Well, ouch, ouch and ooohhhhh pins and needles.
Its been a while since my last post, and there is an aborted one somewhere, so, I may breathe life into that after this, and resuscitate it!
I’ve got a ‘floppy foot’. The common name for it is foot drop, at least thats what the NHS call it. It’s essentially nerve damage that gives me a pins and needles like feeling in my foot, and I can’t bend it properly. Which isn’t that good, when you’re walking.
Today was the first day, I’ve really pushed myself through an injury. It may not the smartest thing to do, but I wanted to see if I could do it, and maintain a decent pace. Which I did, I only fell over once, into a hedge, comedy moment. So apart from that and my dignity taking a battering, relatively unscatehd.
It was a good walk, and through some amazing amazing countryside. Its the countryside of my youth where I grew up, and I didn’t appreciate it then, but now, breathtaking.
Having some space has also given me some time to reflect. I started walking almost a year ago, to help me with my weightloss. I’ve been at target for a while, and I want to stay there, so the focus shifts to maintenance.
An upside, was that something I saw as a task, I’ve fallen in love with, and I wanted to commit to a big walk. And although I’d love to do the PCT I’m saving that for a big birthday, my 50th. But I wanted to do something.
I’ve settled on the ‘Camino De Santiago’. I could try to explain it, but I’d mangle it, so heres what wikipedia says:
‘The Camino de Santiago (Latin: Peregrinatio Compostellana, Galician: Camiño de Santiago), also known by the English names Way of St. James, St. James’s Way, St. James’s Path, St. James’s Trail, Route of Santiago de Compostela, and Road to Santiago, is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes, known as pilgrim ways, to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts as well as organized tours.’
I’ll be walking from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France, over the Pyrenees, and then onwards to the conclusion at Santiago de Compostella, and there is an extra leg that I’d like to do to get to Finisterra, which adds on an extra couple of days. It’s around 800km, and takes around a month. I need to swing it with work, (shouldn’t be an issue), and get a load of kit, and save up the money to spend a month walking.
Although its a pilgrimage route, I’m not goddy, but it does fascinate me. So it will be interesting. I’m either going to go May/June or Aug/Sept time.
Im preparation I’ve been reading Camino De Santiago (Practical Preparation and Background) by Gerald Kelly, It’s a great guide good, and a good read. Highly recommended.
I’ll keep this blog updated as I train, get the kit (rucksack, shoes etc), decide what technology to take, and all that malarky!