I got up fairly early and headed off out the door. Turned on my music and just started putting one foot in front of the other. I figured it was going to be a grind but I had already decided to not stress about the time and to focus on my technique.
I have yet to find some good areas to walk that dont have lots of road crossings. So I headed up Hedges Ave....the angle on the road is not the best but it beats constantly stopping for traffic lights. Once I got to 6km the walkway by the beach was under construction so I stopped briefly to change over my socks. I could feel a blister forming on my right foot and soon discovered I had worn a hole in it. So I changed over my socks and took a gel.
I decided to head back as that would give me 12km and I just needed to turn back and walk back 1 km and turn back again and walk to where I started to give me 14km. It was starting to warm up now and I was getting tired. I noticed that my pace had dropped to 6:40 per km ... so I had a little talk to myself and dug in to pick the pace back up a little. I wanted to at least avg out at 6:30 per km for this walk. I have a 5000m race tomorrow but I already know its going to be a training walk.
About the 10km mark my tfl was starting to hurt. I could feel my pirofomus aching and my right knee was hurting. I knew it was a technique fault and so had to focus hard on making sure my knee was staying straigh and my hips were not swinging side to side. I must have made a difference as everything stopped aching.
I was VERY pleased when I did my final turn and knew it was only 1km to go. I stopped my watch at 1:31.25 for an avg of 6:30 per km. Its the furthest I have walked in a while and I know next week coach will have a delightful walk for me.