img_20160908_134750484Magic Hair and Dad Lessons

Matt shares his Dad lessons that he’s learned in order to help him be a better dad and in helping him put Paavo to sleep, which includes a little magic from his curly, ever-growing hair.

ml100-9Must be Present to Win: Mountain Lakes 100

A guest post from one of Matt’s runners and one of our good friends, Daisy, about her first 100 mile race this past September. It’s inspiring, informative, funny, touching, and most of all it makes us happy and proud to be runners and to be part of such a great group of people that take part in these crazy ultras. Thank you Daisy for sharing this with us!

img_20160729_095551264Letting Go of My Former Self

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.

img_20160828_154810516Crewing for UTMB

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.

IMG_20160722_130828339Vegan in Chamonix Valley

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.

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_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_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?

Our work, life, and travel connections:

Urbanski Coaching

Free $33 credit on Airbnb

Free Ride on Uber

Traveling Mailbox

Free Lotus Crib Sheet with Guava Family

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What’s Coming Up

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!

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!

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.

February 22 – March 21, Japan: We’ll be in Tokyo for the marathon and figured that if we’re going to spend a chunk of change on airfare, we may as well make it worth the trip. We don’t have the details hammered out yet, but plan on moving around a little bit within Japan to check out a few places that friends and family have recommended.

February 26, 2017, Tokyo Marathon

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).

April 1, 2017, Umstead 100 (Raleigh, NC)

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.

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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