November 3rd is the 5 month anniversary of my Camino training – both Walking and Yoga. It is time for reflection on both my accomplishments and planning of the next steps for my fitness level improvements and training approach during the next 5 months in order to complete the walk on the Camino Santiago de Compostela.
I have walked 278 km’s in 50 hours keeping my pace sub 10 minutes per kilometer.
I have completed 93 hours of Yoga practice, including poses, and meditations.
I have lost 7 pounds, and toned up so that I can reduce a size fitting for my pants.
I have developed an exercise training plan which I update daily and evaluate weekly, making adjustments as required.
I have purchased and continue to “break-in” my hiking boots (95 km to date).
I have developed the mental toughness that ensures the commitment to my training plan. The idea of walking 800 km’s in 40 days, no longer overwhelms me.
I have developed the lung capacity to keep my pace sub 10 minutes per kilometer over longer distances (8 to 11 km’s) This has allowed me to add running and “fartlek” training to my walks.
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.