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4 Week Training

This is designed for folks who have about 4 weeks of training time. Read the story here about 2 mums that did the event with limited fitness.

Weeks Remaining Activity
4 weeks to go
 
With 4 weeks to go, you have plenty of time to get ready ... so let's get started

First, you should aim to use every opportunity during your normal everyday activities to increase your fitness (e.g. walk to work instead of catching a tram, take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift, take a 30min walk during lunchtimes everyday).

Now you'll need to start doing some serious walking - aim to do 6 walks this week  (rest on 1 day). The first 5 walks in the week should be 30mins - and add approx. 20mins for each successive walk (e.g. Mon-30mins, Tues-50mins, Wed-110mins, Thu-130mins, Fri-2 hours). The final walk for the week will be a longer walk (e.g. Sat-4 hours). It is important to do this longer walk in the hills.

Make sure you are wearing the shoes you will wear on event day during your training. It is important they are comfortable and you are used to them for the big day!
 

3 weeks to go
 
Now aim to do the 6 walks this week as follows (rest on 1 day): Mon-60 mins, Tues-2 hours, Wed-60mins, Thu-2 hours, Fri-2 hours). The final walk for the week will be a longer walk (e.g. Sat-4 hours). It is important to do this longer walk in the hills.
 
2 weeks to go
 
Almost there! Do the same as above, but your longer walk on Sat will now be 6hrs - it's important that this walk is done in the hills. Keep an eye on your fluids, keep eating and enjoy this new experience!

Note: a great experience is to start your 6 hour walk on the flats of Dandenong Creek Trail, head up into Doongalla and aim for the Skyhigh Restaurant for breakfast - I can highly recommend the experience of watching Melbourne wakeup from the hill vistas - beautiful (have someone pick you up from Skyhigh).
 
Last week
 
Time to start reducing. Drop your weekend walks - and stick to the shorter daily walks of 60 mins. You'll be asking a lot of your body on event day - so time to rest and recharge your batteries on the last few days before the event. Well done!