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It takes time and training to prepare for a 65km walk.

65km is a long way to walk in 15 hours. If you want to make the distance you will need to train and prepare. A steady pace is around 1km every 10 minutes, or 6km an hour.  That means it will take 70mins to complete a lap or 11 hours walking time.  In addition, adding breaks for food, toilet, changes of socks etc you may easily need the 15 hours provided from start to finish. The last lap must be completed by 5pm!

There is really only one way to train for a long walk – and that is to walk long distances. Doing this will help prepare the right muscles and get them used to that long slog. Long walks are also an excellent way to make sure that your clothing and kit will not cause you a problem on the day.


Weather

This event will not be cancelled for inclement weather. Prepare for all types of conditions. As the day goes on, the weather could go from rainy to very hot and your preparedness will have a huge impact on the walk. Consider getting quick-drying walking gear, sunglasses, rain gear, sunscreen etc.

Food

It is likely you will be burning off 3000 – 4000 calories during the course of the day. Eat well and snack often. Food will be available for purchase at the start, but we suggest you bring your own low fat, high carb, and medium protein favourites– trail mix, muesli bars, nuts and bananas are good options for maintaining energy. It’s better to bring too much food than too little.

Shoes

Wear good walking shoes that are already broken in – don’t start this walk in new shoes, as that will guarantee blisters. An extra pair of shoes & a few changes of socks are recommended. Remember if it is a rainy day you will need to try and keep your feet as dry as possible.

Take a Break

Bring wipes, changes of clothes, antibacterial gel. Freshening up can be very psychologically uplifting. Sit down, but not for too long. Keep your muscles warm to avoid injury.

Clothes

Avoid clothing that will cause chafing. Wear comfortable or compression clothing designed to minimise friction. Consider wearing sleeves and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.

Distraction

Change walking partners. Talking to someone new makes the laps go faster and breaks up the day. Invite friends to join you for a lap or two, or have your team join with another team for a lap. Create a new playlist and save it for the day or listen to a podcast or audio book.

Pace Yourself

Don’t walk too hard or too fast too early - you will pay for it! This is an endurance walk, not a race. The last two laps are much harder than the first seven.

The route will return you to the start point every 7km.

The week before the walk you might want to consider:
  • Freezing bottles of water and keeping them in an Esky so at the end of the walk you can drink something cold.
  • Eating plenty of carbs which will help to provide the long-haul energy you need on the day. This week, bread and pasta are your friends!
  • Making sure you have everything you need – you won’t have time on the day to get anything you’ve missed. Things like a torch (for the first few hours), plasters (in case of blisters), snacks, change of socks & shirt etc, raincoat, sunblock, painkillers.Cutting your toenails
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  • Charging your iPod, power bank, fitness tracker/smart watch, phone
  • Check the website and your email for any last minute instructions. CFFC will send out emails in the lead up to the day as more information becomes available. We recommend remaining subscribed to these emails so you don’t miss out on any important information.

On the day...

65km is a long way and takes a long time to walk!

The route will return you to the start point every 7km.

Make sure you are fit enough to start training, and see a doctor if you have any doubt at all.

Start with short walks, depending on your level of ability and fitness. You might feel, for example, that you want to start with the equivalent of one lap of the walk – 7Km. That will take over an hour at a steady pace. Build up over time in the weeks preceding the walk. It would be good to get to the stage where you can walk 30-40Km 2-3 weeks before the walk, and then you should taper down your training so you are walking less in the week or two before the day of the walk so you can rest.

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