Basically my prep has been shorter walks during the week before work (around the 5km mark but with a decent hill), then on the weekends do some extended stuff with my pack. I'm finding that a short 5 minute break every 90 mins or so with a longer one for lunch is enough to keep my shoulders and legs happy especially if I remember to do some stretching - which I'm pretty useless at - both the remembering and the stretching!
Have started packing up food to bring across to New Zealand, not because I don't think I can get similar over there, just because I'm not sure they'll have the quantities on the shelf. Compared to other hikers I am probably sending/delivering more Resupply boxes than most as I know, at the end of a hiking day, the last thing I will want to do is grocery shop!!
Before I went shopping in Australia, I contacted NZ Quarantine to get an Ok to bring in the types of packaged food I was thinking of bringing.They were really helpful and even gave me the OK to take some food out of original packaging to save room - as long as I can tell customs what's in them. Have also emailed Bivouac in Wellington as they said they would happily put aside some dehydrated meals (Back Country) so I can just pick up when I get in. I'm not using a lot of dehydrated stuff (mainly for the more remote parts in the South) because I find it really salty. I am trying to use 'real'
food which, as my feet tell me, is heavier but just may keep me saner in the long run (also means you don't need to carry as much water so a bit of give and take with weight). Ready- to-go meals like Jamie Oliver 'Lovely Lentils' and Rices of the World are on the menu, prepared with a handful of nuts or seeds to up the nutritional value. A typical daily graze looks a bit like this:
Breakfast: Muesli or porridge with a hot drink
Second breakfast: protein bar (eg Cliff, Kind or Carman)
Lunch: Some sort of wrap (peanut butter and banana leather or snow peas for example)
Afternoon snack: trail mix (banana chips; dates; Craisins; dried pineapple; snakes; nuts) or
Dinner: carbohydrate heavy meal - 3minute pasta, Jamie Oliver pulses; Rices of the World with a hot drink (chai tea; hot chocolate).