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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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Our Upcoming Races . . .

Angie will be running the Charlevoix Marathon in Michigan on June 22nd and one week later the Black Hills 50k in South Dakota.

I’m also planning to run a 50k this summer (my first) either in Montana or Colorado.

If you want to see all the races we have planned, we keep an up-to-date list on the Itinerary Page here.

Maybe we will see you at one of these!

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Epic Weekend for Academy Members ๐Ÿ™Œ

Big congrats to Bill Drinkward on running 3:18:47 at the Vancouver Marathon last weekend!!

He writes, “Many thanks to Coach Dominique Hamel for the guidance I needed to successfully score a massive PR of over 6 minutes and a BQ as well. I nearly lost my A-goal when the 3:20 pace Bunny snuck up on me with only 7k to go. I resolved then to fight off that bunny all the way to the finish. I just asked myself then, “how bad do you want it?” And thought about all those training runs to even put me in this position. I ran steadily and hard all the way to the finish and crossed the line at 3:18:47. Vancouver Marathon is an awesome course with fantastic volunteer and crowd support. I highly recommend the experience.”

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Boston Marathon Meet Up

Meet up with Trevor, Coach Steve Waldon, and other runners from MTA land! Make some new friends and grab a bite to eat. We are meeting for lunch at Piattini Italian Restaurant -which is only a couple blocks distance from the Hynes Convention Center (Race Expo). Informal dining, family and friends are welcome too. Here is the link to the FB Event Page. Send us a message through our contact page if you’re not on Facebook.

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Help us Plant a Tree for the John Muir Trust

We are running the London Marathon this year for the John Muir Trust -a charity which manages wild lands in the United Kingdom. The goals is to raise enough money to plant a MTA Forever Forest in Scotland’s Mountain Schiehallion -an area undergoing reforestation and preservation.

We’ve set an initial target of planting 262 trees (you will see what we have done there) as part of the Trust’s Wild Woods tree planting appeal during 2019 as they look to significantly increase the number of native trees across the land in their care. Continue Reading →

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MTA Podcast Featured by Competitor Running

Big thanks to Competitor Running for featuring the Marathon Training Academy podcast in their list of 7 Podcasts For Your Next Solo Run!!!

If youโ€™re a student of running who looks to train smarter, not harder, Marathon Training Academy is for you. Coach Angie Spencer, a nurse and experienced marathon runner, began running in 2008 as a way to get in shape. She fought through her first 26.2 miles despite being injured and quickly decided she needed a better way to train. 55 marathons later, she and her husband Trevor use their platform to discuss the science behind training, mental toughness, endurance, and using pain to your advantage. Elite athletes, sports doctors and authors regularly join their show for advice on getting the most out of your marathon training. Recent episodes have included ultra-runner and author Akshay Nanavati as well as Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi. -Competitor Running

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