Pssst: AMR’s First Virtual 5K Starts on Monday!

Janie, another mother runner, taking on her first 5K last year. "I never thought I could do, it but I did at 47 yrs old!" she admits.
Janie, another mother runner, taking on her first 5K last year. "I never thought I could do, it but I did at 47 yrs old!" she admits.

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.

Insert yourself here. Awesome post-race smile. Amazing sense of accomplishment.
Insert yourself here. Awesome post-race smile. Amazing sense of accomplishment.

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.



19 responses to “Pssst: AMR’s First Virtual 5K Starts on Monday!

  1. I’m ready but cannot start on Monday. Will start time be somewhat flexible? I turned 60 this year. Want to do a 10k before 61. I have never gone beyond a 5k and that was a while ago! I know I need guidance and support. Thanks for all your help!!

  2. I’m in. This will be perfect to get me back after this injury. And to ser if all the PT has paid off. Been down since January 1st.

  3. I’m in! I LOVE Dimity’s motto: “Don’t think–just GO!” and I need the motivation of all you mother runners to remind me to do just that each day. I also love that, no matter where we are in the world, we can all do this together. Running empowers me, releases me, and brings me peace. I just need to be more consistent and love the challenge of more mileage. THANK YOU, Dim and SBS, for the opportunity of the BAMR virtual run. You’re brilliant!!!! Let’s do this!

  4. I’m still recovering from achilles surgery so I don’t think I will be able to do this but my daughter is wanting to do a 5K. I think I will let her try this one!

  5. I am so excited for this! I just started running again (for real this time:)) after havig babe #3 in August. I’m going to do the 10k own it plan (it’s been bookmarked by my bed for how long now?) I had Bloomsday coming up may 5th and Ialthough it’s a race you can walk and still have an awesome time, I want to pr! I also registered for my second full marathon in November. Better get crackin’!

    1. I would like to do the same. My daughter talked me out of the 5k and into the 10k this morning. Do you have a 10k training program that you will use? I have never run more than 4 miles. A little nervous to commit.

  6. I love seeing pictures from the Memphis Women’s Run Walk program. It is the program that got me running! The support of the women can’t be beat. I have done it for three years and this summer I plan on joining the Advanced Group. I can’t wait! Every town should have this program.

    1. Another shout out for Women Run Walk Memphis! This is the group that introduced me to running and got me to my first half marathon. Now, I am thrilled to be a coach. Great participants, great program!

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