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What It Feels Like to Run Your First Marathon

Here’s a message from the Academy Facebook group that illustrates the thrill of finishing strong at your first marathon.

Paula Soto completed the Bakersfield Marathon on November 12th 2017 with a time of 4:34:45.5!

What I love is that she ’embraced the suck’ of the finial miles and finished with a smile on her face . . . ready to do it again!

Listen to the joy in her words, we can’t say it better than this, Continue Reading →

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Shout Out to Melisa and Bradley!

Big congrats to Academy member Melisa Robles and her fiancé Bradley who completed their 3rd Marine Corps Marathon together recently. Check out their signature finish line photo. We love it!

I can’t say enough great things about Marathon Training Academy! Angie and Trevor are absolutely amazing with their podcast and support! I really enjoy the private Facebook group full of runners on similar goals from all over the world. I’ll be using their training program again for my next marathon but promise to keep the cross training included. -Melisa

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This Race is About to Sell Out!

Registration for the MTA Virtual Half Marathon has exceeded our initial estimates and we’ve already added to our order of hats and medals.

Just a heads up that we have only 17 hats and medals left and once they are gone we will be closing down registration.

We now have runners from all over the world -47 states and 18 countries. Our special Facebook group is up and it’s fascinating to see where people will be running. You can join in the fun here: http://marathontrainingacademy.com/half

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Where Runners Are From . . .

Here’s a map of where runners are from who are signed up for the MTA Virtual Half Marathon this November. As you can see we have a few states not represented yet but there is still time!


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Shout Out to Gwen Lingenfelter!

Big shoutout to former Academy member Gwen Lingenfelter who is sharing her passion for running today at her company’s wellness fair.

From Gwen . . .

“I only started running in 2011. The MTA podcasts & lessons are the one thing that helped me to learn to run, to quit smoking, and to understand that running is my fountain of youth!

Because of that, in 2013, I did 12 half marathons (one a month). Ten of those were Rock ‘n’ Roll Series races so I achieved all the Heavy Medals that year.

The above picture is my RnR Nashville Finisher Medal. I also did New Orleans, Dallas, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, San Jose, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Antonio, plus two local halves that same year. -Gwen

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How to Subscribe to the MTA Podcast

Hey folks! Just a quick note that you can subscribe to the MTA podcast in iTunes, Android and wherever podcasts are found! Be sure to select “subscribe” once the widow opens.

To find and stream our 50 most recent episodes here on the website use this link. All our back episodes can be found in the MTA Podcast Vault inside the Academy.

A big word of thanks to all our amazing listeners! We are here to empower you to run a marathon and change your life!

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We Helped Design a Marathon Training Quiz!

Hey folks! We helped design a marathon quiz for our friends over at Health I.Q. -a life insurance provider for runners. Check it out here. You will be required to set up a username and password but it is free.

The questions are based on knowledge that one would know who is actively involved in marathon training. Health IQ has found that your knowledge correlates to your actual health level (hence that name Health I.Q.). Here two sample questions: Continue Reading →

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Podcast Anniversary Sale

For our seven year podcast anniversary we are offering a 50% discount on Volume 3 of the MTA podcast -episodes no longer found in iTunes.

See what’s in Volume 3 here.

This set of 50 archived podcast episodes features the story of Angie’s Boston Marathon run plus lots of other “world famous” race recaps, guest interviews and actionable training advice. All episodes are 100% downloadable. For those technologically challenge, I show how to download and add to your playlist. Get it here.

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Meet New MTA Coach Lynn Grieger

The Army veteran and 50-state finisher prepares her athletes for a lifetime of healthy, injury-free running, based on their individual goals and fitness levels.

Lynn Grieger has been a runner for 40 years, and has a long list of accomplishments.

Grieger, who achieved her 50-state goal this year, has finished 56 marathons overall. Additionally, she has completed several triathlons, 20 half marathons, four ultra relays and dozens of other races.

However, Grieger, a new coach with Marathon Training Academy, puts coaching over her own running.

“I’m most proud of coaching people to finish a race distance they didn’t think they would ever be able to complete,” she says. It’s more exciting for me to run with them and cheer them on than it is for me to finish a race on my own.”

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Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours!


We are thankful for all the amazing guests we’ve had on the podcast this year–which is about to reach episode 200. Most of all we’re grateful to all of our wonderful listeners, customers and sponsors.

Christmas is the best time to take stock of what happened throughout the year. I’ve posted a portion of our family Christmas letter below to give you a look at the craziness of our lives. Continue Reading →

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