Author Archive | Angie Spencer

Marathon Success Story + What it Takes to Qualify for Boston

In this episode we bring you a marathon success story with Academy member Karima Modjadidi who kept a recurring knee injury at bay and earned a PR and BQ at her recent marathon.

Plus, Angie talks about the Boston Marathon qualifying standards and what it takes to run a BQ.
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What I’ve Learned From 50 Marathons


Ten years ago I started training for my first marathon. We had just moved from Montana to Missouri, I had a toddler and baby at home, and I was feeling a bit depressed and needed something big to challenge me.

At that time I didn’t know anyone who’d ever run a marathon, didn’t have any friends who were runners (and Trevor wasn’t a runner at the time), and had only done two 5k races. Clearly this was pre-MTA days. Continue Reading →

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Race Recap + What Angie Has Learned From Running 50 Marathons

In this episode we recap the Mount Desert Island Marathon in the beautiful state of Maine, USA.

Since this was my 50th marathon you will hear Trevor ask me to share some lessons and take-a-ways from my journey thus far. We also take a short walk down memory lane.

You never know where running will take you!

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How Running Surfaces Affect Your Body

running on the roadLet’s talk about why it’s important to vary your running surfaces. As runners we often become creatures of habit and run the same routes on the same surfaces week after week.

Depending on the type of mileage and surfaces you run on, doing the same thing over and over again may result in overuse injuries or muscle stagnation.

However, large studies haven’t yet shown a connection between running injuries and whether you routinely run on hard or soft surfaces.

As we run the muscles and tendons act as shock absorbers as your foot lands and then they release energy during the push off phase. The surface that you run on and your running shoes (or lack) also function to absorb and release energy.

The body takes the information from your previous footstrikes (and what your brain knows from experience) and adjusts muscle contractions before the next time your foot hits the ground. Interestingly the body pre-tunes the muscles before your first step onto a new surface. Continue Reading →

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Confidence On Race Day -Shoutout To MTA Coaching

Here’s an email we received from a coaching client named Melissa Rutzen who ran this year’s hot but glorious Chicago Marathon. Success stories like these inspire us coaches to keep working hard to bring out the best in runners.

Hi Angie and Trevor,

It has now been a little over a week since the Chicago marathon and my heart is as full with gratitude as ever towards you two and the MTA community that you’ve cultivated. It was my first marathon and I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face and tears of joy in my eyes.

It was hotter than I was hoping for but I was happy to finish with a time of exactly 4:25:00. Continue Reading →

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Addicted to Running -Interview with Dr. Rachel Tambling

In this episode we discuss exercise addiction and disordered eating in runners with Dr. Rachel Tambling -licensed therapist, college professor, and lecturer for the Road Runner’s Club of America.

And in the quick tip segment Angie answers a listener question about whether or not to redo a final long run before race day.

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Recap of the Jackson Hole Marathon + Heart Rate Training

Angie at the Jackson Hole MarathonIn this episode Angie recaps the Jackson Hole Marathon in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming plus she explains how to run a marathon according to your heart rate. Continue Reading →

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How to Be a Defensive Runner

We recently moved to a new town and I’ve noticed that several runners in my area don’t seem to know which side of the road they’re supposed to run on.

I think sometimes that we get so comfortable on our running routes that we get lax about safely measures. In a day and age where there are more distracted or tired drivers out on the roads it’s really our responsibility to be defensive runners.

So, let’s talk about some ways you can protect yourself. Continue Reading →

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The Half Marathon Episode!

medalIn this episode we share tips on half marathon success for both beginners and experienced runners. Plus, we tell you about the first ever MTA Virtual Half Marathon!! Coming soon to a running route near you!

For many people the half marathon is their favorite race distance. It’s challenging but also very attainable for most people.

Plus, they’re a bit easier to recover from than the marathon distance.
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The Running Form Episode!

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In this episode we talk running form with Jonathan Beverly author of the new book Your Best Stride -How to Optimize Your Natural Running Form to Run Easier, Farther, and Faster–With Fewer Injuries. Continue Reading →

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