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Trail Running for busy athletes- by Dylan Bowman

Don't have much time to train? Find it hard to balance work, family, friends and running? Great news: Dylan's designed a training plan specifically for busy trail runners like you.

12 week program

Receive a daily training plan that auto-adapts to your needs–designed by Dylan Bowman, and specifically made for busy athletes.

Get specific core, strength and stretching tips and routines–hand-picked by Dylan.

Exclusive tips and videos

Enroll today and start receiving a weekly series of inspiring and informative tips + videos to motivate and support you throughout your training process.

Learn from the experience and personal advice from one of the best trail runners in the world. 

Test this program for 7 days for free​

$25/month for access to all our training programs, including Dylan's

or

$105 for Dylan's 12-week plan

TRAINING PLAN OVERVIEW

Weekly training hours

Including your core + jumps + strength + cross training sessions

Long run progression

Steady runs +tempo runs + Vo2 max workouts + pyramidal intensity sessions

Training dashboard

Feedback and training review 2x per week from your Vert coach

Workout sample

Each workout hand-designed by Dylan

Test this program for 7 days for free

$25/month for access to all our training programs, including Dylan's

Or

$105 for Dylan's 12-week plan

12 week plan

Receive a daily training plan that auto-adapts to your needs–designed by Dylan Bowman, and specifically made for busy athletes.

Get specific core, strength and stretching tips and routines–hand-picked by Dylan.

Exclusive tips and videos.

Enroll today and start receiving a weekly series of inspiring and informative tips + videos from Dylan to motivate and support you throughout your training process.

Learn from the experience and personal advice from one of the best trail runners in the world.

About Dylan:

Dylan Bowman is a professional trail and ultra runner for The North Face and Redbull.

As a late bloomer to the sport who never burnt out in his 20’s, Dylan still looks at running with a fresh perspective. He’s up for “fun” challenges, like the Red Bull 400 (a 400-meter sprint up an Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah) and setting an FKT record on California’s Lost Coast Trail, a remote 57-mile stretch of rugged shoreline.

Dylan runs between 80 and 120 miles per week and incorporates cycling, strength training and ski touring into his training program.

The former Marin County, California resident recently moved to Portland, OR with his wife, Harmony, and their two pups, Milly and Leif.

  • Two-time winner of Tarawera 100k, 2015, 2018 
  • Two-time winner of Ultra Trail Mount Fuji, 2016, 2018 
  • 2nd, TDS 120k, 2018 
  • 7th, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, 2017 
  • 1st, 100 Miles of Istria, 2017 
  • 3rd, Way Too Cool, 2016
  • 3rd, USATF 50k Championship, 2016 
  • 2nd, TNF 50 mile championship, 2015
  • 1st, TNF 100k Australia, 2015

Other athletes love our training plans.

“You can absolutely use what I said I hope it helps more people find these plans. They just make so much more sense than the standard road running plans and also prices are much more reasonable than a lot of the other coaching sites.”
Ashlee Harnedy
OCR racer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Once you’ve received your training plan, you’ll be able to review your first week in detail. This will help you understand the general structure that we’ll follow in your training plan. Every week has the same structure (for example, all your long runs will be scheduled on Saturdays.) If the training structure doesn’t fit your schedule, no worries. Send us an email to explore@vert.run with a detailed description of the changes that you would like to make. Our coaches will review and implement those changes for you. Remember that this is a “one per month option” (meaning that you can request any number of changes at once, but you can only do so once a month) so be thoughtful about the changes you decide to make.

Sure you can. Just be sure that you still have the energy and motivation to complete your trail running workouts, too. A good rule of thumb is: add extra workouts when you find yourself having both extra time and energy. And remember to always focus on quality over quantity, no matter what type of workout you’re doing.

If you’re a monthly subscriber, yes! You can switch between training plans however you’d like. Just go to your dashboard and choose the “change or restart plan” option. This will take you to your training plan menu. Of course, we do recommend that you finish a training plan once you’ve started it (unless you find it to be way to difficult or easy), since they’re designed to build your fitness over weeks. When you leave a training plan in the middle, you’ll miss key workouts; and when you start a new plan, you’ll start it from the beginning. This is to make sure that you train safely and responsibly, and that the skills you develop are built to last. We encourage you to stick out each plan, challenge yourself in a race or other personal challenge, and then to start a new plan with fresh legs.

When you first pay for your subscription, you’ll receive an invoice to the email address that you provided during the sign-up process. At the bottom of that email, there’s a message that says: “view payments, update payments or manage your account in your customer portal. Log into your account now.”  So just click there, and cancel your subscription. If it’s confusing or if you’d prefer we take care of it manually, please write us directly to team@vert.run and we’ll do it for you. 

We always recommend that you stick pretty closely to the time, intensity and details of your training plan’s workouts. We strongly believe that “more does not equal better,” and that quality is definitely more important than quantity when it comes to trying to progress as a trail runner. 

It’s important to create consistency in your everyday training. It’s way better to go for consistent, short runs over consecutive days than to have one big, long day and be tired the rest of the week. In any case, feel free to add some additional easy jogs throughout your weeks if you’d like to. If you do extend the duration of your runs, don’t go over 20% extra…and always make sure that you’re doing so for the right reasons, and not just to “do more.”

If you’re on our desktop site, you can find all your routines to the bottom right of your training plan (or in the top menu of your dashboard.) If you’re viewing from your phone, your routines are in the top right menu. Plus, here are the three routines just to make things a little easier: Core for trail running , Strength for trail running, Jumps for trail running.

We really want to hear from you, and are here to answer any questions you have. So feel free to write us to explore@vert.run, and one of our coaches will get back to you within 48 hours or fewer.

Your training plan has been designed by a team of coaches and professional trail runners with nearly a decade of experience competing in trail and ultra races. It’s important to be clear that not all of our coaches are certified as coaches or nutritionists, and that a big part of our knowledge comes from our own extensive experience as professional runners and workouts that we ourselves have tested and found useful.

We really want to hear from you, and are here to answer any questions you have. So feel free to write us to explore@vert.run, and one of our coaches will get back to you within 48 hours or fewer.

First of all, if this is the case, we’re so sorry to hear that you’re injured! We’ve been there too, and it’s not the most fun. Unfortunately, injury is a possibility due to the albeit small risk associated with trail running. The first step is to shoot us a message and let us know what your injury is so that we can: 1. make sure you’re seeing a professional if you’re able to, and 2. adjust your training plan accordingly. We can pause your training plan for up to one month in order to give you time to recover correctly. Then, when you’re ready to start training again, we’ll first assign you a “back to running” training block of four weeks. This block is designed to avoid overexerting yourself after an injury and to help make sure that it doesn’t return. Then, you’ll be ready to get back at it with a strong base.

This option is not currently available. But you can learn more about Dylan by listening to his podcast The Well.