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Back to the Trails - by Vlad Ixel

Coming off COVID stay-at-home? Want to run stronger and faster? Get mountain strong and stay injury free--all year long--with this 4-week plan.

4-week program

Vlad’s hand made workout wi’ll cover:

  • Uphill + downhill reinforcement.
  • Stability, core, leg + ankle strength.
  • Speed work, tempo + long runs.

Exclusive tips and videos

Enroll today and start receiving a weekly series of inspiring, gold mine of tips + videos from Vlad to motivate and support you throughout your training process.

Build the base you need to tackle the trails and achieve all your 2020 goals–injury-free.

Become a stronger trail runner. Test this program for 7 days--for free.

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

Test this program for 7 days for free​

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

4-week plan

Receive a daily training plan that auto-adapts to your needs–hand-designed by Vlad Ixel. 

Follow his video guided workouts to build your core, legs, knee, hips strength and stretching/Yoga tips.

Exclusive tips and videos.

Enroll today and start receiving a weekly series of inspiring, gold mine tips + videos from Vlad to motivate and support you throughout your training process.

Build the base that you’ll need to tackle the trails and achieve all your 2020 goals.

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Meet Vlad:

“At 14, I moved with my parents to Perth, Australia. Settling into high school in what was then a foreign country had a sort of isolating effect on me for a while. I was, by any definition, a loner. Sport provided me with the means by which to integrate a little better and to socialize a little more. I picked up a tennis racquet for the first time when I was 14; I learnt to like it, I learnt to play. I progressed quickly, and soon after my inception into the sport I was rated among the State’s top juniors. Just as I had had a quick ascension through the ranks, the descent matched. I quit tennis after my 17th birthday following a few unsuccessful international tournaments.”

I was born in the coastal city of Odessa, Ukraine on the 25th of June 1987. A short time after my 4th birthday my family and I moved to Haifa, Israel. My earliest memories of Haifa tell me that most of my time was spent outdoors; playing soccer in parking lots, playing tag on the road, racing my pals up and down the street, and seeking out other forms of activity considered fun. Whatever the activity, what made it fun, or at any rate, worthwhile, was the competition. While the streets of Haifa satiated my daily desire to compete, long hikes through Israel’s hills and mountains and nature trails with my father provide the backdrop to my most fond childhood memories.”

“With the exception of pretty regular visits to the gym and the sporadic soccer game, this started an 8-year hiatus from sport. After finishing high school I spent a few years traveling and working and partying before getting ‘unsettled’ into study. I definitely didn’t settle into study, but I studied. On the back of what might be considered a 9-month holiday (in Europe and around Australia) I returned to Perth tired; tired from the lifestyle I was living. The idea of completing a marathon offered a contrary lifestyle, and the Perth marathon was several weeks away. Following a pretty haphazard training regime for several weeks somehow provided me with enough endurance to complete the marathon.”

“In pursuit of happiness, I raced my second marathon just a few weeks later. Shortly after completing that race I decided to take on the Atacama Crossing, a 250 km self-supported stage race across Chile’s Atacama Desert. After finishing in 2nd place, my passion for ultra running was enlivened. Before I knew it, I was flying around the world and racing in some of the most amazing locations around the globe.

Today I’m a full-time athlete for The North Face team and an online marathon/ ultra marathon / trail running coach. I spend my time between Australia, Hong Kong and Europe racing and training on some of the most amazing trails in the world.”

A few of Vlad’s awesome results:

  • 1st place The North Face 100km Hong Kong
  • 1st place The North Face 100km Thailand
  • 1st place The North face 100km Singapore
  • 3rd place Hong Kong 100

Meet Vlad:

I was born in the coastal city of Odessa, Ukraine on the 25th of June 1987. A short time after my 4th birthday my family and I moved to Haifa, Israel. My earliest memories of Haifa tell me that most of my time was spent outdoors; playing soccer in parking lots, playing tag on the road, racing my pals up and down the street, and seeking out other forms of activity considered fun. Whatever the activity, what made it fun, or at any rate, worthwhile, was the competition. While the streets of Haifa satiated my daily desire to compete, long hikes through Israel’s hills and mountains and nature trails with my father provide the backdrop to my most fond childhood memories.

At 14 I moved with my parents to Perth, Australia. Settling into high school in what was then a foreign country had a sort of isolating effect on me for a while. I was, by any definition, a loner. Sport provided me with the means by which to integrate a little better and to socialize a little more. I picked up a tennis racquet for the first time when I was 14; I learnt to like it, I learnt to play. I progressed quickly, and soon after my inception into the sport I was rated among the State’s top juniors. Just as I had had a quick ascension through the ranks, the descent matched. I quit tennis after my 17th birthday following a few unsuccessful international tournaments.

With the exception of pretty regular visits to the gym and the sporadic soccer game, this started an 8-year hiatus from sport. After finishing high school I spent a few years traveling and working and partying before getting unsettled into study. I definitely didn’t settle into study, but I studied. On the back of what might be considered a 9-month holiday (in Europe and around Australia) I returned to Perth tired; tired from the lifestyle I was living. The idea of completing a marathon offered a contrary lifestyle, and the Perth marathon was several weeks away. Following a pretty haphazard training regime for several weeks somehow provided me with enough endurance to complete the marathon. 

In pursuit of happiness, I raced my second marathon just a few weeks later. Shortly after completing that race I decided to take on the Atacama Crossing, a 250 km self-supported stage race across Chile’s Atacama Desert. After finishing in 2nd place my passion for ultra running was enlivened. Before I knew it I was flying around the world racing in some of the most amazing locations around the globe.

Today I’m a full-time athlete for The North Face team and an online marathon/ ultra marathon / trail running coach. I spend my time between Australia, Hong Kong and Europe racing and training on som of the most amazing trails in the world

A few of Vlad’s awesome results:

  • 1st place The North Face 100km Hong Kong
  • 1st place The North Face 100km Thailand
  • 1st place The North face 100km Singapore
  • 3rd place Hong Kong 100

Other athletes love our training plans.

"I was trying to find a plan for my first 50k, but everything I was finding was geared towards road runners and marathons which didn’t really fit what I need. The plans on Vert.run 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 50k ultra to see just how much more I can improve."
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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.