Freeze My Ass Off Winter Run Challenge

Sun December 3 - Wed February 28, 2024 Crystal Lake, IL 60014 US


Staying consistent is key to good health. This run challenge is intended to maintain or build your fitness through the winter to be ready for Spring Race training season.

Challenge distance options:  200 mile, 300 mile, 400 mile, 500 mile and 600 mile

The Freeze My Ass Off Challenge is a FUN way to earn a BELT BUCKLE and achieve FITNESS success! 

The winter challenge includes a basic base training plan. The goals of basic base training are: 

● Develop or build on endurance 

● Develop or build on aerobic fitness 

● Develop or build on cardiovascular and muscle endurance 

● Develop or build on strength 

● Building or rebuilding a foundation 

The plan is laid out in a few phases: 

● Mileage Base Phase 

○ Building easy miles 

● Workout Base Phase 

○ Building leg speed and form (strides) 

○ Maximizing aerobic efficiency (steady state runs) 

○ Testing your aerobic capacity (time trials) 

○ Mental strength (building the long run, steady state and time trials) 

Following base training you would move into the next training phases to prepare you for your event: Preparation, Peak and Taper Phases. 

The plan is designed for a steady progression to keep you injury free and get you ready for your next training phase! The plan is optional for you to use. You can just choose a distance and follow your own plan too! 


If you are looking for a fully custom plan please visit TrailRun.Coach. Many talented coaches are available. 


Your Run Challenge entry includes:

  • 10 week training plan to get you ready for Spring Races. You can get your mileage inside, on trails or outside. Treadmill miles count.

  • The ability to keep track of your miles on Runsignup

  • Strength Training Plan.

  • Freeze Your Ass Off Finisher Buckle 


Training Plan wrote by qualified Coach from OMR Trailhead Coaching:

  • Coach Loretta Tobolske-Horn. She is certified running coach and an accomplished runner of all distances. To learn more about Loretta read her bio here: Loretta Bio

  • If you would like a custom training plan visit TrailRun.Coach 


*****We email you a plan after you register. If you do not see it please email either or*****






Meet your Coach



Finisher Buckle mailing schedule

Challenge Race Swag will mail out March 1st, 2024. 

Note: Make sure you have entered your correct mailing address. If you have the wrong address entered it may not be returned to us. If it is, we will reach out to you for the correct address. You will need to pay for the second shipping.




Training Challenge Contact Info

If you have any questions about this Training Challenge, please contact the Training Challenge director at

Training Challenge Website

Additional Training Challenge information can be found at


824 South Main St
Unit 102
Crystal Lake, IL US 60014


1. Contact us to request transfer to future event

2. Remove your registration from this event. If you do not remove registration we will ship you your race swag.


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