A strong, powerful, female athlete

Lauren (left) with Coach Athena (right)

Here is an awesome letter from a Texas runner named Lauren. She worked with MTA Coach Athena for six months inside our Coaching Services. Reposted with permission.

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Coach Athena,

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how grateful I am to have gotten to work with and learn from you.

So much of what I’ve gained from our time together goes beyond running, and it’s hard to put into words just how impactful you’ve been on my life since we connected last year.

When I reached out to MTA for coaching I never imagined I’d end up getting connected with someone who not only provided excellent training and guidance but also served as a key role model I so desperately needed.

You filled a gap I hadn’t realized existed (or perhaps just hadn’t acknowledged) – that of a mentor. And not just any mentor – a strong, powerful, female athlete. Continue Reading →

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Getting Real About Running Injuries

In this podcast episode I answer a question from a discouraged runner and share statistics, tips, and hope on dealing with an injury so you can keep doing what you love.

Many of the episodes that we do are inspired by emails and feedback that we get from listeners.

The question that prompted the topic of dealing with injury came in from Megan who asks,

“Question for Angie.  She’s been dealing with a hamstring injury.  I’m curious if she in hindsight feels like she did something wrong that could have prevented this injury.. . For someone who has all the tools and knowledge to prevent injury like you guys, to still get injured is disheartening to me.  I like to think if you’re smart, you can be an injury free runner, but I guess that’s not the case.  I’m dealing with a debilitating posterior tibial tendon disfunction that will likely never go away.” -Megan. Continue Reading →

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Get to Know Your Podcast Hosts! (2022 Edition)

In this podcast episode you will hear how Angie stumbled into running marathons and what gave me the idea to start the MTA Podcast 12 years ago (wow, I’m feeling old).

Fellow podcaster Lisa Tamati (from New Zealand) interviews us about how we got started, our favorite and toughest marathons, overcoming challenges, and the lessons we’ve learned along the way.

It’s been five years since we’ve done an episode like this. Thanks for listening to our stories!

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Benefits of Run-Walk-Run Method

Coach Lynn has run a marathon in every US state after the age of 40. She is a certified running coach and registered dietician with experience in the run-walk-run method. Learn about MTA Coaching here.

Listener Question:

“I’ve run 7 marathons trying to qualify for Boston. In my races as I start to lose speed around 21 miles I see people I was well ahead of pass me with seem lying fresh legs. I could see that through out the race they used the run-walk technique. What is your opinion of this technique as a strategy to get a faster time? Have you or any of the runners you trained used the run-walk technique? Thanks for your time”. -Chris in Lexington Kentucky

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Marathon Success Story with Dipti Pandya

In this podcast episode we bring you a marathon success story as we speak with Academy member Dipti Pandya, a radiologist and mother of two, who just completed the Disney Dopey Challenge.

You will hear about the setbacks she faced during her training, including a cancer diagnosis, how she finds time to train, and what it was like to cross the finish line of her first marathon.

Enjoy!

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Favorite Books from 2021

As you may know I love to read! I finished a total of 262 books in 2021 (kind of a cool number for a marathoner).

It broke down to 131 fiction and 131 non-fiction. About 30% of these were audio books. Pro tip: with the app Libby you can get free audiobooks through your local library.

Below I provided a list of my fiction and non-fiction favorites from 2021.
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1000 Miles: Reflections on a Challenging Year

I just reached the 1000-mile mark last weekend. This alone is a miracle for me, even though I have reached the milestone several times before.

2021 came for me with many challenges that go beyond the Covid pandemic completing its second year. I faced serious health challenges that, held by the hand of the Lord and with the support of my wife, family, and friends, I have been able to overcome. It has been quite a journey.

On June 23 I underwent open-heart surgery after two years of trying to manage the issue. My arteries had a wiring problem since birth that suddenly, at age 53 and having been active all my life, started becoming an issue. I also got a coronary artery by-pass. Continue Reading →

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