Friday, 10 February 2017

Training for Long Distance Walking.

So I'm relatively new to the long distance walking world. I've always been a walker; any time I've had off I'd be going for a stroll to grab some geocaches, aiming to be out for the whole day. But training for a long distance walk is a whole new ball game. 
I'm training for the Three Lochs Way, and the Three Lochs Way is training for the Speyside Way, The Rob Roy Way, and the West Highland Way, which will be my training for Lands End to John O Groats. (I've got lots of goals here) 

Anyway- back to my training plan. I've talked to lots of people who have lots of different experience with walking. Some who have done challenges, some who do munro's, and some who just do long distance flat walks, and I've collaborated all of their advice to my training plan. 

1. I walk. Simple. The more I walk at the weekends, or my days off, the longer my legs will be able to hold me up for.  By walk, I mean flat walks. I started out at 5 miles and now I'm sitting at 10 being the longest I've walked. My legs hurt for a day or so afterwards, but its worth it because now I can go that little bit further with less pain. 

2. More walking. This time I'm talking terrain- Hills, woodlands, up, down, round and round. These walks don't need to be long, but they need to make you work a bit. My legs are ALWAYS sore after these walks. 

3. Squats. When I'm not walking, I'm squatting. (No, not for an adventure pee!) I've started the squat challenge, however I've altered it a bit. The squat challenge is starting from 30 squats, and working your way up to 200. I do it every day I don't walk. So for instance, if I do a walk on day 5 of the challenge, I'll do day 5 the next day. (Its not cheating if i'm doing a workout on my legs by walking!) 

So far these have done wonders. When I started training, climbing a small hill would really have my legs in pieces, now I can climb bigger ones than i'm used to, with no pain at all. Not only that, but I'm less tired after a long distance walk! 
If you are doing a long distance walk, don't leave the training out. Walking is a form of exercise and should be treated the same as any other exercise challenge. You CAN get injured from walking, so don't risk it. Not only that, but you want to enjoy whatever walk you decide on doing, whether it be one for charity, or for yourself. The aim is to enjoy it!

Until next time 
Jade- Your Introvert Adventurer x