All posts by Ruth Livingstone

Walker, writer, photographer, blogger, doctor, woman, etc.

Training log: interval walking around Hambleton Peninsula

On Tuesday I set off for a walk around Hambleton Peninsula, one of my favourite short walks.

Hambleton Peninsula - round walk

It was an interval training day, as designated in my training plan for the Stroud Five Valleys’ walk. For those who don’t know, interval training is the discipline of walking as fast as you can possibly can for a few minutes, followed by a recovery period of walking at a more relaxed pace. Continue reading Training log: interval walking around Hambleton Peninsula

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Walk training schedule: gearing up for 21 miles.

My usual ‘long’ rambles vary between 8 to 13 miles in length. I find any distance greater than 10 miles fairly taxing. And my usual walking pace is 2 miles an hour. Yes, that includes photography, snack and toilet stops, but it’s pretty slow. Also I am in the habit of stopping after 7 miles or so for a lunch break. Continue reading Walk training schedule: gearing up for 21 miles.

Training for Walking: is it necessary?

have rucksack, will travel, walking feet
Do you have to train to walk?
No. That’s the short answer. You just slip on a pair of comfy shoes, grab your rucksack, and head out the door.

For years I have simply gone out and walked, and walked the next day, and the day after. And, when I’ve finished my walking sessions, I come home and put my feet up.

Of course, we all walk every day. And so, in a sense, we are always walking and constantly in-training for walking.

So why talk about training for walking? Continue reading Training for Walking: is it necessary?

Call yourself a long-distance walker?

ruth livingstone walking downcast, ashamed to be called a long distance walkerUp until now, I regarded walking as something I do when I go on my coastal expeditions. I walk around the coast. That’s what I do. And I rarely walk anywhere else. Indeed, I call all non-coast ramblings wasted walking!

Names are important. The labels you attach to things – and the labels you attach to yourself – really do matter.

Foolishly, I had started to call myself a long-distance walker. And then I took a look at the Long Distance Walkers’ Association web site. Wow. These people walk 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles – all in one go! Continue reading Call yourself a long-distance walker?