Having developed a planning and training before embarking on the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago, we will be able to avoid future injuries and complications. Do you want to know what training you should follow before you go on your way to Santiago? Of course you want to!
It is recommended to do long distance training (10 km,20 km,30 km) progressively, it is not advisable to do a very hard training if your physical capacities are not trained.
Another factor to take into account: The shoes, it is very important that shoes or boots that we select hold our feet and the entire ankle area properly. Moreover, it is important to keep in mind the backpack, it should fit comfortably on your back and it should be comfortable to use.
What do I have to take into account in order not to injure myself?
If these guidelines are followed we can avoid future foot and back injuries. Many pilgrims end up on the Camino de Santiago seriously injured by not taking into account these 2 basic aspects that we mentioned earlier.
Planning the stages is one of the best options, adapting each of the stages to our physical body’s conditions or the state of the road. Not all stages have the same level of difficulty, and you will also have to take into consideration the weather setbacks such as rain, snow or very sunny days.
In these cases, it is advisable to go to a professional physiotherapist who will help you prepare your muscles for the weather and they will help you unload your muscles before starting your route.
In those sunny or snowy days the protection of our skin is very important, as well as in rainy days to use waterproof material that does not allow us to end up soaked in water. Do you want more advice? Don’t worry; we keep talking about some very important aspects that you will have to take into account to avoid injuries in order not to leave the road halfway.
Creams and cotton, the best allies for your skin
Foot creams and good cotton socks will be key points in our journey. Ask your local pharmacy for an anti-fatigue foot cream to help you rest your feet from long journeys along the way.
The food should not be extremely loaded and we will have to take a small bottle of water to hydrate us and some fruit (bananas, oranges, apples) or food to snack, as far as possible it should be avoided industrial bakery.
Make regular breaks
Every pilgrim will have to make regular stops and in this way you will be able to clear your mind and reach a relaxation state. It is essential that you have a first-aid kit in your suitcase; it will be your best ally when it comes to fighting against chafing, blisters, erythema or any other injury.
In another article we have already been talking about the perfect backpack to undertake the Camino de Santiago, we recommend you reading this article about our experts’ opinions.