It’s that time of year again – Spring is nearly here! Easter is creeping up, frost is lifting from fields and the walkers among us are getting ready to swap their winter coats for sturdy walking shoes in aid of cancer charity Walk the Walk. Now training has begun in earnest for our Abel & Cole MoonWalk team, we’re checking in with staff members taking up the challenge to share their walk recommendations, tasty training-support snacks and their thoughts on preparing for the big night.
Spring in your step
"I’ve started walking home from work, which takes an hour. It’s actually ended up being faster than sitting in traffic on the bus, saves money, and is better for the environment and me. I had to stop to inhale crisps halfway through my first attempt… but it’s gotten easier. We all have to start somewhere!"
"A few of us took on the mighty Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge last year and we are really excited to get back out and training again for this fantastic cause. I just love the camaraderie of Team Veg."
"The best time to train? First thing in the morning, before you’ve had breakfast, before you’ve had time to think (after coffee). Why? Decision fatigue. If you have a particularly decision-heavy day at work, then you come home feeling drained. You might want to train, but your brain would rather default to the easy decision: to not. That’s decision fatigue and it will make it ten times harder for you to put on your trainers.Get out of the house to exercise first thing in the morning before you’ve used up your willpower, before your brain can process what you’re doing in the first place!
...Then go to toast club..."
"My go-to post workout smoothie is both vegan and gluten-free (of which I am neither but it’s super tasty!), just blend up some tiger nut milk, bananas, blueberries, spinach and chia seeds…Voila!"
"Trail mix is the single greatest of all mankind’s inventions, and it’s super easy to make vegan. Your favourite nuts (cashews are always my go to), banana chips, fresh (or freeze-dried) berries/ raisins and some (dark) chocolate chips or buttons will give you both quick and slow release energy, and you can fit a bag in a pocket easily."
"I actually love the Thames Path. It’s flat, easy to find and follow, and it goes on for miles. Perfect for training. And once you get beyond Tower Bridge the crowds thin out and you’ll often find yourself alone. The section between Greenwich and Thames Barrier is a strange mix of industrial, domestic, historic and new, and there is a café by the Barrier for a cup of tea and a slice of cake afterwards.
This may entertain you. Last time I did the MoonWalk it was 2008 and for some reason my mum, sisters and I decided to do it dressed as cartoon characters. I wore a very ropey homemade She-Ra costume! I think it was about an hour in when we ended up in fleeces and plastic macs because the rain had started…."
Good to know
Interested in taking up a belated fitness resolution for 2019? Join Team Veg now*! We’re looking for more customers, friends and family to join our community for the overnight full and half marathon taking in the amazing sights of the city.
By signing up, you’ll commit to raising at least £100 for Walk the Walk and will be joining the ranks of Abel & Cole staff and customers for an unforgettable night towards a great cause. You’ll also be able to view the team’s collective progress here.
What if I just want to volunteer or help out?
We’d be happy to have you on board! It takes teamwork to make the dream work, and volunteers to support Team Veg are needed to help us hand out water and fruit to all walkers. To find out more about volunteering, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘London MoonWalk2019 volunteering’. So why not join Abel & Cole and Walk the Walk for the London MoonWalk2019? We can’t wait to see you there.
**Ts&Cs: By signing up to join Team Abel&Cole at The MoonWalk London 2019 you give your permission to be contacted by Abel&Cole.