30 Apr 2019

To Be A Runner -Interview with Martin Dugard

By Trevor Spencer on April 30, 2019 in https://media.blubrry.com/marathon/p/content.blubrry.com/marathon/MTA-Episode-282.mp3In this podcast episode we speak with Martin Dugard author of the book To Be A Runner -How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place).
Interview with Martin Dugard Martin Dugard is the author of the memoir To Be A Runner, a series of essays which takes the reader around the world as he recounts his personal journey through the world of distance running.
He has written books on famous explorers like David Livingston, Christopher Columbus, and Captain James Cook, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Outside, Sports Illustrated, and GQ.
He is also a NYT Best Selling author and co-author with Bill O’Riley of the Killing Series, which has sold over 15 million books.
He lives in Orange County, CA and coaches a local high school cross-country team.

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26 Apr 2019

What counts as an official marathon?

By Angie Spencer on April 26, 2019 in Here’s a good question about when a distance officially goes into the marathon (or half marathon) count. This was featured in the quick tip on MTA Podcast episode #281.
For the sake of clarity most people only count officially organized races as part of their marathon numbers. In the course of marathon training most people will run the half marathon distance many times so those 13.1 mile (21.1km) runs go in the category of training runs.
What counts as an official marathon? I have run three marathons so far (Rotterdam Netherlands, Hamburg Germany 2x) and was wondering: when does a marathon count officially? I was thinking of running a more scenic marathon without a time chip this year in order to enjoy the run more rather than race for time. Can I count this as marathon number four? What about if I literally ran a marathon by myself, can I claim that in the community as number 4? Last weekend we had beautiful weather here in Berlin and I went f..

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21 Apr 2019

Inspiring Stories From This Year’s Boston Marathon

By Angie Spencer on April 20, 2019 in https://media.blubrry.com/marathon/p/content.blubrry.com/marathon/MTA-Episode-281.mp3
In this podcast episode we bring you inspiring stories from this year’s Boston Marathon. Plus we will give you a run-down of the final results and soundbites from race weekend. And in the quick tip segment, Angie answers a question about what officially counts as a marathon or half marathon.
The Boston Marathon 2019 2019 was the 123rd edition of the Boston Marathon. There are around 500,000 spectators who come out every year to cheer on the 30,000 plus runners. This provides a nearly 200 million dollar boost to the local economy.
The Boston Marathon is hosted by the Boston Athletic Association which was established in 1887. In 1897 the BAA hosted a 24.5-mile road race for 15 participants (only 10 finished). In 1924 the course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the new Olympic standard.
The BAA’s symbol is the unicorn and it still appears on t..

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20 Apr 2019

The Benefits of Running Without Headphones

By Guest on April 19, 2019 in Me on my 10-mile long run in The Netherlands, appreciating the forest and the solitude.
By Rebekah Mays
Most of us can’t get through a marathon training season without a pair of running headphones. We just love to listen to music, podcasts, and even audiobooks to help pass the time.
I’ve definitely found that having something good to listen to can make those three-hour long runs a lot easier – not to mention the early-morning and super-cold runs.
But has it become a habit to the point where you don’t even think about it anymore?
I for one often plug my headphones in and get going, never really making a conscious decision about whether I’m going to listen to something or run in silence.
It turns out there are some great benefits to running headphones-free sometimes. Here are four reasons you might consider leaving them at home for your next run.
The Benefits of Running Without Headphones Benefit #1: Effort Awareness If you’re following a good marat..

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17 Apr 2019

Shoe Rotation During Marathon Training

By Angie Spencer on April 17, 2019 in When I was training for my first marathon I only used one pair of shoes and struggled on a number of levels. Since that time I’ve seen the value in rotating through different types of shoes in training.
I definitely advise runners to have at least two different types of shoes in your rotation and there seems to be evidence to back this up.
Here is what the research seems to say on this topic and some bonus tips on how to prolong the life of your running shoes.

Shoe Rotation Researchers in Luxembourg studied 264 adult recreational runners. They gathered information on training volume, injury rate, cross-training, shoe usage and other variables. Of the 264 runners, 116 were classified as single-shoe wearers: runners in this group did 91% of their mileage in the same shoe, and ran in an average of 1.3 pairs of shoes during the study. The other 148 were classified as multiple-shoe wearers: runners in this group tended to have a main shoe, which..

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12 Apr 2019

A Look at How We Are Training for Our Next Marathon

By Angie Spencer on April 11, 2019 in https://media.blubrry.com/marathon/p/content.blubrry.com/marathon/MTA-Episode-280.mp3In this episode we give you an inside look at our training for the London Marathon, what we’ve been doing and how it’s working.
This will be marathon #57 for me and I’m experimenting with higher mileage.
Plus, I’ll explain what I’m doing for strength training and what my morning routine looks like (which is quite the contrast to Trevor’s routine).
And in this episode’s quick tip we feature a listener question about rotating shoes during training.
A Look at How We Are Training for Our Next Marathon For this episode Trevor decided to interrogate me about my training for the London Marathon which is April 28th 2019.
As you will hear on the podcast my “A” goal is to finish under 4 hours and my “B” goal is to finish as close to 4 hours as I can.
Experimenting with higher mileage
I’ve been experimenting with Hanson’s Marathon Method which calls for lower lon..

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10 Apr 2019

Some Help With Chafing

By Angie Spencer on April 10, 2019 in During the Juneau Marathon this past summer I totally forgot to apply anti-chafe ointment (you’d think after 50+ marathons I’d remember) and I got the most hellacious chafing under one arm.
By mile 20 I was running with my arms held away from my body like wings.
Unfortunately the race didn’t have much in the way of support and there wasn’t a spot to stop and glob some petroleum jelly on the area.
Question About Chafing Hello MTA! Since I started running half marathons, I tend to get chafing under my armpit from my bra. I am a Powerlifter and my back is more muscular than most women. Do you have any suggestions on bras that don’t chafe when I run long distances? By the end of my half marathon, its unbearable! I can’t imagine running a full marathon with all that chafing! Body glide has not helped with this particular area . Please help! -Heather
I Feel Your Pain! I totally feel your pain in regard to chafing. Body Glide does nothing for me e..

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09 Apr 2019

Is Running Skyrocketing Your Cortisol Levels?

By Guest on April 9, 2019 in

Worldwide, running is a very popular choice of exercise and there’s no denying the number of health benefits that it can provide. Increased energy, weight loss, muscle strength, improved heart health, and better stress level management are just some of the widely reported benefits from people who run. But, could running too much be causing a spike in your cortisol levels?

Is Running Skyrocketing Your Cortisol Levels?
Cortisol is known as the ‘stress hormone’ and it’s released by the adrenal gland in response to stress. If you feel that running isn’t having the positive health effects on your body and mind that it should, it could be due to a spike in this hormone. Let’s find out how running could skyrocket your cortisol levels, and what to do about it.

Time to Adjust:
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with realizing that you could be doing a bit more exercise, and working to add more physical activity into your lifestyle. This should never be a bad thi..

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09 Apr 2019

5 Tips for Selecting Compression Socks for Running

By Guest on April 8, 2019 in Compression socks are popular among runners and fitness enthusiasts. These over-the-calf socks stimulate the blood flow that helps runners recover quickly after a prolonged run. This post is dedicated to helping runners select the best compression stockings for running.
5 Tips for Selecting Compression Socks for Running When they were first introduced, the socks looked a bit dorky. Today, runners can find a wide variety of stylish and comfortable compression stockings. You can find a pair of compression socks that is not only comfortable, but also aesthetically pleasing.
1. Know the Exact Size
When buying compression socks running, you shouldn’t rely on shoe or foot size. Instead, you should select a sock after ensuring that it fits your legs perfectly.
A sock that is too tight would prevent blood flow. On the other hand, a sock that is too loose won’t offer any benefits.
You should measure your calves to select the right sock. Also, your shoe si..

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07 Apr 2019

Facebook Live Q and A

By Trevor Spencer on April 7, 2019 in Attention Boston Marathon runners! Just a heads up that Monday night at 9:00 pm EST we will be doing a Facebook Live with Coach Steve Waldon to answer your questions and share tips on running the Boston Marathon.
Join us on our Facebook Page.

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