“You’re going to do what??!!! By yourself? How many miles? Isn’t there a bus tour you can take?” Just a sampling of questions and reactions when I told people I’m training to do a solo walk of the last 200 miles of the Camino de Santiago. Family and friends are used to my solo travels and walks, but not 17 days! This was longer and more strenuous than previous walks… I ‘m fit for my years, but definitely need more endurance to truly enjoy the walk and have time to reflect, as pilgrims do!
Sheri prepared me not only for the Pilgrimage, but for all other spiritual/earthly treks I hope to challenge myself with in the future. Using the personalized exercise calendars she prepared with warm-ups, hikes and cool downs, my muscle strength and endurance slowly increased. With her sharp-eyed assessments of my form and gentle corrections, the right muscle groups were worked. When I realized that my left side balance was poor because of weak ankles and knees, she incorporated the internet exercises I found into the routine. She was very careful to include exercises that were gentle on the shoulders since I was recovering from rotator-cuff surgery.
Was I physically ready when I put my foot on the Camino de Santiago on my 68th birthday? Physically, yes! Mentally, of course! Being flexible and strong in body and spirit enabled me to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment at the end of 18 mile days; not exhausted, but refreshed and ready to visit with other pilgrims, before retiring for the next day of the journey. Working with Sheri was not only delightful (flexible, non-pressured, concerned, gentle, exceptionally qualified) but subtly helped increase my confidence to know that I can not only finish the Camino, but physically fit enough to enjoy it!
Joyce Y, age 68, Camino de SantiagoRead Full Testimonial