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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 🙌

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.”

More Shoutouts Continue Reading →

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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 you’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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London Marathon Meet Up

Join Angie, Trevor, and fellow runners for an afternoon tea on April 27th, 2019, the day before the London Marathon! We are meeting at Docklands Bar & Grill inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 2:00 pm (14:00) London Time. The restaurant is a short 8 minute walk from the race Expo.

If you’ve never had a proper English afternoon tea then you are in for a treat! The cost is £16.00 per person. No need to dress up. We will be wearing running shoes. Friends and family are welcome to come too! Please select “going” on our Facebook Event page if you plan to attend so we know how many to expect. Or drop us an email. Thanks!

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Doctor Said He’d Never Run Again

Here’s a note we received a couple days ago from an Academy member named Pat McCain who has been a long time supporter of the MTA podcast and inspiration to us. If your doctor says you will never run again please go get a second and third opinion!

Pat McCain with fellow MTA’er Debbie Gelber at the Texas Marathon

“Hi Trevor and Angie,

After almost two years struggling with injury, and after a doctor told me I’d never run again, I just finished the Texas Marathon on New Years Day. Thanks to you and the MTA community for being a part of my comeback–y’all have taught me how to train, cross-train, fuel, pace, and stay on top of the mental game that enables all of us to run safely and do much more than we ever think possible. I did a 3:00 run/:30 walk to a 4:35 finish. I crossed the finish line stronger than ever and injury free.

Thanks for all the encouragement from you and our MTA family!” -Pat

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Happy Holidays from MTA + A Quick Word of Thanks


We have one more episode to go before 2018 ends! Keep an eye out for it. Over the last 3 days we had to migrate the website and podcast to a faster server so we apologize if you’ve been having trouble accessing it.

Special Thanks . . . Continue Reading →

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