Feeling Euphoric


Congrats to MTA Coaching client Bill D. on his new (blazing fast) PB of 3:07:56 at the Revel Wasatch Marathon!!

Runner’s high from a new personal best marathon . . . combined with a chance opportunity to meet Angie on the race bus made for a remarkable day at the Wasatch Marathon in Utah. Coach Dominique prepared me and challenged me to find even deeper capabilities than I knew I had within me. I am so grateful for her development of me over the last 2+ years. Coach Steve added sage advice too for dealing with the high altitude of 8000′ and I look forward to continuing this MTA journey with him. I finished 20th overall, 2nd in age group, and a new PB of 3:07:56. I feel euphoric! -Bill Drinkward

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Sub-Four Marathon at Forty

Here’s a nice email we received from a customer named Stephen who used the Resilient Runner to help with IT Band injuries and used the MTA 4:00 Marathon plan to earn a shiny new PR!

“Hello MTA family!

With all our races being cancelled, I was excited to see all the great things that the MTA podcast was doing to help keep us all sane. I completed the 100-mile challenge at the end of last year.

Later when I saw the medal for the 300-mile challenge as well as the theme: I Run to Burn Off the Crazy, I had to sign up. I justified signing up for another virtual race with the thought that if the spring race I sign up for does not happen, at least I will have this cool medal and a sweet new hat.

I decided that this was the year I try to attempt to break 4 hours in the Marathon. Under 4 hours now that I am 40! Continue Reading →

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Wisdom from Ethiopian Running Culture

In this podcast episode we speak with social anthropologist and 2:20 marathoner, Michael Crawley -author of the book Out of Thin Air -Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia.

Dr. Crawley who has competed internationally for Scotland and Great Britain, lived and trained with elite runners in Ethiopia for 15 months to learn the secrets of their long-distance running prowess.

Enjoy!

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A Better, Happier Runner!

Here’s a nice email from a client named Suzanne who earned an 8 minute PR at the Atlanta Half Marathon.

“I wanted to email MTA to thank Coach Lynn for her help in my recent PR in the Atlanta half marathon.

Last year when races were canceled, Coach Lynn put together a program to help me become a stronger and faster runner. After I ran a faster (for me) than expected virtual Peachtree 10K on Thanksgiving, we talked about my goals for 2021. She told me that a half-marathon under 2 hours was in reach for me; my previous half in November 2019 was 2:07.

She continued to encourage me in the next couple of months of training and never bought in to my concerned emails about reasons 2 hours was going to be too difficult for me.

On the big day I found that I was able to hold the needed pace for the entire time, and by mile 8 I knew I would be successful. I crossed the finish line at 1:58.55, 8 minutes faster than my previous PR!

Coach Lynn’s upbeat attitude and encouragement really made the difference in enabling me to reach a goal that I thought would be in the distant future for me. Thanks to Coach Lynn and MTA for all your help in making me a better, happier runner!” -Suzanne

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How to Self-Treat a Calf Strain/Pull

If you have ever suffered from a “pulled” or strained calf muscle, you know that running is difficult to near impossible and even walking can be an issue.

Calf injuries are common and occur in both competitive and recreational athletes of all kinds (such as runners, soccer players, basketball players, gymnasts, and dancers) and are frequently seen in weekend warriors as well as active individuals.

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The “Social Distancing” Run 2021 Edition

At the start of the pandemic we didn’t imagine that in 2021 so many in-person races would still be cancelled or postponed.

Last year we launched the Social Distance Run in response to many of our members asking us to host a virtual race. The event went viral and 15,300 people joined in, which kept us very busy here at MTA.

We just launched the “Social Distancing” Run 2021 Version. We took last year’s medal and changed it to a beautiful blue color with earth in the background -since we are all united by running. The socially distant runners are carrying new items (like a vaccine). Register now and save $5! See more details here.

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Choose to Get Stronger [Part 2] My Story + How to Get Started with Strength Training

In our basement home gym. One of my favorite quotes is this one by Jocko Willink

Do you strength train?

In this episode and blog post I share the story of how strength training improved my running. I also answer great questions sent in by listeners.

Plus I’ll give you some tips on how to get started correctly.

Hopefully you were able to listen to Part 1 and were convinced of the importance of strength training.

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Some Things Take Longer

Congrats to Cassandra Smith on completing the 300 Mile Challenge! Here’s an inspiring post she shared in our FB group, reposted here with permission.
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SOME THINGS TAKE LONGER

Since completing Marathon Training Academy’s 100 mile challenge in September 2020 amid COVID-19 lockdowns and curfews, I was ready for their next challenge. Not sure, I anticipated that it would be all of 300 miles 😱

My Plan: Complete 100 miles each month from January to March which meant 4-5 runs per week at a minimum of 25 miles each week.
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