Becoming a Sustainable Runner


In this episode we speak with fellow podcaster Tina Muir co-author of the book ‘Becoming a Sustainable Runner -A Guide to Running for Life, Community, and Planet’. Listen as Tina shares why she quit running in 2017 and what brought her back to the sport! Continue Reading →

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Get prepared, run with confidence!

Thanks to Berenise for sharing her experience with our coaching services! She writes,

My husband surprised me by gifting me 3 months of MTA coaching for Christmas. It came at a perfect time as I was getting ready to run my 8th half marathon.

I was assigned to Coach Lynn, who has an incredible running history and she’s also a nutritionist – she’s impressive! I didn’t know what to expect but coach Lynn quickly helped me identify key goals and I was amazed by all that I learned. Continue Reading →

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Ask the Coach Q&A (part 2)


In this episode we bring you part 2 of Ask the Coach Q&A as we field questions about nutrition, fueling, training plans, when to do leg day, breaking 2 hours in the half, perimenopause, running postpartum, how to race Boston, the impact alcohol has on training, and more!

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6 Minute Half Marathon PR

Congratulations to Kyle D. who ran a perfectly paced 6 minute half PR at the Disney Princess Half in the middle of his marathon training block!

His coach writes, “I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Kyle since October, in that time he’s made great strides in his speed and endurance, boosting his VDOT score several points.

He’s also one of the most disciplined and consistent runners I’ve ever coached (there have been thousands at this point so that is really saying something) Excited to see what lies ahead, he has the Cleveland Marathon up next. Way to go Kyle!” –Coach Kris

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What day to do a lower body workout

MTA Coach Carri answers a question about leg day from an Academy member named Anjelica.

“When should I do my leg strength workout? Do I do it on the same day that I run or on the next day when I am not running ? And if I do it on the next day that I’m not running would this caused the legs to not get rested?”

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My Trail Run in Big Bend National Park

I’ve always wanted to visit Big Bend National Park in Texas but it’s so dang far from anything!

I flew into the Midland/Odessa airport, rented a car, and drove 4 hours south on empty highways to Lajitas, Texas.

This part of Texas is like a moonscape if the moon had cacti. Only ten inches of rain falls per year on this harsh land, and when it does it arrives in flash-floods.

I’m glad to have come here in February when the weather is reasonable. I brought my trail shoes, UCAN bars, and handheld hydration bottle.

Now to find a nice trail and crank out a long run!

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Ask the Coach Q&A (part 1)


In this episode we are joined by two coaches on our team and answer questions sent in from Academy members and listeners about running injuries, ultra training, shakeout runs, super shoes, mileage per week, and more! Continue Reading →

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29 Minute PR in the Marathon

Congrats to our coaching client Gareth on running a 29 minute PR, he writes,

“Mesa Marathon in the books. My #3 Marathon and a PR by 29mins!! I couldn’t have nailed this one without an awesome training block under the guidance of Coach Antonio. I really enjoyed the process and mixture of sessions throughout the build up – I leant on the feeling of those tough ones when the race got heavy at Mile 21 yesterday.

Weather wasn’t superb – however the atmosphere and location were spot on! Through the rain and puddles – I kept to the plan we’d discussed and I knew at halfway I was rolling ok. Squally showers kept the temperature low and the feet drenched.

The quads were banged up from the early fast downhill sections, and at Mile 23 needed to dig real deep . . . found something in the tank and kicked it home with a strong last 3 miles to run 3.30.34.

This is my first race with a coach formulating a specific and guided plan and can absolutely testify to its value! Much thanks Coach Antonio and bring on the next PR chase!”

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Tips on Running a Big City Marathon


In this episode we share tips on running a big city marathon, like one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Plus, we speak with an official charity partner of the Tokyo Marathon about literacy rates for children, especially girls, around the world.

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The Untethered Runner -Interview with Dave Proctor

In this episode we speak with Canadian ultra-runner Dave Proctor author of the book Untethered: The Comeback Story of one of the Longest Fastest Runs in History. In 2022 Dave ran across the entire length of Canada in 67 days, averaging 105.3 kilometers (65.4 miles) per day!
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Life is Fun, That’s My Motto

Congrats to Anna from Finland on finishing the 2500 Mile Challenge! She finished this distance challenge around the same time as her retirement party. She writes,

“Day before yesterday was my retirement party, 67 years on the earth 🙈😎💕💕🎂🎂🎼🥳🥳 And what a party that was! Today I reached my 2500 miles medal 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️👏🏻👏🏻👍🤗☀️Thanks Angie and Trevor Spencer for all fantastic medals!❤️ Life is Fun! That’s my motto since many years!”

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Finding a Logos (Meaning) in Your Running

What makes life worth living and how can we relate this discovery to long distance running?

I recently finished the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. It’s a powerful personal narrative and keen first-hand observation into what makes life bearable in the worst of circumstances. I recommend everyone read it.

Here’s a quick look at the book and what it might have to say about your next long run. Continue Reading →

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