I'm doing the Brighton marathon in April and a month or so before, I'm doing the Wilmslow Half. It'll be my first marathon and my second half.
I got an invite on a week's skiing trip this morning, but I'd get back the week before the half (the date is non-negotiable, as there's a fairly big group going). I'm a bit worried about how this might throw my training out for the marathon. I'd miss a 19 miler and a 20 miler although I think I could still fit in the 20 miler the day after I return, and the 19 before I go. I'm also planning on doing a 19 miler and a 20 in February, but obviously I wouldn't be running at all during the week I'm away
Obviously ignoring the potential for injury that skiing might cause (I have skied a fair bit before, and have never injured myself), is it a really bad idea to go? I'm inexperienced at training for races of this distance, so I'd appreciate the advice!
Yes, just don't crash.
Yeah do it, I have a couple of times before a marathon. The only concession I'd make is to try and juggle the schedule (if necessary) so that it's a cut-back week. I think I might also have managed a long run a day or two before what was on the plan as well, just to make sure I got enough 20 milers in.
If you really, really want to go for a run or two while you're out there (and the conditions are OK - you don't want to go on a ski holiday and sprain your ankle whilst running on ice!) then no harm in that. On the other hand, if you want to leave your running shoes at home you'll still be aerobically active on the slopes all week and won't lose any amount of fitness in that time.
Don't forget to drink loads too.
Running is only a hobby not a profession, go skiing its fun
Lauren-if yuo're using a training plan, start it 2 weeks early, as (assuming you travel at the weekend) you'll lose 2 LSR's. Start gently when you return, as you'll have been using differnt muscles.
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