UPDATE: Original post on 8 Jan 16.
So far, I’ve got in 4 good walks in the last seven weeks. Not many walks, really, and not awfully far or hard (35 to 65 pounds – 2 to 4 miles) except that it’s been in the dead of winter, usually with enough snow and cold enough temperatures to set my mind on other training/prepping tasks, and my work schedule has been fairly hectic, and that so far, I’ve got a great ‘leg up’ on when I start rucking in the Spring. Maybe this year I can get to 12 miles with 80 pounds, who knows?
If you’re in an area experiencing a mild winter as we are here in our home area, consider throwing on your ruck and doing a few miles. If it’s been a good while since you’ve rucked, take it easy, lower the contents, but take advantage of the weather. I’ve been able to do a few so far, nothing routine, but when the weather is between 35 and 45 degrees, a light coat, some very light gloves and a jacket is more than you need if you’re walking with 35 pounds or so and trying out a 15 minute mile. You’ll be getting a ‘leg up’, so to speak, on any rucking you start in the Spring. It’ll also help you stay fit in case you have to put into practice your ‘Get Home’ bag and route in the event of any bad things that may happen. The picture below was taken last Spring, but except for the assault pack, it’s about the same pack I wore so far this winter. Go for it!