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  1. Rossco

    Walking after knee replacements

    In 2015 I walked from SJPDP to Santiago, in 2017 I walked from Lisbon to Finisterre and in April this year I started in Le Puy with the intention of finishing in Pamplona. I made it as far as Cahors where I had to abandon because of severe pain in both knees due to osteoarthritis. I was...
  2. G

    Staying fit after the Camino

    I have just finished walking the Camino Frances for the second time. Like last year when I had finished, I am now super fit. At least, my legs are so strong. I love being able to walk up steep hills effortlessly. However, last year, over time, I gradually lost that fitness and by the time I...
  3. Rossco

    Walking after knee replacement

    I have walked the Camino Frances in 2015, Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Finisterre in 2017 and in April started in Le Puy intending to finish in Pamplona but unfortunately had to abandon in Cahors to to osteoarthritis in both knees. A week ago I had partial knee replacement on my right knee...
  4. Robo

    Confessions of a Fat Pilgrim

    Hi, my name's Robo and I'm fat ! According to all the guides I should be about 20 kg lighter! I've been reading lots of interesting posts and threads recently about topics such as: How to train for the Camino. How much weight will I lose on the Camino I'm trying to lose weight before I go...
  5. Frank Mestre

    Knee replacement!

    Hi I came back from completing the Camino Frances from SJPDP to Finistiere in June. Loved every moment. But I think it was the last straw for my left knee. Since I’ve had three cortisone injections, acupuncture but after X-ray it seems I have cartilage wear and all the muscle stenthening...
  6. Robo

    New Knees - User Experiences Please

    I am starting to realise that my knees might be totally screwed up. After three Caminos walking overweight. Arthritis and torn meniscus might cause ongoing troubles. My doctor warned that a knee replacement can be very painful. Anyone had one? What was your before and after experience?
  7. Briddie_DK

    How to train for downhill walking

    Hi, I took my first shot at CF in april. I started in SJPDP, and had 6 days for walking. After the first two days, my knees were killing me. To avoid this on my next Camino-experience I will bring hiking poles, and hopefully shred some kilos from my bodyweight. I would also like to do some...
  8. SherlyC

    Training for Camino - my worries

    Hi everyone, I love the community spirit of this forum! I’ve been thinking about doing the camino for many years and have always read postings on this forum... and finally i could make time this year to do the CF from SJPdP this month! I’m female in early 40’s from Switzerland. I’m pretty much...
  9. M

    Friends of Bill and Alanon in English in Santiago

    Hello Everyone. We are announcing English speaking AA and Alanon once a month now, last Saturday of every month. Next meeting is Sept. 29, 12 to 1 AA and 1 to 2 Alanon. I have attached the flyer with phone numbers if you have more questions. We have 25 meetings in Madrid and pilgrims were...
  10. M

    Training for the Camino

    Hi, all! For a few months, I have been loosely considering walking the Camino some time in the future. I am actually training for a half marathon in early May right now, and it just occurred to me that shortly after the half marathon may be a good time to walk the Camino. I am normally a...
  11. peterhore

    Replacement knee joint

    I've suffered from a torn meniscus for many years and most recently arthritis in my left knee. It hasn't ever stopped me walking the Camino and last year when I volunteered at a hostel I walked there to get myself into the right frame of mind. I only have to be careful going downhill or over...
  12. carpe_noctem

    Weight Loss

    Hello everyone! Just a general question: How much weight did you gain or lose on the camino? I will begin the camino in March. I have been trying to be more active to prepare, and I have lost 38 pounds (17kg) so far. In my recent research about the camino, I read a post that someone gained 15...
  13. Turga

    How much weight did you lose?

    How much weight did you lose on your Camino walk? I dropped close to 4 kilos (8 lbs.) and returned home close to my “ideal weight”. But I guess the last day’s diving into my homemade stew will change that rapidly :D
  14. C

    Physical training needed to cycle?

    Hi, A friend and I are hoping to cycle the Camino, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago, in October. Ideally we want to aim to do it in 12 days, while giving ourselves 2 extra days to rest/explore/catch up if needed (worst comes to worst, we have also another week in Spain after that but we want...
  15. D


    The Fitbit seems to be making the news in the Forum, mostly by being lost! I have lost three so far, and have had three others fail during the warranty period (and one outside the warranty), so I can sympathize on that issues. As a long time wearer, I have: 14,278,512 total steps 24,485 floors...
  16. nickymd1

    How much training do we really need?

    So here's the thing: I live in Europe in a city where we walk *a lot*. I regularly walk 10-12 km in a day in my ballet flats and my 5kg laptop bag slung over my shoulder without an issue, and I've gone on a few 20-25km training 'hikes' to some of the hidden treasures in my city (combining...
  17. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    This feels like the right year for me to walk the Camino-- much change in my life, and many "What's it all about?" questions to chew on. But I'm feeling fear, because I'm not in the best shape of my life. If it's possible to "train as I go," I'd really like to get on the road in May-- before...
  18. StepheninDC

    Training schedule for the busy

    I am looking forward to training for the Camino, but I have a question for all of you. What's the best way to work in a training schedule if you're really busy, especially on the weekends? I have a full-time job Monday through Friday, but I also sing as a church musician on Sundays, which...
  19. trecile

    Walking on the Camino vs walking at home

    I completed my Camino at the end of September and have been home for over a month now. I want to continue walking daily, because I love to walk, but it's just so different from walking on the Camino. This quote that I took from a blog post really sums it up for me Most of all, I miss the...
  20. realfoodrebel

    How much and how long did you train?

    Hola! I am planning to walk from SJPDP around August 10. I am giving myself 40 days to complete the Camino. I just got my pack and shoes and have started a little bit of training. I thought I could walk 7 miles per day, every second day for the next 5 weeks. I am a walker and in fairly good...