TRAINING FOR NORDIC WALKERS
Nordic Walkers, like runners, need to build a base of walking mileage and progress each week, before tapering before Race Day. Download the Nordic Walking training plan which can be used to prepare for both the Half Marathon and Ten Miler races. Your training should include a mix of ‘Easy Walks’. ‘Faster Walks’, ‘Workout Walks’ and weekly ‘Distance Walks’.
TOP TRAINING TIPS
Walking Form and Technique
Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.
When training for the Half Marathon or Ten Miler, your first step should be to analyse your walking form and ensure you are using good posture and an efficient walking motion. You may want to use shorter mid-week workouts to specifically pay attention to your form.
Critique yourself for common walking mistakes. Are you leaning forwards or backwards too much? Do you hang your head and look at the ground? Do your muscles, joints or back ache after a walk? Poor walking technique and form problems can lead to injury during training, so get advice from your local Nordic Walking Club if you’re having trouble.