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Interview with Tina Muir -How She Fulfilled Her Ultimate Running Goal

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In this podcast episode we talk with fellow podcaster and elite runner Tina Muir who last year fulfilled a lifelong dream of representing Great Britain at the World Half Marathon Championships.

You will hear Tina relate the ups and downs of accomplishing that dream, how she deals with negative thinking during the marathon and her down-to-earth thoughts on building self-confidence.

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How Running Can Change Your Life


Here’s a recent interview I did with the Believe.Love podcast. In this interview I talk about tips for getting started as a runner, identity formation and freedom you feel after breaking through the “my lungs are burning” “I hate this” stage.

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Meet Chris Galaty, MTA Coach, Runner and Teacher

Longtime runner and international educator joins MTA team with a vision to tailor training plans to the athletes and ensure they meet their goals.

By Henry Howard

Chris Galaty has literally completed too many races to count. Marathons, half marathons, Ironmans and shorter distances.

Among his treasured finishes are the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon and the Lake Placid Ironman.

Goal setting is important to him — “empowering,” as Galaty says. But that not only motivates him as a competitor, it drives him as a coach. And now, he has joined the Marathon Training Academy stable of coaches. Continue Reading →

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Marathon Success Story -How Henry Became a Running Machine!

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Henry Howard has managed to go from a frustrated and injured runner to improving his marathon PR by 28 minutes, earning a BQ, and taking on trail ultramarathons.

In this episode we examine how he and Coach Angie worked together to improve his running and reach his bucket list goals. You’ll get to see how the coaching process works from beginning to end and hopefully glean some useful take-a-ways to implement in your training! Continue Reading →

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Interview with Dean Karnazes, The Road to Sparta

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Dean Karnazes is a New York Times Best Selling Author and was named by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

His new book is called The Road to Sparta -Reliving The Ancient Battle And Epic Run That Inspired The World’s Greatest Footrace.

Here’s what I didn’t know before reading this book . . . Continue Reading →

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Meet Jenn Giles, New MTA Coach

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Jenn Giles

Accomplished marathoner and triathlete, Registered Dietitian, and RRCA Coach, Jenn Giles brings a passion for lifelong running to the MTA community.

By Henry Howard

While Jenn Giles achieved some success on the high school softball diamond, her coach told her that she ran too slow to ever be great.

And she believed her coach.

Fast forward to adulthood, and Giles has excelled as an endurance athlete, even representing Team USA at the World Championships in the Olympic Distance Triathlon. And now she joins Marathon Training Academy as a coach. Continue Reading →

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From Couch to 50-State Marathon Finisher

post-50-1Inspiration hit Kelly “K2” Richards on July 4, 1997, when she literally pushed herself off the couch and did a 2-mile run-walk.

Exactly 15 months later, she crossed the finish line at the Twin Cities Marathon for her first full marathon.

She didn’t know it at the time but it was that first marathon that would lead to 65 (and counting) fulls and ultras, including one in each of the 50 U.S. states. Continue Reading →

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Ed Whitlock -Sub 4 Hour Marathon at Age 85!

photo credit: Canadian Running

photo credit: Canadian Running

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In this podcast episode you will hear from Ed Whitlock -the amazing master’s runner from Canada who just set a world record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

At 85 years of age he ran a 3:56:32 -a masters level record for 85-90 division.

Ed has been smashing records and conventional wisdom for years. Hear all about how he got started (later in life) and some of the unusual ways he trains. Prepare to be inspired! Continue Reading →

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PodcastFest! -Joint Episode with Marathon Talk U.K.

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In this episode with we hang out with Martin Yelling and Tom Williams from the Marathon Talk Podcast. In this virtual meet up you will hear us discuss the work that goes into podcasting, getting dream guests, top picks for U.K. and U.S. marathons, angry fruitarians, recent running adventures, and more. 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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