Right after the clock rolled to 2013, we put up a post on Facebook, asking very vaguely about runners who were beginners or were constantly sputtering. Runners who had not yet found—or were unable to maintain—their groove. Our inbox flooded. We thought we would get 50 responses. More like 500.
So we sat on it for a bit because a) we can procrastinate with the best of them and b) our original idea—to profile one person—felt empty. We didn't want to leave any mother runner behind.
Instead, we realized we wanted to do a group program where all of you can succeed, inspire, support and run, at a minimum, at the end of 10 training weeks a 5K. (If you're a more experienced or less sputtering runner and want to run a virtual 10K, half-marathon or marathon, we say yes. Bring on the miles!)
We'll lay out all the details on our post on Monday, but because preparation is more than half the battle, we didn't want to bowl you over with an announcement and a start date on Monday.
So if the idea of having us all virtually push you out the door for 10 weeks and across a 3.1 mile finish line, here's your assignment before Monday:
1. Download the 5K: Finish It plan from Train Like a Mother (the link opens it as a .pdf). It is 10 weeks long, and the workouts are obviously detailed in the plan.
2. Spend a little time putting yourself in a position to succeed. Look at your calendar, look at the training schedule, talk to your support team—your partner, the daycare at the gym, your in-laws, whoever has your back—and figure out how you’re going to get it done. (And a quick reality check: there is no perfect time to start this. Monday is as good as any.)
3. If the only sliver of time you have on Monday to get in the first workout—walk for 4 minutes, run for 2 minutes, repeat 5 times—is at the crack of dawn, set your alarm and get crackin'.
4. Then come back home, savor your first workout and read the post that details all the good, good things coming up, including a special, extra-long podcast just for the virtual race; upcoming profiles of 10 mother runners; and an extra special finishing prize that puts your badass mother runner-ness on display for all to see.
Again, here's the 5K: Finish It plan in .pdf form.
Pssst again: so excited you can't contain your enthusiasm until Monday? We're going to post each daily workout in the AMR Connect Forum, so you have an easy, designated place to celebrate, ask questions, complain, whatever. We've started an AMR Virtual 5K Folder under the Beginners Category, so if you want to head there now and let us know you're in for this project, we'd be psyched. Thanks.