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This 24-week 50 Mile program is designed for beginner to intermediate runners who have their sights set on a 50 Mile race, likely on trails. There are five to six weekly runs and two weekly strength circuits that build a strong, capable body + mind so you can go the distance, feeling solid and happy, on race day.

In order to thrive in the program, we ask that you have these prereqs:

  • Completed a 50K within 12 months of starting program
  • Injury-free (or almost there with regular PT and exercises)
  • Nearby trail you can train on at least 1x/week (more is better)
  • A nearby physical therapist who knows your body + your goals and who you can see regularly, especially in the thick of training
  • A foam rolling routine you will complete regularly (at least 3x a week)
  • Enough time to train and recovery properly (time to prepare food + eat well, foam roll, get adequate sleep)

If you don’t meet them but are drooling at the thought of a 50 Miler, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll chat.

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

Ultra 50 mile First Week and 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.


Product Description


  • A 50 MILE training plan that fits beginner to intermediate ultra runners. This 24-week, hands-on program is designed for beginner to intermediate triathletes who have their sights set on a 50 mile run, likely on trails.

    During the week, runs will be in the 60-70 min. range for distance runs, and 40-50 min for recovery runs. You’ll strength train twice a week, cross-train most weeks once a week, and have one rest day weekly . The longest run in the cycle will be between 5 and 6 hours, with back-to-back weekend runs being a key for success. Time on your feet is MUCH more important than miles for ultra preparation.

    Hear Coach Stephanie talk about her background + the program on a Train Like a Mother webinar.

  • Miles of Resources. Your registration gets you access to the Train Like a Mother private site, where you’ll find helpful articles; video demonstrations of strength training moves, foam rolling routines, and running drills that are totally doable (read: less than five minutes! truly!) and will keep you running strong and injury-free; and plenty of other tips and tricks to compliment your heart rate-based training.

  • You’ll also receive exclusive Train Like a Mother podcasts, where we’ll answer all your individual training questions—and dive deep in trail running and ultra prepration. As always, no question is too basic or TMI. We’ll also host helpful webinars so you can chat with Coach Stephanie to get all your individual questions answered. We will also have two webinars devoted solely to nutrition: one for eating off the trail, one for eating on the trail.

  • Accountability—and camaraderie—galore. In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private Ultra Challenge club on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private Ultra 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’re here to guide your every stroke and mile. In addition to the webinars and podcasts, we pop in via email weekly with a tip- and advice-heavy newsletter, as well as have a weekly Q+A with the coaches on the Facebook page. Coach Stephanie will host regular office hours, where you can schedule a call to discuss your training questions.

  • 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?
    This 24-week plan will most likely fit your needs, if you are a beginning to intermediate-level ultra runner who is taking on a 50 miler.

    In order to thrive in the program, we ask that you have these prereqs:
    —Completed a 50K within 12 months of starting program
    —Injury-free (or almost there with regular PT and exercises)
    —Nearby trail you can train on at least 1x/week (more is better)
    —A nearby physical therapist who knows your body + your goals and who you can see regularly, especially in the thick of training
    —A foam rolling routine you will complete regularly (at least 3x a week)
    —Enough time to train and recovery properly (time to prepare food + eat well, foam roll, get adequate sleep)

    If you don’t meet them but are drooling at the thought of a 50 Mile Race, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll chat.

    TRAINING BASICS: Most weekday runs will be in the 60-75 min. range for distance runs, and 40-50 min for recovery runs.

    You will strength train two days a week, 20-30 minutes. There are seven unique strength circuits with this plan to get you ready for both the trails and the distance. As we get closer to race day, the volume of strength training will be less, but intensity will be higher (think: shorter, quick reps, more powerful exercises).

    LONGEST WORKOUT DISTANCES: Back-to-back runs of 20-24 miles + 14-18 miles one weekend; then a 5-6 hour run the following weekend.

  • $300 feels spendy for a training plan. Why is it so much?
    An Ultra is not an undertaking to be taken lightly; you will be dedicating plenty of hours hours per weekend to exercise (not including showering, foam rolling, stretching, proper nutrition). You’ll also have workouts on three to four weekdays. Not only do you need to get your lungs and legs ready for race day, you’ll need to have your nutrition dialed, your sleep adequate, your motivation steady to high for months on end.

    It’s easy to be excited and follow a free plan you pulled off the Internet for a few weeks, but what happens when you get sick? Injured? When you realize that a big work trip and your longest run of the cycle coincide? Who is going to help you adjust your plan, rebuild your confidence, get you back on a solid, strong track? (Answer: Coach Stephanie. You have an issue? We promise, she’s seen—and solved—it.)

    And what happens when you’re in the thick of your training, feeling exhausted and unsupported by your loving but not-quite-understanding family, confident that signing up for a race that will take you seven hours to finish was the worst decision of your life?

    If you’re on that Internet plan, you quit and eat the registration fee + travel costs. Or decide you really don’t need to do back-to-back long runs every weekend. So you don’t cross the starting line—or are really disappointed when you cross the finish line.

    A coach of Stephanie’s caliber costs, on average, $400/month. This program costs $50/month, and comes with an elite coach who has a Ph.D. in exercise science and nutrition; an army of teammates who completely understand your motivation and will root for you with every stride and stroke; and plenty of entertainment, information, and laughs along the way.

    If you’re committing to the hardest athletic thing you’ve ever done, the fee will be worth every dollar.

  • 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 triathlon, both physically and mentally. At the end of the wave, you will participate in the organized triathlon of your choice.

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

  • Because the ultra program doesn’t have waves, how do you know when my race is—and how do I know when to start training?
    When you sign up for the program, we ask you to give us your race date. You can count back 24 weeks from your race weekend to get your starting Monday for training, or we’re happy to help you to that too: just email us!

    (FYI: We are working on a more streamlined system and hope to have that in place in early 2018.)

  • 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.


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