13.1: CRUSH

(3 customer reviews)

BEST FOR: Experienced halfers looking to nail a killer time
PREREQS: An established base of consistent, injury-free running for at least the past 6 months; a few half marathons within the past year or so; and the ability to complete an 8-mile run pretty easily. It also helps to be intimate with more demanding workouts, such as tempo runs or hill repeats.

What constitutes being ready to CRUSH? Glad you asked. You can currently run at least eight miles and have been injury-free for at least six months. You also need to be able to devote enough time to running and strength training and foam rolling, so if you’ve got another life event happening— a move, a new job, a relationship status change—this might not be the optimal time to CRUSH.

All that said, if you’re up for it and you follow the plan, you’re going to be thrilled with how strong and accomplished you feel on race day.

$85.00

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The Details

This 13.1: CRUSH half marathon program is designed for experienced halfers looking to nail a killer time. This is not a beginner program: It will challenge you in all the right ways, but you need to be ready.

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 35 miles + 65–80 minutes (3 strength circuits; one XT session)

LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: One 13-miler, three 14-milers, two 15-milers

CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? Yes. Most weeks have the option to cross-train one or two times, and most weeks also have three strength circuits, as well as a prehab routine Coach Amanda designed. Two of the strength routines include resistance bands.

WEEKLY OVERVIEW: Four or five runs; one or two cross-training days; three strength circuits; one rest day

NUMBER OF RUNS WEEKLY: Four or five

FIRST AND PEAK WEEK: (workouts are explained fully in the program)

All your workouts are accessible via a Training Peaks Account. This free training tool will help you chart the nearly daily growth of your endurance base. It also sends you a daily email with your workouts for today and tomorrow so you can plan accordingly.

Coaches Jess + Amy are there to help you over speed bumps and answer your questions—and we promise, they’ll never blow a whistle in your face. Not only have they designed every facet of your program from your first step through your finish line, they’ve also written a weekly newsletter filled with advice and tips that corresponds to your training program.

What’s more, Coaches Jess + Amy post a weekly Ask the Coach column on the private Facebook page, where you can comment with anything that’s on your mind. (If you’re not a Facebooker, you can email us with your question.) Finally, we host regular calls to talk through pacing, injuries, and plenty of other helpful + entertaining topics.

In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private 13.1 club on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private 13.1 Facebook page, where you’ll quickly find an army of (funny, empathetic, inspiring) #motherrunner teammates.* You’ll share training tips, stories of good runs and bad, cheer each other on, and push each other out the door. Momentum comes from teamwork, and these program roll on some serious #motherrunner momentum.

*Please note that your membership in both our Strava and Facebook groups and access to the training program coaches are limited to the duration of your training plan, plus a few weeks for you to bask in the glow of your race and work with the coaches to help plan your next athletic goal and corresponding training plan. Your access to the Facebook group begins when your training plan does. You are welcome to request entry up to one month before your starting date.

As part of your registration, you will receive a package stocked with training essentials, including a
tube of  Nuun Sport; two GU Energy items (an Energy Gel and GU Chews); a pair of blister-banishing Wrightsock running socks; a 2-oz. bottle of Sweat X Odor Eliminator spray; a Kate’s Real Food bar; and an AMR sticker for your water bottle or laptop. $32 worth of swag!

(Domestic shipping is FREE for all merchandise and training swag packages. International shipping is not currently available but we invite you to participate in any of our online programs! Just email us at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.)

QUESTIONS + ANSWERS

We won’t lie: This is a 15 -week program that demands your time, energy, and mental focus. You need to be well-trained and injury-free to consider it. If that’s you, great! You’ll challenge yourself on 13.1: Crush, and, in doing so, set yourself up for a race day like no other.

You’ll go 35 miles in your peak week, and rack up five training runs longer than 13.1 miles.

If that sounds like too much, consider 13.1 Race.

Two of the strength routines include resistance bands, so if you’d like to purchase those, that would be a good investment. (Hello, hip stability!)

No. The fee is for the 15-week comprehensive training plan, unlimited support, miles of resources, exclusive podcasts, and swag package, which will help you nail your half marathon, both physically and mentally. At the end of the program, you will participate in the organized marathon of your choice; you can also choose to run a virtual half marathon, if that works better for you.

Yep—and we’ve heard again and again it’s worth it. Staying committed and motivated during the days, weeks, and, yes, months of training can be ridiculously hard. If you can do that—and these programs are all about accountability and inspiration—race day becomes a celebratory victory lap, not a slog full of self-doubt.

Within a few weeks of registration, every participant in a Train Like a Mother program receives a stocked swag package with some of our favorite training essentials. Domestic shipping is now FREE for all merchandise and training swag packages.

We are no longer able to ship internationally, including to Canada. That said, we invite all international runners to participate in any of our online programs! Just email us at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.

We definitely want this to work into your life and your running lifestyle. You can email us within two weeks of starting the program and we will set you up with another plan or a partial credit for an upcoming program. We will not be able to issue a straight-up refund.

With a smart training plan, doable strength training, and advice on foam rolling and other self-care, we’re going to do our best to keep you injury-free. That said, if you have an injury or illness that totally slays your training, let us know within two weeks. We’ll work with you to get you a partial credit for an upcoming program.

THE REVIEWS

Reviews (3)

3 reviews for 13.1: CRUSH

  1. Carrie Anne (verified owner)

    I loved this plan! It was a great step up from the Race It plan. I liked the increased activity and the varied workouts. I was always challenged, but the easy and rest days were sprinkled into the plan in the right place. I was able to cut quite a bit of time off my PR. The strength is just 3x a week as a minimum with the option of doing the circuits 1-2x. I enjoyed building onto the workouts each week. I felt so strong and ready for my half after completing this plan. Coach Amanda is fantastic and very attentive. She is easy to approach and helpful. The community is wonderfully supportive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Crush It if you want to focus more on pace and speed.

  2. Michelle (verified owner)

    I absolutely loved this plan! It eased into the hard efforts in a nice, gradual way, which was great. What I liked the most was the incredible variety. I never got bored, and looked forward to checking the schedule and seeing what each week’s training would bring. As an injury-prone runner, I was worried about the frequency of the runs (I usually only run about 3 days a week), but I stayed injury-free, and felt so incredibly strong and healthy and fit when I finished the plan. My race day was much hotter than anticipated, so I didn’t run as fast as I had hoped to, but it was not for lack of preparation – and I was able to carry that fitness over into some fantastic spring and summer running. Coach Amanda was great, and I loved the community in the TLAM club – and all the swag, too :-) Highly recommend this plan to anyone who is looking to improve both their endurance and their speed.

  3. Lisa Rowley (verified owner)

    This program was the perfect challenge! It helped me PR in my first race back after having my 2nd child and then the pandemic. I was super confident going in to the race that I could meet my goals. I have never had this much fun at a race because I was so well prepared. When I experienced different challenges in the race I could think back to a specific workout that prepared me for that part of the race, focus and push through.
    Recommend this workout for anyone who wants to push themselves to a new goal!

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