An Inspired Ultra Challenge 

img_4006My first two 50Ks, just 10 weeks apart, met a goal a year in the making and also paved the way for new challenges.

By Henry Howard

Last year, I had the opportunity to interview one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, Noah Galloway

Best known for his amazing performance on Dancing With the Stars, Galloway is a double amputee from injuries he suffered in the Iraq war. 

During our interview, Galloway told me “everyone should do something that scares them.” I decided to accept his challenge, upping my ultra ante — doing my first two 50Ks just 10 weeks apart.  Continue Reading →

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How to Study the Marathon Course in Advance to be Confident on Race Day

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-12-40-08-amBefore each marathon there are a few simple things I do to get a solid idea what the course will be like.

This takes a lot of stress out of my mind when I get to the starting line.

Sometimes I work with my coaching clients to develop a race day strategy based on the course profile (elevation gain, hills, aid stations, out-and-backs, etc.).

Your study of the course doesn’t need to be that involved. Just start with these five things. Continue Reading →

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Ultrarunner Ian Sharman – What to Tell Yourself When the Going Gets Tough

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In this episode we speak with Ian Sharman the winner of the 2016 Leadville Trail 100 Ultramarathon -a race he’s won three times.

In this interview you will hear Ian describe what it’s like to run 100 miles, tips on recovery and nutrition, and what to tell yourself when the going gets tough no matter what distance you are training for. Continue Reading →

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Inspired by an Ultrarunning Legend

00810-07-1489-1Eric Strand saw a 1999 marathon as a one-time thing. Now, thanks in part to Dean Karnazes, Strand has completed dozens of marathons and the Leadville 100 five times.

By Henry Howard

Eric Strand had been fascinated by long-distance running ever since Frank Shorter won the marathon gold medal in the 1972 Olympics.

Years passed and before he knew it, 39-year-old Strand had just finished graduate school and his kids were becoming self-sufficient. “I’d always wanted to run a marathon and everyone knows you can’t run 26.2 miles once you turn 40, so I signed up for the 2000 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn.,” he said.

That year — 1999 — he finished the “one and done” marathon. But instead of hanging up the running shoes, Strand has upped his running game to a total of 60 marathons and ultras. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Jared Ward -Olympic Marathoner and Self-Described Running Nerd

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We are really excited to have Jared Ward on this episode of the MTA podcast. We spoke with him not long after the 2016 Olympics in which he finished 2:11:30 (6th place) in the marathon.

Jared is Professor of Statistics at BYU. He wrote his master’s thesis on Optimal Pacing Strategy in the Marathon. Continue Reading →

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The Ups and Downs of Running

The author at Devou Park, with Cincinnati in the background

The author at Devou Park, with Cincinnati in the background

A series of mishaps on training runs, followed by some positive experiences, made for a roller coaster of emotions over a 72-hour period.

By Henry Howard

I had quite the series of training runs a couple of weeks ago. Lightning, a plunge into a creek and a mysterious bite. But after all those dismal obstacles faded into just memories, I experienced a run that was full of brightness and positive energy.

As I reflected back on those 72 hours of oddities, I recalled one of my favorite but little-known movie lines. It’s from the “grandma” character in the 1989 film, “Parenthood,” describing why she likes the roller coaster.

“It was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”

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The Tupelo Half Marathon + Seven

Tupelo Half Marathon Medal

Tupelo Half Marathon Medal

I just got back from the Tupelo Half Marathon in Tupelo, Mississippi.

I decided to use this race as a supported training run for my build up for the Berlin Marathon later this month.

Even without Berlin I would have found a reason to do this race. The t-shirt and medal are too good to pass up!

The race motto is “Trample the Weak Hurdle the Dead”.

What’s not to love about that?! Continue Reading →

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Berlin Marathon Meet Up!

Berlin_Marathon.svgMeet up with Angie and Trevor and other MTA runners at the Starbucks near the Brandenburg Gate on the Saturday before the Berlin Marathon!

  1. Date: September 24th (the day before the marathon)
  2. Location: Starbucks Coffee at Pariser Platz 4A, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  3. Time: 2:00 pm local time

This Starbucks is close to the Brandenburg Gate and the start/finish area of the marathon so we might grab a drink and walk around the plaza as a group. Link to the Facebook Event. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

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The Highest Road Marathon on Planet Earth

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I recently ran a marathon billed “The Highest Road Marathon on Planet Earth.” The 9th annual Madison Marathon took place near Ennis, MT on July 23, 2016. This race is part of the Greater Yellowstone Race Series.

The next day Trevor ran the Big Sky Half Marathon. In this podcast episode we recap both races and all the nitty-gritty details of running a tough mountain race. Continue Reading →

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