The blog has been a little quiet since Callum and I left on our van trip a month ago but now vanlife has developed a kind of schedule and I’m back to blogging. If you want to see pretty pictures and read about the van adventure go here. Otherwise, all the running info will be here!
Currently, we just made it to state #10, Oregon. Right before we left, I decided that I would sign up for the Lone Star 100km race in Texas in February. I made a training schedule for Callum and I because he is pacing the second 50km (his first ultra distance). It made sense for our long runs to line up so we’re following similar schedule with Callum skipping runs depending on how he feels.
Running and living in the van definitely has it’s challenges. It’s a lot easier to run and plan routes in places that are familiar. Having a shower and laundry is definitely an asset when you’re running a lot and we don’t have either of those. It’s also always stressful to leave the dog in the van for hours while we go run.
The plus side is that we’ve run in some very beautiful places. We’ve also spent a lot of time getting lost trying to find trails but that will always be part of running in unfamiliar places.
For half the trip, we’ve been at elevation which is great because Lone Star starts at elevation. Now that we’re in Portland, we are finally back at sea level and I can’t wait to go run and hopefully feel great with all this extra oxygen.
We’re in Portland all week and all I’ve heard is great things about running here so I can’t wait to experience it!
What’s your biggest challenge with running and travelling?