Step 3: Aerobics

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Can you ski all day? Don't neglect aerobic fitness. It provides the juice you need to take on the runs you want.Can you ski all day?
Don't neglect aerobic fitness. It provides the juice you need to take on the runs you want.

The Test: 12-minute run

How To Do It
The goal is to see how far you can run in 12 minutes. Use the same course each time you test so you can gauge your progress. Choose a pace you think you can sustain for the full time period¿think tortoise, not hare. If your ski-season prep up to this point has consisted of popping Warren Miller videos into the VCR, try a fast walk instead of a run.

Boost Your Score
In the first week, try two 15-minute runs. Over the next three weeks, add one to five minutes to your running time. The pace should be easy and comfortable¿you should be able to carry on a conversation during the workout. After the first four weeks, add another run. Keep increasing your time in small increments, up to about 30 minutes of running. By the second or third month, you should be able to up the pace without getting winded.

Rate Yourself

All distances are in miles. For most outdoor tracks, one lap equals .25 miles.