Point blank: 26.2: Obliterate the Distance is our toughest traditional running plan and you should be well-trained and injury free before you even consider it. It’s going to take some deep digging and dedication, not to mention a big investment in time.

We want you to have at least three marathons under your belt and a good base in those legs (read: at least five years of running). That said, if you’re after a BQ or a PR, this is your best shot. You’re going to come out of this plan stronger than ever and ready to take things to the next level. You’ll run hills and mile repeats, hang in during tempo sessions and spend plenty of time at race pace. You’ll also hammer out eight runs that are 15 or more miles long, but there are two cutback weeks woven into the first 15 weeks before you taper.

We’ll be dialing into your goal race pace on a very regular basis; by race day, it will feel second nature. As you navigate through each week of training, you will hone your mental toughness as surely as your calf muscles.

If that sounds intense, it is.

But if you are an injury-free recent marathoner and fired up to commit to your most challenging marathon training cycle, you are ready.

Better yet? This program supports and guides you every step. Over 18 weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to build, adapt, and be prepped to obliterate your next marathon.

THE PREREQS: Before stepping up to 26.2: Obliterate the Distance, mother runners should have at least three marathons in the past three to four years under their soles. In addition, it is essential to enter this plan with a solid base—long runs begin at 10 miles and the first week totals 27 miles—and an injury free body. You will hit the ground running, so be mentally and physically ready for that reality

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 51 miles + 45 minutes of cross-training + 3 strength circuits

LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: One 22-miler, two 20-milers, one 18-miler, and two 16’ers.

CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? Yes. Every week has one cross-training session and three strength circuits, as well as a prehab routine Coach Amanda designed. Two of the strength routines include resistance bands.

WEEKLY OVERVIEW: Five runs; one cross-training day; three strength circuits; one rest day.


FIRST AND PEAK WEEK: (explained fully in the program)



    Step One: Select your race date:

    If you don’t know your race date yet, please select a date that you estimate will be close to your race date. When you solidify your race date—or if you need to change it—simply email us and we can make the change.

    If your race date doesn't allow for the full training cycle, please still enter your race date; your emails will correspond. If you need guidance on tweaking your plan, please email us or ask your coach on the Facebook page. 

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    Step Two: Your training program will officially begin on:

    Mark this date in your calendar so you’re ready to go! Also, please note that this start date does NOT include any pre-program Holding Plans.

    Note: You’ll receive a confirmation and welcome email, as well as program-wide emails prior to your program starting. Your weekly training emails will arrive the same day as your race day; if you’re racing on a Saturday, you’ll receive your emails on Saturdays (Ditto for Fridays, Thursdays, etc.). That said, ALL training programs begin on Mondays. If you are racing on a weekday, let us know and we can help tweak the final week of your plan.

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  • A mother-runner-friendly training plan. We won’t lie: This is an 18-week program that demands your time, energy, and mental focus. You need to be well-trained and injury-free to consider it. If that’s you, great! You’ll challenge yourself on Obliterate the Distance, and, in doing so, set yourself up for a race day like no other.

  • 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 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) #motherrunner 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.

    *Please note that your membership in both our Strava and Facebook groups and access to the training program coaches are limited to the duration of your training plan, plus a few weeks for you to bask in the glow of your race and work with the coaches to help plan your next athletic goal and corresponding training plan.

  • 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.

  • 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 with training essentials, including a tube of Nuun, packets of GU, and a pair of Balega socks. (Shipping of $7.00 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.


  • How do I know if this is the right training plan for me?
    We won’t lie: This is an 18-week program that demands your time, energy, and mental focus. You need to be well-trained and injury-free to consider it. If that’s you, great! You’ll challenge yourself on Obliterate the Distance, and, in doing so, set yourself up for a race day like no other.

    You’ll go 51 miles in your hardest week, and rack up eight runs that are 15 miles or more.

    If that sounds like too much, consider 26.2: CRUSH THE DISTANCE.

  • Do I need any extra equipment for this program?
    Two of the strength routines include resistance bands, so if you’d like to purchase those, that would be a good investment. (Hello, hip stability!)

  • Does the registration fee include a race?
    No. The fee is for the 18-week 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 Program 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.

  • 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 $7 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 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.