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. 

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

or

$105 for Dylan's 12-week plan

Start training now

$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

What our trail runners have to say about our Explore Plans:

"Training with the Explore Plan really made me get it: when you follow a training plan, that’s when you see results. You hear that everywhere, but it’s totally different when you experience it yourself. I saw improvements in my speed, recovered better and felt better all-around."

Eduardo Aros

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No matter if you live in a sprawling city or in the middle of the mountains, you can train for your next 50k race with Hillary’s Allen training plan. Receive weekly tips and follow your training plan—designed by Hillary—and learn from the experience and personal advice from one of the best trail runners in the world.

Do you live in a city, but dream about running a trail running race? Or maybe you don’t have daily access to trails or hills to train? We’ve got good news: you don’t need to live in the mountains to be prepared for a trail race. We’ve designed a specific training plan to get you ready for a mountain half marathon--no matter where you live.

You don’t have to run every day to train for your next trail half marathon. At Vert.run, we believe in quality and consistency--not in overtraining. To train for your 21k, you can run as little as four times per week. In this plan, we optimize each hour of training and focus on frequency and consistency to help you arrive well-prepared to the start line...without adding an extra element of stress to your life balance.

Do you live in a city, but dream about running a trail running race? Or maybe you don’t have daily access to trails or hills to train? We’ve got good news: you don’t need to live in the mountains to be prepared for a trail race. We’ve designed a specific training plan to get you ready for a mountain 32k--no matter where you live. 

You don’t have to run every day to train for your next trail half marathon. At Vert.run, we believe in quality and consistency--not in overtraining. To train for your 32k, you can run as little as four times per week. In this plan, we optimize each hour of training and focus on frequency and consistency to help you arrive well-prepared to the start line...without adding an extra element of stress to your life balance.

Want to run uphill faster in the mountains? Be able to keep up your pace during long races?  We’ve designed a specific training plan to build your uphill strength and speed--while also increasing your endurance. Get ready to run longer and feel stronger.

Thinking about running a trail race, but don’t know where to start? We’ve been there too--that’s why we made this specific training plan for first-time trail racers. You bring the motivation, and we’ll take care of the rest. In this plan, we’ll help you build your base skills--endurance, speed and uphill--which are the tools you need to complete and enjoy every mile of your first trail race.

Thinking about running a trail race, but don’t know where to start? We’ve been there too--that’s why we made this specific training plan for first-time trail racers. You bring the motivation, and we’ll take care of the rest. In this plan, we’ll help you build your base skills--endurance, speed and uphill--which are the tools you need to complete and enjoy every mile of your first trail race.

Want to run a trail race, but aren’t sure you can because you live in a flat place? Think again! We’ve designed this specific training plan for you, which builds the skills you’ll need to run and enjoy your first trail race--even as you train in a flat area. You bring the motivation, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Want to run a trail race, but aren’t sure you can because you live in a flat place? Think again! We’ve designed this specific training plan for you, which builds the skills you’ll need to run and enjoy your first trail race--even as you train in a flat area. You bring the motivation, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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. 

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