Mission Statement: Marathon Training Academy exists to inspire and empower everyday people to live healthier lives, achieve fitness goals, and reach new milestones by tapping into their marathon potential.
After having a second child and moving across the country, Angie Spencer was looking for a way to get back in shape and change her life for the better. She ran her first marathon in 2008 and was plagued by training injuries. Deciding to tough it out, she crossed the finish line in 4 hours 10 minutes. It was both painful and exhilarating. Determined to find a smarter way to train and share it with the world, Angie began a quest that is now Marathon Training Academy. She has since run 27 marathons injury free with a PR of 3:35:41. Her goal is to run a marathon in every state and inspire as many people as possible.
Angie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and has been a Registered Nurse for 13 years. She is also a RRCA certified running coach. She and her husband, Trevor, make their home in SE Missouri and have three boys, ages 10, 8, and 4. In addition to running, Angie enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, yoga, being in the mountains, and eating dark chocolate.
“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.” Meb Keflezighi
Trevor wishes he could be as awesome as Angie but comforts himself in knowing he is the technical guy behind the Marathon Training Academy podcast and blog. Not too long ago he was a total non-running desk potato. Under Angie’s tutelage he ran his first marathon on October 23, 2011. He has since completed nine marathons and thirteen half marathons. Experiencing a transformation in his life and health through running, Trevor is passionate about sharing his message with new runners. He created the MTA tagline, “You have what it takes to run a marathon and change your life!”
“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love to do, there is only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” ~Wayne Dyer
Our Podcasting Journey . . .
“When Angie and I first started podcasting we weren’t sure who would listen, but soon we started to hear from people all over the world. Our show motivated many new runners to increase their health and fitness. Audience members inspired us with their running stories and we endeavored to inspire them with our content. Angie and I sat down at our kitchen table to record our first episode February 16th 2010 (after I finally convinced her to do it). Since then our podcast has been downloaded over 2.6 million times and featured as the top marathon podcast in the iTunes Store. We are grateful to all our listeners and supporters who make our show possible. You guys are awesome!” -Trevor
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From our Fans . . .
Well Angie, Trevor, you both have given me motivation throughout my OKC Memorial Marathon training. 3:14 (2nd in age group, 56th overall) This is my 2nd and I’m already scouting a 3rd. Look what you’ve done : ) –Kevin J
Just wanted to thank you guys for your awesome podcast. Throughout my training, I have listened to every podcast and learned a lot. That knowledge helped me get a 73 minute PR!!! This spring I finished my first full in 6:09, but yesterday I came in 4:56!!! So thanks again for doing what you do…you really are making a difference in people’s lives:) -Kimberly Z
Angie and Trevor, I just wanted to say thank you for your podcast. I used it as part of my training during the last 4 months and have learned invaluable information. I am happy to say that I completed my first marathon with a time of 4:02:35 I was well on my way to a sub 4 hour time but was met with torrential head wind during the last 8 mi. I have another one on the books in a month and hopefully will be in that 3 hr time! Thanks again. -Brad C
On November 9th 2014 I completed my first marathon at the age of 68 with a time of 5:53 and finished 1st in my age group. Many of the tips I used to help accomplish my marathon goal was a result of listening to the MTA Podcasts for so many years. While having dinner that evening after the race, my husband asked me if I would consider running another marathon. With a smile, I replied without hesitation, and said, “YES”! Thank you Angie and Trevor for your podcasts as they have provided me with years of entertainment, and helped give me confidence …. “That I too can run a marathon and change my life”. -Anna, Palmyra, PA
Trevor and Angie, last weekend I found myself braving my Addison’s disease, pregnancy, 30 degree weather, and our first snow of the season to run my first half marathon alongside my husband! You guys are right–it really does change your life! Thank you so very, very much for your podcast and for sharing so much valuable information and incredible inspiration surrounding running! -Eryn L
Hi Trevor and Angie, I just finished my first half-marathon (part of the Dresden Marathon in Germany) since my baby was born last December. My time was 1:46:47- not a PR, but not too bad for having had a baby 10 months ago! Thank you so much for your informative podcasts. They are funny, too, and that combination makes the long runs not so long. Keep up the good work! Oh, and anytime you want to run a marathon in this beautiful city, you have a place to crash! -Karla
Hi Angie and Trevor, I just want to thank you for all the great information you provide to runners on your podcast. I started listening to you in the Spring of 2012 after I had my first child. After having a c-section I struggled to run just 1 mile without stopping. Having already signed up for a marathon that Fall I was worried that I wouldn’t be prepared – fortunately I was even though they wound up canceling the marathon that year. It was certainly a long road back! Listening to your podcast back then and today has given me the inspiration, knowledge and entertainment I needed to get through those long runs. -Tracy
Hi Angie and Trevor, On September 21 I completed my first full marathon– the Huffin’ Puffin Marathon (named after our Provincial bird the Puffin) in my home Province of Newfoundland & Labrador Canada. I finished with a chip time of 3:01:47, which put me second place overall and first in my age group. I want to thank my wife Tanya for her amazing support and thank you guys for your great podcast. When I hit mile 20 I remembered Angie saying that this is where the marathon starts. Now I know exactly what she meant. I always listen to every podcast when I jog with my two dogs. Keep up the great work!!! -Lee
Angie, Thanks for another amazing and inspirational podcast!!! I just listened to the episode on mental toughness yesterday, and 2 hours later I was in labor. Even though I already knew I had what it takes, I needed some mental toughness to get through another natural delivery! It was such a blessing and perfect timing for me to hear your podcast when I did. I am a peaceful warrior! Six hours later and a healthy baby girl was born. Thanks for the encouragement! -Cari