I recently had a comment submitted asking questions about blisters and shoes for walking the Camino de Santiago. And so Vicky, in answering your questions, I decided to include my guidelines for evaluating, planning for and maintaining foot health in the following 4 tips:
1) Try on and evaluate many boots and buy the best, well-fitted lightweight, waterproof hiking boot/shoe with good ankle support for your foot type. Combine with self-wicking, fast-drying hiking socks. Evaluate socks before you buy your shoes and bring your first choice of socks when you are getting fitted for your boots. When you are buying your boots, ensure your sales help has experience with long distance hiking, and walking in many different terrains. Ask if they have a ramp for testing the uphill, downhill fit / feel of the boot.
Like Winston Churchill, I don’t like worrying in advance about events or activities. I start with understanding the goals, challenges and expected outcomes and then plan for success. That is the reason I developed a formal training plan for achieving my Camino goal of walking an 800 kilometer route to Santiago de Compostela in 40 days. Here are the 10 Steps I followed in creating and maintaining my training plan:
1. I documented my goals, and constraints. The goal was to comfortably walk the 800 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela in 40 days. The key is to start the route with a good level of fitness so I can enjoy the journey. I had to determine a realistic amount of time I could spend each week on exercise considering my time constraints:
As we prepare to walk the Camino de Santiago, for most of us that means starting an exercise program. It is tough to choose and plan the exact program that will motivate us and gets the results we need to accomplish our fitness goals. We first need to understand what our fitness goals are and what is the fitness mindset and mental toughness required to commit to our goals. Our bodies may be ready to start exercising but our minds are what we need to work on when it comes with keeping to an exercise routine. So I thought it might be helpful to provide this quick 10 question survey to help you assess your physical fitness readiness for walking the Camino.
Everyone has their own reasons for walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St. James. It is a popular pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostelo in Galicia Spain where the sacred remains of the Apostle St James (the Greater) are purported to be buried. The earliest visits to the shrine for St James are recorded in the 9th century and non-stop over the ages the pilgrims kept coming and their origins expanded to include many countries around the world. Today over 100,000 pilgrims annually walk the Way of St James, varying in their distances walked and their reasons for walking. Continue reading →