Loony Challenge Training Program

BEST FOR: Runners who want to complete multiple events in one weekend.
PREREQS: Ability to comfortably finish a 4-mile run – your first long run is 5 miles long. That said, because of the Ramp It Up options, this program is suited to a wide range of runners, from 5Kers looking to more than double their mileage to marathoners dialing back on distance and up in intensity. A desire to complete a 10-miler injury free with your body feeling strong.
NUMBER OF WEEKS: 15

Going Loony (covering 19.3 miles in 3 races over 2 days) is a delightful and doable challenge! This program is designed to get you across three finish lines feeling strong, capable and smiling. Some weeks, you’ll run five days a week, with an optional cross-training day, and other weeks, you’ll be lacing up six days. Other staples of the week: a mandatory rest day, and strength circuits. Most of the runs are at an easy pace so you can build up your cardiovascular base and not court injury. The longer runs go up to 11 miles to get you mentally and physically prepped for the demands of the distance, but a range is given in later weeks to accommodate all levels—and days where your legs haven’t shown up.

About halfway through the program, we introduce workouts where you’ll run in the morning and do a brisk walk in the evening. The idea behind these workouts is to run, rest, then go again—much like you will on Saturday, when you hit a 10k, then turn around and line up for a 5k quickly thereafter.

$85.00

  • *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.)

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The Details

This 15-week program will get you set up for success, no matter how you define it. By following the main program, you’ll run four to six times a week, cross train once or twice a week, and do two strength circuits. If you’re ready for a challenge, you can follow the Ramp It Up options, which amps up the intensity, including hill repeats, intervals, and race-pace miles. You can opt to use them, depending on your running history, current fitness, and race goals. (The program has guidelines that help you decide whether you should RIU or not.) And rest assured: Both options will get you across the finish line feeling strong and capable.

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 30.5-33.5 miles

LONGEST RUN DISTANCES: One 9-to-10 miler; two 10-miler; one 10-to-11 miler. (Ramp It Up options include one 11-to-12 miler.)

CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? Yes. Most weeks have the option to cross-train one to two times, and most weeks also have two strength circuits. Two of the strength routines include resistance bands.

RUN/RACE OPTIONS: Every week, there are 1 to 2 Ramp It Up (RIU workouts) that involve intensity, including hill repeats, intervals, or race pace miles. You can opt to use them, depending on your running history, current fitness and race goals, or opt to follow the other workout offered for that day. (The program has guidelines that help you decide whether you should RIU or not.) And rest assured: Both options will get you across the finish line feeling strong and capable.

WEEKLY OVERVIEW: Five to six runs; one to two cross-training days; two strength circuits; one rest day. There are four workouts where you’ll do a run in the morning, a brisk walk in the evening.

NUMBER OF RUNS WEEKLY: Four to six.

FIRST AND PEAK WEEK: (Workouts explained fully in the program; RIU stands for Ramp It Up, the more aggressive workout option.)

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.

We're here to help you over speed bumps and answer your questions—and we promise, we’ll never blow a whistle in your face. Not only have we designed every facet of your program from your first step through your finish line, we'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.)

In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private club on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private 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 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

You should be able to complete a four-mile run and have run at least one 5K before. Having completed longer races like a 10K, half marathon, or marathon will also come in handy, especially if you are opting for the Ramp It Up options.

An injury-free body is key; if you’ve got lingering issues that are on their way out the door, be sure to keep up the physical therapy and/or foam rolling to continue to encourage their exit.

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 races, both physically and mentally.

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.

International shipping, including Canada, 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.

We definitely want this to work into your life and your running lifestyle. You can email tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com 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 at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com within two weeks. We’ll work with you to get you a partial credit for an upcoming program.

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