50K ULTRA

(5 customer reviews)

BEST FOR: Beginner to intermediate runners who have their sights set on a 50K run, likely on trails.
PREREQS: Have run at least one marathon (road or trail) in the last year; been running consistently for at least one year; have a current mileage base of 20-25 miles/week for at least 8-10 weeks (plus your weekly long run should be in the 8-10 mile range); 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; a nearby trail you can train on at least 1x/week (more is better); time to commit to the running program AND the strength circuits and weekly yoga.

NUMBER OF WEEKS: 20

Each week, there are five runs (one is an optional walk); two strength circuits; one yoga session; and one rest day. Together, the combination builds a strong, capable body + mind so you can go the distance, feeling solid and happy, on race day.

$135.00

  • *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 20-week, hands-on program is designed for beginner to intermediate ultra runners who have their sights set on a 50K trail run (31 miles).

During the week, you’ll run three times doing a variety of workouts, including progression runs, hill repeats, and easy endurance runs. On the weekend, you’ll go long, working up to 23 miles. Supplementing your runs are two weekly strength circuits (20-30 minutes/each) and one weekly yoga session; both are taught by Coach Christy.

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING
Week 17, before you head into taper, serves up about 3 hours of running on the weekdays; two strength circuits; one yoga session; split long run sessions of 10 miles + 13 miles on Saturday; a 30-minute easy run or 60-75 minute walk on Sunday; and a rest day.

LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES
You’ll complete one 20-22 miler and then do one split day session, where you run 10 miles, and then 10-12 hours later, run 13 miles. Ideally, you can do this on terrain similar to your race course.

FIRST AND PEAK WEEKS: (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.

Coach Christy is there to help you over speed bumps and answer your questions—and we promise, she’ll never blow a whistle in your face. Not only has Coach Christy 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.

What’s more, Coach Christy 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 podcasts with Coach Christy to talk through pacing, injuries, and plenty of other helpful + entertaining topics. Coach Christy also provides regular 1:1 office hours if you’d like have an individual conversation with her.

Additionally, Coach Christy adds new yoga classes each month to guide you through a range of poses that stretch your body in all the right places.

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

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

This 20-week plan will most likely fit your needs, if you are a beginning to intermediate-level ultra runner who is taking on a 50K (31 miles).

In order to thrive in the program, we ask that you have these prereqs:

  • Run at least one marathon (road or trail) in the last year;
  • Been running consistently for at least one year;
  • Have a current mileage base of 20-25 miles/week for at least 8-10 weeks. In addition, your weekly long run should be in the 8-10 mile range;
  • No injuries, or are on your way to being injury-free—and willing to do the work you need to do to stay that way);
  • A nearby trail you can train on at least 1x/week (more is better);
  • The time to commit to not only the running program, but also the recommended strength circuits and weekly yoga.

If you don’t meet them but are drooling at the thought of a 50K, please email us at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and we’ll chat.

TRAINING BASICS: Most weekday runs are 60 minutes or less. Starting in Week 9, the easy endurance weekday run is 75-90 minutes. The weekends have one day for running long (up to 23 miles), and one day for an easy run or walk recovery. Around Week 16, you’ll do a training race so you can practice your nutrition plans, try out your gear, and check your fitness. You will strength train two days a week, 20-30 minutes and do a yoga session weekly to get you ready for both the trails and the distance.

LONGEST WORKOUT DISTANCES: You’ll complete one 20-22 miler during Week 15, and then do one split day session, where you run 10 miles, and then 10-12 hours later, run 13 miles during Week 17. Ideally, you can do this on terrain similar to your race course.

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. 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.

Hear Coach Christy talk about her background + the program on AMR Trains: Train Like a Mother Ultra Programs: a Chat with New Coach Christy Scott (find it by searching for Another Mother Runner podcast on major pod channels).

No. The fee is for the comprehensive, 20-week training program, unlimited support, miles of resources, exclusive podcasts, and swag package, which will help you achieve a strong 50K. At the end of the training cycle, you will participate in the organized 50K of your choice; you can also choose to run a 50K 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.

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.

Yes! With her Ph.D. in nutrition and exercise science, she’s focusing on the nutrition side of things. You can take two on-demand courses with her: (highly recommended) Nutrition for Ultras: On and Off the Trail and Nutrition for Running: Half Marathon and Marathon.

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.

THE REVIEWS

Reviews (5)

5 reviews for 50K ULTRA

  1. Monica (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this plan. I felt prepared for my 50k, and Coach Christy’s responses to any question were always timely and thoughtful!

  2. Kristy (verified owner)

    I just finished my race using the TLAM 50km plan and I was elated with how I felt during the race and at the finish. I managed a good level of consistency following the plan during the training cycle and I believe it set me up to feel strong for the entire race.

  3. Nicole (verified owner)

    I chose this plan to train for a 60K trail race in Lagrangeville, PA. The race had a total of 5,500 feet of elevation change throughout and I was very worried about training in my hometown where I could get some decent elevation change, but didn’t have time to work on that much. The hill repeats and tempo runs had me ready for this race with no problem! I was also very happy that the plan was easy to fit into my busy schedule of being a working mom. Coach Christy was quick to answer Facebook questions. I did not take her up on any of the phone conversations, really because the plan was so finely detailed that I didn’t have any! But if something popped up along the way, I know she would be so helpful!

    Go get ’em, Mother Runners!

  4. Sara Tipler (verified owner)

    I used this plan for my first 50k and I would 100% do it again. This plan felt more manageable than some of the marathon plans I’ve been on before, which helped with my confidence to cover the distance and my busy schedule. It never felt stale and I felt very strong on race day and after. If you’ve hit the marathon mark and are looking to push yourself, please sign up for this training plan–you won’t regret it. The Facebook group will inspire you and Coach Christy will teach you all there is to know. It was an empowering experience all around!

  5. Amanda (verified owner)

    I was really pleased with this plan. As other reviewers have noted, it is manageable, and yet it packs a punch in terms of preparation. I think that Coach Christy’s yoga videos and strength training workouts are really excellent. The strength workouts are key and very doable. The yoga is really refreshing and makes this plan feel a little more interesting than some others.

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