A new online tool that I think is super cool is FitForTheTrail.com, a customized training program designed by Shape and Men's Health to provide you with the endurance, energy and strength you need to hit the trails (on dry land or snow) this fall and winter.
Basically, all you need to do is sign up for the free, yes I said free, account. It takes a little while to create your profile, but after you've finished you'll receive your very own personalized training program based on your very own preferences. It's pretty easy to use and is designed to ease you into being ready, in just four weeks. The great part? This means you won't be told to run two hours on your first day of training (or ever really), which should help reduce the soreness factor.
I especially love that you are able to choose which kind of training you would like to engage in (weights or no weights) as well as how many days per week you want to train. You also get to pick which sport (hiking, snowboarding, etc.) you want to train for so you can get the most bang for your buck (er, not buck cause it's free, but you get the idea). So sign up to get training today!