train for a 50k - by Hillary Allen

No matter if you live in a huge city or in the middle of the mountains, you can train for your next 50k race with Hillary’s Allen training plan.

12 week plan

Receive a daily training plan that’s matched to your needs–designed by Hillary herself.

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

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

Exclusive tips and videos

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

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12 week plan

Receive a weekly training plan that’s matched to your needs–designed by Hillary herself.

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

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

Exclusive tips and videos.

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

About Hillary:

Hillary Allen is a professional trail runner who runs for The North Face.

Even though she comes from an athletic background--she played tennis in high school and college--Hillary didn't start trail running until graduate school. She was living in Denver at the time, and started to trail run as a way to clear her head during her neuroscience studies. One of the coolest things about Hillary's rise to success in the trail running world is that she actually had her first breakout season while living and training in Denver--a big city, where she didn't have daily access to trails at all. Hillary clicked immediately with the sport and its community, and started to podium in competitive, long-distance races. Hillary was the U.S. Skyrunning Ultra Champion in 2014; she also set course records at the Speedgoat 50k and The North Face Cortina Trail Path 48k.

In 2017, Hillary had a near-fatal fall from a ridge during a race in Norway. After a grueling recovery that required immense mental and physical strength, Hillary went on to place second in the Broken Arrow Vertical Kilometer race in Lake Tahoe--just 11 months after her injury. She then raced a 52k race the next day, and one week later, she won a mountain race in the Dolomites. Despite her recovery, she still feels pain from the injury in her right foot and has to deal with a limited range so far--but with Hillary's mental and physical strength, anything is possible.

Join Hillary as she shares her training knowledge--for both your body and mind--throughout her 50k training plan. Train for your first 50k with Hillary Allen: one of the best trail runners in the world. "

  • 2nd in the World Sky Running Ultra rankings 2017
  • Course record, Maderia Skyrace 2017
  • Transvulcania 3rd place 2017
  • USA Mountain Running Team 2016
  • 3rd place, Ultra Skyrunning World Series 2016
  • Course record, TNF Cortina Trail 2016
  • US Sky Running Ultra Champion 2015
  • Course record, Speedgoat 50k 2015

What our trail runners are saying

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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Explore Plan

CHOOSE YOUR #EXPLORE TRAINING PLAN

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.

Yeah, sure you can. Just head over to CTS training and schedule an appointment to start training with Hillary Allen. 

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