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Training Tips

8 Week Training

This is designed for folks who have about 8 weeks of training time.

Weeks Remaining Activity
8 weeks to go
7 Mar
 
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 factor in 3 walks during the week - e.g. Mon, Wed,  Sat. 2 shorter walks of 45mins, 1 longer walk of 90mins.

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!
 

7 weeks to go
14 Mar
 
Same as above but increase your 45min walks to 60mins and instead of 2 walks see if you can add an extra short walk. Increase the 90min walk to 2 hours.

It's important to start adding hill climbing into the mix of your training. Consider doing the 2 hours in the hills and look for some steep sections.
 
6-5 weeks to go
21 Mar - 28 Mar
 
You have passed the halfway mark and are probably noticing how much fitter you are - congratulations!

Keep doing what you are doing - but now increase the 2 hour walk to 3 hours.
 
4-3 weeks to go
4 Apr - 11 Apr
 
OK - it's time to start ramping up - you'll be looking to increase your work rate over the next 3 weeks in preparation for the event. You should already be feeling pretty comfortable doing your activity.

Now you will increase the weekend walk from 3hrs to 4hrs - and aim to do this full 4 hour walk in the hills.
 
2 weeks to go
18 Apr
 
Almost there! You'll do one longer walk - select either the Sat or Sunday and instead of the 4hr walk, you're going to do one walk for 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
25 Apr
 
Time to start reducing. Drop your weekend walks - and just stick to the shorter 60min daily walks. You'll be asking a lot of your body on event day - so time to rest and recharge your batteries. Well done!