Making Plans

It has been a very relaxing weekend so far. Apart from yesterday’s parkrun, I haven’t really done anything in the way of exercise, but now that I am upping my mileage for the London to Brighton Challenge, rest days are becoming increasingly important, especially if I want to avoid injury as the training itself becomes more and more challenging.

My main goal for the challenge has changed since I first signed up for it a few weeks ago. Having done a couple of long(-ish) walks, I realise that simply completing the course is going to be tough, never mind running it, or jogging it, or even finishing within a particular time frame. This year, I just want to be able to do it. Get from the start line to the finish in the best shape possible. And that means I need to start looking after my body during and between training sessions.

With only five weeks to go and having only walked about a third of the distance in one session, I’m starting to get a little bit nervous. So, today I planned a route which, although a lot flatter than the course itself, will take my distance up to between 45 and 50 kilometres.

I plan to start out by walking pretty much the same route as I walked on Friday, from Hove to Shoreham, and then take the path from Shoreham along the River Adur. The idea is to basically follow the path northwards until I get to about 15 miles and then turn around and head for home.

45K Plan

Although the route is far from hilly, the distance will be a challenge in itself. Unlike the actual event where we will be provided with meals or snacks every 12 kilometres or so, when it comes to training, I need to take enough food and drink in my backpack to keep myself fuelled and hydrated along the way. This does make the whole thing a little bit cumbersome, but I guess carrying a bit of extra weight in training won’t do any harm.

At the moment, I am still using my old back pack which tends to jiggle around a bit, especially if I attempt to jog, but hopefully that will be replaced next week when I get paid. There’s a lot of kit that I still need to get and try out before the big day, but I guess I’ll deal with that next week.

For now, I’m having an early night to get myself ready for tomorrow’s long walk. Here’s hoping for some fair weather and a fine day!

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4 responses to “Making Plans”

  1. artisticsharon says :

    You’re really thinking this through! I can’t even imagine that distance but based on your previous posts I have no doubt you’ll handle it well…keep going, we’ll be watching. 🙂

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thanks Sharon. I think the ‘out and back’ route helps as it makes it look like it’s only half, and once you’ve done the first half you know you can do the second – well, that’s what I’m telling myself this morning as I prepare to set off! 😉

  2. 2 Cups 'N Run says :

    Hope you have a great walk. Is it possible for you to leave food/drinks in advance, somewhere hidden on your walking path?

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thanks. It’s not bad idea but I’d probably worry that someone might find it and then I’d be in trouble. Still, hopefully I’ll get a new backpack next week which will make things a bit easier. 🙂

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