Sunday, April 26, 2015

A little inspiration; a little training

Two days before my departure for the south of France and the beginning of my Camino, it's Sunday and the day of the London Marathon. It's still that odd reflection in the mirror that leads me to think that the seventeen-year-old reflected back can run the Pyrenees in two hours and two minutes. Perhaps a little training is in order.

Time for a more gentle walk round Hampstead Heath, pass Kenwood House, take in a little culture at the same time.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Anticipating the Way

Landmark signpost used in the movie, 'The Way," with Martin Sheen
This will be me in less than a month, having just crossed the Pyrenees from France into Spain. Just another 790 kilometers to walk. Will I make it? I'll let you know.

Made it five years ago but then now I am five years older. It's only wine that improves with age, isn't it? And that's not always guaranteed because sometimes wine turns to vinegar.
Crossing the Pyrenees

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Four weeks until countdown

In less than 28 days, I will be on the road again. Procrastination is over. I have finally decided to walk from St. Jean Pied de Port in France across the Pyrenees and then westward across the top of Spain. Will see what happens.

I am having some problems with the knees. Definitely some degeneration of the cartilage from practicing shiatsu therapy on a mat for so many years.  Five years ago it was the left one. This time it is the right. There are some that would say that a problem on the left side is a problem with the feminine. So, now it's a problem with the masculine. I obviously can't win.  I'll take that with a good pinch of salt - the non sodium variety.

Meanwhile at the gym I am working on strengthening the medial quads and stripping the iliotibial band along the sides of the legs with a cylindrical foam roller. Hopefully that will help.

Last time I walked, I had problems with shin splints. This can occur if the legs are overworked. I would classify walking between 25 and 35 kilometers every day for a whole month as 'overwork'. So in preparation I am now doing strengthening exercises for the feet, ankles, calves and hips, as these all support the shins.