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Technical Mountain Running - by Pascal Egli

Run up steep climbs and fly down technical, rocky decents with this plan designed by Pascal Egli: a Vice World Champion in Long Distance Mountain running.

6-week program

Receive a daily training plan that auto-adapts to your needs–hand-designed by Pascal Egli, and specifically made to develop mountain running skills.

Plus, you’ll receive feedback from our coaches 2x per week in your Vert.run training dashboard.

Exclusive tips and videos

Enroll today and start receiving a weekly series of valuable tips + videos from Pascal to motivate and guide you throughout your training process.

Learn from the experiences and personal advice from one of the best mountain runners in the world.

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6-week plan

Receive a daily training plan that auto-adapts to your needs–hand-designed by Pascal Egli, and specifically made to develop mountain running skills.

Plus, you’ll receive our coaches support twice a week on your Vert.run training dashboard.

Exclusive tips and videos.

Enroll today and start receiving a weekly series of valuable tips + videos from Pascal to motivate and guide you throughout your training process.

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

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Meet Pascal:

Taking care of our planet has always been very important to me. I rarely eat meat and I don’t own a car. But, in contradiction to that, I have travelled a lot in recent years to discover new mountain ranges, go to scientific conferences and race in places like the chinese Himalayas, Ecuador, Japan, the US, the russian Caucasus and Europe (Alps/Pyrenees/Norway).

I consider myself a ‘Skyrunner’ and ‘mountain runner’: I like both steep and fast vertical races and skyraces going up to 42 km (with vertical gain up to 4000 m d+), and I prefer technical races.

My sports and training philosophy is that you really have to love what you do in order to succeed in it!

I am a mountain person, but also keen on discovering new languages and cultures – I speak & write 6 languages.

Sports have always been part of my life. When I started training for mountain running at the age of 12, my motivation was mainly to be able to climb more and higher mountains. I soon started leading climbing and skitouring trips for the Swiss Alpine Club, but I also continued on my ‘academic’ pathway, all while running regional and international mountain running races.

Currently I am a PhD candidate and assistant at Lausanne University in Switzerland where we study subglacial channels with geophysical methods.

A few of Pascal’s great results:

  • Winner of the Skyrunner World Series (Sky Classic) title 2018
  • Vice World Champion in Long Distance Mountain running (WMRA), 2017
  • Winner of Transvulcania Vertical KM 2018
  • Winner of “The Rut” Skyrace 2018 in Montana/US (World Series)
  • Win & course record at ResegUp Skyrace 2016. 
  • 3rd at Mt. Elbrus Skyrace (5640 m), Russia 2016
  • Junior Swiss Champion in Mountain Running (2007)

Meet Pascal:

I am a mountain person, but also keen on discovering new languages and cultures – I speak & write 6 languages.

Sports have always been part of my life. When I started training for mountain running at the age of 12, my motivation was mainly to be able to climb more and higher mountains. I soon started leading climbing and skitouring trips for the Swiss Alpine Club, but I also continued on my ‘academic’ pathway, all while running regional and international mountain running races.

Currently I am a PhD candidate and assistant at Lausanne University in Switzerland where we study subglacial channels with geophysical methods.

Taking care of our planet has always been very important to me. I rarely eat meat and I don’t own a car. But, in contradiction to that, I have travelled a lot in recent years to discover new mountain ranges, go to scientific conferences and race in places like the chinese Himalayas, Ecuador, Japan, the US, the russian Caucasus and Europe (Alps/Pyrenees/Norway).

I consider myself a ‘Skyrunner’ and ‘mountain runner’: I like both steep and fast vertical races and skyraces going up to 42 km (with vertical gain up to 4000 m d+), and I prefer technical races.

My sports and training philosophy is that you really have to love what you do in order to succeed in it!

A few of  Pascal’s best results:

  • Winner of the Skyrunner World Series (Sky Classic) title 2018
  • Vice World Champion in Long Distance Mountain running (WMRA), 2017
  • Winner of Transvulcania Vertical KM 2018
  • Winner of “The Rut” Skyrace 2018 in Montana/US (World Series)
  • Win & course record at ResegUp Skyrace 2016. 
  • 3rd at Mt. Elbrus Skyrace (5640 m), Russia 2016
  • Junior Swiss Champion in Mountain Running (2007)

TRAINING PLAN OVERVIEW

Weekly training hours

Including your core + strength + cross training sessions

Long run progression

Vo2 Max workouts + hill repeats + technical downhill workouts + cross training workouts (bike)

TRAINING PLAN OVERVIEW

Weekly training hours

Including your core + Strength + cross training sessions

Long run progression

Vo2 Max workouts + Hills repeats + Technical downhill workouts + cross training workout (bike)

Training dashboard

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

Workout sample

Each workout hand-designed by Pascal

Other athletes love our training plans.

"I was trying to find a plan for my first 50k. Everything I was finding was geared towards road runners and marathons which didn’t really fit what I need. I did some google searching on 50k trail plans and the plans on your site made the most sense with me doing an OCR/trail 50k. I can say having my first ocr race of the year and crushing it after a few weeks of training with this plan I can’t wait for my next few races and the ultra to see just how much more I can improve."
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.