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.

Living in Mexico City

Our impressions of Mexico City, including our favorite aspects, least favorite aspects, thoughts about safety, weather…everything we had looked for before going to live there for 6 weeks.

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.

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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, getting ready for UTMB

Our work, life, and travel connections:

Urbanski Coaching

Free $20 credit on Airbnb

Free Ride on Uber

Traveling Mailbox

Free Lotus Crib Sheet with Guava Family

Our books on Amazon:


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

logosmallUrbanski Coaching: Reaching runners’ potential on the road, the track, and the trails.

7Hills_Seven_logoMatt is racing for Team 7 Hills, part of the Seven Hills Running Shop.

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