Runner: Matt Urbanski, Seattle, WA. Runner. Coach. Dad. Husband. Vegan. World traveler. Long distance hiker.
Years Running: 25+
Upcoming races: Javelina 100, Hong Kong 100k, (maybe Seattle Marathon, maybe Tarawera 100k)
Current goals: Get back to Western States and place top-10; race UTMB again and make major improvements; keep running in the low 2:30s for marathons, and keep racing cool races around the world while I can
Long-term, big shot goals that you someday hope to achieve with running: I want to be a podium guy in the big ultras. Cracking 2:30 would be awesome too!
Tell us about your running accomplishment that you’re most proud of and why:
14:04 in 2017 at Rocky Raccoon. I’ve raced this one 5 times, and I feel like I finally cracked the code not only on this race but on managing 100 milers as well. I stayed strong and in control my entire run, I placed well, and I got damn near my potential on race day.
Cracking 15 minutes in the 5k. I worked hard on the track in my late 20s and at the end of my final track season back in 2010 I executed the race really well and was able to finally break the 15 minute barrier.
Favorite part about being a runner: First, I eat a ton and I manage to maintain a good running weight. Two, I think that all the discipline, testing of will power, ability to push myself, and to do things when I don’t want to or lack motivation - all parts of being a successful distance runner, carry over into other parts of my life. Basically, I feel like I’m better at everything else I do because I’m a runner.
Tempo. I love dialing into a pace, finding my aerobic max zone, and cruising. It’s a challenging mental and physical workout that leaves me feeling fast and fit.
Long Race Sim runs in the mountains. I love how I can be out for 5 or 6 hours on trail and finish feeling fine. I used to be wrecked after a two hour long run, but now I feel like I can go all day and I love it!
Most Challenging Workout: Intervals. My lungs burn, I get a cold feeling in the back of my throat, and my legs get worked. I have to make a mental decision each time to push my body where it doesn’t want to go. These workouts also help me get stronger and make major fitness gains!
Best races: 3rd at 2017 Rocky Raccoon in 14:04. 2nd at 2017 Cascade Crest 100 in 20:11. 14:58 5k on the track in 2010. White River 50 miler in 2014, finished 4th. 2:33 marathon at CIM in 2014.
Running words of wisdom: Consistency is key. Train hard, but only so hard that you can keep training tomorrow and the next day, and the next day…
1500m: 4:00.4 (2002); Louisville, KY, Outdoor
3000m: 8:35.37 (2/14/10) UW, Indoors
5000m: 14:58.19 (5/7/2010) Mt. Hood Twilight, Outdoor
10,000m: 31:20.82 (4/2/10) Willamette Invite, Outdoor
Half marathon: 1:10.10 (1/24/10) Vancouver Lake, Road
Marathon: 2:33.37 (12/7/2014) California International Marathon, California, Road
50 miler: 6:26.22 (3/9/13) Land Between the Lakes, KY, Trail
100 miler: 14:04.08 (2/4/17) Rocky Raccoon, TX, Trail
Other notables races:
100 milers: Run Rabbit Run, Western States, Leadville, UTMB
50 milers: White River, Land Between the Lakes, Iceage, North Face NY and North Face SF
Marathons: Boston, Chicago, New York, California International, Los Angeles, Seattle, Prague, Madrid, and a whole bunch of other smaller ones!
Other notable achievements:
Completed thru hikes of the Appalachian trail (both 2000 and 2011), Pacific Crest Trail (2007), Colorado Trail (2012), and the Continental Divide Trail (2013)
Ran the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim (2014)
Self published author:
A Long Way from Nowhere - A Couple’s Journey on the Continental Divide Trail (published in 2014)