Q and A with Ben Greenfield

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benBen Greenfield reached out to us when we first started the MTA podcast five years ago. We have had him on the show every year since and he never fails to deliver great value to our listers. This episode is no exception!

In this interview you will hear him throw down tips on how runners can build muscular strength, obstacle racing mania, common mistakes he sees new runners make, nutritional misinformation, fueling for endurance, meditation, elevation training, chocolate milk, eating fruit post-exercise, drinking craft beer, and more!
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Phoenix Marathon Offers Elevation Loss, Heartfelt Gains

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Perspective is a wonderful thing. Sometimes when we fall short of our major goals, we have to keep in mind that we run because others cannot.

By Henry Howard

I am fortunate to have a job in which I travel and interview some amazing people. I’m even more fortunate that I get to combine the travel with visiting some really cool places and collecting new experiences. Continue Reading →

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The Case for Core Training –How Strong Core Muscles Make You a More Efficient Runner

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canstockphoto22498382If you’ve been around the running world for any length of time you’ve probably heard the term “core” and “core training” thrown around quite a bit.

Training for a marathon requires a time investment it can be challenging to add one more thing to your busy schedule if you really don’t see the importance of how it directly relates to your success in running. That’s why many runners mistakenly don’t focus on exercises to balance and strengthen their running muscles.

Building core strength is an essential element to running effectively since it will improve your running form and decrease the chance of injury.

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Tim Durbin and the World Marathon Challenge

photo credit: Tim Durbin http://www.24901experiences.com

photo credit: Tim Durbin http://www.24901experiences.com

I first read about Tim Durbin between the sixth and seventh races of the recent 2015 World Marathon Challenge.

For this impressive event, competitors race seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Durbin finished the seventh race in Sydney, Australia, to take seventh place in the event with an average time of 5:22:45 for each marathon. He was the only competitor from the United States in this year’s event.

I got Durbin on the phone recently to ask him about this grueling race and get his advice on marathon training. Continue Reading →

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Effective Core Training for Runners

CORE.002Core work is a must if you’re going to be a successful marathoner. It’s such an important topic that I’m getting ready to do an entire podcast episode on The Case for Core Training.

It provides your body with a solid foundation, giving your legs more strength and increases your running efficiency.

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Positivity, Inspiration Drive Busy Single Mom

Davonda Family-22Davonda Williams balances raising her daughter, fulfilling her job and maintaining her fitness as she aims to finish half-marathons in the U.S. and Europe.

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 →

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Interview with Sean Astin –Actor, Marathoner, and Creator of #RUN3rd

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Sean run3rdHey you guys! It’s Sean Astin star of The Goonies, Rudy, Lord of the Rings . . .

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.

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From Couch to 5Ks to Ultra Champ

Nathan_ultraThe 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 →

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Replay Episode! Never Limit Where Running Can Take You

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At the Little Rock Marathon in 2011

At the Little Rock Marathon in 2011

In this special 5 Year Anniversary episode we reach deep into the MTA vault and bring you one of our most popular and inspiring episodes from the early days. Here’s the backstory,

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 →

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