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Distance (and what makes a Long Distance Walk long)

Lately I've been walking for distance (stamina, endurance), weight-loss, fitness, and enjoyment, but sadly not for training purposes (I have no imminent walking holiday planned).  I've been increasing the distance over the past 6 weeks, now doing 45km over 7 and a quarter hours, albeit over a route with little to no elevation.  I was hoping to get up to 50 or 60km (I've done 40+ a few times while doing walking holidays in the past, and was trying to at least match that - see the list of longer days on LDWs at the end of this post), but I've run out of time.  I'm off to Canada in 4 days time (for a year) and have too much to do in the next few days to attempt a 60km day.  I've also discovered that my feet rebel at about 45km, feeling quite achy and, on one occasion, blistered due to walking with wet socks most of the day.  I have about 2 and a half weeks once I arrive in Canada before starting work, so I might attempt some distance walking during that time and se

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