On September the 26th I’m taking part in the Shine Night Walk, around the streets of London. The event is a night-time walking marathon (or half marathon) run by Cancer Research UK to bring people from across the UK together to light up London and fund life-saving research.
I’ll be taking on the Half Marathon distance starting at 20:25 and pacing my way through the night. I’ve run a few half marathons now – but never walked 13.1miles. “How long is that going to take?” was my first thought, followed by “what do I wear?” and “what do I eat?” – very important questions I’m sure you’ll agree!
Fortunately part of the “What To Wear” question was solved by the team I’m signed up with – I’m fortunate enough to be invited to be a part of the SOLE Shine Night Walk team. I’ve reviewed SOLE products on the blog before, and am a big fan of their Softec Response Footbeds which make running (and walking shoes) a comfortable ride with their customisable heat moulding. Simply place the insoles in the oven for 2 minutes, then pop them in your shoes, put the shoes on and stand up straight so they mould to your foot shape- ta-dah! Custom inserts that will provide cushioning and support for 13.1 miles hopefully!
|Cooking my insoles|
I’ve also picked up another couple of pairs of the SOLE dual layer socks which are my go-to sock for no blisters and perfect sweat-wicking, odour control technology. Finally, the SOLE cork flips which I took along to my Yoga Retreat the other weekend are perfect to slip onto tired aching feet once we reach the finish line!
Now my feet are sorted, what to eat?!
I’ve been given a free entry to the Shine Night Walk Half Marathon and complimentary SOLE products in return for blog posts.
As it is a new challenge for me, I will be blogging about my preparation – long walks – and tips on walking gear and fuelling. If anyone has taken part before, please feel free to share your advice below!