Are you ready to rumble?
Oh. We forgot. We're mother runners, not professional wrestlers. So are you ready for AMR Strava Prove It Challenge, the biggest, most badass mother runner Challenge yet?
We are—and have set up so many cool features and have so many perks, we’re busting at the seams to get this party started. But before we spell out the nifty details, let us serve up several reasons why it’s called the “Prove It” Challenge.
☆ We’ve heard from too many of you that you don’t consider yourself a runner. Even though you may have multiple finish lines under your soles, something holds you back from proclaiming, “I am a runner.” Maybe it’s your speed, maybe it’s your mileage, maybe it’s that what you see in a mirror doesn’t jibe with your idea of what a runner looks like. This Challenge is an opportunity to Prove It to yourself that you.are.a.runner.
☆ There are a lot of non-negotiables in the life of a woman these days, whether you’re a mother or not, married or not, working outside of the home or not. Every day, you’re called on to do things that—let’s face it—you wouldn’t do if you were a solo operator: clean up barf and strip the crib at 4 a.m.; pick up wet towels at 6:40 a.m. because your partner “just forgot today” (like he did yesterday and the day before); lip-gloss up and smile and pretend like you really want to be in that meeting. You’re constantly proving yourself as a mother, partner, and employee with tasks you didn’t get to pick; as a result, you feel more strung out than a band on a Rainbow Loom. As 2014 starts, it’s time to take on a task where you prove something just to yourself. Prove It that you’re worth the time and effort of a challenging goal, and Prove It that you’ll feel better and stronger with each mile run.
☆ The connotation of Prove It gets sure-fire competitive juices flowing: Are you mother runner enough to step up to the Challenge? Can you Prove It to yourself—and maybe a few friends on Facebook—that you can go the distance? Run it faster than you have before? Stay healthy so you can get across the finish line?
☆ Prove It is like a great song lyric or an affirmation: It can fit into your life at any time, for myriad reasons. We're confident Prove It is perfect for you right now—and we promise, it won’t get stuck in your head like, say, “Royals” does frequently. (“I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh…”)
Okay, enough with the inspirational talk.
If you choose to accept, here are the Prove It Challenge Basics:
1. Sign up. (Here's the 10K Challenge; here's the Half-Marathon Challenge. The fee for both is similar to many race fees, and you get 17 whole weeks of support + a tee + a medal + a goodie bag…but more on that later.)
2. Start training on Monday, January 13 to run your strongest—or first—10K or half-marathon on (or about) Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11. The final race can be virtual—you run the distance on the route of your choice—or you can join in an organized event.
Even though you may log all your miles solo, you’ll be far from running alone during the 17-week training plan. This 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 Prove It:
☆ A brand-new, mother-runner-friendly 17-week training plan, designed by Coach Christine Hinton, the mastermind behind the popular and successful plans in Train Like a Mother. The 10K Challenge trains you properly to power through 6.2 miles on Mother’s Day—and has you running a 5K along the way. The Half-Marathon Challenge prepares you to go 13.1 miles—and you’ll conquer a 10K about halfway through the plan.
☆ Two, 20-minute strength-training routines that can be done at home with minimal equipment. Many of the moves are the same ones Dimity used to get ready for Ironman, and her coach helped her put the programs together.
☆ A private club on Strava to check in daily to log your miles, cheer each other on, complain, strategize, find a running buddy, bitch to us (or maybeat us). On Strava, a running app for smart phones, we've created a 10K Challenge Club and a Half-Marathon Challenge Club, so you’ll be connecting with women who are doing the exact same workouts as you; as any mother of multiples can attest, there is (sometimes unstoppable) strength in numbers. (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 slacking to a minimum. Each Sunday, we’ll email out the plan for the week, plus Q+A’s with Coach Christine, and other useful stuff to keep you motivated and moving. (Yes, you’ll already have the full plan in your possession from the get-go, but each email will be a gentle reminder to plan your upcoming week.)
☆ Monthly Google+ Hangouts: We’ll host a monthly Google+ Hangout for each Challenge so you can ask questions, celebrate your runs, get ideas on how to surmount a speedbump, figure out your ideal pace, keep your momentum going. We’ll also have a handful of experts like Coach Christine joining us regularly.
☆ Oh, and swag. Lots of it. In early May, each participant will be mailed an AMR shirt (available in sizes S-2XL) and medal and a goodie bag with samples of GU, Nuun, Action Wipes, and Hyland’s. There are also chances to win mother runner pendants and Strava gear along the way.
☆ Plenty of help and answers. To wit: Here a few answers to circumvent potential questions:
—Ideally, you run your final race on Mother’s Day weekend (May 9-11), but if something interferes, we can be flexible.
—If a problem 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 May when we mail them.)
—The plans are suitable for runners of all abilities, not just newbies.
Phew. Enough from us.
You in? We hope so. The 17-Week AMR Strava Prove It Challenge is $110. We'll accept entries until midnight EST on January 12. Then on January 13, the Challenge officially starts.
Sign up for the 10K Challenge here.
And for the Half-Marathon Challenge here.
But hurry! Time's running out! (Yes, we realize we sound like an infomercial.)
But we mean it: On January 12, registration will end, and we'll kick off the AMR Strava Challenge—and Prove It—together on January 13, as the badass community of mother runners we are.
Any questions? Email us at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.