The 13.1 Challenge: this half-marathon training plan will comfortably bring you up to half-marathon glory over 15 weeks. Most of the runs are at an easy pace, making it perfect for a pair or group of women to take on together as you’ll have lots and lots of time on the road (or trail or treadmill) to talk.

Working your long runs up to race distance gets you mentally and physically prepped for the challenge of the half, but a range is given in later weeks to accommodate all levels—and days where your legs haven’t shown up. From the start, this plan integrates short bits of intensity and start-slow-get-fast pacing strategies so you’re ready to slay those upcoming 13.1 miles when you’re standing on the starting line.

THE PREREQS: The ability to comfortably finish a 6-mile run is preferred, as is experience in some shorter races. This plan is suited to a wide range of women, from 10Kers looking to step up to new distance to marathoners dialing back on distance. The common thread is a desire to complete a half-marathon with your body feeling injury-free and strong and a smile on your face.


LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: one 12 miler, one 13 miler.

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

13.1 Run First Week Peak Week


    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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The Train Like a Mother 13.1: Run:
Half-Marathon Training Program includes:

  • A mother-runner-friendly 13.1 Run training plan. This 15-week 13.1 Run plan is (much) more flexible than our hamstrings: Each week, there’s a workout you can bail on. Plus, the workouts range from intervals to hill repeats to circuit runs, keeping things interesting for both your body and mind.

  • 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; 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 exclusive Train Like a Mother podcasts + 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) #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.

    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 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 Races and Gear. Throughout the program, 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?
    The Train Like a Mother 13.1 Run  Challenge plan is ideal for a range of athletes: walkers looking to morph into runners; running neophytes testing their wings at a half-marathon for the first time; mothers who get injured more than six-year-olds whine; and anybody who prefers to mix running and walking when they’re on the road. The weekday runs are based on minutes, not miles, while the weekend long run is calculated in miles.

    Some plan details:
    BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 22.5-32.5 miles.
    LONGEST RUN DISTANCES: one 12 miler, one 13 miler.

    If that feels like too much for your running experience or your schedule, consider joining the 10K Run or 13.1 Run/Walk program. Want more of a Challenge? Head to the 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 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 $7.00 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.