"Having an online community of likeminded women, along with access to guided workouts, monthly challenges and planned races helps keep me on track and accountable with my fitness goals... GritChicks is uplifting female empowerment, through movement and connectivity, at it’s finest! "
- Kelsey J, TEAM GritChicks TEAMmate
TEAM GritChicks Half Marathon Training Group starts July 30!
See details below
A SAFE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY FOR SHARING & FINDING SUPPORT IN RUNNING & IN LIFE
At TEAM GritChicks, we believe ALL women have the ability to work to achieve their goals, in running AND in life.
Founded by Jen Labesky (@jenlarun), TEAM GritChicks is a non-competitive community of women connecting via our private app to support one another as we train to be the most powerful versions of ourselves. Together we provide accountability, training support, friendship, and a positive environment full of empowering women where you're accepted just as you are!
Our private app is a safe, supportive place to share and ask questions we might not feel comfortable asking in the public eye of social media. We are family, and together we are unstoppable!
Whether you're training for a specific race, training to join us at one of our selected team races, or simply training for life, this is YOUR team.
team member benefits
Scroll down for more detailed info on each benefit!
Private TEAM GritChicks App
No social media required! Available in the App Store & Google Play!
Race with us together... apart & earn your TEAM finisher's sticker!
Join us at select races throughout the United States! (optional)
TEAM GritChicks apparel available only to active TEAMmates!
From fitness to self-care! Challenges to empower... with prizes!*
Get expert advice on training, nutrition, yoga and more!
Plans & Groups
Free basic 5K and half marathon training plans & training groups!
Discounts on GritChicks apparel and Retreats & from our sponsors below!
Custom monthly training plans or private coaching option!
"This group came into my life when I needed it the most. I move around a lot so it isn't easy to make friends. All of the women I know in this community, I get to call my friends. Even though there may be distances, they have my back always."
- Chelsey B, TEAM GritChicks TEAMmate
team member benefits
As a member of Team GritChicks, you receive all of the following:
Exclusive access to TEAM GritChicks TEAM apparel
REP YOUR TEAM IN STYLE!
Exclusive access to TEAM GritChicks apparel! Only available to active TEAMmates - new TEAM apparel available for purchase twice a year!
Whether you race in person with us or in your hometown, represent YOUR team with pride!
Our own Private Team GritChicks community APP FOR IPHONE AND ANDROID
No social media required!
Through unlimited access to our private community app, you can connect with like-spirited women to share goals, support, setbacks, achievements, progress photos, inspiration and more!
In this community all TEAMmates are invited to get to know, share and support each other. Much like our retreats, our forum is a place where lifelong friendships with women from all over the world are formed.
This is a place for YOU to be YOU. A place where we all feel safe to share honestly and ask questions we might not feel comfortable asking in the spotlight of social media.
The GritChicks app is available through the App Store and Google Play Store.
TEAM Training Groups
New training groups begin every few months, ranging from Jen's popular "Need for Speed" program to her half marathon training plan & more! Train together with your TEAMmates for accountability, support, a place to ask questions & stay motivated through the highs and lows together!
TEAM GritChicks Half Marathon Training Group starts July 30!Training groups are free to all TEAM GritChicks TEAMmates ! Join the TEAM today & email Jen to get on the waitlist for the 13.1 group so you don't miss it!
For all training groups, Jen will provide "effort-based" training plans for everyone to follow. If you want a plan customized to your exact fitness level, paces, race, terrain, goal time, etc. you have the option to upgrade to a monthly custom plan or 1:1 coaching with Coach Ann or Coach Jen while still training with the group for fun, support and accountability.
MONTHLY CHALLENGES WITH PRIZES*
Each month we tackle a new challenge, from running challenges to self-care, every challenge is focused on empowering ourselves and having fun! Prize sponsors include Go_Guarded, Zensah, LMNT, Baybands, PonyFlo & more! (in addition to awesome GritChicks prizes!!)
Free basic training plans
Free basic, effort-based Beginner & Intermediate 5K and half-marathon training plans created by RRCA Level I certified running coach Jen Labesky @jenlarun with the option to upgrade to a custom monthly plan or 1:1 coaching!
(For ultramarathon distances or ladies who are aiming for a PR at any distance, we firmly believe a training plan customized to your exact goals, race profile, terrain, potential injury history, life stressors, etc. is critical, so for these scenarios we recommend the custom monthly plan or 1:1 coaching)
TEAM ZOOM WORKSHOPS
Exclusive TEAMmate-only live workshops via Zoom with guest experts on topics such as nutrition for female athletes, "ask a coach" sessions for training questions, goal planning, strength training, physical therapy, live yoga sessions & more! All TEAMmates are invited to the live Zoom calls, and most workshops are recorded if you can't make it live!
exclusive team gritchicks virtual races
FREE with your team membership, join your team a few times a year to race virtually!
Private Team GritChicks Club on Strava
All TEAM GritChicks TEAMmates have the option of joining our TEAMmate-only club on Strava.
(optional) EXCLUSIVE INVITATIONS TO RACE MEET-UPS
Train with us throughout the year and race with us in awesome locations throughout the United States! We choose races that offer various distances, so you can find a distance to train for that feels right to you! We will share our training together in the online team community, then meet up at the race destination for pre- and post-race strategizing and fun!
Our last race meet-up in Vegas was a blast! Next up is Wawayanda Trail Fest in New Jersey in October 2023!
TEAM GritChicks TEAMmates receive a private discount code for 15% off all GritChicks apparel and $100 off GritChicks Retreats! Our next retreat is in Jaco, Costa Rica in January 2024!
TEAMmates also receive exclusive discounts from many of our sponsors!
(optional) custom training planS or online private coaching AVAILABLE!
TEAM GritChicks membership is free for all coaching & custom training plan athletes. Click here for more info on coaching.
For ladies who don't currently have a coach but would like more customized support in their training, TEAM GritChicks athletes can add private coaching or custom training plans with either Ann Scholl or Jen Labesky. Read more about our coaches here.
The custom training plan option blends perfectly with our online community for support with questions, setbacks and celebrations!
And if you want even more structured support, Ann and Jen offer one-on-one private coaching with TEAM membership as well. (Limited 1:1 coaching spots available)
To learn about Ann & Jen's background & coaching and to read more about run coaching options, click here.
ALL paces and experience levels are welcome on TEAM GritChicks!
We have ladies on the team who are just discovering running,
ladies who have been running all their lives, and everywhere in between!
We'd love to have you on our TEAM!
*Prizes include free shipping to United States addresses. Shipping outside the US might involve a shipping cost to the winner of the prize (depending on cost).
Ways YOU CaN join Team GritChickS®️
TEAM GritChicks has three monthly membership options available, depending on your needs!
(If you are interested in a custom training plan or 1:1 coaching, you can change membership types at your monthly renewal date. For instance, if you want to add coaching for a few months for an upcoming race, then take a break from coaching here and there but stay on the TEAM, you can do that!)
BASIC TEAM GRITCHICKS MEMBERSHIP without a training plan or coaching is $14 per month.
MONTHLY CUSTOM TRAINING PLAN created just for you by Jen or Ann is $75 per month. TEAM GritChicks membership is free for custom training plan athletes.
PRIVATE 1:1 ONLINE COACHING with Jen or Ann is $175 per month. TEAM GritChicks membership is free for private coaching athletes. *Jen's 1:1 spots are currently full, but Ann has a few spots, and both Jen & Ann are available for custom training plans!
For more information on run coaching options, click here.
Please read team guidelines & code of conduct here before joining.
"We may live far apart but our community is knit together and able to share stories, smiles, struggles and accomplishments. We all of course, share our great love of running so it is easy to build such great camaraderie."
- Ruthie L, TEAM GritChicks TEAMmate
If you have an ultramarathon in your future, we invite you to work with TEAM GritChicks Coach Ann!
An ELEVEN time 100 mile finisher with over 100 marathons and 24 ultras over 50 miles under her belt, Ann brings priceless knowledge and experience to the athletes she coaches. Ann is a Certified Ultra Coach through United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy, trail race director, and joyful runner!
"Great online running community for women! A wonderful place for encouragement, engagement and camaraderie from other goal oriented runners!"
- Jen O, TEAM GritChicks TEAMmate
DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERIENCED RUNNER TO JOIN?
All experience levels are welcome on TEAM Grit Chicks.
Fast, slow, ultrarunner or beginner, if you want to run, you're a runner on our team!
WHAT IF I HAVE MY OWN COACH?
Our TEAM community is open to all women, regardless of your coaching arrangement.
HOW DO I CHANGE MY MEMBERSHIP TYPE?
(i.e. adding or subtracting Custom Plan or 1:1 Coaching
In order to change membership type, we recommend waiting until a day or two before your renewal, then cancel and repurchase the desired plan right after. This will allow you to maintain your profile, badges, post history, etc.
If you have any questions about this, send us an email and we'll walk you through it!
WHAT IF I EVER NEED TO CANCEL MY TEAM MEMBERSHIP?
You can cancel at any time, however the current month you are in when you cancel is not refundable.