Training

Stretching for Challenge Walk 2013

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Walking 50 miles takes commitment and training. You will take about 100,000 individual steps during the Challenge Walk. Although the Challenge Walk is for people of all abilities, you do need to prepare your body physically and mentally. By conditioning your body before the Walk, you will have more fun and be less likely to experience injuries and pain.

Once you register, start training. This section is designed to give you the tools, resources, and information necessary to create a successful training program and prepare for the Walk. If you have questions during your training be sure to use the training blog.

GENERAL TRAINING INFORMATION

1. Make a training plan. You can download suggested Training Programs based on how much time you have to prepare for the Walk.

2. Start a walk journal. Use a walk journal to keep track of your training, mileage and help you maintain a walking schedule.

3. Purchase walking gear. You will want to purchase walking shoes and clothing for training. This will allow you enough time to break in your shoes, test clothing and layering systems. Getting the right shoes for training and the Challenge Walk is essential.

4. Join a training walk or recruit a walking buddy. Training is always more fun with a friend to motivate you.

SELF-TRAINING PROGRAMS

Consistency in training is essential to completing long-distance walks. You must be dedicated to training and to increasing your mileage each week.

Addie’s Personal Training Studio has put together training programs to prepare you for the Challenge Walk. You select the program based on how much time you have to prepare. These mileage guides are an ideal training plan. If you can’t fit it all into your schedule, don’t get so discouraged that you avoid training. Just try to be consistent with your preparation.

18-Week Training Program
12-Week Training Program
10-Week Training Program
8-Week Training Program

TRAINING RESOURCES

•Weekly Walk
•Injury Prevention
•Hydration and Nutrition
•Clothing and Shoes

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