Greg Cheek is a motivational speaker, cancer survivor, and marathoner. He trained with us for his first full marathon a few years ago. We are so proud of his progress!
By Henry Howard
Ask Davonda Williams about how she got started running and she laughs. Williams then goes on to explain about a man she used to date who was “always talking about his ex-girlfriend” who was a runner.
“And it started to irritate me,” Williams says cheerfully. “So the first 5K I signed up for was more about me being able to say, ‘Hey, I can run too!’ I am going to show him. And show her. And show everybody.” Continue Reading →
All favorite movies of mine.
As a kid I watched The Goonies a dozen times or more. I thought it was a true story. It’s not.
But what is a true story is how Sean has used running to recalibrate his health and fitness and reach greater levels of success.
In this interview you will hear all about Sean’s genesis as a runner, favorite running stories, and future marathon goals.
SPOILER ALERT: He’s working on a 50 State goal.
The busy father of five balances his commitments to family, work and of course running — as he teaches his children about exercise, wellness and perseverance.
By Henry Howard
Like many runners, Nathan Maxwell started the sport to get in shape. He ran a few 5Ks and was hooked. So he went up in distance, again like many runners, to see if he could do a half-marathon.
That was 2012.
Since then, Maxwell has charted his own path though he deviated from the natural path. The next step was not a full marathon. Instead, the Augusta, Georgia, resident went right to ultra distances, where he found his passion and excelled at those long races. Continue Reading →
Rewind to 2011.
We just finished the Little Rock Marathon in Little Rock, Arkansas, our first race recap episode. This was my first half marathon. I was previously a total non-runner, desk potato.
Angie was building her fitness back after having a baby. Angie’s sister Autum Danzer (now Autum Haley) joined us to talk about running her first marathon and how it changed her life. The MTA podcast was only 32 episodes old.
Now I invite you to take a pictorial journey with us from that moment to this. And remember . . . Continue Reading →
By Henry Howard
Steve Yee’s running passion started innocently enough. In 1983, Yee learned of the Seattle Mariners Fun Run, an 8-mile run that included four tickets to a ball game.
“With a few weeks training I was able to complete it without stopping so I got really excited, started training more and signed up for races every single weekend after that,” he says. “With each race more challenges emerged, I started running half marathons and finally took the plunge with my first marathon six months after the Mariners Fun Run.”
Turn the clock ahead 20 years and many marathons later, Yee was having lunch with Chris Warren, Tony Phillippi, Sue Fauerbach and Terry Watanabe after — of course — a marathon. The runners talked about how many marathons they ran throughout the year. Friendly oneupsmanship took over as the runners started throwing out race after race that they would do.
At one point, Yee said,
“I feel like I’m amongst a bunch of Marathon Maniacs.”
The name stuck, and Yee, Warren and Phillippi became the original founders and co-presidents of the most popular marathon group active today. Continue Reading →
Runners whose goal is just to finish a marathon only need a very simple training tool. It’s a check list.
“Did I do my long run this weekend, yes or no?”
But if you’re training for a marathon with a different goal in mind – like qualifying for Boston – your training plan will be more complex. And that means you’ll need better analysis tools, too. Continue Reading →
At 20 years of age Hal was hit head on by a drunk driver traveling 70 mph. Despite being clinically dead for 6 minutes, spending 6 days in a coma and being told he would never walk again, Hal made a comeback and went on to become a runner and even complete an ultra-marathon. Hal lives in California with his wife and 2 children. Continue Reading →
By Henry Howard
For some, finishing a marathon is the ultimate achievement in running. It’s a worthy goal and one that less than 1 percent of the adult population achieves.
Right now, a dozen runners are going on an epic multi-marathon challenge across the United States. They are participating in the Race Across USA, which is literally what they are doing — from California through the southern part of the United States to Washington, D.C.
It’s a 140-day journey, with 120 planned days of running and 3,080 miles. They will run 112 marathons during that time.
Darren Van Soye is the creator and organizer of Race Across USA, along with his wife, Sandy. He is running the entire race so she is taking on the primary role of race director, handling logistics and everything else that comes up along the way. Continue Reading →
If I could emphasize any one of the points about running an indoor marathon it would be to focus on your mental attitude.
Thinking and vocalizing negativity is rarely helpful. Dealing with monotony, pain, and even loneliness can be a way to develop mental toughness. Why is mental toughness so important? Because the tough stuff in life can either make us or break us.
In this post I’ll share some tips for successfully running an indoor marathon and then finish by adding a few words about developing mental toughness. Continue Reading →