I decided at the end of last year that as I am turning 40 at the end of this year, then 2016 would be full of challenges and exciting adventures for me this year. I toyed with doing 40 things before I am 40, but instead I have decided on something different each month during 2016.
The month of January sees me taking part in Dry January which may not be exciting for many people but for me it’s the start of a change in lifestyle and better health. I’ll tell you all about how I go on in February. This post is focusing on my adventure in May which is the Moon Walk, a 26 mile walking marathon through London overnight.
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I live quite a sedentary life without meaning to. Working at a desk all day means I don’t always get the exercise I want and need. I have been making steps to change that during January as well which I will focus on in another blog post in a week or so, but I have decided to start using my Fitbit to its full advantage and upping my steps per day to incorporate some training for the Moon Walk.
Doing a little bit of research, Moon Walk training should start around mid February for a mid May marathon. I am a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, but this isn’t a bad thing as it’s getting me out in the fresh air and also into the gym a lot more. Fresh air is also a great way to de stress when life throws those curve balls.
I have looked at my walking attire and have decided that I will probably need to invest in some new walking socks and maybe some waterproof wear depending on how the weather goes this year, but for now I am making do with what I already have and will gauge how the training goes.
For the next couple of weeks I am aiming to walk 2 miles per day on my non work days. This is an easy enough task and I’m sure a lot of people do this on a daily basis and don’t think about it, but I have learned over the last few days that whilst I am active in the sense I go to two fitness classes each week and make it into the gym, I don’t walk and I have been using very different muscles (or so my body is telling me).
My two mile dog walk this morning took me slightly longer than I anticipated as I stopped to talk to people on two occasions (see where my heart rate dropped right down there? I was talking and stood still!)
Averagely I am walking 1 mile in around 18 minutes which is an average pace and based on that I will complete the Moon Walk in 6.9 hours which I would be happy with.
I have learnt a couple of valuable tips from my first weeks training.
- Don’t wear new trainers when walking on gravel tracks, the weather has been too bad to keep them clean (thankfully I wore my older trainers this morning and not my nice sparkly ones shown above.)
- Don’t wear nice clothes (I came back from this morning’s walk splattered with mud as some of the tracks I walked on were very wet and walking with Lola meant that I was a magnet to be splashed.
- My Trespass jacket is a godsend and the pockets are so useful for carrying bits and pieces.
My Moon Walk Essentials That I Used
My Moon Walk Training Journey