After quite a few years it looks like I am going to have the time this year to go back and walk a reasonable part of the Camino Frances. The last time I walked was in 2005, I had also walked the route in 2004.
For the last few years work has been so busy that I dare not leave for the amount of time that I would want. One of the problems of working for yourself. Another problem of being self employed is not taking time off when it is needed, thinking that everything will fall apart if I am not watching it – all the time. This nonsense thinking ended with me completely exhausted at the end of last year and wondering if this is the type of life that I really want. The answer to that question is fairly obvious.
Both time I walked the Camino before I never thought of it as a long distance walk. But this time, unlike the last, I am preparing for it as a long distance walk. Why? Well the previous times I was younger and a bit fitter. For the last few years I haven’t walked as much as I would like and last year I did little hill walking.
The result of the above and 12hrs a day sat working at a computer is that I am 4 stone heaver than I was at the end of my last Camino.
I really feel the need to get a bit of walking fitness back or the journey during the first week or so will be hell – I know and remember what it was like the first time in 2004.
Last weekend I walked for 11km over three hours. Before I was even finished I could feel the muscles in my body complaining – is this the same person who walked 47km in one day on my last Camino? 47km is not the usual amount, but I had just had some bad news from home and just kept walking that day.
So now I have started to walk more, twice so far this week I have walk the road, which is about 10km, into the city centre – not a pleasant walk but I had to be there for two things, so I just took a bit more time and did the walk. I can say now at the end of the week I feel better mentally for the walking exercise this week. May it continue.
I love hiking. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.