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  1. Flig

    Road 25k Different from Trail 25k

    Planning on taking the Primitivo route this Sept. Practicing for the flat paved stretch around Lugo. Just finished a 25k walk, with pack and no trekking poles. Man, there is a significant difference between walking on the pavement and walking on trails and graveled roads. Faster pace on the...
  2. David

    Pre-Camino walking regimes - are they worth it? Do they work? Are they needed?

    Ivar recently posted that some small alterations to the site were being made to the forum to realign with the core mission "Where past pilgrims share, and future pilgrims learn" - sooo .... I was thinking about how much pre-pilgrims can be concerned about being "fit enough", which although a...
  3. Robo

    Video- How to STOP being a Chubby Pilgrim

    A bit of a personal journey, what worked and what didn't, that might help or motivate other Pilgrims who are 'challenged' with their body weight. I know it can seem like a hopeless cause at times. A few people have asked me how I managed to lose 18 kgs so far (40 lbs) and am well on track to...
  4. Stinky Pilgrim

    Something to motivate you in your pre-Camino training

    An inspiring story of an 89-year-old walker from Seattle who is nearing the 20k mileage mark (since Feb. 2011). I'd say he is Camino-ready...
  5. FRM

    Training on a treadmill.

    Does anyone have experience training using a treadmill? I want to add the treadmill to my biking/walking regime. This would be in addition to walking outdoors. We have recently purchased a treadmill and it seems good way to get miles in during bad weather. Does wearing a full pack on a...
  6. C clearly

    How do you train for the Camino?

    Since many people are seriously hoping for a walk in 2021, I'm starting this thread on training for the Camino. Walking is almost always very good for you, whether or not you get to Spain, so there is every reason to build it into your life style. Now. But walking is slow - typically 3-6 km/h...
  7. SabineP

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2021?

    Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Looking forward seeing your pictures and stories behind it.
  8. Peregrinopaul

    Body weight. Who cares?

    I have to admit that I take this seriously. Before I go on Camino I try to shed a few kilos. OK, I'm on a bike, which is different to most of you, but I am very conscious of the fact that going up a gradient every extra kilo hurts. 3 kilos less in body weight translates to 3 more kilos more I...
  9. mspath

    20000 steps a day

    Isaac Fitzgerald in The Guardian 06/11/2020 recounts his way for walking through the pandemic while exploring NYC. and getting in shape Another example of how to keep on keeping on wherever you might be during this difficult time. Whenever we may walk we can identify with Fitzgerald who writes...
  10. mspath

    Past Pleasures of Urban Walking

    The New York Times 03/11/2020 published a review by Parul Sehgal of The Walker , a new book by Matthew Beaumont who reasons "the slow death of purposeless walking as symptom of the slow death of democracy, of the human" His is an erudite and well documented discussion of selected authors across...
  11. mspath

    Pleasures of urban walking

    In The Guardian, 17/10/2020, as cities across Europe are experiencing new waves of Covid-19 and consequential/additional lockdowns Matthew Beaumont suggests rediscovering the simple pleasures of urban walking...
  12. VintageElsa1967

    Discouraged in Florida

    I have been wanting to do the Frances Way. I have been walking and trying get myself used to walking long distances. I am mostly able to do about 8 miles in a day. It is boring and uneventful to just walk here. I have tried walking the beaches and it is better. Still I feel like maybe I should...
  13. Turga

    It feels good to walk

    I do most of my training walks in the city area. I could easily find nicer places to walk, there are pretty forests and quiet, open farmland not far outside the city, but that would require me to drive for around 45 minutes or so. I do that occasionally, but for some reason driving out to walk...
  14. Zordmot

    Preparing physically to walk the Camino

    I’d like to share how I’ve prepared for both Caminos and plan on repeating it for a third. It wasn’t intentional—I stumbled onto it but discovered that it was brilliant and thought that I would share it here. Oaxaca, Mexico. Famous on all the cooking and travel shows for great culture and...
  15. Frank66

    Health Issues ☹

    Hi all, Just wanted to share my pain! My wife and me had planned on walking the Portuguese Camino in May this year but fate has intervened . . . On 12 December, whilst on a treadmill in a gym on a cruise ship in the Carribean, I suffered a cardiac arrest. After 4 defibrillator shocks, great...
  16. Briddie_DK

    Training for downhill-hiking

    Hi Everone, Two years ago I walked from SJPDP to Logrono, and after the first couple of days my knees were killing me. This April I return to CF and besides taking a few pounds of my bodyweight, I am searching for exercises to strengthen my knees before going. I live in Copenhagen which means...
  17. SabineP

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2020?

    Thanks to everyone who contributed in the 2019 thread about all the lovely local walks. Let's continue in 2020.
  18. jgiesbrecht

    Motivation for Training

    Has anyone else really struggled with motivating themselves to get active before their walk? I work a driving job, and many days probably don't even hit 2 miles a day because of it. In September I did really good, walking 4 or 5 miles multiple times a week, but then the past 6 weeks I've just...
  19. jgiesbrecht

    Elevation Tracking

    I have been keeping an eye on different apps, seeing what I would like to use next spring when I walk the CF. I have a fitbit, so have used that app for a while. I have also checked out mapmywalk, and only slightly browsed polarsteps and walkmeter. With fb it's just flights of stairs....I'd...