3 Tips to help you survive the Oxfam Trailwalker

The clock is ticking, it’s only 6 weeks until the Oxfam Trailwalker! Teams of 4 will tackle the scenic and sometimes gruelling path from Wheeler’s Hill to Wesburn Park, to raise money for Oxfam, in support of people in poverty all around the world.  Unfortunately, the strain of walking 100km in 48 hours means that many walkers end up on the Physiotherapy table or the Podiatry chair to get some much needed treatment during and after the walk.

Below are 3 handy tips to ensure you have a truly incredible Oxfam Trailwalker experience:

1. Start training early: If you’re reading this and thinking now is a great time to sign up, it’s best to reconsider. Ideally you should start your training about 3-4 months prior to the walk. Start with smaller walks, 8-12 km on the weekend and start building up from there. You want to be completing at least 45-60km walks during your preparation.

2. Footwear + feet: As with any activity, the proper footwear choice is essential for having a great event. Throughout the walk there are many different surfaces/terrains that you encounter, including footpaths, gravel tracks, muddy roads. Therefore you will need a couple of pairs of shoes to tackle the event. It’s best to get 2 different styles of shoes, ideally a running shoe (for the easier parts of the track) and a trail walking/hiking shoe for the more arduous areas. Get these shoes at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event to give you time to wear them in and make sure they’re comfortable.

3. Be proactive, not reactive: Each year, out of the 1000’s of walkers who embrace the challenge of the Trailwalker approximately 20% do not cross the finish line! That’s 1 in 5 people who have to pull out. Usually this is a result of easily preventable issues such as blistering, foot/leg soreness, fatigue or poor preparation. Use your training walks to assess if you get blistering, hot spots or abnormal pain in your muscles. Prevention is the best cure possible, so if in doubt, get checked out by our Pinnacle Health Group team prior to the walk. We have extensive experience dealing with Oxfam walkers, meaning we are ideally equipped to asses your feet, legs, footwear, walking style and deal with any niggling injuries before the event to ensure you get through the walk with flying colours.

We want you to succeed! 
Please come in and see us if you need any further information. Our team can treat existing injuries, provide gait assessments and give specialised advice on walking styles, nutrition, footwear, sock recommendations or blister prevention and management.

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