Future You Versus Present You; How to Make This a Great Running Year!

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This is the time of year when many of us reevaluate the direction our life is taking and set goals for the New Year. As a runner one of the things that comes to mind is continuing your success and taking your running to the next level.

With this episode we want to help set you up for marathon success. And often to have the most successful training you have to resist several natural impulses that lead to improper training. Continue Reading →

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What We Love About Running

We recently asked our members what they love most about running and they had a lot to say. It’s hard to choose what there is to love most about running. Instead there are five big reasons that kept coming up. Any runner will identify with these.

I’ve pasted the comments verbatim below and added a few thoughts of my own.

The five things we love most about running are . . . Continue Reading →

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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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Meetings and Partings at Honolulu Marathon

A meet-up with fellow MTA peeps and soul-searching about a social media friend were the biggest takeaways from the crowded Honolulu race.

By Henry Howard

I had the good fortune to combine a work trip to Hawaii with an extra couple of days in paradise, which included running the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 11.

In previous race recaps, I have focused on the race itself — how I performed, what others considering the race should know, etc. But this weekend was different. And this blog will be different.

Perhaps it was the time of year that got to me. Or perhaps it was just an all-too-real example of the circle of life. In any case, I kept reflecting back to a line from The Muppet Christmas Carol, when Kermit the Frog (playing Bob Cratchit) said, “Life is made up of meetings and partings.” Continue Reading →

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InsideTracker Delivers Knowledge, Thorough analysis

Increased training, decreased sleep and a new puppy can wreak havoc on an endurance athlete’s system.

That was the underlying message from my second InsideTracker test, which I took in October — midway between my second ultramarathon and my Boston Qualifier marathon.

“It looks like you were training a little bit harder than your body was ready for,” summarized Laura Ligos, a registered dietitian and consultant at InsideTracker. Continue Reading →

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Give the Gift of Training

We had someone purchase 5 months of Academy Membership for a family member (​it was on their Christmas wishlist)!

We decided to throw in an extra month free of charge . . . because six months are better than five!

Now we want to offer you the same opportunity to get this holiday deal . . . Continue Reading →

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Lynn Grieger Joins the Coaching Team at MTA

We are excited to announce that Coach Lynn Grieger has joined the coaching team here at MTA!

Lynn is a RRCA Certified Running Coach as well as a Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach. She has over 25 years experience helping people improve their physical fitness.

She’s an accomplished runner who has completed a marathon in all 50 States (plus DC!).

Coach Lynn will be working one-on-one with those who want to put the power of personalized coaching behind their running goals. Find out how personal coaching works and availability

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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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Review of the Florence Marathon

This recap was provided by Academy member Kristy Harris, who lives in England, and ran this as her first marathon.

The Firenze (Florence) Marathon in Firenze, Italy, is in its 33rd year and this year was a new course.

We rented an airBnB in downtown Florence with a view of the Duomo. This was perfect as the start and finish were literally steps away from the apartment.

The only downside to our apartment is it was a 5th story walk up! Continue Reading →

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