This month, October, I clicked two Strava Challenges - one to run 10K (which isn't that big a deal except here in the mountains it's all up or down hill) and the other to do 2500m vertical (again, quite do-able when everywhere is a high trail for skyrunning with an upward gradient).

The first run in the mountains is always hard. Legs complain as you jog up over a 10 percent gradient (100m vertical ascent for every kilomtre) for just half an hour and then they start to scream as you race down because, yep, ironically going down fast is often as hard on the quads as climbing. But running is surely one of the best ways to get fit for skiing and, especially, ski touring?

You may think that skiing is all downhill and letting the skis (or snowboard) do the work. But you have to work your body to ski better, using quads, knees, ankles, hips and core. Also, according to SOS International, over 50 percent of ski injuries occur from the knee downwards, so being fit is even more important for prevention of physical pain and trauma.

Siggy, as Health and Fitness Editor of STYLE ALTITUDE and a Sports and Massage FHT Therapist has just written a feature 7 Fixes For Ski Fitness with running hills, the number one way to get ski fit. Of course, there' are squats, planks and resistance band workouts which are also good pre-ski exercises for toning and core strength. Really you need a mix of running or cycling and even skipping for leg strength and stamina mixed with body weight exercises for muscle and core toning.

Deciding to get ski fit a couple of weeks before your holiday, though, is not ideal. Keeping fit generally via a preferred sport be it running, cycling, yoga or bouldering should be a way of life with upping the ante before skiing as an added exercise bonus. 

It helps when you actually enjoy the exercise. In the mountains in October it's been gloriously sunny with the foliage putting on a stunnng display of changing colours so running with our two Jack Russels taking in the amazing views makes it a pleasure to put on trail running shoes.

By the third week I've managed to complete four 10k runs and over 2000m. vertical so will smash both Strava Challenges by the end of the month.

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