Signed up to take part in this year's Wild West-themed Sleep Walk and raise vital funds for your local hospice?
Whether you're an experienced walker or a boot stompin' beginner, it's not long before the big event, so it's important to do some pre-race practice and get your body and mind ready for your 5 or 10k night walk.
Why not start with our four week training programme?
Try walking 15 minutes every day over five days at an easy, low-level pace. Spread out your rest days, such as making day three a rest day and day six a rest day. Building consistency is key to your training.
Add five minutes a day so you are walking for 20 minutes over four days a week. Make your fifth day all about mileage, seeing what distance you can cover with a 30 minute walk.
Add five minutes a day to your routine, so you are walking 25 minutes over four days a week. When you reach your fifth walking day, walk for 45 minutes. By now you should be aiming to walk at a moderate determined pace, and be able to carry on a full conversation while walking and not be out of breath!
Add five minutes a day so you're walking 30 minutes over your four days a week. Try and walk at a moderate pace increasing to a 60 minute walk on your fifth day.
Barbara's Boot Stompin' Training Tips
- Fit walking into your everyday life; take the stairs rather than the lift, or walk instead of getting the bus.
- Wear your gear in, especially if you've bought new trainers or walking boots.
- Take on those hills - getting some inclines and descents into your training will be beneficial.
- Remember my five step rule: warm up, stretch, walk, cool down, stretch. 5. Keep hydrated; a 3% drop in hydration leads to a 10% drop in energy levels.
- Look for walking shoes with flexible soles and low heels.
- Keep your eye on the weather and dress accordingly.
- Petroleum jelly and talcum powder are great lubricants for areas prone to blistering!
- Experiment with socks and wash them at least once before wearing.
- Spend some time with your fellow walkers and make sure you fit in some pre-training together.