How You Can Unlock Your Hip Flexors

The hip flexor muscles join your lower back and your upper thighs with the role of flexing the hip. They are a group of muscles that coordinate to facilitate leg movement and generally very strong and can stiffen from prolonged sitting. Undertaking hip flexor activities helps to give you a better stance and improves your adaptability.

Having frail or tight hip flexors can give you a terrible stance. Therefore, it is important to find ways in which you can unlock your hip flexors. Fortunately, we have a few tips on how you can achieve this as discussed below. Continue Reading →

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Rebounding from Running Injury

According to some statistics 75% of runners will experience a running injury at some point.

When injury happens it can feel like a huge part of your life is in disarray.

In this episode we speak with Carrie Jackson Cheadle and Cindy Kuzma, authors of the book Rebound, about tools and perspectives that will help you bounce back mentally during periods of injury.

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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!!🙌

“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 didn’t think crossing the finish line was going to be possible but that feeling when I finally did it was like nothing I’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 hasn’t subsided yet. Guess this means I’m a real runner now!” Alaina W.

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Deconstructing a Huge Running Goal

For some people dreaming big seems to come as naturally as breathing. They’re always thinking about a next adventure or challenge to take on. Their default mode seems to be “bring it on.”

But many of us struggle with anxiety and self-doubt which makes setting goals much harder. I have to admit that my first thought after hearing about a big goal or challenge is often, “I could never do that.”

That’s how I responded to two ladies who were telling me about the requirements to join the Marathon Maniacs Club. Continue Reading →

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Hawaii Race Recap- My 50th State Marathon

In this long awaited episode we recap the Revel Kulia Marathon on the Big Island of Hawaii, the final race in my quest to run a marathon in every state.

This happened to be my fastest marathon to date with a finish of 3:19:55 (20 minutes under my Boston Qualifying time)!

Plus in this episode you will also hear practical tips on how you can run a PR (personal record) this year.

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Shoutout to MTA Coaching

Here is a nice FB post from Academy member Anissa W. about the progress she made working with her MTA Coach. ❤️

“Today is the last day of my coaching with Coach Dominique Hamel and I wanted to share my MTA coaching experience.

I signed up with her about 15 months ago because I was scared of hurting myself because I had no idea what to do to train for my first full marathon. She not only got me through my first marathon injury free, she also helped me transition from run/walk to just running.

After that first marathon I wanted to do another and I wasn’t ready to give up my coaching, so she coached me through a second marathon. Then my husband signed us up for the Dopey Challenge at Disney and she coached me through that too. It’s been quite a journey Coach!! Three full marathons and 2 half marathons and numerous 5ks.

Thank you for being a part of it! If anyone is considering coaching I would highly recommend it and I especially recommend Coach Dom.” 💙🏃🏼‍♀️ -Anissa W.

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Angie’s 50 State Marathon Quest

In this episode we take a look back at Angie’s 50 state marathon quest as she prepares to run her final race. This has been a 12 year project in the making!


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Working on Your Weak Areas


In this episode Coach Angie discusses the importance of working on your weak areas in marathon training so that you can become a stronger version of yourself. Plus we speak with an Australian runner who is mobilizing the running community to support those affected by the divesting bushfires.
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Books I Enjoyed in 2019 📚

Let’s talk about books! If you listen to the MTA Podcast you probably know that one of my other great loves, besides running, is reading books.

In 2019 I was able to read or listen to 268 books total.

-133 fiction

-135 non-fiction (16 running books)

-Highest volume month was January (31 total).

For those looking for some recommendations, here’s a list of the books (non-fiction and fiction) that I enjoyed the most in 2019. Continue Reading →

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