Race Like a Mother: Blue Ridge Trail Runs

BEST FOR: Beginner to experienced trail runners who want to train virtually as a group, then meet in person at the beautiful Blue Ridge Trail Races to conquer 15K (9.3 miles), 30K (18.6 miles), or 50K (31 miles).

PREREQS
For all three distances:

  • Ideally, a nearby trail you can train on at least 1x/week (more is better);
  • Hilly routes for training (either on the road or trail—or both) and/or access to a treadmill, stadium stairs, parking garage or something else with significant incline;
  • The time to commit to the running program AND the strength circuits and weekly yoga.
  • An injury-free body—or on your way to being injury-free.
  • The appetite and grit to dig into something challenging, fun, and muddy.

For the 15K:

  • No trail running or race experience necessary.
  • For at least six weeks, you’ve been running 3 times a week, 10-15 miles total.

For the 30K:

  • No trail running experience necessary.
  • For at least 10 weeks, you’ve been running at least 3 times a week, 15-20 miles total.
  • You’ve run a half marathon (on road or trails) within the last year.

For the 50K:

  • You’ve run or raced trails within the past year.
  • You have run at least once marathon (road or trail) in the last year.
  • You have a current mileage base of 20-25 miles/week for at least 8-10 weeks.
  • Your weekly long run is in the 8-10 mile range.

NUMBER OF WEEKS: 15K: 16 weeks; 30K: 16 weeks; 50K: 20 weeks

RACE DETAILS: Blue Ridge Ultra; October 7, 2023; Blue Ridge, GA (about 90 miles north of Atlanta)

$255.00$275.00

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The Details

This hands-on program is designed to allow you to train (virtually) with your teammates under an expert coach, Christy Scott, and then meet in Real Life in Blue Ridge, Georgia, for the Blue Ridge Ultra on October 7. You can run one of three distance on race day: 15K (9.3 miles), 30K (18.6 miles), or 50K (31 miles) race at the Blue Ridge Ultra.

Supplementing your comprehensive training program, as part of Race Like a Mother, you’ll also receive:

+ Two hour-long group sessions with a sports psychologist to help you focus for your training and get ready for race day.
+ The Nutrition for Ultras program, a thorough guide with accompanying video + podcast.
+ An hour-long group session with a sports nutritionist to help you dial in your optimal nutrition.
+ Frequent connection, via Q + A sessions, Facebook, and office hours, with Coach Christy who, “is so excited to coach this program!”
+ The momentum of a team during training—and memories you’ll have on race day with a group.
+ And, of course, a super soft, thumb-holed long sleeve that proclaims your identity: Another Mother (Trail) Runner.

TRAINING DETAILS
15K: 16-week training program: June 19-October 7
30K: 16-week training program: June 19-October 7
50K: 20-week training program: May 22-October 7

During the week, you’ll run three times doing a variety of workouts, including progression runs, hill repeats, downhill focus, and easy endurance runs. On the weekend, you’ll go long, working up to distances close to your race distance. Supplementing your runs are two to three weekly full-body strength circuits (20-30 minutes/each) and one weekly yoga session; both are taught by Coach Christy.

ELEVATION PREPARATION
At the Blue Ridge Trail Runs, you will climb and climb some more. The 15K has 3,233 feet of elevation; the 30K has 5,448 ft of elevation; the 50K has 8,300 ft of elevation. Sounds like a lot—and it is—but we will absolutely get you ready for this adventure with plenty of training sessions focused on climbing, descending and building overall leg strength for both.

During the peak week of training, you will cumulatively climb the elevation you’ll ascend on race day. (Read: your legs will be primed and so strong for race day!)

Ideally, you live near some hilly terrain; if not, you’ll need to seek out climbing opportunities in parking garages, stadiums, taller buildings, and, of course, the treadmill.

We’ll also teach you how to using hiking poles on both the uphills and downhills, which will definitely be an asset on the trails.

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.

Not only has she 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.

During your program, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get individual coaching, including:

  • 2 Live Q + A sessions with Coach Christy (if need be, we’ll also throw in another!).
  • 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.)
  • Yoga classes to guide you through a range of poses that stretch your body in all the right places.
  • Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Coach Christy will be at the race on October 7, ready to cheer for you!

In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private Ultra/Trail Run 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 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.

In addition to your exclusive Another Mother (Trail) Runner long sleeve,  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. Over $40 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.)

GET READY TO TRAIL RUN

QUESTIONS + ANSWERS

In addition to all the features of our regular training programs, Race Like a Mother takes things to the next level by providing:

  • Nutrition for Ultras: On + Off the Trail: a comprehensive guide with video accompaniment.
  • A group session with a sports nutritionist to dial in your individual nutrition for race day.
  • Two group sessions with a sports psychologist to talk about overcoming fears + thriving on race day.
  • A custom tech, thumb-holed long sleeve, in addition to your regular swag bag.
  • Q + A zoom sessions with Coach Christy (in addition to the regular access you have via Facebook + office hours)
  • 10% off your registration fee for your Blue Ridge Trail Race.
  • An in-person pre-race event on October 6. (Details to come.)

Grab more overall details on the Many Happy Miles: Get Out of a Training Rut podcast.

Sure!

15K: 16-week training program: June 19-October 7
30K: 16-week training program: June 19-October 7
50K: 20-week training program: May 22-October 7

During the week, you’ll run three times doing a variety of workouts, including progression runs, hill repeats, downhill focus, and easy endurance runs. On the weekend, you’ll go long, working up to distances close to your race distance. Supplementing your runs are two to three weekly full body strength circuits (20-30 minutes/each) and one weekly yoga session; both are taught by Coach Christy.

ELEVATION PREPARATION
At the Blue Ridge Trail Runs, you will climb and climb some more. The 15K has 3,233 feet of elevation; the 30K has 5,448 ft of elevation; the 50K has 8,300 ft of elevation. Sounds like a lot—and it is—but we will absolutely get you ready for this adventure with plenty of training sessions focused on climbing, descending and building overall leg strength for both.

During the peak week of training, you will cumulatively climb the elevation you’ll ascend on race day. (Read: your legs will be primed and so strong for race day!)

Ideally, you live near some hilly terrain; if not, you’ll need to seek out climbing opportunities in parking garages, stadiums, taller buildings, and, of course, the treadmill.

We’ll also teach you how to using hiking poles on both the uphills and downhills, which will definitely be an asset on the trails.

No, but you will receive a code for 10% off your Blue Ridge Ultra registration.

The Blue Ridge Ultra showcases some of the most amazing scenery in the southeast, and will also help you find your footing as a trail runner. You’ll fly over rocks and roots, hike up steep hills, cruise down gentle descents, maybe cross a stream or three, and pretty much smile the whole way.

In addition to the scenery, we also like that there are three race distances that will all require focus and diligence for training. Makes race day all the more rewarding!

Blue Ridge, Georgia, which is about 90 miles north of Atlanta.

No, but we can definitely help facilitate a group hotel and you can coordinate roommate situations via the private Facebook page.

In addition to your regular running gear, you’ll need a pair of trail shoes, a pair of collapsible hiking poles, a hydration pack, and weights for your workouts (dumbbells anywhere between 8-15 pounds work). We’ll discuss all the gear at the beginning of the program, so if you don’t own these items yet, we’ll definitely help you find the right fit for you.

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 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 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.

Additional information

Race Length

15K (9.3 miles) $255, 30K (18.6 miles) $255, 50K (31 miles) $275

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