Hey all, as Thanksgiving's upon us and there's (finally) some more snow in next week's forcast for Tahoe, I'm needless to say getting pretty jacked about the season. After battling knee injury and severe drought last season, I'm looking forward to improved health and high probability of improved conditions this year.
That aside, I ran my first timed half-marathon on Sunday and clocked a 1:29:56 running only 15-24 miles a week. My initial intention was to run this race then focus on the gym for a while to improve my core strength and work on more ski-specific conditioning. Inevitably the road trips to Kirkwood every weekend, the Starbucks breakfast sandwiches, the 10,000 Coors Lights, Red Bulls and Pop Chips start taking their toll and I develop a nice warm, cozy winter coat. On good years, I'm getting about 25 days and skiing all day; on bad years, the beers start to outnumber the runs taken.
This year however is different. I've somehow become additcted to running, a sport I formerly thought reserved for those that stole something or had to run down their next meal. I'm having a hard time feeling okay with keeping running mileage low, and have signed myself up for the San Francisco Marathon next July (sh--, now I'm committed). I need to ramp up my mileage to about 30-40 weekly miles through March, historically Tahoe's best snow month. I will insist on getting my days in all the way through April and have to find balance somehow.
Anyone else here have experience training for a marathon through ski season? If so, please weigh in on your training program, and how successful you were, both in your race and in your skiing.
Running - WTF?!?! I never thought it would come to this...