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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Should our team be taking breaks during the Oxfam Trailwalker?

Thank you for making yourself available for us Oxfam Trailwalkers to ask questions.

My team and I are in two minds about whether to stop and rest at the checkpoints at the beginning of the walk. Some of us think that the pain builds up when we stop so it's better to keep going for as long as we can handle. Others think that a short rest at each checkpoint will be more beneficial for us in the long run. Can you please advise us what you think is best?

Gary responds:
Ann, because you are doing 100km more or less non-stop, I am in favour of short breaks every 1-2 hours from the very beginning during which your team has time to replenish fluids and to get down some good quality high energy foods. Thsi strategy will pay great dividends later on, including during the low hours of the graveyard shift.

It is also an opportunity to do things like toilet, change clothing, shoes and socks, dress blisters and so on.

If you can, lie down flat with the chest and feet raised a little higher than the abdomen. This position is refreshing and easy on the heart while draining the legs of old blood and fluid.

A good nutrition supplement to have during the walk is Balance Ultimate Recovery. People who use it during extreme events report better stamina and much less muscles soreness. Be sure to practice using it during training. You will want to have a few other forms of drink such as tropical fruit juices and good old plain water.

Have a read of this set of articles about tissue salts and hydration.
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