My Oxfam trailwalking husband is up for his fourth event and after years of discussing knees with his team mates, we pulled this together, he the editor and wordsmith, and me the knowhow.
How do you know if your knees are up for the challenge of walking 100km? Ask yourself:
- Do you have knee pain during or after your training walks?
- Is it under the kneecap, on the inside of the knee or at the base?
- Do you get aches in lower back or pain in the ‘glutes’ after training walks?
- How stiff are you knees the day after? Painfully stiff or ‘just worked’ stiff?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, you’ll need to protect your knees by preparing them properly for Trailwalker. Anybody can walk the last few kilometers to the finish line with a sore knee, but if your knees start acting up at the 30km mark, you’re going to have a most unpleasant time.