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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.

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Another Great Weekend in MTA Land!


Jennifer Oellerich conquered the CIM Marathon, her first.

We love seeing the stories come back from runs and races over the weekend.

Below you will see reports from runners who completed the California International Marathon (CIM), as well as the Orlando Half, Chattanooga 50, the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll, and other races.

CIM in Sacramento was especially good to our runners. This is race is known for its flat fast course and is a good place to run a PR. Academy member Tom Wills ran a sub 3 hour marathon there -which is an amazing feat especially after age 40!!

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Photos from the 2018 MTA Virtual Half

Raley Parker releasing the kraken in Delaware.

Here are some photos from this year’s MTA Podcast Virtual Half Marathon.

The way it works is . . . participants complete their half marathon sometime in the month of November and we ship them out their finisher’s medal. We had 375 people participate this year!

We love seeing the running routes and race reports . . . Continue Reading →

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Hear us on the Get Fit Guy Podcast

Angie and Trevor were recent guests on the Get Fit Guy Podcast to talk about how to train for a long distance race. It was a short but fun interview. Listen here. Topics covered include:

  1. The dangers of doing too much too soon.
  2. Why you shouldn’t always push your training pace in an attempt to feel “like a real runner.”
  3. Why it is a mistake to make running your only activity. Cross training is important!
  4. How to set a realistic time goal.
  5. Why you shouldn’t worry if your half marathon times don’t correlate to your full marathon times.
  6. Tips for race day, like finding the start line before the race, worrying about sleep the night before the race, and allowing adequate time to digest before you run.
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Huge Weekend for Academy Members!

Academy member Manissa Gunadi after the Chicago Marathon

Last weekend was huge for many of our members and coaching clients here at MTA!

Below you will see reports from runners who completed the Chicago Marathon as well as the Twin Cities Marathon, Portlandathon, and other races. I wouldn’t be surprised if October 7-8th ends up being the biggest race weekend of the year.

Seeing this year’s medal makes me want to run the Chicago Marathon again (Angie and I ran in 2014).

Congrats to all the runners who dug deep and proved once again that they have what it takes to go the distance! I love to see how all the hard work and months of training paid off on race day.

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Participation Map for the 2018 Virtual Half

Registration is filling up for this year’s MTA Podcast Virtual Half Marathon! States, Provinces, and Countries shaded green are where runners live who have registered for this year’s virtual half.


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