Recently, someone asked me when I started running and, honestly, I don’t actually remember! But I do know that having a training program like 30 Day Breakaway would have been an amazing way to start!
Running has always been a part of my life since it was all my parents did for exercise for years! My mom told me that she didn’t start running until she was in her early 20’s after never really participating in sports growing up. (How cool is that?)
She also recently shared this with me... “Running and competing [in races] made me feel confident in my body and in my ability to overcome obstacles in a way I never known. I had always thought that athletic ability was genetic. I didn’t know that you could set a goal and work to meet it.”
And I couldn't agree more!
My parents were incredible role models, and that’s likely why I fell in love with running at an early age! I did a track club in elementary school, and have never stopped. I found the same joy in it that my mom did. Running has taught me that the human body is incredibly capable. Running has provided me with “therapy” for my hardest, most stressful days, and has allowed me to see parts of cities I otherwise never would have (running on vacation is truly one of my favorite things to do!) It’s also helped me achieve goals I never thought possible.
I ran track throughout high school (some years short distance, some years long), and after I stopped playing college soccer, I began training for marathons and triathlons!
I’ve run multiple half marathons and 3 full marathons (Seattle, Portland, Boston). I happened to run Boston the year of the bombing. I still have a hard time even typing that out — it’s something I’ll never forget. (I shared my personal experience here.) But it was also that specific event that solidified my love for the running community and revealed to me the STRENGTH of my fellow runners!
I can’t explain it, but there’s almost an instant connection when you find out someone else is a runner!
No matter whether they’re a novice or experienced marathoner, they GET IT — they get that some days a run is the only thing that can make the day better. They get the “runners high” you feel after a good run. They get how much work goes into training for a race. They GET why you love it.
And that’s why I’m so incredibly excited to share this program that will connect me with even more runners AND help non-runners learn to love running, too — 30 Day Breakaway!
“There is no failure in running or in life as long as you keep moving. “
What is 30 Day Breakaway All About?
At its core, 30 Day Breakaway is a 5K training plan, BUT what makes this program unique is that it also uses strength training workouts. The combination of running & resistance training will help you build endurance to run LONGER, build power and strength to run FASTER, and burn a crazy amount of calories & fat!
I’ve been saying this for years — ever since I started these at-home workouts my running has improved, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence! Without a doubt, it has been a result of the programs I have done where I’ve paired strength training WITH my running.
Before this specific program, though, I was creating my own workout calendar to pair with my runs (and helping other fellow runners do the same). Now, it’s being done FOR us from a trainer that also happens to be a nationally ranked track athlete. Umm… YES, PLEASE!
And my results from this program absolutely blew me away! (I'll be sharing those at the end of this post!)
But, even if you’re not a runner (yet), this program is still for YOU — because it’s a running program for EVERYONE.
- Whether you've never tried running before.
- You love running, and want to improve your 5K time.
- You used to run, but have gotten out of the habit of it.
- You’ve never tried running before.
- You feel like running isn’t for you.
- Run consistently, but want guidance & varity in your training.
- Or you’ve tried running in the past and hated it.
Wherever you are, however you feel about running, this 30 Day Breakaway is for you.
This 5K training program is designed to be taken at your pace, whatever that may be.
Who is the trainer?
You may or may not recognize the super trainer from this program: Idalis Velazquez. Her first program with Beachbody was Mes de Mas, a Spanish program — which was amazing, but unfortunately, I know many who stayed away from this workout because they personally found it hard to listen to the dubbed English version. Well, this time Idalis will be providing you with both an English and Spanish option, so you can choose whichever you prefer!
So, what makes Idalis qualified to create a running-based fitness program?
Idalis started her athletic career as a track and field athlete in Puerto Rico, where she ranked nationally as a track and field star for 10 years! She later moved on to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field at Florida Atlantic University.
So, she is well equipped to lead a 5K training plan.
Plus, Idalis is a NASM-certified personal trainer, which means she knows what she’s doing when it comes to strength training, too!
Who is this program for?
As I mentioned above, this program is for EVERYONE. There are actually different calendars you can follow depending on your current fitness level.
- Beginner–Intermediate Runners: Follow the basic program calendar and take each run (or walk, or jog) at your own pace.
- Advanced: If you’re like me and already love running, you can follow the Advanced Runners calendar to take it to the next level and improve the endurance, speed, and pace of your runs.
There is no need to be intimated if you’re a beginner because you can start with whatever you feel comfortable doing — walking, jogging, or running — The goal is simply to do your best, and do what feels good for YOU. Just don’t stop moving!
How much time will you need?
I’ve already had people ask me “Will I have enough time to run AND do a strength training workout?” and the answer is YES! Here’s what you can expect time-wise:
- 20-45 minutes/day
- 6 days/week
- 30 days
You may run one day, complete a strength training workout the next, or complete BOTH in one day — but no matter what’s on the calendar for the day 100% of your daily workouts will be 45 minutes or less!
There’s even a Time Cruncher Calendar designed to help you finish your workouts in even less time! AND there’s a Rainy Day Cardio workout for a great cardio workout in under 20 minutes!
What will your runs look like?
This is Beachbody’s FIRST program designed to be taken outdoors with you, but you can also choose to use a treadmill. (I did most of it on the treadmill!) Either way, Idalis will guide you through each run by listening to audio-only with your headphones in or you can run along with her video workouts (great if you’re on the treadmill)!
If you’ve ever tried any of those “couch to 5K” training plans, you’ll probably recognize the interval training format.
This type of running will have you alternating between a slower steady pace, and then pushing yourself for short periods of time. For you, that could mean either brisk walk, slow jog, steady run, or even sprint. Remember, you get to choose your pace!
There are even 2 very short workouts to add before & after your run — 1 for warm-up, 1 for cooldown which were a game-changer. It’s so easy to skip this part, but also so critical to your success and results! And, better yet, there’s an active recovery workout with a foam roller that helps you recover and prep to be most effective and efficient in your upcoming workouts. (I'm still using these weekly even after completing the program!)
What can you expect during the resistance training?
Have you tried any of Beachbody’s at-home programs?! Then you already know you are in for an incredible workout. These are designed to be fast & effective! Each day you’ll either be targeting a specific area of the body or getting a complete total-body workout.
And if you haven’t tried any of Beachbody’s home workouts before, you will LOVE the fact that there is no guesswork! You follow a simple calendar, hit play in the morning, follow along with the trainer and get AMAZING results!
I absolutely love that these strength workouts are designed to be paired with your runs to make you a better, stronger runner!
And because it is designed so intentionally, it allowed me to run 3-4x each week and stay injury-free! Something I haven’t been able to do in a LONG time as I was trying to do it myself by creating my “own” program.
And even though the goal at the end of this is to run a 5K, DO NOT SKIP THESE WORKOUTS. You might feel like skipping the resistance training and following the running workouts only, but I’m telling you — these workouts will help build your endurance and speed and are an essential component to your success with this program!
What equipment will you need for 30 Day Breakaway?
The number 1 thing you’ll need is a good pair of running shoes!
Your shoes play an important role: they protect your joints & feet from the repetitive pounding that comes with running.
Without a good pair of shoes, your feet may feel sore, your joints might hurt, and you definitely will not enjoy your runs if you’re experiencing pain!
So, I encourage you to invest in a high-quality pair of running shoes for this program — do NOT just throw on those old worn-out sneakers! I’d be happy to recommend a few of my favorite brands if you need help!
So, what else will you need for this program?
- A set of light, medium, & heavy weights
- Beachbody Resistance Loops
- Foam roller
- Running shoes (seriously, I’m mentioning it again because it is so important to have GOOD shoes!)
And, just like all of our programs, the size weights you need will depend on your current strength. Not sure where to start? We can chat about it before you get started — that’s what I’m here for!
When can you start training with 30 Day Breakaway?
You can access the program NOW and start whenever you're ready! If you don't have a treadmill and you're planning to run outside, I'd suggest planning to start this program when the weather will be most likely to cooperate!
If you're interesting started, fill out the form at the bottom of this blog and I'll help make sure you have everything you need to get started. I'll even get you plugged into my next accountability group for even more support along your journey with 30 Day Breakaway!
Now, it's time for the moment you'd been waiting for...
My 30 Day Breakaway Experience
To be honest, I was completely shocked at how profound my results were from this program. I PR’d on my 5K — despite training on a treadmill with a broken screen. (The only way I could sneak in my runs was at 5:30am when the kids were asleep and it was too dark to run outside!)
So, I ran on a treadmill without ever knowing how fast I was going. But it didn't matter, I wasn't worried about numbers, I wasn't worried about my pace. I didn’t set out to lose weight or inches — I simply wanted to find JOY in running again & get back up to running a 5K.
The last 5K I had run was on the 4th of July and it, too, was virtual. The difference, though, was HOW I trained for these two races.
This summer, I was running sporadically — not following a plan and my runs were monotonous! I needed a plan & guidance. So, I took on this new training program...
I was skeptical at first, but I followed 30 Day Breakaway to a T, and fell in love!
And on the Saturday before Thanksgiving 2020, I completed my 5K! I ran outside for the 1st time in weeks. My goal was to match my pace from my July race: 7:21/mile.
After 5 kiddos, this program helped me run the fastest 5K I've ever run — 1:39 faster than in July!
My per mile pace improved by 33 seconds/mile. I feel so incredibly grateful to Idalis and her program as it brought running back into my life — Something I absolutely love, but had been sidelined for quite some time due to a back injury and then chronic back pain.
But I had a program to follow. I stayed consistent. I followed the plan. I had strength workouts to prevent injury & help me become a stronger runner. And I’m happy to say, it did just that.
Best of all, I finished just as the kids woke to cheer me on! I don't share this to brag, I hope it inspires YOU to see what you're capable of. Short, effective home workouts that WORK — indoors or out, broken screen or not!