Start off with brand new boots so that they mould to your feet better for this particular style of exercise and start off with plenty of weights/bricks in your bergen. Carry more than you'll be racing with so that you will move faster without them. I'd start with about 60lb plus water.
Be careful - don't overdo the training. Most sane physios will tell you to only train 1 day a week with weight. I trained for the Commando Speed March, which is essentially the same thing except 3 miles shorter and I only ran 1 day a week with weight and was fine for the event itself. If you do more you'll bugger up your knees. Make sure you can at least run 10 miles in under the time with no weight (obvious, I know, but it will give yourself a very good fitness gauge).
Find your own comfortable pace for the run. Test different methods to find which best suit you, i.e. a continuous pace or a walk/run at a faster pace. Don't bother running up hills, you'll waste a lot of energy. speed walk up them, run on the flats and sprint on the downhill (the weight of the bergen will give you a lot of momentum, you just need to keep putting one foot infront of the other).
BREAK THE BOOTS IN! Don't attempt to run with brand new boots - not only will they be inflexible but you'll be walking like you dropped the soap in a prison shower for the following week. Also, look into getting Superfeet insoles, they are brilliant for arch support and your feet will be far more comfortable during the run.
Sounds like good advice.
Wasn't sure if Fatboy was taking the p*ss, suggesting new boots & 60 pounds. Think he was just trying to finish me off before I start.....
I wasn't really going to do the race in brand new boots !
I will indeed take it easy training, as I don't want to set off old injuries.
On a serious note, the best training that you can do for running in boots is running in trainers and to make sure your boots are well broken in and looked after with polishing after each use. As Gremlin said, don't train too often with weight; it will do in your joints before you know it.
Not sure I was thinking of "sprinting" any of it to be honest.......!
Staggering, crawling on hands & knees maybe. Sprinting??.....er...no.
So, no running down hills.
What's the terrain like? Muddy? Rocky? Grassy?
( I wonder if the organiser would lay a tarmac path if there's any muddy bits, just for the girls to use...??
We are fragile, delicate creatures, & I refuse to get my feet wet under any circumstances... )
True, I stand corrected, I did it on the Speed March and avoided injury but it probably wasn't the smartest of tactics. But while sprinting might not be best, try to lengthen your stride going downhill. You can cover quite a bit of ground, use it to your full advantage.
I've posted on Mfat yes.
Got no answers to my questions on this race, so came over here.
This site seems to be more for those actually serving, so I thought people who have already done this course might be in a better position to advise.
Still not sure if the boots I've got are ok.
Organiser says you can wear hiking boots, but they must have full ankle support.
My boots cover ankle, but only just. Don't come up high like military boots.
I'm guessing this isn't classed as "full" ankle support??
Any idea, as I need to start training now in the boots I'm going to wear.
Do you know anywhere in the Northwest area that might sell second hand millitary boots?
I've put an ad in press. Only need them for race, so don't want to spend a fortune.