Become a Trail Runner

PROGRAM DATES: Rolling admission; the program starts the Monday after you register.
BEST FOR: Runners looking to expand their training to the trails!

PREREQS: You need to be a regular runner—at least 30-40 minutes, 3-4 times a week for at least six weeks–with no current injuries. The first week of training features a 50-minute run, as well as some hill repeats and a trail run.

When you’re running on dirt through trees, not on pavement through suburbia, your spirit has the opportunity to truly soar. With cars, buildings, and other distractions to a minimum, you breath in the fresh air, flow through nature, and connect with your surroundings—and yourself—on a more fundamental level.

That said, running on trails can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. Taking your miles off-road means adjusting your effort and paces; getting your body and running form ready for uneven, sometimes jarring terrain; acquiring the correct gear for more advanced trails; and having the basic skills to feel strong so you can run with confidence on all trails.



The Details

An eight-week program led by expert Coach Christy Scott, Become a Trail Runner builds your cardiovascular base, increases your strength, and celebrates with a final 10K. Not only will you work on physical fundamentals, you will also learn about essential trail equipment, potential hazards, and good trail running form.

As you navigate the trails and increase your confidence, Coach Christy is with your every step, ready to answer your questions, cheer you on, and offer support as you need it.

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: Tops out just short of four hours of running over four days; in addition, there are two strength training sessions and one optional 45-minute easy run or hike.

LONGEST RUN DISTANCE: By the end of the program, you will run a 10K on the trails. (Either an organized race or a DIY course.)

STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? Yep. Each week has strength circuits that Coach Christy has designed and demonstrated.

WEEKLY OVERVIEW: Three runs; two strength circuits; one rest day; one optional day: you can either opt for a rest day or easy run/hike.

FIRST WEEK AND PEAK WEEK (fully explained in program):

You will have access to direct contact with Coach Christy both via our weekly Ask the Coach post in our Facebook group and you can schedule office hour calls as needed. In addition, we pop in via email weekly with a helpful newsletter with tips and guidance to help you on your trail running journey.

You’ll also be invited to join a private club on Strava, where you can track your trail miles, and a private Trail Runner 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 programs roll on some serious #motherrunner momentum.

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 and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.)


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. She spends countless hours enjoying trail running and she can’t wait to share her passion with you. 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.

This eight-week program is on rolling admission, which means your program begins the Monday after you register. You will receive an introductory email shortly after you register, and then you will receive your Week 1 newsletter on Sunday. You will begin your program the following day, Monday.

You need to be a regular runner—at least 30-40 minutes, 3-4 times a week for at least six weeks–with no current injuries. The first week of training features a 50-minute run, as well as some hill repeats and a trail run.

A pair of running shoes you feel comfortable in is essential. A pair of trail running shoes is even better, but not required.

Within a week of your regsistration, we will ship out domestic swag packages, including your limited-edition Trail Runner tee. Shipping is included in your registration fee.

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 and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.

Because Become a Trail Runner is thoughtfully structured, you’ll be able to follow the program on your own. Print out the program documents and weekly emails;  even if you fall a week behind, you can catch your breath and then jump back in when you’re ready.

We will be unable to issue refunds or do-overs for Become a Trail Runner, but if you miss a week, the materials are there for reference and you can access your coach during the program to help you get back on track!


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