Invaluable Tools to My Success

Congrats to Academy member Lisa from Canada who just crossed the finish line strong at her 4th marathon! She writes,

“Hi guys, Just wanted to say thanks so much for the great podcast and all the awesome information that you share. I finished my 4th marathon on Sunday at the 60th anniversary of the Calgary Marathon, Canada’s longest running marathon.

I completed my run 45 minutes quicker than last year thanks to your training plan and strength training program which were invaluable tools to my success.

I finally met my goal of receiving my medal at the finish line instead of receiving it in the mail which was amazing.

My kid ran the last few hundred meters with me and then commented afterwards how tired they were and couldn’t believe I had ran 42 k before that. Thanks again and keep up the awesome work. -Lisa


Interview with Dr. Bradley Schaeffer, Podiatrist and Foot Surgeon

In this episode we speak with Dr. Bradley Schaeffer -a podiatrist, foot surgeon, runner, and star on TLC’s ‘My Feet Are Killing Me’.

Dr. Brad shares tips on dealing with heel pain, Morton’s neuroma, achilles tendinitis, arch pain, corns, blisters, and bunions.

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We keep this bluetooth speaker in our home gym

If you came to our house you’d see that our unfinished basement is essentially our home gym. It’s not fancy but we love it.

We have a treadmill, weight bench, water rower, punching bag, chin-up bar, and even an infrared sauna. Do you listen to music when you work out? I do. I turn the music up loud when I’m down in our pain cave home gym.

I’ve been using a TRIBIT speaker for a few years and they were nice enough to send me their new model (which rocks)! Continue Reading →


1st in Age Group at Trail Marathon

Congrats to our coaching client Luis who finished the Ultra Blue Island Marathon in Portugal and won his age group! He writes,

“Completed my trail marathon race with a time of 5:53:48. The race was cut by 6Ks due to high winds at the original arrival location because it is sandy and volcanic ashes; the winds could cause issues to runners.

If I had to continue to 42k, since it was 6K all downhill, based on my last lap of 6:21, I would have had 6:28ish, meaning MTA Coach Henry helped me shave off one hour from last year’s time.

I came in 37th overall out of 208 (42K-runners & young ones too) and 1st out of 7 in my M60 age group!

I’m also fired up because this route was actually harder than last year’s as they made some changes to within the first 20Ks pretty much uphill: we had “1K” of going up stairs (never seen this before) and 2Ks were actually steeper stairs and muddy (it poured the night before) and it felt like dancing tango: one step forward two backwards. Lots of fun! 😉” Continue Reading →


PR at the London Marathon

Congrats to our coaching client Alicia who earned a 5 minute PR at the London Marathon! She writes,

“The London Marathon was simply amazing! The crowd support is out of this world. There are no words to properly describe the joy you have when crossing over Tower Bridge!

I finished with a time of 3:52:56 which is a 5 min PR and what I am calling my B and a half goal 🤣 I couldn’t be happier with this finish! Thanks Coach Abby for getting me to another start line and helping me to continue to chase my goals!”


A Marathon Success Story with Robin Walters

In this episode we speak with Academy member and coaching client, Robin Walters, about how she ‘leveled-up’ her life through marathon training!

Once upon a time she hated running but now she’s a Boston Marathon qualifier. Hear how she dreamed big, took consistent action, and ran strong on race day.

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Mother Daughter Marathon Magic

Congrats to Sarah who earned her BQ running 4:16 at the Eugene Marathon! Her daughter Emily paced her to a strong finish. Both Sarah and Emily are coached by MTA Coach Abby. Emily writes,

“Huge shoutout to Coach Abby who helped my mom and I train for today’s Eugene marathon! My mom is 62 and needed a 4:20 to BQ and we finished in in 4:16:31!!!

We are incredibly grateful for the MTA community. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without everyone!!”