It feels good to start transitioning out of skiing and into the offseason. It’s a hard balance easing into running without overdoing it. I spent most of the winter trying to lay low and let some nagging injuries recover which meant almost zero miles ran. This summer I plan on building off the last few years of running to keep improving at all distances. It’s always tricky easing back into because it’s such a refreshing change of activity.
Last year I jumped right into 50 mile weeks, nearly all on dirt roads and I paid for it with a posterior tibial tendonitis flare up. It resolved itself at the end of summer when I mixed in a bunch of hiking / trail running in Chamonix so I took note. I also looked at 2016 when I was in arguably the best shape of my life and that was when I spent a lot of time hiking / biking - very good for the aerobic engine.
I decided to open up my running with a few 35 mile weeks but included several hikes and continued to ski. The first week I logged nearly 30k in vertical and another 26k the following week. There’s no weekly mileage goal, just going off feel and hoping to keep the volume up through a mix of activities. I’ll be happy if I can consistently get 50 miles of running + hiking, biking, and swimming.
My race lineup is looking like this: