Welcome To The Train Like A Mother Club!

Supporting you from the first step to the finish line.

DECEMBER 5-11, 2016 


As the mistle toes and the wind blows—and kids want mooooore Legos!—this might feel too chaotic to ask right now, but we will anyway:
What are you doing in 2017?

What visions of finish lines are dancing in your head?

Are you tempted by the $49 sign-up-now-for-a-marathon-next-November email you just got, but are more interested in the price than the distance?
Want to take on a half-marathon, but not sure 13.1 is a doable distance for your post-baby body?
Interested in a sprint triathlon, but your only—and best— stroke is the doggie paddle?
Or maybe you’ve dubbed 2017 as the year you’ll go sub one-hour in the 10K, but you’re wondering whether you can actually do it?

In free webinars from December 5-11, the coaches in the Train Like a Mother club will help you talk through and plan your #motherrunner (or #mothertriathlete!) year.

You come with your ambition, dreams, goals, injuries, issues, and questions, and we’ll help you unpack it all, focus and head in the right direction.

As always around these #motherrunner parts, no question is too basic or TMI.

Other important things to know:
—You can attend more than one session, either of the same program or a different program.
—You do not have to be currently training in any Train Like a Mother club program to attend any session; all sessions are open to all #motherrunners of all levels.
—Attending a session does not commit you to signing up for a Train Like a Mother plan. Great if you do; also cool if you decide it’s not for you.
—The webinars will be recorded, so if you happen to miss it, you’ll receive an email post-webinar with the video you can watch at your leisure.
—We have scheduled the webinars to be one hour, but we will happily hang out until everybody has her questions answered.
—Finally, we will have 5K Success Programs and a six-month Ultra Program in 2017. (YAY!) Both of those will start in February; we will have webinars with those coaches in mid-January.
Other questions? You can always reach us at TLAMCLUB@gmail.com.
Thanks and we’ll see you soon!

With Coaches Jennifer Harrison and Elizabeth Waterstraat
Head of Sprint + Olympic Triathlon Programs

Tuesday, December 6, 1 pm ET
Thursday, December 8, 8 pm ET
Sunday, December 11, 2 pm ET

Prior to your session, if you’d like, please
1. Fill out The Year in Preview Worksheet.
2. Dreaming of goggles and bike tubes? You’re in the right place. Here’s the TLAM Triathlon Gear List.
3. Check out the waves and registration dates for 2017 Triathlon Programs


With Coach Amanda Loudin
Head of Traditional 10K, Half-Marathon + Marathon Running Programs

Monday, December 5, 8 pm ET

Wednesday, December 7, 1 pm ET
Saturday, December 10, 4 pm ET

Prior to your session, if you’d like, please
1. Fill out The Year in Preview Worksheet.
2. Also, if you’re wondering about the schedule, here are the waves and registration dates for the 2017 Traditional Running Programs. 

With Coach MK Fleming

Head of the Heart Rate-Based 101, 102, Half-Marathon + Marathon Programs

Monday, December 5, 1 pm ET
Tuesday, December 6, 8 pm ET
Wednesday, December 7, 8 pm ET
Thursday, December 8, 1 pm ET
Saturday, December 10, 1 pm ET
Sunday, December 11, 7 pm ET

Prior to your session, please
1. Fill out The Year in Preview Worksheet.
2. Also, check out Coach MK’s list of Favorite Races + Other Considerations. Open Favorite Races article as a PDF (race hyperlinks may not work) or download article from here as a .docx (race hyperlinks likely work).
3. Curious about dates for Heart Rate? Here you go
4. Finally, not sure where you should start? Here’s a good spot.



Flexible Training Plans

The Train Like a Mother Training Plans are as flexible as we wish our hamstrings were! The plans are suitable for the full range of runners (beginners up to Boston Qualifiers) and a variety of goals (keep moving forward to grabbing a marathon PR). Plus, they fit into your busy schedule: every week of every plan has a workout you can bail on and one that’s integral for success.

training plan

Miles of Resources

Strength training videos that strengthen and injury-proof your body; articles that explain both the basics and more complex parts of running and training; healthy, tasty recipes that fuel your miles on and off the road. We’ve got you covered from your head (no more mental monkeys during the last miles) to your feet (no more rolled ankles on curbs or trails).


Community Galore

Running is a solo sport, but training #motherrunner style? Definitely a team effort. You’ll bond with and motivate your new teammates through a members-only forum where no question is too basic or TMI. You also have the option of joining private clubs on Strava, a GPS-based running app, and Facebook. Want to meet face to face? We’ll have mother-runner meet-ups at a handful of races around the country.


Accountability Aplenty

Your #motherrunner teammates will inspire and motivate you—and gently push you out the door when you’d really rather not go. You’ll receive praise on Strava after each run. Not enough? You’ll also receive a weekly email profiling the upcoming week of workouts so you can plan accordingly.


Train Like a Mother Podcasts

We’ll keep you entertained during your miles with exclusive Train Like a Mother podcasts that focus on your specific training cycle and give you helpful answers to your individual questions.



At the beginning of the training cycle, participants receive a stocked goodie bag of our favorite training products, including Balega Socks, a tube of Nuun hydration tablets, samples of GU Energy products and SweatX sports detergent, as well as other must-haves for #motherrunners.


Celebratory Tee and Medal

Mark your triumphant training plan and race with an exclusive ♥ Run tech tank or don’t think/just go shoe tags or #BAMR wrist wrap, among others. All merchandise is optional and can be ordered separately.


Sweet Discounts and Giveaways

Train Like a Mother members will receive significant discounts on everything from select race entries to our favorite gear. In addition, we’ll have regular giveaways, where you can win everything from TriggerPoint tools to a Soleus GPS to Saucony shoes.

“The variety and flexibility built into the plans blended perfectly into my busy life as a mom/wife/teacher. With personal records in the 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon this year, I had my most successful running year to date—and I owe it all to these training plans. Thank you!”
Jen Rucker
“The incremental and detailed AMR plan took me gently, thoroughly, and successfully through my own self doubt into a whole new area of confidence. Plus, the virtual community and camaraderie offered through the mother runner programs is very real and precious to me, a solo runner.”
Melissa Theberge
“Completing in three another mother runner challenges are the best running decisions I have made. They helped me run through a dark, sad winter; gave me continual support—somebody has always “been there” and is ready to cheer you on; and opened me up to an inspiring community that reminds me that together we are more powerful than we are individually.”
Marianne Lloyd
“The most valuable part of the Challenge is the opportunity to interact with the other participants. Whenever I had a question—or just wanted to chat about running—I had 100+ women to talk to.  I loved the way that our community bonded, sharing our running accomplishments and encouraging each other when we most needed it.”
Laura Zale
“Before joining the marathon program, I didn’t consider myself a “good enough” runner. I was wrong. I immediately felt so connected to women around the globe, and we all celebrated we each became marathoners. I will join another group again without a doubt.”
Nadia Lamothe
“Training for a marathon is lonely endeavor when you lack experience and a running partner. But I never felt alone through those 18 weeks of training; I got loads of helpful advice and tips. On the morning of the big day, I ran with joy and gratitude on the heels of hundreds of mother runners Thank you!”
Kim Frick
“After months of training for a half-marathon that left me totally depleted, I saw the five-week Stride Challenge, and signed up. I was excited about being able to work at your own pace and the camaraderie of group training. I was not disappointed—it was really fun!—and look forward to more Challenges like it.”
Tracey Persing

Each Challenge includes:

  • Flexible Training Plan, available as PDF
  • Over $25 in Training Products
  • Exclusive Train Like a Mother Podcasts
  • Weekly Newsletters
  • Strength Training Videos (no gym required!)
  • Exclusive Facebook Group
  • Exclusive Strava Club
  • Miles of Running Resources
  • A Mother Runner Map
  • B*d*ss Mother Runner Teammates


Good question. This Club is a branch of Another Mother Runner, started by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. Back when our five collective kids were ankle-biters, we ran the Nike Women’s Marathon, wrote about our training for Runner’s World magazine, then turned the whole experience into Run Like a Mother, a chatty, advice-filled book published in 2010. (Here’s an excerpt from Runner’s World.) Train Like a Mother (excerpt) followed in 2012, and Tales from Another Mother Runner (guess what? excerpt) completed the trilogy in 2015.

Along the way, Another Mother Runner has flourished into an amazing community of badass women centered around the idea that the benefits of your miles ricochet through all aspects of your life. When you run, you are a more patient mother, a more loving partner, a more productive worker, and a more positive person altogether. (Note: By run, we mean forward movement. Walking, jogging, and running at any and all speeds count.)

A mother runner and coach named Christine Hinton, who has been coaching all levels of runners for over a decade and designed the popular plans in Train Like a Mother (the book version). We also have a variety of other coaches and experts chiming in with strength training exercises, injury prevention strategies and specialized training plans.


Absolutely: We welcome all paces and all running levels. We have all-level five-week Stride programs, which simply focus on 30-40 minutes of exercise five days a week. We also have first-time 5K and 10K programs, which slowly ease you from a run/walk pattern to straight-up running.
Totally. Each distance from the 5K to the marathon has different levels of plans so you can pick the one that’s right for you. In the preview of the various plans, we lay out the biggest week of training, mileage-wise, and the longest runs, distance-wise, as well as the variety of workouts in the plan.
Right now, we only have plans for the most common race distances (5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon), but we’re happy to tweak an existing plan to help you meet your goal. Email us at at tlamclub [at] gmail [dot] com, and we can figure it out.
No. The registration fee is for the training plan, the comprehensive resources in Train Like a Mother Club, three extra podcasts, the unbeatable camaraderie of your virtual mother runner teammates, and stocked swag bag.
Yep—and we’ve heard again and again from past participants, it’s worth it. Staying committed and motivated during the days, weeks, and, yes, of training can be ridiculously hard. If you can do that—and these programs are all about accountability and inspiration—race day becomes a celebratory victory lap, not a slog full of self-doubt.

Plus, we have significant discounts to a handful of races including the Flying Pig, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and Eugene marathons, and Happy Girls, Hippie Chick, and ZOOMA half-marathons, among others; we’ll share the codes when you register.

Because Dimity and Sarah are both really tall—and kinda awkward. (Kidding. But not really.) Anyway, the programs are priced cost $.50/day; the program’s tee and medal are additional, optional purchases.
With a smart training plan, do-able strength training, and advice on foam rolling and other self-care, we do our best to keep you injury-free. That said, if you have an injury or illness that totally slays your training, let us know at tlamclub [at] gmail [dot] com. We’ll work with you to get you a credit for an upcoming program.
Contact us at tlamclub [at] gmail [dot] com and we’ll help you out!