26.2 RUN/WALK: ALL RACE DATES

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26.2 RUN/WALK: ALL RACE DATES

$85.00

26.2: RUN/WALK THE DISTANCE

The 26.2: Run/Walk the Distance program is designed for those looking to complete a marathon with no time goals in mind: it could be your first go at the distance, you might be returning from having a baby, or you want a kinder, gentler way to tackle 26.2.

You’ll be training with incrementally longer running to walking intervals; you’ll start at 4:1 run/walk intervals, and build to 15:2 by race day, long enough to slow down at the aid station and fuel up and then hit the ground running again. We’re going to keep the paces easy on this one, but we’re going to make sure you get in the mileage you need for a marathon. Each week will also include one long walk, which is factored into the weekly totals, so keep that in mind when you see the big numbers. and will definitely get that same high crossing the finish line as your running sisters taking on more aggressive plans.

Keep in mind, you are still going to cover 26.2 miles, which is decidedly NOT child’s play! You will be challenged physically and mentally, and should plan to dedicate some serious time to the effort. After all, when you take on the motherlode of races, your training should be spot-on so you can enjoy race day—and the crazy high you’ll feel as you cross the finish line!

THE PREREQS: Because the marathon is a big endeavor, we want you bringing some run/walk history to the table. A half marathon or two under your belt is important, as is the ability to run/walk at least 60 minutes straight, with a weekly mileage in the range of 15 to 20 miles per week before taking on this plan. You should also be injury free and in the habit of strength training twice a week in order to protect against injury.

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 38 miles of run/walk; 7 miles of straight-up walking; two strength circuits

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

CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? Yes. Every Friday you have the choice of a cross-training session or rest day. You’ll do two strength circuits weekly, as well as a prehab routine Coach Amanda designed. Two of the strength routines include resistance bands.

WEEKLY OVERVIEW: Four run/walks; one walk; one cross-training session or rest day; two strength circuits; one rest day.

NUMBER OF RUN/WALKS WEEKLY: Four run/walks and one straight-up walk.

FIRST AND PEAK WEEK:

  • SELECT YOUR RACE DATE: TWO STEPS

    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.

Product Description

26.2: RUN/WALK MARATHON DISTANCE INCLUDES:

  • A mother-runner-friendly training plan. This 18-week marathon program includes a variety of workouts to get you in optimal shape to run/walk 26/2 miles—or 42 km. In addition to four weekly run/walk sessions and one weekly straight-up walk, your typical week of training will include strength-training routines, a prehab routine, a mandatory weekly rest day, as well as a cross training or optional rest day at least once a week

  • 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) #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.

  • 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. You’ll be getting our favorite training essentials, including a tube of Nuun, packets of GU, a pair of Balega socks, and samples of SweatX sports detergent and Chosen Foods Avocado Oil. We’ll also include an AMR teal rubber bracelet, so you can let the world know you’re a BAMR! (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.

FAQ

  • How do I know if this is the right training plan for me?
    If you’re injury-free, have some run/walk experience and are ready to run/walk a marathon, this program will be a great place for you to land.

    That said, Because the marathon is a big endeavor, we want you bringing some run/walk history to the table. A half marathon or two under your belt is important, as is the ability to run/walk at least 60 minutes straight, with a weekly mileage in the range of 15 to 20 miles per week before taking on this plan. You should also be injury free and in the habit of strength training twice a week in order to protect against injury.

    BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 38 miles of run/walk; 7 miles of straight-up walking; two strength circuits

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

    Want to run consistently instead of run/walk? Consider 26.2: GO THE DISTANCE.

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

  • 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.