Backpack!

I got my pack! It’s an Osprey Sirrus 24 and my first official piece of Camino gear!

Dad and I went up to Tallahassee to conquer a few hills, and ended up at Trail & Ski. Imagine that. 🙂
The guy there was SO helpful. We were really just there to poke around and look at prices and things, but when I put the pack on, Dad basically said, “Happy Early Birthday!” and I ended up going home with what will soon be my best friend. (I hope.) Here’s a pic of her:

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Now, she’s small. But Nadine says I can do it, so I believe her. It will be a challenge. The pack itself weighs 2.3 lbs, which leaves me about 8 lbs of stuff to put in it. Then water and food. The rule of thumb is that you should be carrying about 10% of your body weight, which puts me at 12 pounds, give or take a little. It’s a challenge, that, if completed, will make my feet and back mucho happy.

Can I just go? Now?

Only Forward.

Ya know, I usually have a big New Year’s post – it seems that’s my habit – filled with things that will hopefully occur in the coming year. This time, although I have several very specific goals in mind, I’ll just say this: I will stop sabotaging the life I have chosen for myself by looking back.  So many good things will happen in 2015. Maybe I’ll share here, maybe I won’t. Contentment and happiness don’t come from living in the past, only from looking forward and living now.

I don’t think I would have come to this had it not been for my plans to walk the Camino. Amazing how it has changed me already.

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

And I’m about to eat a candy bar.

Hi! Welp, yes, I needed tissues. 🙂 That’s alright.

So, it’s been a few days since my last real update. I’ve been walking like a crazy woman. Every day, at least 10000 steps, which equals about 4 miles. My typical route for my morning walk is 3.2 miles. I’ll be upping that soon. Aches and pains are starting to show, which was really the point of doing this 40 day everyday walk. Knees, ankles, all that good stuff. I need to know what my weak points are and what will need special attention when I’m walking a normal week’s worth of miles in one or two days. Here’s where I am so far in my trek.

Week One:
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 Week Two:

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 And here’s where I am on the lovely Camino, courtesy of Walking4Fun.com, including this week’s miles so far.

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I can't wait to actually see this in person!!
I can’t wait to actually see this in person!! 

Still dreaming, still striving, still motivated. Life is Good.

Finally.

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So this is what it feels like to have a passion to do something. I kinda like it. Every day I propel myself one step closer to my ultimate destination, the Camino de Santiago. I’ve never been really big on setting goals and actually accomplishing them, mostly because I never had that real drive to DO SOME WORK to get there. This, though, is different. It feels good, and right, and natural. It feels like what I’ve been looking for all along.

 

 

Day 2 and Complete Randomness

Alrightie, so I have now officially walked 2 DAYS IN A ROW, people! This is not actually a grand reason to celebrate, but it will do. Here’s where I am on my fictional Camino, thanks to Walking 4 fun –

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Yep, I’m moving right along — almost halfway to Roncesvalles. Is this entertaining to anyone besides me? I dunno. Oh well. I think it’s cool. 

And here’s what I might look like in 2 years when I am 7.2-ish miles in:

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Aaaah! Isn’t it pretty?! I will be one of those little dot people! 

Obviously I’m ridiculously excited about this — oops, have I said that before? I am going to say it so many more times. The views and the travel are big reasons for the anticipation, but more than that, it will be time to reflect, time to spend with my Dad, and time to really get down to the basics of life…utter simplicity. I have to be careful not to wish my life away these next 2 years waiting for Camino time. 

Next up for me in the next few days:

  • House cleaning and purging — simplicity is addictive!
  • Looking for some sort of way to make money so I can keep up this whole being-at-home thing.
  • Packing for one more trip to Tallahassee for the first home FSU game! woot!
  • Walking, walking, walking, walking

Here’s some good music for you while you eagerly await my next mind-blurb. So much fun. I wanna hang out with these guys. 

 

 

Day One of my 40 Days of Walking!

Ok so you know this is going to be about Camino stuff. I started training today! My plan to get myself started is simply to walk at least 3.2 miles a day for the next 40 days. Once I get that accomplished, I’ll move on to adding mileage and a pack and all that stuff. I figure I have 2 years, I can take my time. 🙂

Day One is complete:

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So here’s the fun part – while browsing on the fitbit site, I googled “camino” in the community section, just to see if there were any fellow trainers hanging out. I was so surprised to find this neat-o torpedo site that actually syncs with your fitbit and compares your mileage to where you would be on the Camino! You get pics and everything, of just where you would be on The Way. It’s my first day using it so I can’t give an absolute review, but the idea is genius and is just one more little push to make sure that I’m training a little every day. Take a look: it’s called Walking 4 Fun – I’m pretty jazzed about it. I haven’t put my steps in for the day yet, so here’s what my walk looks like:

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Since this is my first day of semi-unemployment, I have a lot to accomplish today besides walking. Operation Declutter is well on its way. Have a great day, you guys!

 

Father/Daughter Camino — works for me :)

Lawd. After a bottle of wine and lots of talk with my Pop, it’s decided. We’re going to do the Camino together in September 2016. Done deal. He has already bought 3 books, has priced out transportation to St Jean, and has bought a Spanish phrases book.  He’s as far gone as I am. We’re going to make some memories! I’m just not sure what the rest of the family is going to do for a monthish while we’re gone. 🙂 I guess that’ll be up to them. 

Man, I love my crazy life. 

 

Also — FSU plays tomorrow*! woot! I’m ready for football season! I think I’ll take some pics tomorrow and throw them up here. 

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* technically tomorrow is today, since it’s flipping 3:18 am and I’m still up looking at Camino things and FSU Marching Chiefs videos. Who cares?! It’s a 3 day weekend! Superwoot!

Lunchie words

Lunch hour. That means time to learn more about the Camino. I don’t think I’ll run out of material to read/ponder any time soon, and that makes me happy. Today I’m looking at the first leg of the actual Camino de Santiago, which is St Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles. I’m thinking I want to start slow and get acclimated, so I’ll stop after just a few hours of walking that first day. More than likely I’ll have a little jet lag so I don’t want to take on too much. First stop for me, I believe, will be Refuge Orisson. It’s just a few hours’ walk from SJPDP, and here’s the view, courtesy of http://tedderscaminodesantiago.blogspot.com/ :

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Gah the pic is too small but it’s time to go back to workles. I’ll fix it later. I’m excited! That’s the gist.