Whether you need downtime or have a hard time training in snow, these ideas will keep you fit and happy.

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NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training.

Q: I race a lot during the summer and fall, and I always go a little crazy with downtime in the winter. What can I do that will benefit my racing when I start back up again?

Enjoying downtime after a long season of racing is always important. It’s crucial for the body to recover during this time so that you are physically and mentally ready to get back to the start-line scene. Staying active by cross-training can help the “comeback” process go more smoothly.

The off-season is a great time to explore different forms of exercise that you don’t have as much time for when your focus is on running. Swimming, yoga, dance, cycling, etc., will keep you sane, maintain cardiovascular fitness and help you develop muscular strength that will make you less prone to injuries when you return to the roads and trails.

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