BEST FOR: Beginner to intermediate runners who have their sights set on a 50 Mile race, likely on trails.
PREREQS: Have completed a 50K within 12 months of starting program; 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; have a nearby trail you can train on at least 1x/week (more is better); a nearby physical therapist who knows your body + your goals and who you can see regularly, especially in the thick of training; a foam rolling routine you will complete regularly (at least 3x a week); enough time to train and recovery properly (time to prepare food + eat well, foam roll, get adequate sleep)
NUMBER OF WEEKS: 22
This 22-week 50 Mile program is designed for beginner to intermediate runners who have their sights set on a 50 Mile race, likely on trails. There are five to six weekly runs and two weekly strength circuits that build a strong, capable body + mind so you can go the distance, feeling solid and happy, on race day.
If you don’t meet them but are drooling at the thought of a 50 Miler, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll chat.
Cecilie (verified owner) –
This program will get you to that 50 mile finish line. The strength and yoga components will help you stay strong and injury free. Coach Christy is always available to answer questions and modify schedule if needed. This program is serious! It has a built in 50k race and high mileage, you will push yourself to new levels and toe the 50 mile line confident in your training.
Marit Fischer (verified owner) –
This program is marketed for beginner and intermediate runners and that’s true. What this also is is a comprehensive, affordable, professional, and adaptable plan for any busy mother-worker with experience to know how to complement and adapt with what she needs to achieve her goals, but who would like a packaged base plan for the necessary building of miles, endurance, and strength. That’s me. I didn’t run a 50-mile race. For my 50th birthday celebration, I ran what was, by the map, a 50-mile self-supported traverse with one friend through the Olympic Mountain Range. It ended up being 57 miles due to washouts, windfall, and some need for trail-finding along the way. Once we started, we were committed. There was no place to bail along the way. My friend and I carried our own fast packs with all we’d need, and filtered our water along the way. Thanks to this plan-as-base, I was well trained for the day and had no doubts ever that I was in great shape to do what I was doing. A few things of note. I liked the strength workouts, though having only two to choose from for the entire training program was a bit less variety than I prefer. I often did my own strength workouts or swapped out with Pilates. I did Coach Christy’s yoga only when I was stuck and didn’t have another option locally or didn’t feel like guiding myself through a session. I love her coaching versatility and the fact that there are so many yoga sessions to choose from (one added each month), but her sessions did, at times, feel a bit more like the team captain leading us through some pre-game stretches. I’ve learned over the years that finding the right yoga instructor for you can be a quest unto itself, so I appreciate that this would be a match for lots of people, it just wasn’t for me. I’m not on Facebook anymore so didn’t use that part of the offering, and I never once contacted Coach Christy for guidance. I had enough experience to adapt the plan if ever I needed to. I did join the Strava group and really liked that way of tracking progress and seeing what others were up to (since I did all my training with only my dog as partner). I did try to connect with other mother runners by giving kudos and commenting on their efforts, but only one woman, halfway across the country and at a similar place in her training, responded and engaged. We’re still Strava friends and I’m psyched. Even just one new friend is awesome! I like the effort AMR made to promote ways to connect and I would guess that maybe other training plan groups are more actively communicative and supportive of each other. Who knows? Maybe this group was all about Facebook, and I just didn’t know because I wasn’t there. In all, this plan worked really well for me and I recommend it. In fact, I’ve already referred other women to AMR for the training plans that are right for their own worthy adventure, whatever the distance.
Jorie Gelnett (verified owner) –
I just finished my 5th 50mile race. This was the 3rd or 4th time I have used this training plan. It is very straightforward and not overwhelming at all. The FB group was helpful if I needed to make an adjustment to my training and Coach Christy answered quickly with advice. I like that it is affordable and the swag is great too. I sometimes wonder what other training plans are out there as I’m very familiar with this one but then I come back to reality and ask myself “why fix something that isn’t broken.” Highly recommend AMR, TLAM and the 50mile training program!
Elisa Sundahl (verified owner) –
I loved this program! This was my third 50 miler and I have followed other programs, but this was by far more versatile. It was the very first time I have hired a coach to guide me and it didn’t disappoint. The structure was exactly what I wanted and needed. After the first three weeks of the strength workouts, I ended up switching it up and working out on my own as I was getting kind of bored with them. I did yoga on my own as well, so can’t comment on that part of it. Overall, I loved this and would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to conquer an ultra. Thank you for getting me to the finish line and giving me the plan to reach my goal time 😊