UTMB 2016 Preparations

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.

Why we Run

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.

IMG_20160717_132503106How we Finance our Lifestyle

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.

IMG_20160705_173428829Running in Geneva

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.

IMG_20160717_141524285Pros and Cons of Baby Abroad

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.

IMG_0416Review: Traveling Mailbox

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.

paavo clothesBaby Abroad Travel Gear

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.

IMG_20160702_130840556Running in Madrid

We were only there for 3 days/2 nights, and it was 99 degrees (!) outside, but Matt managed to get in over 25 miles in that time, including one exploratory city run.

IMG_20160630_121750500Running in Cancun

We spent a few days in the Hotel Zone before heading over to Europe and basically had one decision for every run: do we go left, or do we go right?

danielsBook Review: Daniels’ Running Formula

Matt’s getting back into reading and was particularly interested in reading this edition of one of his favorite books, especially being a running coach himself, so he wrote down his thoughts and impressions.

IMG_20160618_172920950How an Ultra Happens on a Whim

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.

Hi! We are Matt, Julie and Paavo Urbanski, a family that loves to travel, run, hike, and explore our surroundings as we make new friends along the way.

Where are we now? Les Houches, France

Where are we now?
Les Houches, France, training for UTMB

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What’s Coming Up

July 6 – September 3: France! Spending the majority of our time in the town of Les Houches, right on the UTMB race course, so Matt can get lots of good training in while we’re there. We’ll spend some time in another town in France after the race as well.

August 26th, Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc

We’re heading to Chamonix, France for this iconic 100 mile race that tours the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. Paavo is going international!

September 3 – September 11: Athens, Greece. In an effort to see as much of Europe as possible while we’re over there in a cheap way, flights were cheapest from Geneva to Greece, so why not?

September 11 – September 19: Bucharest, Romania. We need to leave the Schengen Zone for a few days so we don’t go over our 90 day tourist visa in Europe, and again, going with the theme of cheap flights and cool places to see, this place fit!

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 7: 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.

November 6, New York City Marathon

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.

December 3, The North Face 50 in San Francisco

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!

Running Connections

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