On Sunday David and I participated in The Bloody Long Walk – Perth. Oh boy was it something!
Our 35km challenge (which in reality was 37.5km (23 miles) due to the nature of the course) took us a little over 8 hours to complete. Starting with a loop around the city and following the river through to the ocean, we saw so many sights Perth had to offer. It was a glorious day!
But what a challenge it was! By the end our legs were toast, our feet throbbed, our minds were fried and we just wanted to sleep! But I feel so proud for achieving what we did.
For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I want to bring you 5 tips on how to survive a bloody long walk. Whether this be the 37km walk I did, trekking, hiking or just a days ramble in the countryside, be prepared for your walk!
Don’t underestimate the challenge of a walk
I knew it was going to be a long walk. But I don’t think I fully understood just how long and how it would impact me. I walk all the time, everywhere, everyday and I have done lots of hikes in my time. But 8 hours straight walking? Up and down hills. From pavements to grass to roads to sand. This challenge takes it’s toll physically but also mentally. You have to want to go on. You have to want to finish. But this is what makes this challenge all the more rewarding at the end.
Do it with someone you actually like
A physical and mental challenge. Folks you are going to go through all the emotions and strains. Because of this you must do the challenge with folk you like and can be honest with. You have to be on the same page pacing wise and when you want to take breaks. You need to talk about how you feel throughout – both the highs and the lows. 8 hours is a long time.
Be prepared for the elements
37km is a long distance and you are going to hit various types of weather. For us it stayed dry the whole time (but I still brought my waterproof just in case). The menace for us was the sun. The temperature said one thing but having the sun beating down on you directly for 8 hours kept us very hot. We drank water during and at every checkpoint we met. We reapplied sun cream and wore the very stylish hats they provided us with. Actually I think my hat was my saviour of the day – a wide brim protects your face and eyes from direct and harsh sunlight.
Know your shoes – can you trust them?
You may think you have the comfiest pair of trainers, but are they 37km comfortable? I’m not suggesting you do a test run to find out! No, simply be prepared for the worst. Plasters, thicker socks, padding, even a spare pair of shoes might be handy. I took my Birkenstocks with me to change into at the finish line – best decision ever.
One I had to end on! This was the one thing I wish I had with me on the day. Port-a-loos, public toilets, lots of drinking water… yup you get the idea. Hand sanitizer will be your best friend, trust me.
And on that bum note (ha!) I will end by saying a massive well done to everyone who has completed the walk and a big good luck to those in the other Australian cites who are yet to walk!
What was the longest walk you have ever done?
Do you like to walk or do you prefer a run or cycle?
Have you ever underestimated a challenge before?