My plan is to walk 15 to 18 miles a day when doing LEJOG, a few miles more than what I would typically walk in England. Of course the real challenge is doing this almost every day for 9 to 10 weeks. My longest treks to date were in Nepal, a 21-day walk around the Annapurna Circuit preceded a few years earlier by a 26-day trek from Eastern Nepal to Everest Base Camp.
My training, at its most basic level, results from the fact that I haven’t owned a car since 1995. I occassionally take the bus but more often than not I hoof it everywhere. I estimate I walk, on average, 3 to 5 miles every day getting to and from work, grocery store, the ball park, etc.. Although helpful I’m well aware this isn’t going to prepare me for LEJOG.
My girlfriend lives 14.1 miles away and so in May I began walking there instead of taking the bus. I’ve been carrying a light pack (5kg) but will increase the weight as the year progresses. I’ve experienced one 28C to 30C day so far and I suspect there will be few more hot days before the summer is over. There will be plenty of opportunity for testing wet weather gear this fall.
My next step is to walk two 14+ mile days consecutively and then to slowly build on that for the remainder of the year. I don’t expect to be able to fully prepare myself for the rigours of LEJOG but I do hope to become accustomed to my gear, pack weight, and 6-hour walking days. The mental toughness needed to string together 60 to 70 days is another matter altogether.