Training with the Lot
This is designed for folks who love getting out onto the
trail and have a lot of time available to them. Ideally you will
13 weeks to go
You should aim to walk 3 times a week for an hour
Don't push it. Don't get breathless. Remember to rehydrate
12 weeks to go
Increase your three walks a week from one hour each to
one and a half hours
Look for red spots on your feet and begin your blister
11 weeks to go
Continue as above, remembering that not only will this
help you feel good, but you are doing this for a great
10 weeks to go
Do at least one of your three walks for two and a half
Look into electrolyte supplements and begin trialing them
whilst you walk.
9 weeks to go
One walk of at least three hours. Two shorter walks of an
hour. Invite family and friends to train with you, they will
enjoy it and you will be surprised what you talk about!
8 weeks to go
Two one hour walks. One long walk of at least 4 hours!
Make sure you are wearing the shoes you will wear on event day during your training. It is important they are
comfortable and you are used to them for the big day!
7 weeks to go
One 5 hour walk and 2 shorter ones (1 hour duration) this
week! Do you have good socks? Good socks mean that your feet
don't sweat and you are less likely to get blisters.
6 weeks to go
You have passed the halfway mark and are probably noticing how much fitter you are!
Congratulations. One 6 hour walk and 2 shorter walks (1 hour duration) this week.
5 weeks to go
Don't forget to pack snack foods for those big walks.
Chocolate, nuts and fruit are some good snacks. Pack high
energy foods! This week try a 7 hour walk - make a day of
it, and pack a picnic. Two shorter walks (1 hour duration).
4 weeks to go
Imagine if you had to train in the conditions of the
Dalit people, no food or shoes and constant heat! Think
about how lucky we are as you embark on an 8 hour walk and 2
shorter walks (1 hour duration) this week. Weigh yourself before the big walk, and
after. The weight loss is an indication of how much fluid
you have lost. Drink up!
3 weeks to go
One 5-6 hour walk, 2 shorter walks (1 hour duration)
Check the colour of your urine when you go to the toilet. If
it is a darker yellow colour, you are possibly dehydrated. Remember it is important
to rehydrate - you are losing fluid through your sweat and
toilet stops (and even through your breath) - so drink
up! In the last 2 weeks of training you should be
reducing your training and give your body time to rest up.
2 weeks to go
Long walk 2 to 3 hours long. By now you should have a
blister routine. Go to your chemist and ask lots of
questions. Cover all red spots and warm spots when you take
a break to prevent them becoming blisters. Never walk
without a bandaid!
Reduce walk to only 1 or 2 hours. Pick a high
carbohydrate meal for dinner on the night before event day.
Good luck and thank you for your support!