We've heard a few times that those of you who live below the Mason Dixon line don't have the same racing season as us Northern folk.
So today, we're introducing our first round of year-round Challenges: 20-Week Heart Rate-Based Training Plans that culiminate in half-marathons and marathons in January, February, and March!
They have all the features you need to succeed, including an expert training plan; accessible, enthusiastic guidance from Coach MK; weekly podcasts and newsletters; a private Facebook and Strava page; a stocked swag pacakge; super short strength circuits that fit into your busy life and get you primed for race day; and a team of #motherrunners who is cheering you on with every beat per minute.
Please note: This is the first chapter of our next Train Like a Mother Club roll-out. We are also planning a 5K program, traditional 10K, 13.1, and marathon programs for races winter races, Heart Rate 101, Heart Rate 102, Stride into the School Year, Stride into the Holidays, and a #BAMR Coffee House. All of those registrations will be open in mid-August, so don't let your heart go aflutter if the programs below aren't a perfect fit!
Every workout is measured in minutes, not miles. You’ll run four days a week, with one day of optional easy cross training like a yoga or Pilates class. Speedwork is minimal in this plan, as it focuses on maximizing your endurance.
You'll run five days a week, and there are very few straight-up runs. Most have bursts of speed—anything from 20 seconds to miles—added in. All the runs are in minutes, although some segments of them correspond to distance. Easy days will be unbelievably easy, but hard days will be, comparatively, pretty hard. The result? If you do the work, you will likely take a chunk out of your current PR on this plan.
With the exception of long runs on the weekend, every workout is measured in minutes, not miles. You’ll run five days a week, with one day of optional easy cross training. No weekday run goes over 60 minutes, but your long runs are, not surprisingly, long. You’ll cover 20 miles twice, and hit an 18-miler, as well as 19 miler. Don’t freak; all are an easy effort and surprisingly doable. Speed work is minimal, as this plan focuses on maximizing your endurance.
You will run five days a week; you have an option of one day of cross training. Most runs have bursts of speed—anywhere from 20 seconds to miles—built in. The runs are a mix of miles and minutes; three days a week are measured in minutes (daily workouts range from 60-80 minutes) and two days are measured in miles (daily mileage ranges from 6-20). Easy days will be unbelievably easy, but hard days will be, comparatively, pretty hard. If you want to add "BQ" to your running resume, this is your plan.
The Glass Slipper Challenge is a 20-week plan that will turn you into a cardiovascular beast. (A beast whose legs look amazing in your costume, btw.) In the plan, every workout is measured in minutes, not miles. You’ll run four days a week, with one day of optional easy cross training like a yoga or Pilates class. Speedwork is minimal in this plan, as it focuses on maximizing your endurance. Short, easy evening walks will complete the training, giving you valuable time on your feet so you can thrive during two straight races at Disney.