If Life is a Marathon, Here Are the Rules!

Hey guys this is Trevor and I’m currently in Switzerland for the Jungfrau Marathon -which is a brutal but absolutely gorgeous race in the Swiss Alps.

This episode is going to be a bit unusual. You will hear a recording of a motivational talk I gave, to a group of non-runners, about what running marathons has taught me about life.

In the quick tip segment Coach Angie explains how to successfully taper for a race, because many runners go through “taper madness”. Enjoy!

I first gave this talk to a local Rotary Club luncheon when I lived in South East Missouri. The recording you will hear on this podcast episode is from the second time I gave the talk -which was to a group of young men between the ages of 16-21. It was recorded in 2016. I used to go every Tuesday night and hang out with these guys and speak to them.

You can tell by my presentation that I was trying to entertain and inspire, not necessarily inspiring them to be runners, although I did take some of them out running from time to time but to inspire them to live life more intentionally and fully. Below are the powerpoint slides that go with the talk.

New York City Marathon has over 50,000 runners and 2 million spectators

Should have worn his Nip Guards®!

Non-runners find it funny that this is a real product.

If you google “runner’s trots” you can find this photo. What’s happening below the waist is not pretty. Click here to see the full version. Yikes!

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we interviewed Rhonda on the MTA podcast here

His shirt says, “50, Fat, Diabetic, Ahead of You”

We featured Derek’s story here

Harriet died in 2017 at the age of 94. She was a cancer survivor who started running marathons at age 76 and ran the fastest time for a woman over 90

Matt is the author of the book The Long Run


Angie at her 50 mile ultramarathon. She recapped the race here

If you think running a marathon is tough, remember there are people who do this!

Here our interview with Dr. Noakes about the central governor

The “finishing kick” shows that we don’t run our muscles to fatigue. Our body reserves energy though our brain tells us that we too depleted to go on.

Holding down the floor after the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

My audience. I had the privilege of speaking to a group of young men between the ages of 16-24 every Tuesday night. That’s me in the center (with glasses)

Thank you for listening!

Also Mentioned in This Episode

RX Bar -a protein bar made with 100% whole ingredients. Angie loves the chocolate coconut flavor. For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/MTA and enter promo code MTA at checkout.

Healthiq.com -Marathon Training Academy is sponsored by *Health IQ*, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special rates on life insurance. Go to healthiq.com/mta to support the show and learn more.

The Jungfrau Marathon -I am currently in Switzerland and just completed this epic mountain marathon. Race recap coming soon!

About Trevor Spencer

Trevor Spencer is the producer of the Marathon Training Academy Podcast. He loves to inspire people to take action in their fitness and life.

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