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 26 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, 7, and 3. 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 eight 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!” Google+
“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 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
“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