13.1 CHALLENGE RACE: MAY/JUNE 2018 RACES

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13.1 CHALLENGE RACE: MAY/JUNE 2018 RACES

$70.00

Please note: if you don’t see a wave that corresponds with your race date, please check out upcoming registration dates and waves.

The 13.1 Challenge Race, a half-marathon training plan, develops speed as it builds endurance; as such, it’s best suited for intermediate to advanced runners committed to blazing a path to a personal record. With its varied workouts, there’s little risk of burnout in either your body or mind. A swift half-marathon calls for a yin-yang of patience and aggression, both of which you’ll hone over the next 3-plus months, setting you up to bust an impressive move on race day.

As your running improves, your mental toughness will also soar to new heights as you knock off challenging—but doable—workouts.

THE PREREQS: A relatively healthy, injury-free body is critical for revving your jets in this program, and experience running at least one previous half-marathon or marathon, while not mandatory, is definitely preferred. You should have an established base of consistent running for at least the past 6 months, and be able to complete an 8-mile run. It also helps to have been intimate with more demanding workouts, such as tempo runs or negative-split runs, although we’ll help you through those.

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 29.5-33 miles

LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: Two 13-milers, one 14-miler, one 15-miler.

FIRST AND WORST (HARDEST) WEEK: 
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The Train Like a Mother 13.1 Challenge Race includes:

  • A mother-runner-friendly training plan. This 15-week 13.1 Race plan is (much) more flexible than our hamstrings: Each week, there’s a workout you can bail on and one that’s integral for your success. Plus, the workouts range from negative-split runs to intervals to miles at tempo, keeping things interesting for both your body and mind.

  • Miles of resources. The new Train Like a Mother Club provides plenty of accessible resources that will benefit your running and lifestyle. Your registration gets you access to the private site, where you’ll find helpful articles; video demonstrations of strength training moves and running drills that are totally doable (read: less than five minutes! truly!) and will keep you running strong and injury-free; great recipes for fueling; and a members-only forum where you can ask any question or lend a helping hand to a fellow #motherrunner.

    You’ll also receive Train Like a Mother podcasts and webinars, where we’ll answer all your individual training questions—and entertain you on your runs. As always, no question is too basic or TMI.

  • Accountability—and camaraderie—galore. In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private 13.1 Challenge club on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private 13.1 Challenge Facebook page, where you’ll quickly find an army of (funny, empathetic, inspiring) #motherruner teammates. You’ll share training tips, stories of good runs and bad, cheer each other on, and push each other out the door. Momentum comes from teamwork, and these Challenges roll on some serious #motherrunner momentum.

    You’ll also receive a weekly Challenge newsletter in which we have an advice column from Coach Amanda, gear giveaways galore, and discounts on training essentials.

  • A Training Peaks Account. This comprehensive training tool will help you chart the nearly daily growth of your endurance base. It also sends you a daily email with your workouts for today and tomorrow so you can plan accordingly.

  • Best.Swag.Bag.Ever. As part of your registration, you will receive a package stocked training essentials, including a tube of Nuun, packets of GU, a pair of Balega socks, and samples of SweatX sports detergent. (Shipping of $6.50 on U.S. orders and $15 for international orders will be added to your registration at checkout to cover the cost of getting these goodies to your mailbox.)

  • Sweet Discounts—and Giveaways—on Races and Gear. Throughout the Challenge, we’ll offer deep discounts on some of our favorite running things, as well as straight-up giveaways.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this is the right training plan for me?
    This half-marathon plan, is best suited for intermediate to advanced runners committed to blazing a path to a half-marathon personal record. A relatively healthy, injury-free body is critical for revving your jets in this program, and experience running at least one previous half-marathon or marathon, while not mandatory, is definitely preferred. You should have an established base of consistent running for at least the past 6 months, and be able to complete an 8-mile run. It also helps to have been intimate with more demanding workouts, such as tempo runs or negative-split runs, although we’ll help you through those.

    BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 29.5-33 miles

    LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: Two 13-milers, one 14-miler, one 15-miler.

    If that feels like too much for your running experience or your schedule, consider joining the  13.1: Run program.

  • Does the registration fee include a race?
    No. The fee is for the comprehensive training plan, unlimited support, miles of resources, exclusive podcasts, and swag package, which will help you achieve a strong half-marathon. At the end of the training cycle, you will participate in the organized half-marathon of your choice; you can also choose to run a half-marathon on your own, if that works better for you.

  • Wait: So I have to pay for this Challenge and a half-marathon entry fee?
    Yep—and we’ve heard again and again it’s worth it. Staying committed and motivated during the days, weeks, and, yes, months 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.

  • Can you please explain the shipping charges?
    Within a few weeks of registration, every participant in a Train Like a Mother program receives a stocked swag package with some of our favorite training essentials. Domestic #motherrunners are charged $6.50 for shipping; international #motherrunners are charged $15 for shipping.

  • What if sign up and realize this isn’t the right training plan for me? 
    We definitely want this to work into your life and your running lifestyle. You can email us within 2 weeks of starting the program and we will set you up with another plan or a credit for an upcoming challenge. We will not be able to issue a straight-up refund.

  • What if I get injured or really sick?
    With a smart training plan, doable strength training, and advice on foam rolling and other self-care, we’re going to 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. We’ll work with you to get you a credit for an upcoming program.