Archive | Motivation

How to Deal with Post-Race Blues

Post race blues or even mild post race depression is not something that gets talked about in the running community that much but it’s a very common phenomenon.

People are more likely to talk about feeling like a rock star crossing the finish line, having a sense of euphoria or super powers post race, pride, a generalized relaxation, calmness, relief and a mental high.

But often these good sensations start fading anywhere from a few hours to a few days post race and you’re left feeling anything but great. You’d think that post race blues might only happen after a disappointing or horrible race but it can also happen after conquering a new distance or an amazing PR. It can also happen to some people during periods of injury or hitting a plateau in training. Continue Reading →

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Why Run A Marathon?

In this episode we discuss the many hidden benefits of running marathons, plus we’ll give you some important steps if you’re just starting. And in the quick tip segment we recommend two online directories for finding races all over the world.

The marathon is a distance that puts you in a small minority of the population. Less than 1% of the population will run a marathon (some figures put this at 0.5% for the United States). And while the marathon is not for everyone, we truly believe that it’s do-able for most anyone who has the desire and is willing to work hard. But the marathon is also challenging enough that it’s important to put the time and energy into training properly. So, why run a marathon? Continue Reading →

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How to Make 2018 an Epic Year

Trevor and AngieAngie and I are excited about what the new year holds!

The podcast just surpassed 5.9 million total downloads and we’d like to thank all of our wonderful listeners.

You guys are the best!

Here is a quick look back at 2017 and our thoughts on how to make 2018 an epic year.

I try to use use the word “epic” as much as possible since it drives Angie nuts hehe.

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Biggest Running News from 2017 + How to Have an Epic Year!


In this episode we look back on the biggest running news from 2017. Plus we share tips on how you can make 2018 an epic year!

In the quick tip segment we recommend an app that lets you easily run for charity.
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How to Crush Those New Year’s Resolutions

By Henry Howard

Each year the most popular New Year’s resolutions revolve around health and fitness: Eat more healthfully, lose weight, work out regularly, start running, etc. Vows proclaimed before the new year dawns often don’t outlast winter.

In fact, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February.

While runners have integrated training into their lifestyles, they can also fall short of their goals due to family obligations, work commitments, lack of motivation or other issues.

Whether runners are revealing resolutions, creating race calendars, plotting epic challenges, or outlining their goals for 2018, the coaches at Marathon Training Academy (MTA) offer some sound advice on how to be successful. Continue Reading →

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Powerful Books to Fuel Your Passion

booksIf you listen to the MTA podcast you probably know that we love to read! This photo is our living room.

Most of the following books that are mentioned here were published this year (2017) and we had the privilege of interviewing the authors.

I’ve linked to the Amazon page where you can find each book in case you want to pick one up for yourself (or as a gift this holiday season). These links contain our Amazon affiliate code so anything you order will give the MTA podcast a little kick back -which will make us do a happy dance. Continue Reading →

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Inspiration from the Worldwide Running Community

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In this episode we ask listeners how they got into long distance running and what running has taught them about life. In the quick tip segment we share of list of books that will fuel your passion! Continue Reading →

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Motivation to Do the Hard Thing!

In this episode we motivate you to do the hard thing in endurance and life! We speak with Rob Jones, a double amputee who just ran 31 marathons in 31 days. Plus, Trevor recaps his Spartan Beast race in South Carolina and Angie gives a survey of the toughest races in the world -which will change your definition of hard.

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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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Running Adventures: See the World, Meet Cool People, and Challenge Yourself!

Lions chewing on the course markers at the Big Five Marathon. photo credit: Big Five Marathon

In this episode we talk about running adventures with our special guests, some well-traveled runners, who use running to see the world, meet cool people, challenge themselves and stay healthy. Continue Reading →

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Marathon Training in the Summer Heat

woman running in the heatHere’s a great question that came in from a fan in India who is dealing with daytime temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit).

Hi A&T, I am a big fan of your podcast. I started running in 2013. I have three running goals: 1. Run a half marathon under 2:00; 2. Run a full marathon under 5:00; 3. Run 2,000 KM in 2017! Last 2 months have been very hot in Pune, India (where I live) with daytime temperatures reaching 39 deg C. It is definitely impacting my pace and soreness. I wonder if a future podcast will talk about running in summer. Regards, -Milind

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