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Now that summer has finally arrived, and the temperature is soaring, it’s time to ramp up the training. With less than sixty days to go, I need to get some LONG walks under my belt.

This weekend, I will be doing back to back long walks – the plan calls for a three and a half hour walk on Saturday followed by two and a half on Sunday. Walking at a tad under four miles an hour means that I’ve got to walk around fourteen miles plus another ten.

The following week’s long one will be five hours on Saturday (20 miles). Sunday August 4 will find me doing the Dovedale Dipper – a twenty six mile event walking up and down the valleys of the southern Peak District.

In between these long walks I’ll be doing the usual walks to and from work ( at least seven miles a day ) with a couple of longer strolls thrown in.

I’m also hoping to be continuing with my running specific training on Tuesdays ( club night ) and Thursdays ( track work ) and a longish slow run at the weekend. No more races until the Birmingham Half in October.

Yesterday, I was up and out walking by four a.m. clocking up seven and a bit miles walking into work along the canal. It was refreshingly cooler at this hour, especially a lot cooler than at two thirty p.m. when I did another seven miles walking home along the Cole Valley route. Hopefully, September will not be as hot.

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