Training for the Way of St. James

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What do I need to know to successfully prepare it?

We all know it’s the road to Santiago. In order to successfully train for the Camino de Santiago, the first thing to know is that making this journey is usually hard physical work, both because of the distances and because of the different routes, and for this reason we must prepare ourselves physically in advance depending on our physical condition and age. It takes will and prepare our body to travel a minimum of 100km. We are all capable of drawing out our willpower and in order to make this effort you must draw out yours.

First of all, you should know what to bring: appropriate footwear, necessary clothing, toiletries, first aid kit, backpack, accessories, etc. You can read all of this in the articles What do I have to carry in my backpack? and appropriate footwear.

Training Routine for the Way of St. James

There are several ways to prepare for this challenge:

– If you normally do sport it is recommended that you start training for the trail at least a couple of months in advance with the load that will be carried during the walk. Those who do not practice much sport should start 3 months in advance and go through progressive training in terms of speed and endurance.

– At the beginning of each workout, warm up your joint mobility, especially your neck, shoulders, waist, knees and ankles. And stretching, as they provide flexibility and are effective in preventing injuries that would not allow us to finish our challenge.

-If you can walk to work, do it, and if you stop using the elevator you will be saving time in training.

-The most effective method of training to get a proper preparation is to go every day making longer distances during a quarter to reach the minimum goal of miles that is done to get the Compostela. It is advisable to write down the distances we travel in a diary and above all to have our goals clear; they must be realistic, so we will not be disappointed during the training until the body gets used to it.

– The first 15 days of preparation train 4 times a week in flat areas, do half an hour runs and gradually progress up to one hour.

– For the next 15 days we continue with these walks, but changing routes that alternate climbs, descents and flat areas. We continue to vary the durations depending on the day.

– The second month make longer routes and with the backpack that you will use in the crossing to get used to the weight. Make 3 weekdays and prepare weekends routes affordable to our possibilities.

– The third month we continue with the backpack and without forcing, it is advisable to make some crossing with unevenness between 500 and 800 meters. With all this training you will be ready to enjoy the pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago.

How to prevent resistance problems?

Here we will explain 3 of the most common cases of resistance problems.

Poor recovery

If you’re trying to get in shape in a short time and don’t let your body recover later, you’ll decrease the gain in endurance and may cause injury from overexertion. The advantage of training seven days a week is small compared to the increased risk of hurting yourself through overexertion. But recovering is not a full day of rest, for a person in good physical condition can be a gentle walk of one hour and for those who are not can be taken out the dog 15 minutes. If you want to do a training for the Camino de Santiago you must take into account the recovery periods.

Poor condition

Experts recommend walking as long as possible. Take advantage of weekends to make longer trails and repeat as often as you can, respecting the recovery of the body. Your goal is to get an effective workout for the Camino de Santiago so you must prepare your physical condition by trails and routes that resemble the journey you want to make.

Little previous training

A workout that we can do to improve our physical condition would be to use some weight, whether dumbbells or a backpack with weight, and perform repetitions of climbing to a box 30-45 cm high alternating legs. Try 3 sets of 20 repetitions.

We hope you liked it and that you will find this article about training for the Camino de Santiago and how to prevent resistance problems. This challenge is a great experience but it can be very hard if you are not physically fit.

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