Julie reflects back on a post she wrote 4 months ago, but never published, about dealing with changes to life post-baby and how they’ve changed yet again leading up to the present, with Paavo reaching the 9 month milestone.
Information I had a hard time finding pre-UTMB that I thought I’d pass along in case anyone else has the joy of either running or crewing at this race.
The short story: Not many vegan options besides what you can cook for yourself with ingredients from the grocery story, which is certainly a cheaper way to eat while in Chamonix and surrounding towns. We tried one vegan friendly place in Chamonix and liked it enough to repeat it.
We’ve been in the Chamonix Valley for weeks, Matt’s put in lots of training hours, and the race is finally just a few days away. How will it all unfold? Hopefully well, based on Matt’s preparations, which have been different from any ultra to date.
We wanted to share this race report from one of Matt’s runners, Daisy, who ran her second 50 miler this past month at the White River 50 in Washington. It’s so inspiring to read and sums up all the reasons why we run, an activity we’ve done for many years of our lives and which has influenced us greatly.
It’s a question people often want to ask but don’t: How do we do it? How to we pay for a travel lifestlye? It’s a subject near and dear to our hearts, that we talk about a lot, and think about constantly, and are happy to share with others.
We spent two days here just to check it out since we flew here to get to Chamonix and we were pleasantly surprised with the running opportunities.
We are 3 months into our baby abroad lifestyle, currently in the middle of a 2 month stay in France, and Julie finally had time to put together some thoughts about it, including both the good and not-so-good aspects.
One of the hurdles we’ve often encountered with traveling for long periods of time is what to do about receiving mail, and we’ve finally found a solution that we’re excited to share.
A look into what we’re carrying on this trip and how we’re trying to be as minimal as possible. While there’s still room for improvement, we’re happy with what we’re carrying so far and excited to update our kit after returning to the States in the Fall.
Matt’s story of how meeting a runner in Mexico turned into a weekend that included about 14 hours in a car, over 11 hours of running, and a rich experience worth every minute and every peso.
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What’s Coming Up
September 19 – September 26: Berlin, Germany. We’ll be seeing two of Matt’s running clients run the Berlin Marathon, so why not stay a whole week and check out the city?
September 26 – October 4: Croatia and Paris, France. We’ll be continuing travels with one of Matt’s runners from Berlin, and meeting up with other friends and runners for a stint in both Croatia and Paris.
October 5-6: Iceland – We took advantage of Iceland Air’s free stopover (up to one week!) and will be spending 2 nights in Iceland on our way back to the States. We’ll be driving a little bit of the ring road and will visit a few sites while there, renting a car to get around.
October 7-9: Toronto, Canada – Again taking advantage of where Iceland Air flew, as it was the cheapest airfare by far getting back to the States from Paris, and we’ll be spending two days in Toronto with Matt’s parents, as they’ll drive up from Findlay to come pick us up and spend time in the city before returning to Ohio.
October 9-November 2: Ohio! We’ll be splitting our time between Findlay and Cincinnati to see family and friends and to celebrate Paavo’s first Halloween! Costume suggestions welcome!
Julie’s first post-baby marathon in Columbus, Ohio. She’s not hoping for any blazing times, but is happy to be getting back in shape and this race fits perfectly into our plans in Ohio.
This will be Matt’s first time running this race, and will mark our return to the States from our time abroad. We’re also hoping we can visit friends and family in NYC along the way.
Going with the theme of traveling where the running takes us, Matt will be running the North Face 50 just outside of the city as we approach Paavo’s first birthday!
February 4 and 11, 2017: First Matt will be tackling the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile race in Hunstville, TX on the 4th, then the following weekend Julie is running the 50 mile race in the same location. We love this race and have been to it multiple times, and are always excited to return.
This race has always been on our wish list to run and Matt was able to get in through the semi-elite lottery. This will be our first time traveling to Japan (other than a layover).
Julie’s first post-baby 100! She and Matt’s brother Jeff will be running this flat(ish), fast 100 miler in Raleigh, NC, near family. The Urbanski showing should be a good one.