One common question I get is how I’m training for this trek of 1200 miles (1,931 km). Well, I’m not. Sounds a bit reckless, so let me explain.
I love to run, and run 10+ miles (16+ km) several times a week, so my body is used to distance. The days I don’t run, I’m on the elliptical or go pool running. I also take a core ball class every week, which helps with strength and balance, crucial on tricky creek crossings and the like. So for starters, I’m in pretty good shape.
In addition, several years ago, I began writing frequently about the Vía de la Plata Camino in Spain. To keep up-to-date on how that route was evolving, I used a walk-run program to cover its 1000 kilometers (621 mi) several times. So I’m used to covering long distances day after day after day.
Tips on Training for 1200 Miles
Still, over time I’ve found these strategies to make my long-distance hike-running much easier:
- Alternating running with some walking, which switches up the muscles I’m using.
- Alternating footwear every other day, which prevents hot spots and blisters.
- Taking an ice bath or cold shower at the end of every day’s run/hike, plus using The Stick to massage sore spots.
- Eating and drinking plenty.
- Getting lots of rest.
People also wonder how I can stand being by myself all day, every day, for weeks. Don’t I get lonely? Well, sure. But I talk to innkeepers and restaurateurs every night, plus whoever I bump into along the trail. I call or text my family daily. Plus, I have interesting, lively conversations with myself. It’s great because I never interrupt myself, and listen raptly to my every word.
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