30K Trail Run

BEST FOR: Beginner to intermediate runners who have their sights set on a 30K trail run.
PREREQS: Have run at least one 10K (road or trail) in the last year; been running or walking consistently for at least 6 months; have a current mileage base of 15 miles/week for at least 8-10 weeks; no injuries, or are on your way to being injury-free—and willing to do the PT work you need to do to stay that way; a nearby trail you can train on at least 1x/week (more is better); time to commit to the running program AND the strength circuits and weekly yoga.


This 16-week program is designed to get you to the starting line of a 30K trail event feeling race-ready and strong. There is quite a bit of elevation work in the training because most trail races have plenty of hills. Even if your race is relatively flat, you will gain strength and speed through lots of climbing.

Each week, there are five runs (one is an optional hike); two strength circuits; one yoga session; and one rest day. Together, the combination builds a strong, capable body + mind so you can go the distance, feeling solid and happy, on race day.


  • *Race Date

    Step One: Select your race date:

    If you don’t know your race date yet, please select a date that you estimate will be close to your race date. When you solidify it, let us know and we can change it.

    Training Date

    Step Two: Your training will begin on:

    Mark this date in your calendar as your official start date! (If your program has already started, no worries; email us and we’ll help you jump in.)


The Details

This 16-week, hands-on program is designed for beginner to intermediate runners who have their sights set on a 30K trail run (18.6 miles).

During the week, you’ll have a variety of workouts, including progression runs, hill repeats, and easy endurance runs. On the weekend, you’ll go a little longer, working up to 12 miles. Supplementing your runs are two weekly strength circuits (20-30 minutes/each) and an option for cross-training.

Week 14, before you head into taper, serves up about 3.5 hours of running/cardio on the weekdays; two strength circuits; a long run of 12 miles on Saturday; a 60-75 minute hike or recovery run on Sunday; and a rest day.

You’ll complete one 12-miler; ideally, you can do this on terrain similar to your race course.

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.

Coach Christy is there to help you over speed bumps and answer your questions—and we promise, she’ll never blow a whistle in your face. Not only has Coach Christy designed every facet of your program from your first step through your finish line, she’s also written a weekly newsletter filled with advice and tips that corresponds to your training program.

What’s more, Coach Christy also posts 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.) Coach Christy also provides regular 1:1 office hours if you’d like have an individual conversation with her.

Additionally, you’ll have access to a library of Coach Christy’s yoga classes to guide you through a range of poses that stretch your body in all the right places.

In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private Ultra Challenge club on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private Ultra Program 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 Challenges 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 program, 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 program. Your access to the Facebook group begins when your training program does. You are welcome to request entry up to one month before your starting date.

Upon registration, you will receive a package stocked with training essentials, including GU Roctane Drink Mix, 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; and an AMR sticker for your water bottle or laptop. Over $25 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.)


This 16-week plan will most likely fit your needs if you are a beginning to intermediate-level runner who is taking on a 30K.

In order to thrive in the program, we ask that you have these prereqs:

  • Run at least one 10K (road or trail) in the last year;
  • Been running/walking consistently for at least one year;
  • Have a current mileage base of 15-20 miles/week for at least 8-10 weeks.
  • No injuries, or are on your way to being injury-free—and willing to do the work you need to do to stay that way);
  • A nearby trail you can train on at least 1x/week (more is better);
  • The time to commit to not only the running program, but also the recommended strength circuits and weekly yoga.

If you don’t meet them but are drooling at the thought of a 30K, please email us at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and we’ll chat.

TRAINING BASICS: Most weekday runs are 60 minutes, with treadmill workouts that get progressively longer each week. The weekends have one day for running long, and one day for an easy run or hike recovery. You will strength train two days a week, 20-30 minutes and we encourage you to do a yoga session weekly to get you ready for both the trails and the distance.

LONGEST WORKOUT DISTANCES: You’ll complete one 12-miler during Week 14, and then do a recovery run/hike the following day. Ideally, you can do this on terrain similar to your race course.

An 8-time 100-mile finisher and personal trainer for over 20 years, Coach Christy is a badass in the best way possible: She doesn’t only push herself, she also loves helping other athletes find their inner badass. A Huntsville, Alabama resident with two grown kids and one dog, she holds a BA in Exercise Science, and certified to coach almost everything from obstacle course training to yoga to TRX.

Hear Coach Christy talk about her background + the program on AMR Trains: Train Like a Mother Ultra Programs: a Chat with New Coach Christy Scott (find it by searching for Another Mother Runner podcast on major pod channels).

No. The fee is for the comprehensive, 16-week training program, unlimited support, miles of resources, exclusive podcasts, and swag package, which will help you achieve a strong 30K. At the end of the training cycle, you will participate in the organized race of your choice; you can also choose to run a 30K on your own, 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.

Yes! With her Ph.D. in nutrition and exercise science, she’s focusing on the nutrition side of things. You can take two on-demand courses with her: (highly recommended) Nutrition for Ultras: On and Off the Trail and Nutrition for Running: Half Marathon and Marathon.

We definitely want this to work into your life and your running lifestyle. You can email us within 2 weeks of starting the program and we will set you up with another plan or a partial credit for an upcoming challenge. 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.


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