Training for a long-distance endurance event is much easier when we train together. The miles fly by as you meet fellow participants and strangers quickly become friends. After leading thousands of people over tens of thousands of miles of training walks, we have a comprehensive and well-organized training walk program hosted by our non-profit, In Our Lifetime, to help you safely train for your event, whether it is your first walk or even if you are a veteran walker! Hope to see you on the road soon. Walk on!
TRAINING WALK REQUIREMENTS Your safety is our first priority and to ensure a happy and safe walk for everyone, to participate in our training walks, you agree to the following requirements:
TRAINING WALK DETAILS The following are more details about the training walks we lead:
- RSVPs for training walks are mandatory (if you come to a training walk without RSVPing you may be unable to join us if that walk is at capacity.)
- Come to walks with sufficient hydration supplies and snacks.
- Come with proper endurance walking shoes, gear and a way to carry your personal items.
- Abide by all rules set forth by the training walk leader, all applicable road laws and regulations - engage in safe walking behavior & share the road/pathway!
- If you are recovering from over-training or an injury, please respect your body. It is OK to take time off of training! Don't force training through an injury - if we know you are injured and you show up to walk, we may ask you to sit out.
- Children who are 16 or older can join our walks, but must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
- No talking on cell phones or texting while walking.
- No pets. No strollers.
- No headphones or earbuds while walking. No waist/pack speakers (not everyone likes the same music!)
- Start Times are selected so that we will likely be finished by 12:30 p.m. (except for walks 16+ miles.)
- Please plan to be ready to go by the posted meeting time so we can get business done and hit the road! There is a Safety Speech which all participants must hear to join us on our walks.
- There is ample, free parking where our training walks meet.
- You will get a Friday reminder email with any last minute walk details.
- You will get a route map with turn-by-turn directions with the training walk leader(s) contact numbers
- All pace levels are welcome on our training walks. That said, most of our walkers average a3 - 3.5 mph pace although we make every effort to not leave anyone behind.
- Walk routes have bathroom/stretch breaks every 3-4 miles.
- Wear layers – fleece and wicking under layers - as it can be very cool along the coast.
- Be prepared for drizzle. Heavy rain cancels. If you are in doubt, don't come out!
- Come prepared to sweat! Most walk routes are challenging and have hills.
- The routes are planned for their aesthetic qualities, access to clean bathrooms, and grocery stops.
- We support one another and care about our fellow walkers while training, but everyone is ultimately responsible for their own safety and well being. Know and respect your body's limits!
- Some walks have route support - check training walk calendar for specific walks.
ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU Training walks are your best opportunity to learn what you need (and don't need) to carry with you while walking. It’s an opportunity to test gear, shoes & clothes too! The following are items we like to make sure we bring on a training walk:
- A fanny pack/camelbak/backpack (a way to carry your personal items)
- Snacks, water & electrolyte replacement for 3 - 4 miles
- Blister care items: moleskin, tape, blister cushions, needle, alcohol wipes
- ID, insurance card, blood type, emergency contact name and phone number(s)
- Credit card, some coins and cash
- Cell phone, although there may not be service in some areas where we walk
- Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses and a change of socks for walks over 10 miles
- Camera, wet wipes, bandana, kleenex, SPF lip balm
- And, don't forget to pack your sense of adventure!
A NOTE ABOUT TRAINING WALK ROUTE MILEAGE GPS devices may track different mileage on our walks. That will be true even on the actual event weekend. The important thing to remember is that we are in training for a life changing event! Our first priority is your safety. We take having well-placed bathroom breaks and access to water/food replacement along our routes very seriously. As such, actual mileage for each walk will vary based on a number of factors. We do our best to ensure the routes are as close as possible to our goal mileage but ultimately, planned mileage is approximate and GPS mileage may vary. See you on the road!