Mother runner: You need to take part in 13.FUN, our upcoming running Challenge.
But don't just take our word for it: Take a gander at what some of the ladies who did the AMR Strava Prove It Challenge, our first Challenge, had to say about the support-and-train-you-on-all-levels and shower-you-in-swag program:
"I signed up for the sole purpose of accountability and I ended up with an incredibly rich and rewarding experience with some of the most amazing, strong, positive, supportive women in all the land. I love this tribe and am forever grateful to our matriarchs, thank you for this opportunity S & D!"
"Going through this training plan on Strava with the Tribe was the BEST part! I've been part of Daily Mile before and it always felt so competitive to me. This isn't like that at all! The support, Kudos and honest posts from the women I'm training with has been worth every dollar, mile and sore muscle. I'm going to miss them all when this plan is over."
"I love SBS and Dimity. Anything you do, I follow. I don't want you, or this community to go away! I loved the daily accountability, the fun, the challenge, and the expertise!"
"The sisterhood with all the ladies is amazing!"
Like the 400+ gals who just completed the AMR Prove It Challenge, we were sad to see it end. So we're kicking off a new one we've dubbed 13.FUN. A 15-week challenge that will run from July 7 to October 19, 13.FUN will--you guessed it--focus solely on training for a half-marathon, the sweet spot for mother runners.
1. Sign up to either run/walk a half-marathon, run a half-marathon, or race a half-marathon. The run/walk plan has run/walk intervals through the entire training cycle; the running plan focuses on getting across the finish line with a smile on your face; the racing plan aims for a Personal Record (PR). (There is just one place to enter, then you can pick the training plan that matches your goals best.)
The fee for each training plan is comparable to many half-marathon race fees, but this is so much more than just two-ish hours of support you get between the starting and finish line. With 13.FUN, you get 4+ months of support from experts and your fellow mother runners + unique training plans + four strength workouts + a tee + a medal + a goodie bag + Train Like a Mother, a book + four chances to win a mother runner pendant...but more on these details below.
2. Start training on Monday, July 7 to complete your first, strongest, or fastest half-marathon on (or about) Sunday, October 19. The final race can be virtual—you run the distance on the route of your choice—or you can join in an organized event. If your race is within a few weeks leading up to October 19 or a few weeks after it, we can tweak the training plans so you'll have your best race possible.
Even if you cover all your miles solo, you won't be alone during the 15-week training plan. The 13.FUN Challenge offers support in spades; we—and all the other runners in the Challenge—will be rah-rah-rahing for you and helping you out the entire way.
What You Get When You Take Part in 13.FUN:
There are three half-marathon training plan options:
1. The Run/Walk It plan, which integrates run/walk intervals through the entire training cycle;
2. The Run It plan, which is perfect if your main goal is to finish with a smile on your face;
3. The Race It plan, which will help you grab a Personal Record.
Each plan has you vanquishing a 10K about halfway through the plan. (There's just one place to sign up, but once you do, you can pick which training plan works best for you and your goals.)
☆ Four 20-minute strength-training routines that can be done at home with minimal equipment. As we've learned in our own races, honing strength helps you move faster--and helps keep injuries at bay. During each month of 13.FUN, you will receive a fresh strength workout to keep your muscles--and mind--engaged.
☆ A private club on Strava to log your miles, chart your runs, cheer each other on, complain, strategize, find a running buddy, and maybe, on occasion, gripe. On Strava, a running app for smart phones, we have created a private 13.FUN Challenge Club, so you’ll be connecting with women who are doing the exact same workouts as you. (If you don’t have a smart phone, you can also access Strava via computer, so this isn’t a deal-breaker. Also, you’ll be invited to the club once you commit to the the Challenge.)
☆ Weekly emails to keep your mojo high. Each Sunday, we’ll email out the plan for the week, plus Q+A’s with Coach Christine, and other useful tips to keep you motivated and moving. (Never fear: You’ll already have the full plan in your possession from the get-go, but each email will be a week-at-a-glance reminder of what's on tap.)
☆ Monthly webinars you can listen to on your phone, watch online—we can't promise we'll always wear make-up, though—or listen to after the fact, via your headphones. During the webinar, you can ask questions, celebrate your runs, figure out your ideal pace, gripe about the weather, talk about fueling, keep your momentum going. Coach Christine will be a part of each webinar, and we'll usually have another expert will join us. (The more the merrier!)
☆ S-W-A-G. And lots of it.
On June 1, we will start shipping signed copies of Train Like a Mother to all 13.FUN Challenge participants. Although there will be no required reading, it's a good to pick up when you have a training question, crave a good laugh, or are at your daughter's gymnastics practice and need some reading material. In addition, two training plans in the Challenge will be modified versions of the Half-Marathon: Finish It and Half-Marathon: Own It plans. Finally, in your book package will also be some training goodies, including samples of GU, Nuun, LÄRABAR, and Hyland’s. (Oh, and if you already own TLAM, you can pay it forward to a friend.)
In early October, each participant will be mailed a 13.FUN shirt (available in sizes S-2XL, as well as Missy XL and Missy XXL) and 13.FUN medal to commemorate all the fun, fun miles you've completed. There are also chances to win 13.1 mother runner pendants and Strava gear along the way.
☆ Loads of help and answers. For instance, here a few answers to inevitable initial questions:
—Ideally, you run your final race on the weekend of October 18-19, but if you sign up for an organized race on date close to then, we will offer training-plan modifications.
—If a issue or injury pops up during the training and you can’t finish it, you can still claim your prizes. (But you’ll have to wait until early October when we mail them.)
—The plans are suitable for runners of all abilities, from novice runners up to fasties looking to set a new personal best.
Woah, this post is basically as long as a half-marathon! (Hope you GU'd a few times while reading it...) But we hope you are still with us--and want to join us.
The 15-week 13.FUN Challenge is currently $95; on June 24, the price increases to $120. We'll accept entries until midnight EDT on July 6. Then, on Monday, July 7, the fun in 13.FUN officially starts.
Sign up for 13.FUN Challenge here.
Any questions? Ask in comments below or email us at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
PLEASE NOTE: Books and training goodies will begin shipping the first week of June. In addition, a link to all three half-marathon training plans as well as the Strava private clubs will be live—and shared with 13.FUN participants—by June 15. All in plenty of time to have you raring to go on July 7.