I'll be arriving in Paris on the Lufthansa redeye on September 26. It'll take me a couple of days to get to SJPdP, but then it's off! I'm excited and still a little scared. BUT...it's now very, very real.
Way to go Thomas! I remember that excited feeling after buying my ticket.
Now be disciplined about doing training walks, with and without your rucksack.
It sure is easy to put off the preparation. I've bought a Spanish language course on CD and after a good spurt of energy going through the first half, I'm having difficulty being disciplined enough spend 1/2 hour per day on the second half of the course.
I know the feeling. I just bought my train ticket to get from the airport to Bayonne. I got so nervous I had my mother check everything before I bought it to make sure the dates and time were right. Now a sigh of relief.
I've bought a Spanish language course on CD and after a good spurt of energy going through the first half, I'm having difficulty being disciplined enough spend 1/2 hour per day on the second half of the course.
Hi David. When I was learning German and Spanish I downloaded my CD courses to my iPod and listened to them while walking. I got in a few hours of language AND walking practice daily. If you are doing long training walks it is well worth it. 2 for the price of one!!!
I remember my first camino. Last year in august. When I bought ticket to Bordeaux airpot, i was like with fever and whole my body was shaking This year i´m going to camino again in one month!! So I can understand. Walk from Burgos hopefully to Santiago. Finally!
I've done a few 12 mile hikes and a couple of 15 mile hikes on weekends while walking 5-8 miles/day during the week (all I have time for). The long hikes haven't been the problem. It's the next day where my legs are really tired. Looking at the route I'm taking (http://elcaminodethomas.blogspot.com/2009/06/revised-stages.html), it looks like I'll have to average 15 miles every day! I'm honestly a little concerned about my ability to do that.
Don't forget you have all day to walk. Take your time and take rest stops frequently and you'll be surprised how your endurance increases. And even if you start out with wobbly legs the next morning, you'll soon get into the rhythym and the wobbles will disappear! Good luck and enjoy.
That's a very good point. When I do my training walks, I do them relatively quickly and only stopping to refill a water bottle. But I'm doing that on purpose, to build strength and stamina for the real thing. I figured that when training for a marathon, you do spring drills, even though you never actually sprint a marathon. So by the same token, I'm doing my training walks at a quicker pace and once a week with a jog. I guess once I get out there, I won't have much choice except to keep pushing ahead.
The good news with my long walks: No blisters (knock on wood).