26.2: RUN/WALK

(2 customer reviews)

BEST FOR: Those looking to complete a marathon with no time goals in mind
PREREQS: Some run/walk experience; completed a half marathon or two; the ability to run/walk at least 60 minutes straight; current weekly mileage from 15 – 20 miles per week; injury free and in the habit of strength training twice a week in order to protect against injury

The 26.2: Run/Walk the Distance program is designed for those looking to complete a marathon with no time goals in mind: it could be your first go at the distance, you might be returning from having a baby, or you want a kinder, gentler way to tackle 26.2.

You’ll be training with incrementally longer running to walking intervals; you’ll start at 4:1 run/walk intervals, and build to 15:2 by race day, long enough to slow down at the aid station and fuel up and then hit the ground running again. We’re going to keep the paces easy on this one, but we’re going to make sure you get in the mileage you need for a marathon. Each week will also include one long walk, which is factored into the weekly totals, so keep that in mind when you see the big numbers. You’ll definitely get that same high crossing the finish line as your running sisters taking on more aggressive plans.


  • *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

Keep in mind, you are still going to cover 26.2 miles, which is decidedly NOT child’s play! You will be challenged physically and mentally, and should plan to dedicate some serious time to the effort. After all, when you take on the motherlode of races, your training should be spot-on so you can enjoy race day—and the elation you’ll feel as you cross the finish line!

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 38 miles of run/walk; 7 miles of straight-up walking; two strength circuits

LONGEST LONG RUN/WALK DISTANCES: One 16 miler, one 18 miler, one 18-20 miler, one 20 miler

CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? Yes. Every Friday you have the choice of a cross-training session or rest day. You’ll do two strength circuits weekly, as well as a prehab routine Coach Amanda designed. Two of the strength routines include resistance bands.

WEEKLY OVERVIEW: Four run/walks; one walk; one cross-training session or rest day; two strength circuits; one rest day

NUMBER OF RUN/WALKS WEEKLY: Four run/walks and one straight-up walk

FIRST AND PEAK WEEK: (workouts 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 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.) 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 Marathon Program club on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private Marathon 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 programs 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.)


If you’re injury-free, have some run/walk experience and are ready to run/walk a marathon, this program will be a great place for you to land.

That said, because the marathon is a big endeavor, we want you bringing some run/walk history to the table. A half marathon or two under your belt is important, as is the ability to run/walk at least 60 minutes straight, with a weekly mileage in the range of 15 to 20 miles per week before taking on this plan. You should also be injury free and in the habit of strength training twice a week in order to protect against injury.

No. The fee is for the 18-week comprehensive training plan, unlimited support, miles of resources, exclusive podcasts, and swag package, which will help you nail your 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 marathon 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.

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!)

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 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.


Reviews (2)

2 reviews for 26.2: RUN/WALK

  1. Jodi (verified owner)

    I used the Run/Walk Marathon Training Program to train for my second marathon. I run/walk in my races for a variety of reasons and am a back of the pack runner. I came in last place in my first marathon, using a different training program. Not just last place but about thirty minutes behind everyone else. I signed up for the second marathon expecting to still be last but not as far behind everyone else.

    I ran a half-marathon last fall and had used a Train Like a Mother plan to train for that race. I had a huge PR so I decided to use their plan for the marathon. The training went about as well as it could have. As a back of the pack runner, my long runs can take a lot longer than most people. Well, the shorter runs sometimes do too. It is a considerable investment of time. I appreciate the circuit workouts and prehab exercises. I’m not very good at crosstraining but I am good at following a plan!

    Unfortunately, my race was one of the many canceled by COVID-19. Since I had spent so much time training, I ran my own marathon. Of course, the time wasn’t official but according to my watch, I was an hour faster than last year! It was still hard but isn’t that kind of why we like the marathon? Where would be the gratification of finishing an easy race? It was far less miserable than my first marathon though. When I’m ready to start racing again, I will definitely use this or another Train Like a Mother training plan.

  2. Jenna (verified owner)

    I signed up for the Walk/Run Marathon Training Plan for my first ever marathon after 8 half marathons that I did NOT walk/run and just, ya know, …ran. I had my first baby between those halves and when I decided to run a full, because moms need alone time, y’all. Walk/Run sounded like a good plan because my body changed so much during pregnancy that I felt I needed to be easier on myself and was worried about injury.

    18 weeks feels like a long time when you sign up but it was a really great to have that long to slowly increase the running intervals, especially for long runs and when training in the dead of summer. I’m so proud that I did EVERY step of training – 4 days of runs, 1 day of walking, an optional cross-training day, and 2 cross-training circuit videos with the amazing Dimity. It felt so good to cross every one off the calendar every day.

    I still can’t believe I finished a whole marathon (Richmond, VA with a proud time of 4:57:13) and I could not have done it without TLAM. If you don’t think you can do it, you can. This plan will get you there!

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