I am planning on 7 weeks to do so, which is an average of 11-12 miles a day but my walking will not be that exact. I may have some days of 20 or more miles and some 8 mile days. How do you physically prepare to walk that far? Walk… And I carefully listen to my body.
It really is not about the distance, the last 5 weeks I have walked just under 300 miles although without a pack. That is a lot of miles, yet still not a Camino ‘pace’. Since I made the decision to walk The Camino, I never doubted that I can physically walk that far. It isn't a race. All I will be doing with my days is walking. Time and steps will eventually take me 550 miles.
The 7 days was not really about ‘training’ my body it was more about learning… Feeling… Listening. What did I learn in walking 16 or 17 miles a day for 7 days and walking every day for 5 weeks? The physical news is good. I feel great! I can at times feel sore overall and the best response for that is a bit of stretching.
While of course I think it is a good plan to be reasonably fit when I begin… For me it is more about the mental preparation. I know my body, I know what I need to listen to. The real question is… How did my mind, Heart & Spirit feel walking every day?
I wanted to keep going, I could begin The Camino tomorrow.
There were moments, especially walking in the heat of the day, where I thought ‘OMG, this is going to be intense!’. Yet the large majority of the time, I loved the rhythm and the flow. Making the choice to to walk ‘The Way’… Is absolutely correct for me.
I will be in Portland 5 weeks and my routine will change. I will work and tend my life more than was necessary while I was on Kauai. I have been race walking many of my miles on Kauai for overall conditioning. In Portland I will slow down and add my pack. I have changed my mind about boots and will be shopping for a pair of trail runners that I will need to break in.
I will continue to post as I prepare body, mind, Heart & Spirit for this Journey. I will share my thoughts on the question I often get asked… ‘Why?’ It is already a remarkable Journey. One foot in front of another…