Welcome to the No BS Run Club!

No matter how many steps you’ve run (or haven’t run) in your life, if you want to complete a half marathon, you’ve come to the right place.

Because this is the bullshit-free, beginner-friendly, how-to-actually-make-it-happen training program to get you from the couch to the finish line of your first half marathon, all while eating better, sleeping better, shattering self-limiting beliefs and meeting like-minded friends around the world.

You’ll find all of that (and more!) when you join the No BS Run Cluba bullshit-free program for completing your first half marathon.

The entire month of August will be the open enrollment period for the final session of 2014, which kicks off on Monday September 8. To learn more about the program and to get notified as soon as registration begins, just enter your email in the pretty pink box below.

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Want to know more? Read on for all the details!

When I first started running, I could barely run for two minutes. I went from being non-runner to a five-time half marathon finisher just 15 months after first lacing up my running shoes, and it’s become very clear to me that the demand for running resources tailored specifically for new runners far outweighs the supply (like, eleventy thousand times over).

Now that I’m a marathoner who’s truly obsessed with all things running (I’m currently training to run from LA to NYC in 2015!), I’m on a mission to empower new runners by giving them all the information (and support!) they need to complete their first half marathon. I want excellent training advice to be readily available for new runners everywhere, so that everyone who dreams of finishing a half marathon can make that dream a reality.

So, with this in mind, I posed a simple question…

What’s holding you back from running your first half marathon?

The fears and questions poured in.

  • “How can someone without an athletic background complete a half marathon?”
  • “What happens if I have a bad run? Or if I skip a few workouts?”
  • “How can I avoid getting injured?”
  • “Do I really need to cross train and strength train?”
  • “What the eff is cross training?”
  • “How do I stay motivated through so many long months of training?”
  • “Since I’ve never been a runner before, how will I know if I’m doing it properly?”
  • “What if I don’t look like a ‘real’ runner?”
  • “Can I ever be one of those people who truly loves running?”

I went through all of those questions, plus all of the questions I had myself when I first started running, and then I mapped out exactly what I would have wanted in a training program.

This is The Program I Wish I Would Have Had!

la-halfI created From 0 – 13.1 to be the program I WISH I had when I first started running.

When I first started, I wanted a training program that gave me a step-by-step guide on how to go from being able to run for just 2 minutes to being able to run for 13.1 miles (filled with daily workouts, recipes, cross training and strength training exercises, peer support, daily access to a running coach for questions, and much more – geared specifically toward new runners).

When I first started, I wanted someone to cut through all the bullshit and give me the information I truly needed (and no more!) to eliminate the feelings of overwhelm that came with trying to research every aspect of long distance running on my own.

I wanted all of this, along with a highly tailored list of additional resources I could turn to for even more detailed information, and I wanted it presented to me by someone who understands what it’s like to truly be new to running. But guess what? I couldn’t find a single resource that met all my needs, particularly in regard to the emotional side of going after such a big goal, which is how From 0 – 13.1 was born.

From 0 – 13.1: a bullshit-free program for completing your first half marathon

From 0 – 13.1 is a comprehensive 24-week training program that will eliminate all of your fears about distance running and give you everything you need to complete your first half marathon.

I won’t only be giving you a chart of daily workouts (although you’ll get that, too!), I’ll be going into detail on exactly how to get started and what you need to know about running gear, proper form, breathing tips, cross training, strength training, stretching, injury prevention, nutrition, and overcoming mental hurdles. Plus, I’ve partnered with an expert running coach, Ryan Knapp, to ensure you’re getting the best, safest advice throughout this program, and both Ryan and I are readily available in the private Facebook group to answer any and all questions you might have during your training.

This training program includes:

  • 24 weeks worth of workouts to train you for a 5K, 10K, and, finally, a half marathon
  • Access to the Bullshit-Free Running Club, a private Facebook group exclusively for program participants where both Coach Ryan and I are always available to answer your questions, and where you can meet fellow newbie runners from all over the world (Honestly, I can’t over-state the power of this group. It has become like a second family, and I’ve never met a more encouraging, supportive, and real group of people in my life)
  • A simple “Week 0″ walking-only plan for anyone who isn’t ready to run quite yet
  • The truth about running gear (hint: you don’t need $200 underwear)
  • Detailed lists of running-related products that I use and love
  • Exclusive discounts from injinji & the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
  • The two most important tips on running form
  • Dynamic warm-up & cool-down routines to help keep you loose and injury-free
  • Foam Rolling 101
  • 10 common mistakes new runners make
  • How to prevent and treat common running ailments
  • Cross training and strength training routines that can be done at home or in a gym, as well as a complete breakdown of why it’s important to supplement your running workouts
  • A printable training & food journal (tracking your progress is key!)
  • Simple, healthy, plant-based recipes for runners
  • What to eat before & after a run
  • How to fuel & hydrate on the run
  • Tips on staying motivated after the initial high of “omg I’m going to run a half marathon!” has worn off
  • How to get back on track if you miss a few workouts
  • Tricks to getting over a bad run (spoiler alert: you’ll have lots of bad runs and that’s okay – I promise!)
  • And more!

**Special Bonuses**

  • “What I Wish I Knew Before My First Half Marathon” // Tips From Experienced Runners
  • Glossary of running terms
  • Comprehensive list of inspirational and educational resources (books, movies, etc.)
  • Interviews with running & fitness experts like Brendan Brazier, Matt FrazierJoel Runyon (translation: people who are smarter than me)
  • Specialty running playlists

These components will set you apart from all of the runners who think about training for a half marathon, but never get far enough to make it a reality. My targeted, bullshit-free, and decidedly not-overwhelming program will be the key to your success.

anja“Going into this, my biggest fear was definitely a fear of failure. I was so worried that I was planning this totally unrealistic goal and that I would never follow through with it. My second fear was trouble with my IT band, I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to run without being in extreme pain. But, I did it! I ran 13.1 miles with NO PAIN! This is huge for me as I used to get it at around the 5k mark, and it’s shown me the importance of warm ups/cool downs and strength work, which are all included in the program. As for the program itself, I’m the type of person who loves having a detailed plan so I loved that we had everything we needed, which meant no excuses! I came back to the materials time and again to reference different things and it felt achievable. The Facebook group is a really big part of it too. Seeing everyone else’s progress is inspiring. Especially for me, in Sydney, Australia, where the temperature is always relatively warm, I’d be like ‘Oh it’s lightly raining, I can’t go running’ – then I’d see photos of people going running in the the snow and I’d be like ‘Ohhh okay, guess I’d better suck it up!’ Running has now become a part of my routine and I want to keep running and improving my time and maybe even work up to longer distances!” – Anja V

As a result of this 24-week program, you’ll be able to…

  • Cross the finish line of your very first half marathon
  • Work through the biggest mental and emotional challenges to getting started as a runner
  • Implement my “Gradual Forward Progress” approach to safely training for your first half marathon
  • Stick with running when it gets particularly tough or monotonous, or when your life/schedule inevitably cause a disruption in your training plan
  • Develop healthier eating habits
  • Understand the role that both nutrition and hydration play in running
  • Eliminate the feelings of overwhelm that often accompany tackling a big goal
  • Shatter self-limiting, perfectionist ideas that hold you back
  • Redefine your definitions of what’s “possible” and “impossible” in your own life
  • Master a training formula that will carry you through future races
  • Eat better, sleep better, and feel incredible about yourself
  • Meet other people who share your running goals (and fears!) through an interactive online group that lets us support each other in real time

Real-Talk Success Stories (from people just like you!)

leslieI did it! I finished the race without stopping or walking. If I can do it, so can you. I hadn’t really run in years when I decided to train for this race. It was a spontaneous decision, at least partially motivated by a string of unmotivating encounters with local doctors who told me that I needed to lose weight, lower my blood sugar, lower my stress levels, etc. After I signed up for the race, I signed up for this program, and while I wasn’t nervous, I mostly wanted to follow through on something and get it done. My absolute favorite thing was the community on Facebook – plus the playlists and the pages and pages of information about how to do this, which gave me the sense that this is a doable thing but that it requires sustained effort and a multi-month commitment. As a result of this program, I’ve changed my habits. I’ve started waking up early on the weekends to run and eating more homemade plant-based meals. My clothes are much looser on me – new holes in the belt, stretchy jeans suddenly don’t need to stretch as much. But, most importantly, I now know that the way to get things done is to just move forward. The road is there. The markers are there. Just keep moving. In other projects, I tend to question things more than is productive. I’m building a new website and it has taken forever! I keep changing my mind about what I want and have listened way too much to what other people think… hint: everyone has a completely different opinion. Running this race has shown me that I don’t have to listen to other people’s opinions and I can just keep moving forward in my own way.” – Leslie F
amyChoosing to run my first half-marathon with this program has been one of the best decisions of my life. Aside from including every detail I wanted into the training materials, Nicole made herself available via email and the Facebook group to answer even the silliest questions (no really: I emailed her about how to work the water bottles of my running belt). When you’re training for your first major race, you are going to want the community that comes from being a member of From 0 to 13.1 along with the solid, timely, and always supportive advice and answers straight from Nicole and Coach Ryan. I can’t imagine having trained any other way!” – Amy T
laurenBefore joining, I had used the Couch-to-5K program to teach myself to run a 5K, but I couldn’t seem to push past the 3 mile/35 minute mark. I wanted a program that could get me running a little faster, a little longer, and a little more consistently, but I was nervous that I would give up on this program the way I give up on most programs. I worried that I would be the exception that would be unable to finish a half marathon, and I also worried that I would injure myself and be unable to compete in a race I’d already signed up for. But this program was wonderful! Nicole first started where I started, and she knows how to make the impossible seem possible. I have now run longer than I’ve ever thought I was capable of running, and in the course of my training I have exercised so much more than I would have if I hadn’t been training for a race – which has been great for my physical and mental health! And I loved having the support of the Facebook group so that I could hear stories from other people who had successfully completed this program. I felt cheered up when I posted about challenges and supported when I had victories. It also gave me so many role models to aspire to. For anyone who is considering joining, though it sounds incredibly cliche, I want to tell you that if I can do this, you can do it too. I truly believe that now, and from the bigger picture I also believe that so many other goals are possible now that this “impossible” one has been accomplished!” – Lauren C
amyBefore this program I was a serial running failure. I went through years of repeating the following cycle: 1) desire to become a runner 2) constant state of researching and reading everything about running 3) FINALLY, actually “running” 4) hating running 5) quitting running 6) hating myself for quitting. This program broke that cycle for me. Aside from the quality of the materials, the best part of the program was the built-in support system on Facebook from Nicole and Coach Ryan, the people who had already completed the program, and all of the people who were starting off when I did. Having a supportive group to whom I felt accountable ended up being the game-changer for me. I looked forward to completing a workout or long run so I would have something to post for the group. Even when I didn’t feel like moving forward, everyone else’s posts always gave me the push I needed to keep going. Once I realized how great it felt to cheer everyone else on and to receive that support myself, I finally started sharing what I was doing with my friends and family and was blown away by the encouragement. Nicole, you provided ALL of the pieces needed to be successful, and 0-13.1 was one of the best things I have EVER done for myself. I’ve changed my story. I’ve always considered myself a couch potato/non-athlete. That couldn’t be further from the truth now. I have become an active person. I have active friends with whom I now do active things. If someone is doing a race, they email and ask if I’m planning on running. My friends and I socialize by meeting up at the gym or running to the park (LITERALLY!!) with our kids. All sorts of physical activities that I previously would have written off as something that I couldn’t do are now things that I get excited about participating in. Healthwise, I’ve cut out a LOT of long-term, terribly stupid bad habits. I rarely drink anything but water anymore. I find myself making much better food choices and viewing food as fuel versus comfort. I went down a clothing size (although I didn’t lose any weight!). I have more energy and feel more comfortable in my own skin. Most importantly, getting a handle on my physical fitness and making exercise a routine part of my life made so many other things fall into place. I no longer suffer from extreme anxiety as I have in the past. I am more social than I was before doing this program. I feel more confident and more equipped to get shit done!!! I never realized how much time and energy went into feeling badly about my body and lack of fitness. I’ve also experienced a huge mental shift that exercise/running is no longer about potential changes in my appearance, but about my fitness and how I FEEL. I’m setting a healthy example for my family and I’m really, really proud of that. “ – Kaitlin P
rachelIf you’re a beginner and you’re interested in running a half marathon, this program will get you there. It’s not about being fast or being the best, it’s about crossing the finish line. I loved this training program – the amount of information, how comprehensive it is, how I felt really confident that this program wasn’t made for people who could already run, the encouragement and support and general comradarie in the Facebook group, and of course Nicole and Ryan’s advice and tough love. Going into this, I hated running. Two years ago, I attempted to train for a half marathon and it was awful. This time around, I was terrified that I couldn’t do it. That I would start with all the good intentions and then flake out and not finish. I knew that I was not a runner and that this would be really hard, and I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to run what was required of me. But, I did it! I can now call myself a runner without making any caveats, and I feel so successful! – Rachel H
wendryn“This program is great. Not only is there a schedule for every day so you are never caught off guard, Nicole is always available to answer questions and provide support. The community she has created for this program is very supportive and responsive, too, and I’ve made friends there. She gives ideas for food, explains the reasons behind the stretching and strength training, and is completely willing to help those of us who never thought of ourselves as runners before. If you’re afraid of trying to run this kind of distance or if you aren’t sure you can, try this program. I love it!” – Wendryn B
jenniferFirst off, I’m not a continuously active individual. I’m larger and usually tend to stick to a program for about a month before I’m completely burnt out. I signed up for Nicole’s From 0 to 13.1 because I wanted to be a runner. I’ve experienced the high that is raved about. I’ve done some 5k’s, but never fully stuck to running. Her story was extremely inspiring (from zero running to marathon!). The idea that I could start from minimum running and be a half marathon finisher was what I needed. It greatly helped that things were broken down into layman’s terms and she worked with a professional, long-time runner. Her ‘bullshit free’ attitude made the read fun and I really felt like she was getting into my brain with talks of fears, concerns, blocks, and personal idiocy. I needed this! The icing on the cake is definitely the community aspect. Having a group to talk fears, concerns, triumphs, and ultimately share the experience with is amazing. Knowing that Nicole and Ryan are there to personally answer and applaud you is what helps keep me going as I prepare for my first half! LOVE IT!” – Jennifer M
clair“Thanks for getting me off the couch, into some runners (trainers) and off my antidepressents. With love from Australia!” - Clair E
micheleFrom 0 to 13.1 was a great way to train for a half marathon. Not only did I get the information I needed, but the support from the community helped me keep my motivation up when I was struggling.” – Michele M
danielleNicole’s program gave me the confidence and support I needed to actually start running. Of course it’s scary to go from zero to 13.1, but it’s so much easier when you have resources like these to guide you and someone amazing like Nicole to take interest and encourage you every step of the way! I particularly love the strength training routines – I feel they made a huge difference, and having that and the core routines scheduled into my weekly workouts ensured that I would actually DO strength and core, something I think most running programs neglect.” - Danielle S
maritere“Nicole Antoinette’s From 0 to 13.1 program is a great resource for ANYONE who wishes to run a half marathon. As a non-athletic person I found it very difficult to find a program to run a half marathon until I got From 0 to 13.1. Nicole not only gives a plan, but also provides her own experience and motivation to achieve this great goal.” - Maritere M
Jenn“If Nicole could run my life, that would be great. Her natural ability to spell things out in real-people terms makes the unknown world of running (and all things, actually) much less intimidating. It’s nice knowing that just a couple years ago she was in the same place as I was – a total beginner without any clue as to where running would lead – and now she’s sharing everything she’s learned in one easy-to-follow program. I can feel her passion for running shine through her work and it’s inspiring to have her as a cheerleader. If you’ve ever considered running a half-marathon, or are just looking for the tools you need to incorporate running into your life, everything you need is right here in Nicole’s program. You won’t regret it!” – Jenn B
dianaIf you want to run a half marathon but are SO SURE you definitely can’t because you’re too slow/lazy/out-of-shape/busy/etc., this is the program that will get you across the finish line. Nicole and Coach Ryan are super responsive and helpful, and have put together a plan that makes the distance manageable… and even fun!” – Diana V
erinI have tried a number of different running programs in the past (Couch to 5k, Hal Higdon training plans, books like “Walk off Weight” and “Run Your Butt Off”). None of them felt personal enough to keep me engaged. From 0-13.1 created a community in which everyone was warm, welcoming, and encouraging. Other programs I’ve tried in the past have either seemed too cold/impersonal (online training plans) or too harsh and unforgiving (my local gym). The best feedback I got from the other participants was when I started struggling with plantar fasciitis. The words of encouragement helped me look past my disappointment and made me eager to get back on track as soon as I can!” - Erin G
kellyNicole’s program — by a runner who was recently a beginner, geared toward beginners — does an excellent job of giving new runners all the information they need, with plenty of (kind yet firm) get-yourself-into-gear pushing to go with it.  I’ve never been more interested in learning about all things running than I have been since I started Nicole’s program, and Nicole, along with the program Facebook group, does an excellent job of motivating us all to get out there and put that knowledge to practical use.” - Kelly D
breannaThis program was exactly what I needed. I had run shorter races before, but the thought of a half-marathon was pretty daunting. I really enjoy the structure provided by Nicole’s training plan. The fact that it gradually increases time and distance over 24 weeks makes it seem way less intimidating. Having access to the right exercises and stretches to supplement my running is an added bonus. And having the support of other runners to swap stories and share the experience with has been a dream.” – Breanna W
nicoleNicole organized the most concise training program I’ve ever used. I learned so much variety – in warm-ups and cool-downs, recipes, playlists and so much more! When I signed up for the From 0-13.1 program, my goal was to find a system that works for me – something I could use to really, truly feel prepared for a half-marathon (secret: I’d run 2 prior to joining the group, but had never trained appropriately). I truly feel like Nicole has put together a program that will help me accomplish that goal, and will provide me with some solid guidelines to build on my mileage. Next up: 26.2!” - Nicole V
stephenie“When I first bought this program, I could MAYBE run a mile in about 13 minutes if I was feeling great on that particular day, but that was it. Having been witness to Nicole’s journey into running through following her blog, I leapt at the opportunity to join this program. I’ve always wanted to “be a runner” but never thought I could. Thanks to the amazing resources, supportive community and easy-to-follow plan, I ran my first event this year! Completing an 8mi run was beyond exciting and I’m now utilizing the materials to plan for my first half marathon this fall. Nicole is such a great motivator and really cares about the success of the members. Ryan’s added coaching and support, training videos and knowledge, really takes this program to another level. I’ve never seen anything like this and I highly recommend signing up if you want to be a runner, because you will run your first half marathon thanks to this program!- Stephenie Z
paulI love the fact that I can progress at my own pace. As I am coming from a “couch potato” status I really have needed to go slower than I planned, but your program got me moving again after being away from active training for too long. Thanks for the inspiration and the user-friendly structure. . . works for me!” – Paul K
ashley“Without this program I would have inevitably delayed this goal for who knows how long. When Nicole released the beta version, I couldn’t sign up fast enough, and then I emailed her saying “OMG THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR”! Don’t get me wrong, this was no cake walk, but it was what I needed. The program broke down the seemingly unmanageable 13.1 miles into bite size pieces for me so I could gradually physically and mentally prepare myself. I love that it’s written in a language I can understand but backed up by real running world knowledge.” – Ashley S
julie“What a fantastic experience! 13 miles sounded overwhelming before I started. Surely, I could never accomplish something so huge! But this program helped arm me with the knowledge that I needed, and it broke the training into smaller, more manageable goals. If you do your part, work hard, and stick to the plan, you’ll feel great about yourself and you’ll be running your first half marathon before you know it!- Julie H
brittany“Nicole’s program has gotten me off my ass. Her no nonsense, no bullshit approach to stop making excuses and just get fucking going is not only motivating and helpful, it produces results. Dude. I’m a RUNNER now.” – Brittany G
sarah“This program has given me the tools, the friends, the inspiration and the sometimes tough-love I needed to accomplish my goal – running a half marathon. But it’s not just the half-marathon…these tools, and the new-found confidence and pride in myself, have driven me to do bigger and better things outside of running, like kicking a** professionally and strengthening my personal outlook on life. Thanks Nicole!” - Sarah P
mary“I honestly can’t even remember how I came across this program, but it came to me at exactly the right time. I wanted to start running, but had no idea where to begin. Nicole’s program is comprehensive and easy to follow and, most importantly, it’s achievable. If you’re inspired to run but think there’s no way you can go from 0 to 13.1, think again. I’m not a runner — or at least I wasn’t until now! – Mary B
amanda“If you search for running on the internet, be prepared to fall into a black hole of information where there are millions of pages all telling you slightly different things about what to do, what to eat, what to buy, and how to train. It’s overwhelming. Nicole has somehow distilled the internet (and books and interviews) into a beautiful, easy to understand, and totally usable package with everything from running recipes to warm-ups and cool downs to strength training…and, of course, an entire actual training plan. While I am still in the midst of training, I am already seeing the positive results of Nicole’s advice and resources and am spending far less time freaking out about how often I should be foam rolling. It has been incredibly helpful, and I have yet to even use all the resources I have at my disposal. I cannot wait to cross my half-marathon finish line and maybe celebrate with a green smoothie.” - Amanda B
cherylNicole’s program, From 0-13.1, is more than just a running program, it is something that will change your life. It will get you thinking, it will get you motivated, it will change your lifestyle for the better. It is real, it is achievable, it is informative. It is supportive and will give you a laugh and ultimately will lead you to success.” - Cheryl F
rachelPrior to this program I was unable to run continuously for more than 5 minutes. I was scared of failing, letting the group and myself down, and very nervous I would sustain an injury too! But it was like someone held my hand throughout the whole process and it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d imagined. Building a habit takes time, and I am forever grateful for the constant support and reassurance from Nicole and her materials. We were all in it together and my small victories were celebrated as well as my biggest one!” - Rachel T
kathyI LOVED the structure and simplicity of knowing what I needed to do each and every day. Nicole’s writings that accompany the program were key to understanding how it all fit together and the thorough thought processes that went into the development of it. The soul-searching questions she made us answer before starting the program were pivotal in retrospect. Having such a gradual build-up for beginning runners is an obvious bonus. Nicole’s responsiveness to questions was insanely fast and consistent, and having access to Coach Ryan was great. And the private Facebook group was – and is – like a second family, and such a wonderful sounding board. When I describe it I get funny looks; no, I’ve never met these people from all over the world, and no, I’ve never run with them, but they are very good friends! I’m not sure I could have done it without their support!” - Kathy D

FAQ

1. When does the program start? What happens if I have to miss a week or skip a week or repeat a week?
This is a completely go-at-your-own-pace program. Once you register, the actual training starts whenever you want to start, since all of the content is downloadable and is yours to keep forever and ever. If you have to skip a few days, you’ll likely just be able to pick right back up where you left off. If you need to miss a week or more, you’re always welcome to re-do a previous week, as needed.

photo2. What if I’m a total beginner?
This is an awesome question. I love beginners! I was a total beginner when I started, too, and this program was created with that in mind. However, the word “beginner” is pretty vague, and you might not be at the same starting point as someone else (and vice versa), which is why this 24-week program comes with a “Week 0” walking-only plan that you can repeat for as many weeks as needed before you even get started.

3. What if I’m not a complete beginner? Will I be able to start later in the program than Week 1?
Absolutely! Since you’ll have access to all of the training materials at once, you’ll be able to jump in wherever you want. My best recommendation for this is to find the week that feels most comfortable for you, and then to start a week earlier than that to ease into the program.

4. How big of a time commitment will this training program be?
The entire training plan spans 24-weeks, with two rest days per week, so you’re looking at 5 days per week of exercise that varies from running to cross training to strength training to core work. Individual sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes (near the beginning) to multiple hours toward the end of the program. I mean, of course, right? Doing the long runs that lead up to a half marathon take time, and like anything else, you get out of this what you put into it.

5. Will this work for me? I’ve joined other programs and wasn’t able to stick with them long-term. How is this different?
Listen. No training program works unless YOU work. If you’re expecting From 0 – 13.1 to be a magic fix, you shouldn’t sign up. If you’re expecting this to be easy and quick, you shouldn’t sign up. I’ve spent an insane amount of hours creating this training program, but you can’t get results just by signing up and having access to it – you have to do the work. Success with this, as with anything, requires consistent, focused effort, and I’ve done my best to give you a plan that’s easy to follow, clear, and well-rounded. But it’s not a magic plan, and I’m not going to feed you a bunch of bullshit about how easy it’s going to be to run a half marathon, because it’s not. But, if you’re serious about this commitment and about investing in yourself and in this goal, then I have absolutely no doubt that you’ll be able to do it.

6. How is the training program content packaged? Do I have access to everything at once?
Yep! Once you purchase the program, you’ll be able to download it in its entirety, meaning that it’s yours to keep and come back to forever. Awesome, right?

7. What if I have questions about my training while I’m going through the program?
One of the very best parts of this program is the Bullshit-Free Running Club, a private Facebook group that’s available exclusively for program members. Joining and being active in that supportive, fun community is a great way to ask questions of fellow runners, and to get questions answered by me and Coach Ryan. So, even though you’ll be going at your own pace, you definitely aren’t alone!

My Guarantee:

If, after diligently following the program for Weeks 1-12 and being active in the Facebook community, you feel that it isn’t the right fit for you, just send me an email and your enrollment fee will be refunded, no questions asked.

I’m so excited for you to join this program, and I can’t wait to celebrate your half marathon victory!

One final note:
As you know, I’m not a running coach. I’m not a physical trainer or nutritionist. I’m just a regular girl who, after 26 years of being totally fucking lazy, decided to try and run around the block to see what would happen. I started running in May 2011 and created my entire training program from scratch. I spent 24 weeks training for my first half marathon, which I completed in Oct 2011, and then I completed another four half marathons between Oct 2011 and August 2012. In that time, I worked with a personal trainer, a running coach, and a sports masseuse, who have all helped me streamline my training. So, while I’m not an “expert,” I am indeed an “expert beginner,” and I know what it’s like to dream about finishing a half marathon while having absolutely no idea where to start.

If you’re a beginning runner, this program is probably a great fit for you. But, of course, everyone’s needs are different and there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all training program. (If there were, believe me, I wouldn’t be the first to create it!)

Below, you’ll find my legal disclaimer, but I consider this little preamble to be a “common sense disclaimer.” You know yourself much better than I do, and you know if starting a long-distance running program is a good fit for you. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor, and if you have a history of injuries, a chronic medical condition, or anything else that would prevent you from safely training for a 5K, 10K, and half marathon, then this program might not be the best match for your needs.

More than anything, I want to help my runners succeed, and part of success is knowing what’s right for you from the start. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a shout at nicole[at]lifelessbullshit[dot]com.

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The Legal Stuff:
All materials available on this website and in the upcoming training program From 0 – 13.1 are presented for information and educational purposes only. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.

While medical research concludes that it is generally not necessary to see a health care provider before beginning every-day physical activities that are of light or moderate intensity, I encourage you to talk with your health care provider about your health and exercise as part of your regular visits.

Nicole Antoinette and her respective agents, heirs, assigns, contractors, and employees shall not be liable for any claims, demands, damages, rights of action or causes of action, present or future, arising out of or connected to the use of any of the information contained in this Website and upcoming training program, including any injuries resulting therefrom.

Additionally, I caution you to know your limits – pain during exercise, especially chest pain, is a sign to stop, so resist any urge to power through it. Muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, racing heart, or breaking out in a cold sweat, are all warning signs to slow down. Beginners should expect some discomfort when just starting out, and some soreness, especially the day after vigorous exercise, should also be expected. However, if you experience any faintness, shortness of breath, pain, dizziness, or other discomfort at any time, stop immediately and obtain qualified medical advice and/or assistance.