- Camino(s) past & future
- Walked Camino Frances May/June 2014
I also plan to walk next year, the Le Puy route from the start of November.
The training that I have started is doing around 10km in one stretch once a week for a few weeks, basically until I felt comfortable with this and not feeling too tired afterwards.
Then I started doing up to 15 km until comfortable, I will keep adding on around 5km until I can do around 25-30km a couple of times a week.
When this has become comfortable for me I will lower the distance again but add a weighted pack on. At the minute I usually carry around 5kg with me, and after adding up the kit I intend to take with me, which comes to around 13kg, I will build up to this weight.
This is just my training schedule, and I'm sure others have different ideas, but what I would say is most important is to listen to your body as much as possible while training.
I walk pretty fast in my daily coming and going, and I noticed I was doing this when training, and I was getting very tired afterwards, the last few weeks I have tried to zone out while walking, so basically letting my body set the pace, and I've noticed a real difference in how I feel afterwards. It takes me slightly longer to complete training, but I feel much better afterwards.
I hope this helps,
Thank you so much for this information. What you say makes perfect sense especially about the zoning out. When I am anxious about trying to clock up the kilometres every step becomes a drag. Your training schedule is similar to mine except I was adding the weight as I was upping the kilometres and I'm finding after 10k I'm so exhausted and wonder how I'll ever be able to carry a full pack(14lbs) and walk a possible 25k!!! I know a lot of it is a "Mind Thing". However with your idea of building up the kilometres first then you know at least you can walk that far then slowly build up the weight. Yes I think that is a far better way of doing it.....at least for me. How many weeks before you go should you be adding on the weight?
Thanks again for your information. I'm planning for early May on the CF.