Long Distance Walking

Last Sunday morning after my night shift I managed to walk 7.03km all in one go, it took 2 and a half hours and it was actually really enjoyable (until I got to the 1 and a half hour mark but it was 20-30 minutes to a bus stop so I thought 'May as well keep going'). I'm thinking of trying it this Sunday again. All the muscle pain I felt came around two days later of course but it wasn't that bad. I got one blister that wasn't too tender unless I poked at it and it went away within a few days. Does anyone else walk long distances and have some tips to share?

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  • AllanMisner
    AllanMisner Posts: 4,140 Member
    I walk long slow distance (LSD) as well. I’d recommend backing down, walking shorter routes and working your way up. You might also see more benefit if you went to 2 - 4 walks per week, and then make your Sunday walk slightly longer.

    Also, you should make sure you’re carrying, or can stop and pick up, water during these long walks. Dehydration and other issues can come up fast if you’re not paying attention to maintenance, especially on long walks.

    If you continue to get blisters, you probably need better walking shoes. It is an investment, but your feet are very important and you need to take care of them.

    Enjoy!
  • BadgerFaced
    BadgerFaced Posts: 66 Member
    I walk long slow distance (LSD) as well. I’d recommend backing down, walking shorter routes and working your way up. You might also see more benefit if you went to 2 - 4 walks per week, and then make your Sunday walk slightly longer.

    Also, you should make sure you’re carrying, or can stop and pick up, water during these long walks. Dehydration and other issues can come up fast if you’re not paying attention to maintenance, especially on long walks.

    If you continue to get blisters, you probably need better walking shoes. It is an investment, but your feet are very important and you need to take care of them.

    Enjoy!

    You're right on the working up, I have been for a while. Sunday was my first long slow trek.
    I usually carry water and coconut water for my long walks. :smile:
    I have bunions so it's less my shoes and more my feet being a problem and will be putting band-aids on them this time.
    Happy walking!
  • otheliemoor
    otheliemoor Posts: 50 Member
    edited March 2015
    I went on a short walk (around 5km) that turned into a long walk ( closer to 15 km up a mountain) today and the last hour I wanted to die.

    Since I thought it was going to be a short run I only brought my keys and my phone, so by the 3/4 mark I was so tired, cold, hungry, and thirsty. The last km was a real struggle.

    For long runs I would recommend: water, extra clothing, and a little something to eat.
    Also, I sometimes wear nylon socks under my other socks to cut down on friction and keep those blisters away.
  • BadgerFaced
    BadgerFaced Posts: 66 Member
    I went on a short walk (around 5km) that turned into a long walk ( closer to 15 km up a mountain) today and the last hour I wanted to die.

    Since I thought it was going to be a short run I only brought my keys and my phone, so by the 3/4 mark I was so tired, cold, hungry, and thirsty. The last km was a real struggle.

    For long runs I would recommend: water, extra clothing, and a little something to eat.
    Also, I sometimes wear nylon socks under my other socks to cut down on friction and keep those blisters away.

    Awesome job! Walking up mountains is not easy... at least when it's done it isn't as bad going down.
    I like the sock idea, I may just try that. :smile:
  • otheliemoor
    otheliemoor Posts: 50 Member
    I went on a short walk (around 5km) that turned into a long walk ( closer to 15 km up a mountain) today and the last hour I wanted to die.

    Since I thought it was going to be a short run I only brought my keys and my phone, so by the 3/4 mark I was so tired, cold, hungry, and thirsty. The last km was a real struggle.

    For long runs I would recommend: water, extra clothing, and a little something to eat.
    Also, I sometimes wear nylon socks under my other socks to cut down on friction and keep those blisters away.

    Awesome job! Walking up mountains is not easy... at least when it's done it isn't as bad going down.
    I like the sock idea, I may just try that. :smile:

    Going down made me concider just jumping throwing myself down, because me legs hurt that bad with every step. I'm going to do it again, but I'll be prepared. I was shocked at how much snow there was, so maybe wait a month or so for it to clear up.