Anyone doing it?
Either London or Edinburgh?
Anyone interested in a fitness / support thread?
I'm doing it for the 3rd time in May (missed last year, as it was the night DS was born!) and really looking forward to it, but feeling a bit more apprehensive, as I'm not as fit as I used to be!
thankyou!! THere must be someone out there doing it??????????????????
I'd love to do it, how do you get signed up?
It's full for this year (not 100% sure about the Edinburgh one though)
Check out the website! walkthewalk.org
Hi, yes i am doing it! any support greatlfully accepted! I am doing it with a friend an dit is our first year. We are doing it in London.
Tried but failed to get on it. Good luck.
Oh cool!! Now we are 3!!!
there must be loads of mums on here doing it!
When is it in Edinburgh? if london is full already?
Scotland is 20th June.
Not sure if that's full now or if the postal allocation is still available?
I am doing the London walk, it will be my first time and my biggest challenge as have only done race for life before so am eargerly (??) awaiting my training info arriving in the post although am planning to get walking more generally as need to lose a stone or two as well! Have bought new trainers
Whoop whoop Haribo - for your third moonwalk . I hope that you have lots of wisdom to pass on. Like Arfur, I have done the Race for Life for a few years now but I've signed up for the moonwalk this year.
Is it a really, really, really long way???
Went out walking for first time last night walked very briskly for an hour - I guess its a start!
great start Arfur... how did you feel after that? I reckon I could probably do about three miles in an hour which is shocking if you do the maths and calculate how long it will take to finish 26 miles .
Felt ok thanks was quite puffed about 20 mins in but got past that and was fine until the REALLY steep hill on the way back! Back has been twinging a bit today which is not something that normally troubles me but I guess its the shock of exercising! Am hoping to go again tomorrow night. Know what you mean about the time. How long did it take you each time? Im not going to try and compete just would like a vague idea of what time me and my friend will be staggering off to Paddington!
Sorry should have read how long did it take you each time HARIBOSMUMMY!
Can I join - I'm doing the London Moonwalk this year for the first time! In awe at you Haribo - hope you can give us all some advice!
Have you all got special walking trainers (I mean for your feet - not a coach!) - I'm wondering if I need to get some.
walking trainers? I didn't know that there was a product but I would be interested to know more. I just have my runners... and I bought a skipping rope on the weekend to get a few mins extra in here and there, as I can.
I've also been looking at the book written by (forgotten the founders name right now). Has anyone got it or used it?
sorry Tillymint - I meant to say "hi" too . Good on you!!
I don't have any specific walking trainers, just normal regular ones!!
The first time I did the Moonwalk, it took me 6.5 hours. The second time it took 7.5 hours because the girl I did it with hadn't ever walked more than 22 miles and hit a wall (mentally, not ACTUALLY! ) - that last 4 miles took FOREVER!!!!
My advice would be make sure you have, once or twice, walked the full 26 miles, so you know what you are in for and so you MENTALLY KNOW you can do it...
The last bit (when you are back in Hyde Park and that big pink tent is tantalisingly close) is def. the hardest - you keep thinking that you are finished and you realise that you have another mile or so to go!!! But (like child birth) once you cross that line, you will forget everything and feel on top of the world (and ready for a sleep!)
I've signed up for the Edinburgh one too (me??? mad???? ) which I reckon will be great!
Have any of you got the training packs yet? I thought they'd have arrived by now, but I haven't seen mine??
6.5 hours - OMG
We are doing about 4 miles an hour at the moment, but haven't done more than 6 miles yet.
What was your training schedule Haribo? Any tips for other gadgets we should get?!
We haven't had any packs yet either - do they give you a training schedule?
I wouldn't bother with any gadgets... You don't need much and the only thing (IMO) you need on the night are a lipsyl and some hankies.
Yes, the pack will contain a guide on how much to walk each week.. I should know but can't remember a thing (baby brain!)
My only other recommendation is to keep the 'costumes' sensible - it feels like such a great idea to have headdresses etc., but after the first 10 miles... Not so much!!!
Keep it simple and comfy! And pair up.. make sure that you have a plan if (god forbid) someone isn't able to finish... You need to stay together.
I couldv'e killed the girl I did it with in 2007 for not training a bit more, but a deal is a deal and we agreed we'd stay together and we did. TBH, if we hadn't, she wouldn't have made it around and I'd have felt like a total shit, so the achievement would have been totally undermined, IYSWIM. If there are quite a few of you doing it, then I'd say pair up so that everyone is walking 'with' someone...
There are 4 of us, but one is only signed up the half marathon - do you know how it works? Do we all start at the same time / same place and she just finishes half way?
We have worked out our own training plan, as we are still waiting for the packs!
Yes, you all start together.. When you get to 12.5 miles, there or thereabouts, your friend will peel off to finish and you will keep going! You will be able to stay together right up until she needs to separate to finish.
Oh that's good! I wonder what would happen if she just carried on for the whole thing, if she was feeling up for it - would it be a problem, do you think?
Well, the organisers are dead set against it, cos the police give them a hard time if more people than those registered do the walk... I know the first time it was held, loads of people just joined in and the whole thing nearly got cancelled for good...
YOu get a different coloured hat for the half moon, though I suppose you could 'lose' that... but I am not sure if there is something on the number you have to wear that would give it away to the organisers (there are LOTS of marshalls on the way round)
my gut feeling is that you COULD get away with it, but I'm really not certain of that, and I think it would be preferable to stick to the walk you've signed up for...
(FWIW, if your friend collected sponsorship for the half moon but then did the full moon, it will appear that she didn't complete either - the results are published in the Telegraph and anything she collects on line would be invalid too)
Oh, thanks Haribo - I think she'd better stick to the half marathon!
Hallo, I'm doing it too (Edinburgh) for the first time. Been out 4 * 3 miles this week but hoping to do a bit of running as well in the training period. I know it'll be tough but wonder if anyone has experience of that?
Haribo you realise you are going to have to answer a lot of questions from us all in the run up
I'm doing this too (London)- for the first time this year. I have a training buddy locally so we've been going out 3x week for the last 3 weeks.
Interesting that you suggest doing a full 26 miles at least once, haribo - all the training programs we've looked at don't go over 20/22 miles which was making me very nervous... (although of course they are assuming you train 3/4 x week, so you have done way more than 26 over the week)
FP, where are you in London? (I am too!)
at your 3x a week training! We are training 1x week together but I do go to the gym, and walk about 2 1/2 miles to work 3x a week.
How far do you walk each time?
I'm Surrey/London borders, bigTillyMint - out beyond Kingston. Where are you?
At the moment we're doing 4k on Mon & Weds, and 8k on Fridays - our training schedule (can you tell I'm training with someone more organised than myself ) is basically keeping 2 x 'short' walks to build speed, and then the Friday one gets longer & longer (& moves onto weekend once we can't manage the whole thing on Fri nights!
We are in SE London, so not very near at all
We are currently doing 5-6 miles once a week and from Saturday (eek!) will also do a 10miler, or more
Apart from that, I am trying to walk 5 miles in the gym once a week, plus other cv stuff in the gym twice a week. Sounds OK, but I'm not sure if it's right - it's hard finding enough time!
Is anyone else developing strange aches and pains? The first week it was my knees, last week my thighs, and now my calves.
Now it's my knees again, and we've got a 10miler coming up tomorrow...
Where is everyone???
Feeling very proud that I managed to do the 10 miles, and no aches and pains today!
How is everyone else doing?
Hey Tilly. V well done on the 10 miles & glad to hear you're not sore. I've also had various aches and pains as a result of upping mileage a bit but trying to do a bit more stretching...this looks quite helpful.
Did 7 miles today to make weekly total of 17 which was fine and here in Scotland quite hilly and chilly . However realised that something had gone wrong when I filled my ipod and will not be listening to Arcade Fire/Amy Winhouse again for a while as seemed to be stuck on "A"s only lol.
Is everyone snowed in?
Hoping to get in a good walk this week, but DH has just announced that I need to get a babysitter for our weekly slot this week
I got my pack in the post this week - it is very encouraging and I found the suggested training schedule useful guidance. I am not able to get a lot of walking in which I really need to address... I am doing my best to walk everywhere with my dd - which is what slows me down .
The ice is hazardous!!
Have had a slightly rubbish few weeks, as me & my training buddy have both been busy. BUT we did do a 12 mile walk last week (on a Fri night, who says i don't know how to have fun?!). My back ached part way in (think I need to tilt my pelvis more ) but no aches the next morning, which was a bloody miracle!
I got mine too kb
Where are you? the ice has finally gone here now.
Well done fp - how long did it take? Impressed that you didn't get waylaid by a pub on a Friday night!
Aiming to do 10 miles or so on Sat - hope it's not too cold!
And I have splashed out on a gadget - got a pedometer
hope all is going well, we have finally recieved our packs. Trainig all going ok, do 4-5 mmiles 6 times a week and then one longer walk on day 7, the most it has been so far is 13 miles. (and today was my first ice related accident! )
mmy question is about the actual walk, i am making costumey type thigs, for our team to wear, but do people wear t shirts under thier bra or not? and footwear, i can't wear trainers as i have very very dodgy ankles, so have to wear big strapping walking boots which i was planning to wear for the moonwalk, would that be a problem?
Are you really finding time for 4 - 5 miles 6 times a week?
We are all planning on wearing trainers. Walking boots might not be as flexible, but if you are comfortable in them, I'm sure it's not a problem
BTM, yes i do, and probably if i measured it it could be more.
It does help that i am a dog walker, so i kind of combine work with walking
I do live in my walking boots, i think i am going to have to wear them unless i wwant to be taken away by medical staff half way through because of broken bones!
Waves to all joiners from other thread
Ah, bigTilly, that's so kind of you ... sniff ..waves gratefully in recognition ...
Um, er to everyone else, we are a collection of walkers from another thread (here):
who aren't Moonwalking YET but who are trying to walk regularly and bump up our general fitness levels...
...some of us are following this programme from Good Housekeeping:
- would it please be OK if some of us/all of us join your thread here because all you Moonwalkers seem a bit more active than us and frankly we could do with the motivation (especially me ) ...
Quite understand if you want to keep it strictly for Moonwalkers though ...
BTW I'm hoping to do a Moonwalk with a friend next year ....'tis a very good cause ...
Of course, come on in!
All welcome,(i am sure the others won't mind) we can all give each other motivation, and a kick in the right direction.
Thank you very much - much appreciated!
Joining this thread has already spurred me to a 45 minute fast walk last night at 11pm so thanks for the - much needed - motivation!!
Am very impressed by your 10 mile walks .. gives me something to work towards ...and it's getting easier to get out of the house now the weather is improving ...
I would be so tucked up in bed!
Yes but I spare the general public the sight of me shambling through the streets
It's quite strange actually; I've tried for ages to exercise in the early mornings but I just feel ill! I feel much more energetic after 1pm and any time up to midnight. I tried to fight it for ages but I'm definitely an owl not a lark and (even more wierd this) exercising late at night actually makes me feel more energetic in the mornings when my human alarm clock jumps in bed at 6.50 wanting to fight the duvet monster ... I go through a horrible witching hour from 5-6pm when I feel like death though
Good luck with your training this w/e everyone ...
Hi Tillymint, I'm doing the Ed moonwalk and I'm frightened to death! I haven't started to train yet it's not to late is it? Haven't had my starter pack through yet, so using that as an excuse , can you or anybody else offer me advice pretty please
hiya Counting... well done for doing what works for you!!
Marg - I would follow up on your pack. There are twelve weeks until the London event now... and their training schedule suggests over thirteen. The biggest tip I got from the pack was stretching daily to build up strength and flexibility (and I think someone mentioned similarly and provided a link the other day??). Get walking and working on your endurance
I need to practice what I preach cos I'm so good at making excuses... altho, being half term my dd's are helping me to avoid exercise.
Thank you Kiwibella - managed to get out twice since then (not quite so late although weather was foul) so starting to feel as though I am getting back on track ...
Hope your training goes well this week despite the school holidays!
Marg - you can do it!!
Thanks Kiwibella, not received my pack yet but managed to get out yesterday done around 2 miles, uphill one way, I know its ot much but its a start xx
I found a mile is so deceptive - I thought the trip down to town and back would be three miles so hit it hard (well, as hard as I could with toddler and a pushchair ). But, when I measured it in the car it is only a mile each way.
I need a flash measuring thing-a-me-bob .
ooops... and good job both of you for getting out and beating the feet .
hello - how's everyone getting on? Dh has noticed how much faster I'm walking - which is very satisfying (he's WAY fitter than me!)
We're doing a 14 mile walk this weekend (as well as our 2 shorter walks in the week) - suddenly feels like this is taking over my life a bit!
Marg, don't panic - I'm sure if you get going now you'll be fine. I think our pack says do 3 or 4 x 3 or so miles the first couple of weeks, so that's not too hard to get started on. It seems like you have to do a longer (increasingly so!) one once a week.
Kiwi, I must take another good long look at the stretching exercises.... I have bought myself a flash pedometer, but I forgot to take it on our last long walk! It measures steps, km, calories and probably other things, but I haven't quite worked it all out yet!
Well done fp - you will be at the finish line as we are all starting
thanks everyone, I'll get into the swing of it, I hope! I've been unwell so not been out again, hoping for the the weekend and a longer walk this time.
Still not had my pack through, is there anybody else not got theres?
I only got my pack through this week, marg, so they may well still be sending them out in batches
Kiwi - I have been lamentably bad about stretching - was interested to read in the pack that it suggested stretching every day (not just on 'walk' days) - am going to try and remember to do that...
And sorry, didn't say welcome to countingthegreyhairs - good to have you on board
Found you all at last
I'm doing London with a few others but have only really started training in last few weeks.
Going to do 8 miles in the morning but really scared that I'm not going to get enough training in, any words of wisdom from previouse walkers would be very very welcome.
Hi Wiffey - where were you training this morning - I was too (by the Thames!)
I think you'll be fine - still 12 weeks to go and the pack recommends a 12 / 13 week plan. And they don't get to 8 miles in the first week!
We did just over 11 miles today but it felt like more and my back's aching now - I am so old!
Thank you for the warm welcome Funny Peculiar.
Well done Tilly, 11 miles is great going.
You can do it Wiffey!
Inspired by all of you, I have found my own charity walk!! It's a midnight walk taking place on Saturday 23 May in East Anglia - it's only 8 miles - and is in aid of the hospice where my father died five years ago. It's will be an achievable and meaningful objective for me (2-3 hrs long apparently) and I will be registering next week with one of my sisters. Can't wait!! So thanks for the inspiration everyone!
Sounds like a really great cause countingthegreyhairs - my granny died recently - we were lucky to have wonderful support from macmillan/local district nurses, but it is amazing how much difference it makes to have good support in the last weeks/days/months (for patient & family)
I'm going out tomorrow for a 14 mile-r (along the Thames too ) - cross your fingers for me, esp as I've agreed to be out & walking by 7.45
Wifey, a mate of mine did the moonwalk last year - I asked her what training she did - she said she did quite a few short (3 mile) walks, and one 10 mile walk, and that was it! She must have a much better level of general fitness than me, but it did make me feel a bit more like if the worst came to the worst, I could probably get around on less training.
She did say she was in AGONY for days afterwards
Countingthegreyhairs thats a great cause, I wish Icould've done something like that for my parents, so good on you.
FP at your mate's training - I am panicking right now after the 11 miler yesterday - felt knackered after it
Well done Counting for finding your own Moonwalk - great cause for you as well!
Thanks everyone but I won't be worthy of congratulation until I've actually done the thing and raised (hopefully) lots of money!! And I take off my hat to you Moonwalkers because eight miles isn't very long in comparison to your respective marathons!!
Sorry to hear about your granny Funny Peculiar - I agree that the quality of support you receive in those circs makes all the difference - crikey 14 miles starting at 7.45 today - that really shows commitment - well done you and hope it goes well ...
Marg - hope you are feeling better now ...
Don't panic Tilly - you will prevail!!
Ah thanks Countingthegrehairs, I have clinical depression, so it floors me at times, I wish more was done for depression because it should be talked about more, well that's my rant for the day!
I'm also looking for a link to do stretches, someone mentioned it ealier just until I get my pack.
Found a song on my ipod that is great to walk to,it's Sway by Pussydoll girls - gets your hips swinging!Just don't be pole dancing at every lampost you pass!
Oh that's tough Marg .. and it must make it even harder to get out and exercise ... agree it should be talked about more
Good luck with everything - exercising can only help I suppose - but easier said than done I know x
Thanks Coutingreyhairs, that should have said song was by Pussycat Dolls!
I suppose it could be by anyone.
Gonna try and get out today, I'm off for break from Thursday to Las Vegas so not sure if any training is going to worth it?
Thanks everyone, not actually manged to get out this weekend as hoped & now feel really lazy that didn't Have also suffered with depression on & off for years and was doing really well but hit a bit of a low again at the moment, need to get my motivation going again, try again next week !!!
Keep your chin up wiffey, you'll get through this patch, I know it doesn't feel like now but you will, take care
Sorry to hear you've both been finding it tough, wifey & marg. My dad suffers from depression, and I hugely agree that it's not talked about enough. Whilst I feel it is getting more out in the public eye (along with other mental illness) I think it's still so misunderstood. Am I right in thinking (when you the motivation is managable ) that it's a really positive circle - ie that exercise tends to really help with endorphin levels/mood lifting? I seem to remember reading something like that.... Getting on that circle is the tricky bit i guess - & you've both managed that
Oh, & very of your Las Vegas trip, marg - how long are you going for?
My 14 miles went really well this morning - we walked along the river and it was lovely to be out in the spring sunshine (I do hope we don't get rain on moonwalk night...) . Even better, I remembered to try and clench my bum and I didn't get aches in my lower back - which nearly floored me on my 12 miler!
Onwards and upwards and into the next week...
I'm going for 5 days with 7 girlfriends, can't wait. To answer your question exercise is good for depression at times when your brain will let you get up and do some, sounds strange but its true, that is why wifey should not feel lazy about not getting out, a day at a time or even an hour at a time
Funnypeculiar I didn't congratulate you on your 14 miles, great achievement, hope you have no aches tmrw. I didn't know if you clenched your bum your back doesn't ache, great tip, but size of my bum might look a bit funny [big grin]
Makes absolute sense, marg. And was in no way meaning to sound pom-poms and rah-rah about it - sorry if it did
And at 5 days with the girls
Should have said that the bum thing was a tip from the pack - if you imagine you're holding £50 between your butt cheeks, it really helps your speed walking posture apparently
FP, are you doing the whole power walking technique? I got terrible back ache on Sat, so I should give the bum clenching a go. But for 3 hours?!!! And we aren't doing the power walking technique - do you think we should?
Marg and Wiffey - it must be hard with depression. Don't be too hard on yourselves - if you don't make it out one day, don't beat yourself up about it. Just feel proud when you do make it out for a walk. And get those natural endorphins going!
FP no need to apologise, didn't take it that way at all.
Thanks TM for your support, got to the docs later as found lump in my breast, let you know how it goes.x
Thanks everyone, feeling a little more up today, mainly thinking about you all walking like you've got £50 stuck in your bums
I'm not doing the full power walking technique either at the moment, maybe give it a go but have enough back problems as it is so a little wary.
Marg hope all went Ok today, thinking of you x
Marg, I have got a sore bit behind my nipple so I'm going next week. Fingers crossed they are nothing serious! Let us know how you got on.
I've been trying to do a bit of the technique - at least the bum clenching bit - I didn't manage it for 3 hours, but it defn helped my back, so I reckon it's worth a try. I am also trying to do short > big long strides, and waving my arms about in what i fondly imagine to be a powerful way.
But am avoiding wiggling my arse about in full powerwalk style-y!
Hope all went well at the docs today marg, & good luck for next week bigTillymint
All well at docs, I'd had a large, lump removed in Oct it was benign,thank god, but all the tests I had done then showed I have a lot of cysts, the dr thinks that what it is because it moves around, We are so pleased, it was hard enough last time. Good luck to you bigTillymint next week, be thinking of you Thank you for all your support xx
Glad all OK Marg & hope all OK with you next week bigTillyMint, let us know.
I did a quick 3 miles (45 min) tonight & tried the bum clenching - not a pretty sight for an commuters on their way home down the country lanes I walk - it gives a completley different walking style, far more upright & I put a few arm swings in as well & it made it all feel alot more power walking than oridinary walking, going to try for the 8 miles again on Wednesday so see how that goes.
I also need some good music ideas girls to keep me motiviated while walking, I do listen to the Archers podcast sometimes but a bit difficult to keep your momentum going
Great news marg
And well done wifey - please that the buttock clenching went well . I agree - you do suddenly feel like you're doing something that isn't 'normal' walking. I suspect I look like an arse, but hey, no back ache = good!
No good music ideas here, I'm afraid - I train with mates and we just talk. Pretty much constantly. I do like the idea of an Archers catch up though!
That's good news Marge I'm not really sure mine is a lump, just more bulgy inside than behind the other nipple - it might have always been like that - just doing the Moonwalk has made me more paranoid
Did try a bit of bum clenching this morning, but not sure I'm really doing it right (and I keep forgetting along the way!) The arm swings are good, but I have to be doing 5 miles an hour for them to feel comfortable, which is pretty hard going!
LOL at Archers - I think that would make me want to give up on the spot!
I shall join in if I may. I'm doing the half moon in Edinburgh and crewing in London.
I walked the full moon in London 2 years ago and crewed last year and I seem to have caught the bug.
I ought to start training soon but the Edinburgh walk isn't for another few months. I have started walking more generally but I need to find some new routes because we have moved house since I trained last time.
Dare I ask if you are doing the half moon in Edinburgh because the full moon was so long? (can you tell I'm feeling nervous?!)
Any top tips for us moonwalk virgins?
It's not because the full moon is too long, more that I don't have enough time to do the amount of training required.
I'm studying for my accountancy qualifications so I have to do huge amounts of work as well as working a few days a week and having a toddler so doing the long walks is a bit of a problem.
I know I can walk 13 miles because I've done a number of walks longer than that so it seemed a whole lot easier.
My top tips are get fitted for a proper pair of trainers now so they are nicely broken in by the time you do the actual walk.
Loads of lip balm, tissues and some really good tunes on your ipod will get you through the night.
Most important of all though is to get the miles on your legs, because it is tough at 3 am when all you want to do is lie down and go to sleep and you still have a few miles to go.
Welcome mrspnut, it's nice to have some advice from someone who has done it, a friend who did it a few year ago suggested train as much as you can & then a bit more if you can !!!
boo hoo, i am pretty much housebound for the next couple of days as DS was up all last night with tummy bug i still managed a quick 3 miles this mornig tho, and i have started riidng my bike when ever i can and i have become very well aquainted with coleen nolan and her disco routine!
i am still worried about trainers tho, as previoulsy posted i can only wera my HUGE walking boots due to very dodgy ankles(atleast you will all be able to spot me at 10 miles!)
Also do people really just wear it tier bras? not over t-shirt or anything?
I tried the bum clenching on my way to shops, it made me walk faster it was as though I needed the loo!
I think I said before that the Pussycat dolls son 'sway' or by Michael Buble, gets the hips movin and a groovin!
2 More sleeps for Vegas
LOL Marg - that's how I look too I think!
Good reasons mrspnut (I wish I'd thought of some excuses......)
Is anybody really able to walk at 5 miles per hour for longer than an hour? 4 miles an hour seems entirely doable, but 5?
I'm working on 4 miles an hour as well with ` view to completing in 7hrs (ish)
You will probably be much slower on the night because there are just so many people. I didn't get a decent rhythm going until after about 6 or 7 miles.
mrspnut, how do they start you all off? Does everyone start at the same time (and what time is it?!)
When do they send out all that information? (just nosey to know what the night could be like!)
yey, managed to get out today in the end as DS was feeling better, he was however in the buggy,(lucky he is small!) so i had dog, child buggy and mud, not a great combination but still managed about 3 miles! i feel so much better now, and it is easier to walk witht e £50 note in your butt if pushing a buggy, trust me i know .
How is everybody else getting on? Marg one more sleep to go, am very of your visit, hope you have a great time.
a few miles left at 3am Do you mean like 20 miles left mrspnut!!
I'm also wishing that I had signed up for the half-moon. I am so focussed on crossing that finish line tho . I am managing to walk about 2-3 miles per day with dd and pushchair. Love the bum clenching which I can feel helping my back.
How is Coleen's fitness video mtybf?? I admit to popping on Davina in the morning for her warm up routine as my daily stretch. I keep meaning to get organised and eat first so I can continue on and do the aerobics work-out. I find if I don't switch it on first thing, I find excuses not to do it during the day. Mostly, cos the curtains are open .
Question: I know someone mentioned having a flash pedometer but, otherwise, how do you measure your walking route??
Good to see you all enjoying your bum clenching
Oh, yes mrspnt, I want to know more about how they do the start off too - and start time ... tell us more!
DH keeps vaguely saying he wants to bring the kids in to meet us for a celebratory breakfast afterwards - I'm not sure it's a) feasible (depends what time the whole thing starts/finishes) and b) whether I'll just want to go home & sleep
BigTillymint, I'm working on 4 miles in about 50/55 mins atm ... can't imagine managing 5 miles an hour for any length of time!
In terms of measuring routes, we're using http://www.runfinder.co.uk/ - you can plan out your route & check distances before hand ... cheaper than a flash pedometer (but not so good for knowing whether you're halfway there yet!)
Have fun in Vegas, marg!!
Coleen rocks! i really enjoy it and do it 3 times a week, although she has made me realise that my co-ordination is shocking! i master a rountine doing it one way then they go and change direction! it throws me completly.
I measure most of my walks in the car, so it is very rough as fields miles are longer than road miles iykwim!
Some days i am out walking for 4-5 hours at a time, and walk from village to village so know rough distances. I also know i can walk 1 mile in 15 minutes if at normal pace.
Evening ladies, did 8 miles this morning in 130min but I think lost the £50 note after about 3 miles
Legs are aching now as then did a 6 hour work shift with a 5 min sit down
I think funny I'll want champagne if I get over that line regardless of the time of day, not sure about having the kids there though as it means sorting something through the night for them while we're walking.
For route planning I've been using http://www.mapmyrun.co.uk/ which is really good. Need to sort out a 10 mile for the weekend so will be on there soon.
my Dh is taking our DS to hotel, so they can sleep and then come to finish line at estimated time to hopefully see me finish.
i have just used runfinder and realised that most of my walks are longer than i thought and the one i did this mornig is half a mile shprter than i thought!
There are usually 4 start times - depending on what time you put for completing in determines what time start you go in.
The first start goes at 11pm and that are the fast finishers, the next is at 11:20, then 11:40 then midnight for the majority of the walkers.
There are roads to cross and because the traffic isn't stopped there can be delays when crossing roads not long after the start.
I could barely walk after the first time I did the full moon and I certainly didn't feel like breakfast but then I am quite hefty and I didn't put in as much training as I would have liked so it may be different for you.
this is good you do have to drag it across to england to be able to use it but it is fairly accurate.
It doesn't show footpaths or bridleways really so you have to know where you're going.
those links are all helpful, thanks! Mrspnut... I'm discovering lots about my new local area by exploring the bridleways. I never know where I am going or where I will end up.
Booking a hotel is the most fabulish idea I have heard!! Somewhere with a spa . Definately champagne at the finishing line too . I know that hubs will use the kids as a reason not to be out supporting me in the middle of the night.
We stayed at the Holiday inn at mayfair which was gorgeous and let us have our room until 1pm on the sunday too so I could have some sleep after the race.
It isn't far from Hyde park either but it is pricey. My OH went out on the lash whilst I was walking but he did get up to come and see me cross the finish line ( or he would have done if he'd been at the right side of the tent)
I'm loving all I see when I'm out, noticed some very fine raised vegetable beds today which set me thinking
Have also thought I will probably keep walking once the official training is over.
Quite excited at the thought of the night & am totally prepared to cry at the end as most people I've spoken to did !!
Oh, that's useful mrspnut, thanks!
We're reasonably local (25 mins on train to waterloo) so a hotel feels a bit unnecessarily indulgent ... sounds like a lovely idea though!
Wifey, I have raised veg beds (not pretty ones though!) on the patio - they are FAB!
Cool funny, I'm so tempted to start growing my own veg and have an area at the front that would be perfect.
I fancy the hotel idea but there's a few of us doing it & I have to be at work on the Monday morning not sure how that's going to go !! As long as dh is on the line waiting I don't mind if I then just crawl into a car and get transported home for a great big sunday lunch .....
true... I'm putting the kai-bosh on a hotel realising that I won't be there to use it!!!
Hubs is planning a vege garden <sigh> he is so painful in the planning process. I also know who will end up tending his produce . I'm sure me and the little girl will love it .
just leaving to do 15 miles, hopefully see you when i return, its bound to be sometime over weekend!
I've just been out & mapped a nice 10 mile for tomorrow, need to be back in time for the rugby though
Just catching up with this thread and have managed to get out three times this week (only for 40 mins each time but better than nothing). Have tried the £50 note technique but dh says I have developed a pained expression when I clench!!
I'm in awe of the distances you guys are achieving!! Well done everyone!
Wow! 15 miles!
Planning to do 11 - 12 tomorrow.
I am not doing very well on the £50 trick - it feels strange and then I keep forgetting
hello, i'm back! ndits still daylight. in the end though think we did around 17.5 miles, but still not bad.
Even the dogs enjoyed it, but will probhably sleep for rest of weekend now, ucky things!
17.5 OMG! How long did it take you?
it took us just shy of 5 hours. we think next time we do a big walk we will leave dogs behind to see how much quicker we can do it without them.
If it'a anything like my old retriever about 2 hours !!!!
Just off to do 10, see you all later (in between rugby matches & cider)
Well done MTYBF! Do you walk on roads or through fields?
Wiffey (and everyone else!), do you do a different route each time you go out, or just add more onto each walk? We are adding more onto each walk, which is quite good as you get used to seeing the same landmarks, so you can see what you're aiming for next.
Does anyone know when the Moonwalk route gets sent out?
thanks BTM, every day i walk through fields, and yesterday we prob did around 5 miles in fields and the rest on the road. i have to say i think we may have been spoilt walking through fields, as it is so much easier than road walking! We have a walk planned for tuesday that is 11.5 miles but all on the road! hopefully all will go ok.
Yes, it must be nice away from all the traffic - not so easy in London! Is it more bouncy on the fields - no mud / long grass to get in the way?
I try to vary my rouyes BTM or Iget a bit bored, didn't bring in a very good tome day - 3hrs for 10.5 mile but had a real energy low at about 8 miles & the last 2 were alot slower.
As I drive the routes first I have a rough idea of a few mile marks.
Off to watch some rugby now, Scotland might even win for once
yes BTM it is alot eaier on all your joints walking on grass and i n fields, even when your feet are being slpayed out at a 90 degree angle because of the slippery mud! or when you are ankle high in thick mud(trust me i know)
Walking on roads is tougher in the sense that you can feel every step you take! it impacts on every joint in your body. you don't think about the impact until you have spent so long walking on one or the other for a long time, then swap them over.
wow, well done morethanyoubargainedfor - I'm also jealous of all your off road stuff! And great work on getting out three times countingthegreyhairs.
We did just short of 14 miles on Friday night (slightly by accident, we were planning on 12 miles & remembered our route wrong!!) We really went for it in the last half hour or so, and it took us 3hrs 15, so reasonably pleased with that. Slightly sore calves this morning though...my first genuine walking injury
well done lovely ladies!! Those distances are a huge achievement... you are both well on the way to comfortably completing the course.
How's it going this week ladies ? I think the weather is going to be against us in the south for a few days
Looking for a nice 13 mile one for Saturday, walking 1/2 of it will feel like a huge acheivment.
Yes, intending to do 13 miles on Saturday too, gulp!
Is the weather forecast bad then?
I need to get going now with my training. I shall start with a nice easy 5 miler this sunday to ease myself back into it.
I did walk about 2 miles last night on the treadmill at the gym but most of that was uphill so not really a good comparison.
Hope you all have good strong legs ladies and get in some good walks over the week.
Just saw this on Active Convos and wanted to post and wish all you lovely ladies lots of luck!
I did the Moonwalk in 2004 and it was the best thing I ever did - amazing experience. Didn't get in this year so very envious .
Have fun, train hard and enjoy every minute!
training not going so well this week am planning a long-ish walk on Thursday, if i can muster up the energy! [af due, hence why not much happening here!]
Afte thursday should have good training happening. fingers crossed for me everyone, and good luck to everyone else this week, we shall make it in the end.
Yuck to bad weather
We're having a relatively easy week - couple of short walks then 10 miles Sat am (can't believe how much my mind has altered - since when was nearly 20 miles in a week 'easy' )
Is anyone else having trouble juggling diaries to fit the long walks in??
Oh, & thanks spoungebrainbigpants - nice to hear that all this is going to eb worth it.
Bigtillymint - did you see the doctor yet? How did things go?
mtybf has got me thinking... anyone know if there are lots of toilets along the way?
There are designated sets of portaloos and water stations and they are all marked on the map you get a few weeks before the day.
Juggling the walks and kids and work is a little tricky at times to say the least.
I know what you mean about mindset funny, I never thought I would start to look forward to a 13 mile walk
Going to do 8 this morning as haven't really done much this week apart from my tap class.
Oh yes, FP! I did see the doctor yesterday - he was very nice, and checked me. I thought it might be something to do with my monthly cycle and he agreed, but I am being referred for a mamogram anyway (yuck!) I'm glad I went, even if it is nothing
Yes, we have blocked out all Saturday mornings adn Thursday evenings till the night for walking - DH's doing all the childcare
Well the weather bit was obviously a lie, I had a beatiful sunshine walk today.
Legs felt a bit heavy towards the end of 9 so I think I need to do more stretching. I'm getting a little concerned that I might not have the stamina to walk for 7-8 hours ?? Are you all doing other exercise & lots of stretches ??
I am sure ou will be fine. I also cycle when ever i can, i also workout to coleens disco DVD 3 times a week, and swim up to twice a week. ( i also play on my wii everyday, although not sure you can call that excercise!
OMG that makes me sound super fit, but i asure you i am not, although o probably havr a weight disadvantage over most, although i have lost quite alot since increasing walking.
Wow MTYBF - you ARE super fit
Wiffey, I have been trying to remember to stretch, which does seem to help. Are you trying to follow the Moonwalk plan for training? I am also worried about having the stamina to last the whole walk, but we are building up the length of our walks, so hopefully.....
why thank you BTM, but believe i could be alot fitter! hopefully one day!
wow, mtybf, I'm impressed too
Great news on the docs, bigTillymint, hope the mamogram goes ok - do you know when it'll be?
I'm not really doing anything other than the walks (we did 6/7 miles last night) - but we did try doing some intervals (walking as fast as we could for slots of 2 mins) which felt good - when you slow down to 'normal' walking sped again it just feels lovely
Nope - not an urgent referral
I have tried walking at 5miles an hour on the treadmill - can keep it up for half an hour, then I have to slow down a bit. It is MEGA fast
good on you ladies... loving your variety mtybf - after asking you about that disco dvd, I forgot about your recommendation. I'm tempted to give it a try.
Glad that everything was clear for you bigTillymint, hope that you get a speedy date for mammogram and that is painless .
I've been hopeless this week... partly putting it down to af... partly putting it down to stresses with a friendship... even my baby has noticed that we have had more car journeys than normal and is grumpy about being put in her carseat instead of going for a long walk and push. I haven't even remembered to do my stretches... but thanks for the reminder - I'll be back on Davina in the morning .
I think the training plan is very helpful... although I'm nowhere near what it suggests. I'm working on the 35% physical theory... and going for the 65% mental... knowing that I am going to be looking sympathy for a week afterwards.
I'm going on the 65% as well I think I might try & do a pilates dvd as well to strengthen up. I've been dieting as well over the last few months so have lost a couple of stone which makes it seem a little easier at times, now putting weight on though but I'm hoping it's muscle otherwise not happy
Did 9 yesterday & 5 today both on good times, it's the 12 on Saturday I'm not looking forward to !! We were going to try the interval training in the week.
We have set up our team fundraising page on one of the recommended websites which is quite exciting, be good when we start to see some money coming in as well.
Hi ladies, that's me back from Vegas jet lagged, tired, probably half stone heavier and two very swollen legs, had to wear sandals on way home, it was freezing when we had to change at New york as they had snow,then got home to snow! Had a good time, but wouldn't go back, grand canion was fabulous. You all sound like you have been busy, I've still not received my pack, bit disappointed.
Glad you had a good time marg :0)
Might be worth chasing on the pack front though the main thing in it is the training schedule !!!
I know wiffey, I was getting a bit worried so I sent an email, that will be the 2nd so hopefully I`ll here something soon. We must have walked miles in vegas so that will give me a start
Hi, I received my training pack today, does anyone know when we get bra and t-shirts? Thanks
Hi Marg! I was wondering that too! And when do we get the route map?
Just done 14 miles - not as fast as FP though - it took just over 3 and a half hours. My legs feel very tired and heavy - must presuade DH to give them a good massage
Well done BTM, had good intentions this morning but then looked at the state of my house & an NVQ assesment not yet finished so have put off untill tomorrow !!!
I don't think the route is decided untill nearer the time so not sure how much notice of it we get ??
Anyway, back to cleaning the bathrooms
Hi- havent been posting as havent been training really till this week as hurt my knee skiing. Had complete crisis on Mon and told my walking partner I couldnt do it but she talked me round and I did 7 miles on weds and we are getting together tomorrow for first time to do 10 miles. Might get knee checked out by Dr just to make sure its ok but I suspect the walking is helping it. Me and my bf are in west berks so were wondering if it would be worth us booking a cheap hotel so that we could come up early and then have a rest in the afternoon to conserve energy. Does anyone know roughly when we need to be there on the night? Also if anyone knows of a cheapish hotel near to the start that would be v useful. You are all doing so well with your training I feel slightly shameful but am really going to try and get on track as I know I will be so chuffed if I do achieve it!
Wiffey, are you training on your own? If so how do you motivate yourself? If it wasn't for my friends, I don't think I would even contemplate it
Arfur, do you think you would be able to sleep in the afternoon? I'm sure I am going to be so nervous....!
Well done Btm! I think my legs would be aching too. I had to go to hosp yest cos dr thought my have Dvt, but it was ok, legs were really swollen after all the walking and flying, all is well today though so starting my training tomorrow, hope they don't swell up again
BTM - wasnt so much thinking of sleeping more like just lounging around watching tv or reading. Just dont want to end up stressed about getting there on time etc and rushing around with trains etc, want to be as calm and relaxed as possible - can you tell I'm v anxious about it all!?!
It's a bit of both btm, depends how we can juggle work, child care, dh's being home
Haven't actually managed to get out yet as have loads of course work to do, it's taking longer than I thought & has a bit more priority at the moment
Will try and do a short fast one in a bit but going to firends for a nice roast beef dinner as well !!!
Hi Arfur, if you are going to try and get a cheap hotel/bb I would do it as early as possible, the cheaper ones will be snapped up very quick. I'm in Motherwell, just outside Glasgow, my hubby is going to stay in Edinburgh all night mainly to support me as I'm doing it alone, so I'm quite lucky it's just under an hours drive. If you ring the Tourist information they will send you a list of hotels/bb's, good luck.
Probably should have mentioned I'm doing London but thanks anyway Marge1066! DId 10 miles today but took 3 hours which is a way too slow gonna have to speed up
Sorry Arfur, don't know why I thought it was Edinburgh! I just started training today and was slower than what I thought I'd be, my calf muscles are quite sore today, so I better step up the mark.
Well done Marg for getting started!
I found lots of aches and pains when I first started, but they have gone now - probably because I have been trying to remember to do those stretching exercises!
But I had very tight calf muschles after the 14miler - Deep Heat did the trick, and the smell got rid of the kids
Thanks Btm, hope I can beat my time tmrw, and I'll be getting stocked up on deep heat!
Welcome arfur and welcome back marg & well done for getting out
We did a lovely 10 miler at the weekend - lots through woods which was beautiful ... although all the hills rather slowed us down ;-) 18 miles planned for this weekend - that feels seriously long!
We've got some local mates doing the training too & discovered to our terror that they were doing 10 mile walks in 2 hours (takes us more like 2 1/2) so that put the willies up us quite effectively
10miles in 2 hours!!!! That's 12min miles! I can't even keep up with 5miles in an hour in the gym!
Oh well, each to their own
Thanks for the shock bigTillymint - makes me feel better!
2 hrs don't see that happening down here in the west country, far slower pace I'm afraid !!
How is everyone? Has anyone ever done (or is contemplating) doing the moonwalk while PG?
I will be around 6 months pregnant in May and really unsure whether I should continue training (am planning the full marathon)
I also have a place on the half marathon in Edinburgh in June, but I think that's really a bit too late, so am going to have to pull out of that one
Still think I'd be OK for the May walk though? Would appreciate opinions!
Is it your first or do you have some idea of how big you will be by then? I was pretty big at 6 months and I don't think I could have walked 26 miles in the night, but you may be much smaller and fitter than me
Maybe you could attempt the half moon in London if not - surely they would let you ttry that given your condition!
Well, it's my third moonwalk and second child (but first moonwalk since becoming a mum, IYSWIM!)
I was pretty small with DS until about 3 weeks before he was born and am not showing at all with this one, so I think I'll be not too big.... I'm reasonably fit... so think that should be OK too...
I'm afraid I've tried Walkthewalk and they won't let me change to the half marathon. it's the whole thing or nothing... DH did suggest that I just start and then stop after 13 miles, but it's not in my nature... once I start, I will have to finish it!!
That's a shame about not letting you change - I would have thought that was a pretty special circumstance.
But good on you for wanting to give the whole thing a go - it sounds like you might not get too big. It's a good incentive not to eat for two, anyway
Just read your first post - your two will be very close in age? You're doing really well getting out to train with a LO
Errr.. yes... VERY close and VERY unplanned Not unwelcome though!!
I have a backpack (karrimor) for the little one... We're getting used to it and it has a sun and rain cover with it too..
For anyone struggling to get out to train, I suggest you get a chocolate labrador (or, any 30Kg+ dog will do if you don't have a labrador to hand) who acts like a canine wrecking ball unless walked for several hours each day
I think that helps haribosmummy, i don't have a lab but do have a curly coated retriever who enjoys his walks, he def gives me motivotion on the rainy days! we have managed about 5 miles today so happy with that!
Congratulations aswell, and i take my haat of to you contemplating doing it at 6 months gone, as i know i would have pulled out, because like you if i start it i have to finish and i was 5 stones heavier when i was 6 months pregnant and couldn't find any shoes to fit so was also bare foot from about the same time
Are any of you taking extra vitamins or supplements etc ?
I've been feeling really tired alot of the time, which I don't think is just the training as work is a bit manic as well but a friend said it might be worth while trying a vitamin or similar ??
Well done on your distances everyone, I'm going to try for my 12 again this weekend, going to have a go at 6 interval tomorrow with a friend, tried it on 3 last night and was not any quicker but more knackered
And haribo fair play to you if you can do it, walking to the village high street was a struggle when 6 months but I was HUGE, I like my babies 9lb+
not taking any extra vitamins, but i am eating meals everyday, which is pretty much unheard of for me. .
Not that is actually helpful to you! but you do have to make sure you have enough fuel to burn or you probably will become ill very quickly! trust me i know!
No vitamins or anything - you shouldn't need them if you eat a healthy balanced diet. Are you eating enough?
What kind of tiredness is it? Is it the my limbs are exhausted type, or I'm mentally shot?
Are you getting enough sleep?
The walking makes me feel better - more alert, etc - if you are inexplicably very tired, maybe you should go to see the GP?
I think it's a bit of all btm !! The legs ache a bit which is to be expected & I stand at work on 5 hr shifts. There is also the small factor of running around after a potty training toddler and a nearly 12 year old who can only do 1/2 of any job asked I'm sleeping really well for a change it's just that I'm pooped by the end of the day. I may run it past the GP.
I'm really quite enjoying the training and do feel alot better in myself, also managed to kick start my weight loss after having got in a bit of a rut with it.
I def. second the 'go to your GP if inexplicably tired'... I did that last week and found out I was 18 weeks PG
Oooh congratulations Haribo! Was it a surprise or planned?
I'm now getting worried that this thread is turning into a "do the Moonwalk and you'll fall pregnant!" thread, after two announcements!
Welcome & congratulations haribo!
<fp crosses legs nervously - this thread is looking dangerous>
wifey - I did find that I got very tired when I first really started moonwalk training. I tried Berocca, which a mate had raved about & it did seem to help...not something to use for too long but good for a boost, ime.
So, we've got an 18 miler planned for this weekend - what's everyone else up to?
i cant do 18 miles this weekend as i have a 3 legged dog boarding with us and he can't go that far! but am about to take them out on a 7 miler in an hour, and maybe 5 tommorrow and then might push dogs up to 10 mile son saturday. my dog misses his longer walks!
We are doing 14 miles again on the weekend. Hope you mean that you're going out in an hour, not doing 7 miles in one hour
just realised that it was Haribo who posted that she was going to be 6 months pregnant, so only one pregnancy announcement.
Wipes brow in relief
Congrats Haribo! I thought I read somewhere that taking a multivitaminn is ok to take, I`ll try and find where it was ( brain like s seive)I`m, supposed to be out doing a 3 mile,but just feel so tired, need to gee myself up
LOL haribo, deff not that I can assure you. Spoke to GP today & will try to sort one out next week.
BTM, i think that 7 miles in ahour is overly ambitious! so i mean't doing it in one hours time LOL. didn't manage the full 7 as had DH with me (fit he is not!) who felt unwell so had to come back after about 4 but hey theres always tommorrow
Yes, I think it's just me who has decided to increase the challenge by being 6 months PG!! haha!
I think 7 miles is REALLY going for it!!!
I'm planning a 12 this weekend if energy levels are up to it
Is it starting to seem really close now or am I panicking unduly ???
We did a 14 miler today, a bit faster than last week and my legs aren't stiff this time
FP, how did your 18 miler go?
Well done BTM, my 12.5 was good, lots of hills & 3hr20 and I didn't feel like I was going to die towards the end,in fact could have done more
For the first time since I've started the training I actually felt that I might be able to do it !!!
Legs are a bit stiff now but I did all my housework when I got back
Hope everyones training is going well
well done BTM and Wiffey. I am jealous of you bein able to do long walks this weekend! oh well there is always next week when dog has gone home.
Some good progress going on here! I was on holiday last week but did 13 miles on Sunday, took about 4h so could do with going a bit quicker (and stopping a bit less for loo/snacks) .
Got my pack finally too and am a bit about the blurb on just wearing your bra, I wasn't planning on doing so. What's the consensus?
Most people do just wear their bra, except the really serious walkers.
On the night, you sort of get swept up in the drama of it all. It's an atmosphere like no other.
I'm planning on a short 6 miler this week and some general walking as well to get myself back into it and then have a go at getting nearer to the 10 mile mark before increasing my speed again.
Deffinatley go for the bra, looking forward to the girls night in decorating it
When do you reckon the bra will arrive?
And have you all set up your internet "giving" pages, or are you just using the paper copies?
I'm not sure I will use the bra they send as will need to wear a good sports bra if you get my drift
We set our page up through just giving as it looked the easier of the two to use, we've had one girl drop out but upto £600 between 5 of us so quite good.
hello all - just checking in for a victory dance after doing 18.45 miles on Sunday!
It was ..... ok - defn a 'step up' from my walks so far - I have to admit, I was quite ready to stop!
We managed it in 4 1/2 hours, so kept to an average of 4 mph, and although I did feel a bit sleepy for the rest of the day, no real aches or pains, which is a bloody miracle!
I've just sent round my justgiving page - after doing 18 miles, I somehow felt I couldn't chicken out any longer
I haven't really thought about the bra situation yet - how is everyone planning to decorate?
Well our team name had "showgirls" in it so full out Moulin Rouge feathers for me
FP I am soooo impressed - over 18 miles Well Done!
I won't be needing a sport's bra, Wiffey , and I will be decorating mine with something big and fluffy And maybe a "fringe"
Hmm am thinking some kind of ra-ra effect then to cover up my belly. Will need to consider further.
Different topic but I didn't think you were "allowed" to use the justgiving sites according to the stuff that got sent out. Not sure how they would determine that mind you but I'm sure I read it. Take it folk have used it succesfully before? - its defeinitely easier for getting cash off folk in work etc.
Vewy well done FP you are leading the way for us!
I hope you can use the sites letuseatcake as I picked it up from the moonwalk website, it was one of the two recommended ?? Maybe these are the only two they recognise.
I'm aiming for 15 this weekend sounds as though we are all getting there tough.
I am using the justgiving site - from the link on the moonwalk site - weird that they don't approve of it (whoops...)
I am also using the just giving site, as they had a link on thier web page.
Sorry I must be wrong as they do link to it off the official site. I think I got mixed up with the bit where it says you can't raise money for other charities including via justgiving/bmycharity.
Sorry about that - as you were
hope you all had good weekends ladies, I did 17 miles (by mistake!!!) and that is a whole different league, I was fit for nothing else Saturday but no aches on Sunday so that was good
hope you all had good weekends ladies, I did 17 miles (by mistake!!!) and that is a whole different league, I was fit for nothing else Saturday but no aches on Sunday so that was good
hello - how's everyone doing? Well done on your 17 miler, wifey.
Having a quiet couple of weeks training wise as dh is away this week, and then we're on hols next week - hoping to still fit in a few 4 milers, but won't do anything substaintial.
Hi funny, nice to see someone back again. it's been a quite week here as well so need to get a big one on before off for a week of the easter hols (camping, how daft is that)
Starting to get ideas for decorating now etc, doesn't seem very far away at all
Hi, my friend and I did 13 miles on sunday and it was not pleasant - we are both feeling demotivated and cant imagine doing double that! It took us four hours too which is too slow - if we finish in 8 hours will we still get a medal or will everyone have gone home by then?
Hi arfur, you'll be fine I'm sure. I felt like that after I first did 10, I thought I was going to die quite literally
Did you take a snack and drink with you as that makes a huge difference.
As for the time I think 7-8 hours is the expected for the majority it's what our group are expecting to so it in so we'll be bringin up the rear with you !!!
I'm sure there will be loads of people slower than that - when we applied weren't there loads of categories for your estimated time taken - I'm sure they went longer than even 10 hours. I hope they did - I don't want to be last
If any of you are Facebook users they have quite a good group on there as well with some handy hints & tips for first timers - Playtex moonwalk London 2009.
Hi everyone, you all seem to be doing do well. Unfortunately I've been in hospital with depression for last 2 weeks, they have an exercise machine I use but stuck for anything else. I emailed moonwalk for some advice but not heard anything yet, I'm just home for a few hours then back in, you all keep up the good work, take care everyone xx
Oh poor you, Marg
You can't go out for a walk around the hospital groupnds or near area at all, can you?
Thanks Tillymint, it`s all main roads at the hospital but I`m home for the weekend so see what I can get done, thanks again
I have my father staying with me and have slacked big time. I feel the need to get my legs moving so need to start putting in some serious effort .
BTM... I think the last category was more than 8 hours - that's what I chose. My ambitious partner chose something stupid less than that. I hope that we will be starting together. I have in my mind that they do have to pack everything away so hope that we will finish before then .
Thanks for the facebook group wiffey.
Hope you are doing ok and your health is improving Marg. Take care x x
I`ve moved hospital and will be able to do some training, thanks for asking. It also depends on how the illness effects me, getting quite frustrated about it, even bought new trainers but my health has got to come first not just for me but also them around me
Sorry about your depression Marg - hope u feel better soon x. Haribosmum - snap!! OMG, I got a BFP yesterday - crapping as I haven't told OH yet - we are both doing the Edinburgh Full. I'll be 14 weeks and did it last year. I don't know what to do - just googled walking marathons while pregs and a few sites say OK under 20 weeks as long as you stop if dizzy, breathless, pain etc but another says absolutely not! I'm like you - I might start and only do half - will lose out on medal, but won't let sponsers down and my walking buddy husband who is still to find out about additon no 4!! Oh my word, what an oops!!
We did our 14 - last Saturday - missed our 10 this weekend as had people her for Easter, my 14 yr olds birthday!! but we are doing 5, 4 and 3 in the week and 16 on Saturday so will see how I get on. As far as telling OH is concerned - omg!! I don't know how
So got the final info with route etc today and am now seriously bricking it - its so so far gulp! Am also a bit worried about my bra as it gives me a hefty cleavage which I feel a bit embarrassed about (am 34F so dont need help with looking bigger) do you think I should wear ordinary sports bra instead?
Also was wondering if we should have a secret mumsnet sign about our person somewhere so we know who we are?
Hi Arfur, i am going to buy an ordinary bra as i am a 36G and my bra just about covers nipples!
Anyway, how is it all going ladies? Not long to go now.
Hello everyone - has been a bit quiet on here! Hope you're doing OK marg?
I'm not wearing the bra they sent either - I'm a 32C, so I don't mind the fit, but I tried wearing it for a 12 mile walk and it was really uncomfy - I got loads of rub-marks for weeks after! I was really surprised to get such a 'fashion' bra - was expecting something more sensible!
I just want to get on with the walk now - only 11 sleeps to go!
I am now definitely wearing a normal t-shirt bra as I wore it on Sun for the big 20 miler and it was fine no rubbing or anything - just need to decorate it now!. Anyone else do 20 at the weekend? It took us 6.75 hours which I know isnt fab but am just pleased we made it to be honest - and am feeling more confident that we can do the full 26.2 on the night! Big toes are very sore tho flip flops for me this week regardless of the weather!
Oh dear, I'm getting worried that the bra will rub now, having spent hours decorating it!
Well done with your 20 miler arfur! We have done ours too, so I feel much more confident that I will make the 26 miles in one piece!
Are you all resting up now, or cracking on with lots of walking?
i am doing shorter walks now, about 8 miles a time. I can't just stop walking! it goes with my job.
I've started feeling strange (guilty?) when I haven't been out for a walk for a day or two. I think I'm going to have withdrawl symptoms when it's over
LOL, I feel like that too Tilly - I had a whole 5 days off over the bank holiday & felt like a complete slob!
Hope you're all in good spirits and ready for saturday.
I've had my volunteer details through and I will be helping in the main tent and surrounding areas giving directions and so on. Last year I was out at mile 16 and whilst it was uplifting it was also blooming cold.
hi all... not long now .
The bras they sent are awful. I was surprised by the style too - the lace rubs badly. Mine is a terrible fit too. I'm going to wear a sports bra.
Good job on all the walking!! My dd asked if I will continue afterwards . I haven't been able to walk frequently with my dad here (he's disabled) so I haven't done the long distances but hoping that being active and looking forward to the atmosphere of the night will see us around the course.
Any suggestions for a code to spot you all amongst the 15,000 peeps???
i tjought that to kiwi,(about being spoted!) although don't think anybody could miss us in our very gerrish pink and purple costumes!
We are counting down now as well, i am actually looking foward to it now.
GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY
I am absolutely wetting myself Im so terrified. Have got black toenails from the 20 miler and they are very tender so I am worried sick that I wont make it (am seriously considering carrying my flip flops with me in case my toes are too painful and I cant continue in my trainers) Good luck and well done everyone!
ah yes the black toe nails! I have lost a few because of that too! the worring thing is the neew ones are coming through black as well, think i may have done some damage
We will all be absolutely fine and son be wondering what all the fuss was about!
Yes thanks MTYBF you are right - must be more positive!
Ooooh, sounds painful
Did you wear your usual sized trainers or get trainers a size bigger than usual? (I did and so far so good!)
I'm just wondering what we'll be doing for 3 hours between registering and setting off
On the actual night the atmosphere carries you along for much of the way and the miles you've already put in helps when you get to 22 miles and just want to lie on the floor and cry (can you tell I've walked it before )
Every volunteer along the route will be clapping you as you pass and the rush of emotion that it creates is like nothing else you'll experience. (I'm welling up now just remembering it).
Good luck and enjoy yourselves, and I may see some of you in the tent.
BTM, the good thing is you can't actually feel it because you have killed off a few nerve endings!
I can't actually wear trainers so i am ong to be the only one there in my big walking boots! and yes they are just well worn normal size! (and i mean well worn, i wear and walk in them every day!)
OK, so I'll look out for the walking boots on Sat night!
So pleased to have spotted this thread...
I'm a volunteer this year after doing 4 moonwalks. I'm on the finish line (not sure how I managed to get such a good gig!) so rest assured I will be cheering each and every one of you home. It is the most completely exhilerating, knackering and totally emotional thing (well for me anyway).
Well done to all of you for doing it.
See you on Saturday
so what do i need to look out for you then BTM?
I have four very good friends walking and I want to go along to "cheer tem on" (and everyone else) but would also like to be at the finish line-any tips on how to get there or is it just sheer madness to contemplate it?
You girls and your blackened toe nails frighten me!!! omg... a little panicked now . Watched a few clips on youtube today from previous events - very motivating.
Is Marg about??
Er, mtybf, a decorated bra
Hurries oveer to youtube!
Oh wow just been looking at Youtube and blubbing but feeling motivated now thanks guys! Off to decorate bra now!!
we are having a bra decorating party tonight! I have a feeling we might get a bit carried away!
BTM thats not fair! my walking boots are going to make me stand out like a sore thumb! decorated bra is just going to make you feel part of the crowd
Good luck London lassies, I'm doing Edinburgh so its a 16 miler for me this weekend and I'll be thinking of you all! Have fun and look forward to hearing lots of encouraging tales of how great it was
Black toe-nails?? Gah, I'm obviously not trying hard enough
I'm really looking forwards to it too - although my half decorated bra is giving me hard stares...
Will be looking out for walkers with fruit shoots in their bumbags
Hey, that's it!
Mummsnetters secret sign is a fruit shoot!(filled with water, of course )
why don't we have a greggs sausage roll as well, just to make sure!
Damn, ds ditched our last frootshott bottle (filled with water of course at school trip yesterday. Not sure I could buy frootshoots JUST on the off chance of a mn spotting me
give it a go FP... I think it's a hilarious idea!!!
Anyone checked the weather forecast . I'm already suffering a heavy cold
I love youtube... had a nosey the other night. I think it's a good idea to take lots of snaps on the way around for memories.
Can't wait really .
Not sure where everyone is travelling from but...according to the walkthewalk forum there is a strike on east midlands trains on Sunday and then a limited service after 1pm
I've checked and it is true. My poor sister and friends are hopefully trying to plan an alternative route home.
So just thought I should warn you.
Right, I have a very important question for any seasoned moonwalkers. Is there anywhere nearby ish that will be open for breakfast? I know they have food stalls, but dh, the kids & my mum are coming in to meet me, and we were planning a lovely celebration breakie. Then we realised that not many places will be open at 7am on a sunday morning ... and by the looks of the weather forecast, a picnic ain't in order.
OH did find somewhere near our hotel but it was later than 7am tbh, we stayed at the holiday inn at mayfair which is on the corner of piccadily and berkeley street. I think he went to either mayfair place or stratton street near Green park tube for his food. I laid on the bed unable to move for the pain.
So how did you all do? How are your legs feeling now?! I really enjoyed it - great atmosphere and the volunteers were absolutely fantastic. I was like the walking dead yesterday, but feeling better today!
Amazingly, we kept to our training times and did it in 6 and a half hours. The last 3 miles were a killer, though, and my legs were VERY sore and stiff.
How are your feet after wearing your walking boots, MTYBF? I did see someone with big boots and thick socks, but I also saw some others with walking boots on, and no-one was brandishing a fruit shoot or a Greggs sausage roll
feet are fine thanks BTM just a few blisters betwen the toes!
Well done on your time.
I didn't see any fruit shoot bottles either but I was one of the volunteers by the walk wear shop answering questions and trying to corral the queue before going to the start and being one of the many trying to organise the walkers before you all set off.
I had a brilliant night and it's really got me in the mood for Edinburgh next month where I get to be one of the walkers.
I was looking out for FS bottles too and I spotted several people wearing walking boots... I wondered whether to ask them all if they were MTYBF !!
It was such a fab event... things got really hard after mile 17 but devouring a whole chocolate bar (half each) at mile 20 got us to 25 and then the desire to finish saw us reach the end!! Thankfully, we got in just before the rain. tbh, I don't know that we could have gone faster than our 9 hours - we kept a steady pace the whole way around.
Brilliant time BTM!!!!
Hope that you found somewhere for breaky FP... we stopped at McD's at Kings X
Congratulations MTYBF and KB!
Did anyone manage to use the she-wee?
I couldn't make myself go in it at all
arh the she-wee we chickened out to!
KB you should have asked, i also had lots of feather boas and long pink tail feathers, and a very hairy bra!
Didnt see the she-wees and wished I had we lost 45 minutes at one toilet stop and hence took 10 hours to finish (last 2 miles in pouring rain) I am usually the moaner but my fried really struggled on Sat night so am just glad we finished! 6.5 hours is amazing, well done everyone!
Hello everyone - & congratulations everyone! Dh bought a lovely picnic in (complete with a mini bottle of champagne!) so we didn't have to find anywhere.
We managed 6hrs 45 - and did the last 6 miles in 13 mins a mile - gah! I was gutted that there weren't proper urinals for the she-wees - I couldn't really see the point of risking wee-ing on my shoes when I wasn't going to save much time
The volunteers on the route were fantastic - really kept us going - so big thanks to you & the rest of the gang mrspnut!
the enthusiasm of the crew was what got us around too!! Although some of them frustrated me by congratulating us and saying - well done you have done xx miles... only to get further up the road and actually see that sign. This made us a little despondent.
I never saw the she-loos??? We spent ages at that loo stop near St Pauls... so fertilised the parks afterwards .
Congrats to all of you who have completed your walks ...!!! Well done!!!
... I've bowed out of this thread as (owing to a minor accident involving a flight of stairs and some cardboard boxes) my ankle has been in plaster for the last 3 weeks...but have been lurking and following everyone's progress
Congratulations to all of you who have persevered - it's such a great cause
hi anyone else doing the edinburgh moon walk 2013 , am just waiting to register for the full moon ........ this will be my first time interested to hear from others that have done it , with any tips or from others that are also doing it ...havent started training yet but think i probably should have
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