26.2: GO THE DISTANCE: March/April 2018

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26.2: GO THE DISTANCE: March/April 2018

$85.00

26.2: GO THE DISTANCE

This marathon program is designed for runners looking to tackle their first 26.2—or somebody who is coming back from an injury, a pregnancy, or is more interested in finishing the marathon than racing the marathon.

We’ll ease you into the distance but we’re not gonna lie: Training for a marathon is a big deal. This plan makes the path seem manageable. (Sorta like bagged salads make veggies at dinner doable.) Training to cover 26.2 miles requires consistency and commitment, especially on the weekly long runs.

On this plan, you’ll do six runs that are 15 or more miles long, which will hone your mental toughness as surely as it does your calf muscles. Don’t let that freak you out though: we’ll support and guide you every step so you can, you know, go the distance. We also do our best to make sure you stay injury-free, providing short strength-training routines, a prehab routine, and a cross-training day at least once a week.

Over 18 weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to build, adapt, and be prepped to finish a marathon with heart-pumping pride.

THE PREREQS: Before stepping up to this plan, mother runners should have logged at least 12 months of week-in, week-out running, along with some experience toeing the starting line of a race or two. Finishing a half-marathon isn’t a firm prereq, but having done so is definitely helpful. At a minimum, you should be able to currently run eight miles comfortably and have no injuries.

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 37-39 miles

LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: One 16-18 miler, one 18, one 18-20 miler, one straight-up 20 miler.

CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? One or two weekly workouts are your choice: cross training or a rest day. There are (non-optional) SSSC’s (super short strength circuits) three times weekly, as well as a prehab routine Coach Amanda designed. You don’t need anything but your body weight for all strength training.

NUMBER OF RUNS WEEKLY: Typically four, with a few at five. (The fifth is short, and often optional.)

FIRST AND WORST (HARDEST) WEEK:
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Not seeing your wave? Here are the registration dates and waves for upcoming Marathon Programs. If your wave has already passed, please email us and we can work it out.

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26.2 GO THE DISTANCE includes:

  • A mother-runner-friendly training plan. This 18-week marathon plan is designed for runners looking to tackle their first 26.2—or somebody who is coming back from an injury, a pregnancy, or is more interested in finishing the marathon than racing the marathon.

    We’ll ease you into the distance but we’re not gonna lie: Training for a marathon is a big deal. This plan makes the path seem manageable. (Sorta like bagged salads make veggies at dinner doable.) Training to cover 26.2 miles requires consistency and commitment, especially on the weekly long runs. There are occasional runs you can opt out of, if your energy/mind/body aren’t on board—or your grocery list needs tending to asap!

    On this plan, you’ll do six runs that are 15 or more miles long, which will hone your mental toughness as surely as it does your calf muscles. Don’t let that freak you out though: we’ll support and guide you every step so you can, you know, go the distance. We do our best to make sure you stay injury-free, providing short strength-training routines, a prehab routine, and a crosstraining day at least once a week.

    The race-specific plan is 18 weeks, and you will also receive a four-week Marathon Holding Plan, which you can use while waiting for your training wave to take off.

  • Miles of resources. The 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.

    You’ll also receive exclusive Train Like a Mother podcasts, where we’ll answer all your individual training questions—and entertain you on your runs. As always, no question is too basic or TMI. We’ll also host exclusive pre-race webinars so you can chat with Coach Amanda to get all your individual questions answered.

  • Accountability—and camaraderie—galore. In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private Marathon Challenge club on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private Marathon 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.

  • Expert, Accessible Guidance. We pop in via email weekly with a newsletter, as well as have a weekly Q+A with Coach Amanda on the Facebook page, gear giveaways galore, and discounts on training essentials.

  • 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 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?
    To thrive in 26.2: GO THE DISTANCE mother runners should have logged at least nine but preferably twelve months of week-in, week-out running, along with some experience toeing the starting line of a race or two. Finishing a half-marathon isn’t a firm prereq, but it’s definitely helpful. At a minimum, you should be able to currently run eight miles comfortably and have no major injuries.

    BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 37-39 miles

    LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: One 16-18 miler, one 18-miler, one 18-20 miler, one straight-up 20 miler.

    If that feels like too much for your running experience or your schedule, consider joining the 13.1: Run or 13.1: Race 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 nail your marathon, both physically and mentally. At the end of the wave, you will participate in the organized marathon of your choice; you can also choose to run a marathon on your own, if that works better for you.

  • Wait: So I have to pay for this Challenge and a 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.

  • What are target races?
    Good question! Target races are races where we are expecting a critical mass of #motherrunners and TLAM coaches, so you’ll have both teammates and coaches to enhance your weekend! We’ll have a shake-out run, some kind of party-ish gathering, and cheering sections. They are a blast! We will put out a call early in the programs to identify people who will be at the Target Race, so if you need a roommate, we can help you out. (Don’t be shy about attending alone! Truly.)

    Please note: For target races, you are responsible for your own entry, travel, meals, etc. The only situation that doesn’t hold true is the AMR Retreat.

  • 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. Celebratory merchandise has no shipping charges if ordered at the time of registration; we’ll ship it with your swag package. If you order at a time other than registration, we need to charge shipping.

  • What if my target race isn’t in one of the waves you have listed above?
    We still have you covered. Here are the registration dates and waves for the upcoming Marathon Programs.

  • What if I 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.