3 Ways Running Makes You a Totally Rad Skiier

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When I was a teenager, we lived in Canada, just 2 hours’ drive away from a ski resort. Most years, either out of charity or some comedy value, we, “The Brits” would end up being invited for the weekend at someone’s chalet. I loved the big dinners with friends, the apres ski, hot chocolate with rum in it, Scrabble, the Clif bars… the skiing? Not as much.

I did like it sometimes, but I also remember being simultaneously cold and sweaty, exhausted from carrying my skis about, terrified of even the slightest gradient and pretty stroppy a lot of the time (sorry, everyone I was with).

Following a long break, I’ve recently got back on the piste and have fallen in love with it. What’s changed? Well, me. And the thing that has changed me most has been running. Here are the three big ways that running can make you, like, a super gnarly skiier.

1. You’re Fit

Kind of a no-brainer, but having strong legs is good for making your skis move in the direction you want them to. And having good aerobic capacity is good lugging your skis to the chair lift/bar. A ski ‘holiday’ is basically exercising 7 hours a day, which is pretty tricky if you don’t train much normally.

Healthy bodies recover quicker from exercise quicker. This is handy when you’ve been using your muscles careening down frozen tundra all day and expect to do the same for the rest of the week without fatigue and injury.

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Vegan Beetroot and Chickpea Spread

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‘Abandon everything else you’re doing and start producing this stuff full time!’ So said our taste tester for this Vegan Beetroot and Chickpea Spread, which we reckon says all you need to know.

It’s super-tasty, of course. Easy to make, naturally. Plus you get a good protein hit from the chickpeas, as well healthy doses of fibre, magnesium, iron, zinc and other nutrients. And, as we’ve mentioned before, beetroot makes you run faster. Even if you don’t run, make sure you have beets in your diet – they’re unbelievably good for you. Don’t just take our word for it; check out Love Beetroot for everything you need to know about this amazing vegetable!*

This spread goes brilliantly with some fresh salad leaves and Bibi’s Chia Seed Pitta Breads or regular shop bought ones if you don’t have time to be the domestic goddess she is.
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