Hey hey--Just dropping in on a Sunday to let you know that the price of the #FindYourStrong 10K and 13.1 Challenges goes up by $15 on Monday; grab it for $95 today.
Click here to sign up for the 10K Challenge, and here for the Half-Marathon Challenge.
Not sure what we're talking about? Read on about how the AMR Challenges will help you find your strong—and your best finish line yet.
1. having, showing, or able to exert great muscular power;
physically vigorous or robust. 2. how women feel during an Another Mother Runner Challenge training programs and the culminating races.
Today we're introducing #FindYourStrong Half-Marathon and 10K Challenges, 15-week, supported training plans that will crank up your strong to levels you never knew existed. We could opine about the well-crafted training plan that nudges you further than you thought possible; the amazing community that will get you up, push you out the door, and eventually across the 13.1 or 10K finish line; the gorgeous medal; the sassy tee; and the abundance of incredible swag.
But we've decided let the tribe share a bit about their previous Challenge experiences:
Okay, suitably fired up? Hope so. Here's what's included in the AMR #FindYourStrong Half-Marathon and 10K Challenges:
☆ A flexible training plan, offered in three flavors (10K, run/walk half-marathon, run/race half-marathon). Designed by Coach Christine Hinton, the genius behind all AMR plans, the 15-week plans are (much) more flexible than our hamstrings: Each week, there’s a workout you can bail on and one that’s integral for your success. Half-marathoners can choose from a Run/Walk program or a Run/Race plan, while the 10K plan allows for optional walk breaks for the first seven weeks. And we're going to send you off in six "waves," so you'll train with focus for exactly 15 weeks, which mitigates the risk of getting burned out, overtrained, bored, or injured.
☆ An exclusive #FoundMyStrong participant tee and medal, mailed in early October. Tee specs: Flattering scoop neck. Yummy soft 50% polyester, 50% cotton. Women’s cut and sizing. Available in sizes XS-4XL.
☆ A badass, supportive community with a #FindYourStrong private club on Strava, a running app for smart phones. The members of each club are fellow Challengers following the same plan: As you log your miles, chart your runs, and find your strong, you’ll also cheer each other on, ask and answer questions, throw up a pic or three, set up some training runs and pre-race meet-ups, and maybe bitch a little bit about the workouts. (Note: totally up to you whether you take part in a Strava club: offered for bonding purposes, not break-your-back obligations!)
☆ Accountability galore. Every morning, you’ll get an email from TrainingPeaks, which has today’s—and tomorrow’s—workout. Or you can view the plan, upcoming workouts, or your past accomplishments on the TrainingPeaks website or free mobile device app. Also, on TrainingPeaks, you can download your runs, slice and dice your miles, and see your strong surge.
You’ll also receive a weekly Challenge newsletter in which we preview and explain the upcoming week of workouts that's tailored to your starting wave, as well as have a Q+A with Coach Christine, gear giveaways galore, and discounts on training essentials.
☆ Entertainment and advice with three exclusive bonus AMR podcasts. During the #FindYourStrong Half-Marathon and 10K Challenges, we will release three bonus podcasts available exclusively for Challenge participants. We’ll field your questions—nothing is too basic or TMI—prior to recording, then answer them along with guest experts during the podcasts. Entertainment *and* enlightenment for your long runs!
☆ Best.Swag.Bag.Ever. In mid-July, you will receive a package stocked with $25 worth of training essentials, including a tube of Nuun, packets of GU, a pair of Balega socks, and Hyland's Homeopathic products. There are also chances to win giveaways from AMR partners along the way. Lots of goodies to keep you going strong!
Ready to #FindYourStrong in a 10K or half-marathon?
Sign up for the 10K or the half-marathon.
How do I know if one of these is the right training plan for me?
To find your fortitude in the #FindYourStrong 10K Challenge, you should be able to currently walk/run three to four miles. The running workouts offer optional walk breaks for the first half of the plan. Runs are scheduled for three or four days a week, but the fourth weekly run is always optional.The longest training run is 7- to 8-miles long, and the highest weekly mileage is 14-20 miles. t’s a good idea to have completed a 5K race and have a few months of consistent running or run/walking logged on your legs. (We designed this plan as the perfect next step after our spring 5K Challenge.)
To thrive on one of the #FindYourStrong Half-Marathon Challenge plans, you should either have a solid base of fitness honed by walking at least 3x/week for three months (for Run/Walk plan) or be able to complete a 6-mile run and have been running regularly for at least three months (for Run/Race plan).The Run/Walk plan has you alternating prescribed bouts of running with walking breaks, all the way up through the race. The longest training run is 12 miles long, with weekday workouts being measured by time, not distance.
The Run/Race plan is designed for both first-time and intermediate half-marathoners who can currently run 6 miles, and have been training fairly consistently for at least three months. Runs are scheduled for four or five days a week, but the fifth weekly run is always optional.The longest training run is 11-13 mile long run, and the highest weekly mileage is 21-32 miles. If your intent is to *race* your half-marathon, you'll do optional components in a few workouts, like miles at race pace or a strong finish.
Where do I choose whether I want to follow the Run/Walk or Run/Race half-marathon plan?
You make that selection after you register. You'll have the choice in several places, including on TrainingPeaks, when you choose which plan to download; on Strava when you opt for which private club to join; and on the directions page if you choose to download the plan to print it out or have on your computer. The two choices are clear every time. (And if you want to change paths mid-Challenge, that's totally an option.)
How much does the Challenge cost?
It's $95 today through June 14, then the price steps up to $110. (Word to the wise: Run, don't walk, to register to get that reduced price!)
Does the registration fee include a race?
No. The registration fee is for the comprehensive training plan, support, and gear we listed above, which will help you achieve a strong 13.1 or 10K. Come fall, you will participate in the organized half-marathon or 10K of your choice--or stage your own virtual race.
Wait, so I have to pay for this Challenge and race entry fee?
Yup, unless you choose to culminate with a virtual 13.1-mile or 10K race, which plenty of women have opted for in past Challenges. The actual race is the victory lap; the challenging part is staying committed and motivated during the days, weeks, and, yes, months —nearly 4 of them, if you’re counting—of training. This Challenge and all the amazing women who will be in it have your back through your finish line.
Will that nifty welcome swag package contain the training plan, too?
No. Challenge participants will access the plan online by signing up for a free TrainingPeaks account (it’s simple, we promise--and there's an instructional video to walk you through it!). You can also print out the plan from a PDF we'll provide.
What if my target race isn’t September 26 or 27?
No worries! Because 15 weeks is plenty long enough to be on a focused training plan, we are going to stagger the starts so you all run the exact same plan. You'll just be in different waves—and won't get overtrained, burnt out, or injured, if we have anything to say about it. We’ll send out emails to you that correspond with your week of training, so you’ll be on track in every way.
Wave 2: June 22-October 3-4
(Races that weekend include Diva Long Island, Run Like a Girl Bellingham and Columbus, Portland, and Wineglass, among others)
Wave 3: June 29-October 10-11
(Races that weekend include Rock 'N' Roll Brooklyn and Queen Bee, among others)
Wave 4: July 6-October 17-18
(Races that weekend include Nike Women's, Rock 'N' Roll Denver and St. Louis, among others)
Wave 6: July 20-October 31-November 1
(Rock 'N' Roll Philadelphia, among others.)
You’ll sign up for a wave when you complete easy steps for registration. [NOTE: Registration for #FindYourStrong Half-Marathon and 10K Challenges will remain open until July 19 to accommodate later race dates, but price increases June 15.]
What if my race doesn’t align with those dates? Can I still enter?
Of course. Most of the support will end in early November, but we’ll be with you in spirit as you cross that 10K or 13.1 finish line—and of course, we still want to hear all about it.
What if I want the support of the Challenge, but want to use a different plan?
Totally fine too. We’re here for you whatever plan floats your proverbial boat.
I'm in: Now can you help me find a race to register for?
Sure. Hea to this half-marathon directory, where they list half-marathons by race date *and* by state. Or browse here for a rundown of upcoming 10Ks.
Sign up for the 10K or half-marathon and we'll #FindYourStrong!
Any other questions? Hit us up at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com or ask in the comments below, and we’ll help you out!