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 introduce a new 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!
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 already love running.
- You’ve never tried running before.
- You feel like running isn’t for you.
- Enjoy running but want guidance 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 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. 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!
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!
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’ll be able to access the program as soon as October 5th! This will be PERFECT timing, the weather will be cooling down and perfect for running. Fall is honestly one of my favorite seasons to run. And, there’s no better way to go into holidays feeling healthy and confident.
My goal is that all of my challengers complete a 5K before or on Thanksgiving Day — how amazing would it feel to complete that Turkey Trot?! Are you ready to join me?!