Ready for an epic day hike? You’ve come to the right place!

If you’re ready for a change of pace from running, we’ve got two fabulous hiking training programs.

One prepares you for hiking Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon, and the other prepares you for an epic day hike like Yosemite’s Half Dome, The Enchantments, a Colorado Fourteener, or any other long hike that will take you most of the day to complete.

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hiking training


20 Weeks
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hiking training


20 Weeks
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hiking training
Denver, CO

Coaching since:2017

Coaching certifications:NASM-CPT; RRCA Coach Level I + II, Lydiard Coach, ACE Group Fitness Instructor.

After a workout, I: down some chocolate milk and play Wordle.

Two athletic accomplishments:

  1. Hiker galore: Hiked Half Dome, Grand Canyon, Enchantments, among others.
  2. Completed SwimRun, AquaBike National Champs, Ironman.

Two maternal accomplishments:

  1. Raising two offspring that are both taller than me and love the outdoors.
  2. Keeping my wits about me during a bear encounter with my younger one.

Don’t ask me to: Demonstrate a burpee.

Coaching style in one word:Cheerleader. I believe everybody has an inner athlete; sometimes she just needs a little coaxing.


Good question. This Club is a branch of Another Mother Runner, started by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. Back when our five collective kids were ankle-biters, we ran the Nike Women’s Marathon, wrote about our training for Runner’s World magazine, then turned the whole experience into Run Like a Mother, a chatty, advice-filled book published in 2010. (Here’s an excerpt from Runner’s World.) Train Like a Mother (excerpt) followed in 2012, and Tales from Another Mother Runner (guess what? excerpt) completed the trilogy in 2015.

Along the way, Another Mother Runner has flourished into an amazing community of badass women centered around the idea that the benefits of your miles ricochet through all aspects of your life. When you run, you are a more patient mother, a more loving partner, a more productive worker, and a more positive person altogether. (Note: By run, we mean forward movement. Walking, jogging, and running at any and all speeds count.)

The hiking training programs mix up a variety of workouts, including easy runs/brisk walks; stairs (either outside or at the gym); hill repeats (both outside and on a treadmill); strength circuits; and long, hilly hikes on the weekend. You do not have to run to complete this program; the on-the-road-or-trail workouts can be done walking or hiking.

There are also 3 short strength circuits to complement your cardio workouts.

The workouts utilize a stair machine or stadium/set of stairs; a treadmill; and a stationary bike. There are only two workouts with a stationary bike, so if you don’t have a bike, you can easily substitute something else, but the climbing workouts are mandatory.

You definitely need to have access to either a long set of stairs, a stadium, or a Stepmill (the climbing machine where you pick up your feet with each step). A Stairmaster (the machine where your feet stay on the pedals the whole time) can suffice, but we recommend one of the other three options.

Some of the strength circuits use a resistance band; you can opt to add weights if you’d like to increase the challenge.

Finally, we give an exhaustive gear list for your hike, but we recommend having a hydration pack and hiking poles ready for your longer Saturday workouts and hikes.

No, there are not, but if you have any training questions along the way, you can always reach out to Coach Dimity at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and she’ll help you out!

Yes! We’ll send you a care package with all of our favorite things for hiking training.

With a smart training plan, do-able strength training, and advice on foam rolling and other self-care, we 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 of your situation happening. We’ll work with you to get you a partial credit for an upcoming program.