak, dizzy and in pain with a time of 3:33!

However, in just 3 months, Coach Joel helped me deliver a 17 minute PR in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and guaranteed me a place in the 2021 Boston Marathon with a 3:12:02. I must admit there were times my neighbors must have thought I was losing my faculties. Like when I was skipping backward down the sidewalk rotating my arms wildly clockwise and then counter clockwise. Or, how about running all out for 70 meters and then just standing there stock still for 2 mins and 45 seconds before repeating?! Yes, there are some seemingly crazy drills, but Coach Joel clearly knew what he was doing!! Continue Reading →

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Live Events at the NYC Marathon

Come join us for two events at the New York City Marathon this year!

Event #1. Live Podcast with Generation Ucan -Angie will be speaking at a live podcast event with Generation Ucan on Friday, November 1st from 6:30-8:00.

Event #2. Morning Shake Out Run -We are also hosting a short 2-mile shakeout jog / chat the day before the Saturday Nov. 2nd at 8:00 am.

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Participation Map for this Year’s Virtual Half

We are thrilled to have runners from 47 states + Puerto Rico and 6 Canadian provinces/territories signed up for this year MTA Podcast Virtual Half Marathon! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

We also have runners from 4 out of 8 states in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ and the following countries: Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ, Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ, India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช, UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ, Germany๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ, Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช, Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ, Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด, The Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ, and New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ.

Running is what brings us all together! You can still register for the race here: https://www.marathontrainingacademy.com/half

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Registration Now Open for the 2019 Virtual Half Marathon!

We are excited open registration for the 2019 MTA Podcast Virtual Half Marathon! This year’s medal is based on one of our favorite mantras from a past episode, “I EAT HILLS LIKE CANDY!”.

The medal is 3-dimensional and features mini-runners who can be moved up and down the mountain. Everyone who signs up will also get a totally rad (trucker style) running hat made by Boco Gear -a Colorado based company. See more details here.

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All The Podcast Sponsor Discount Codes


Just a quick heads up that you can find all the discount codes we mention on the MTA Podcast on our Resources page of the website. The Resources page lives under the “About Page”. Go to “About” and select “Resources” from the dropdown menu.

Scroll down the page you will a see a list of codes and links in alphabetical order. Happy running!

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