Half-way mark: Training for Walk-a-Marathon

I’m week 16 into a 25 week program to walk a marathon, and covered 470km out of 850km.

Some fragmented notes.

My longest distance so far is 26km. Only 2 more longer distances to be covered: 29km and 32km. The sub-20km outings are becoming easier but at this rate, I’m wondering how I’m going to survive 42km.

I hate laps, and finding nice long routes is getting a little tricky.

I’ve taken to running across crossings, when possible. Note to self: Watch the traffic, don’t get hit. Almost happened once. Sorry about that Mr Suzuki Swift!

I’ve busted a pair of shoes. Support and guidance are becoming less of an issue now; I’m starting to feel discomfort and a lack of freedom from my older ASICS GT-2140. The Nike Free’s I’m on are starting to wear a bit. I’m making an order for the Brooks PureFlows in 2 weeks. Probably picking up more gels and some extra toys. Yay!

The gels are helping a lot on the longer jaunts. But pre-walk nutrition is still key and something I have to work on, and get right. Fast.

I read from No Meat Athlete that elite runners don’t take in anything but water and electrolytes during their races. So I tried this on a 16km distance. As I bonked out at 10km, I started laughing at myself – I ain’t anything close to being elite and I ain’t even a runner! I made it home, but in not so great shape.

I’m starting to think its true though; sugar burns dirty and rough. I can feel the thrashing immediately after consuming a gel. Perhaps its the caffeine. Or maybe I should learn to pace out a gel pack over a longer distance – like 1km. Minimise the sugar-rush. Carbo-load a couple of days leading to the long walk. Bring some gels just in case. Don’t jackrabbit and go too fast. Will try that this coming weekend – 15km 2XU Compression Run. No man, I’m walking.

2XU Elite Shorts – good for preventing chaffing. I can’t tell if they are beneficial during activity. They may be good for eliminating unnecessary bounce in the muscles, they don’t help with my fat! Tight around the family jewels – I’ve given up wearing these to sleep.

2XU Compression leg sleeves for recovery. If I don’t wear these, my thighs, knees and calves feel sore the next day. So yeah these are good. Tight around what needs compression. Leaves the dongle well alone! Looks on the nancy-boy side – but hey. Care factor zero. A bit warm.

Glad I bought the Camelbak Lobo. I had to refill on the go yesterday. Consumed 6 liters over 26km. Weather was hot. Twist cap was convenient. Need to find a better way to manage earphone cables.

Cap was good. Should have used it earlier. Maybe avoided the sunburnt head.

Maybe I can continue to use the Lezyne and build up to 10km runs (jogs really). Use a water bottle instead of the bladder. Maybe…

Edit 28/3/2012:
Tried this last night. Overall pace was slower than a good brisk walk. For some reason, low energy last night – really tired. Fell asleep straight after the shower coming home. Ankles, calves and knees hurting today. Will take it slow the rest of the week.
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Remember to Nivea my feet!

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