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52 mile walk training

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saltlakecity Tue 20-Oct-15 21:25:07

Ok. I might just have signed up for a 52.4 mile walk (which incidentally needs completed within 14 hours). It's in June so I've got a little while. I've no idea where to start. I have walked 26.2 before and it hurt my feet. I can walk/run a half marathon but this is a different ball game entirely. You aren't allowed to run any of it but the time is tight.

I was thinking of this as a rough plan. Oct/Nov. Get close to doing 15 minute miles for short distances.
Get comfortable ish doing 10 miles at 18 minute mile pace.
December - continue short fast walks. Get comfortable ish with up to 20 mile walks.
Jan and Feb. Continue to work on short speed in the week. Become able to get to 30 miles.
March and April - Get to 40 miles.
May get above 40 miles at least once.

Is that a good plan? Any suggestions? I have good footwear which is gait analysed.

saltlakecity Wed 21-Oct-15 18:24:55


HeySoulSister Wed 21-Oct-15 20:15:51

I'd recommend getting hydration and fuel sorted. Gels for example, don't agree with everyone! Good luck, sounds good. Tight time wise though

saltlakecity Thu 22-Oct-15 21:47:00

Thanks. I hate the gels. They're foul! Not good with jelly babies either. They make me feel sick. I'm usually ok with glucose tablets

HeySoulSister Thu 22-Oct-15 22:08:05

I ran London marathon this year, the best thing ever was a lady at mile 22 handing out mini sausages! After all the sugar the saltiness tasted amazing. I'd already got cramp at that point tho. So a bit late, but much appreciated none the less

MrsLeighHalfpenny Thu 22-Oct-15 22:13:40

Do you have a family? You're not going to see much of them over the next six months!

If you can walk 26 miles, you can walk 50 miles, but it's a pretty quick pace to keep up for 14 hours.

Your training plan sounds fine. It's going to be a hard winter by all accounts, so your schedule may be affected. I'd do a bit more up front while the weather is good.

You'll get through a couple of pairs of trainers before the big day so buy the pair you intend to do the walk in in plenty of time to wear them in.

saltlakecity Fri 23-Oct-15 05:33:07

Thanks. Good advice. No I don't have local family.

Stellar67 Fri 23-Oct-15 05:36:59

Is it the one at night? They will send you a training plan if it is? Good luck.

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