I slipped into my running shoes, picked up a pair of walking sticks and began my first hike since coming home from Spain. Without thinking, I fired up my iPod and would have disappeared into the music were it not for the realization that I’d gone straight to my Camino warm-up tracks. In Spain, I had music for different moods and challenges. Here are a few of them:
Early morning: Chant. Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. I started hiking most mornings with the gentle chants on this album. They provided excellent warm up music.
Calming: The Priests. The Priests. I love this entire album. Two tracks in particular, Pie Jesu and Be Still My Soul, calmed my mind when the Camino threatened to overwhelm. I listened to Pie Jesu at Cruz de Fero, as well.
Just get through it: The Way You Make Me Feel. Bad. Michael Jackson. This track will carry the weariest of hikers to the top of a steep hill. Whenever I matched my pace to the beat of this song I moved along lickety split.
On a roll: The Incredible Machine. Sugarland. This was just darn good walking music. The tracks, mostly upbeat, helped keep me up.
Heading for the barn: Chariots of Fire. Chariots of Fire. Vangelis. I started listening to Chariots of Fire when I crossed into Galicia and entered the home stretch. The music from this story of the 1924 Olympics inspired me as I walked the last hundred miles.
So… I thoroughly enjoyed today’s walk, though I have to admit that these bones reverted too soon to their pre-Camino state. It took 80 minutes and a lot of effort to walk a measly 4.6 miles. How do I know it was an 80 x 4.6 day? I use the Nike+ Running app to track my hikes.
No worries about the short distance. I have ten months to get back in shape before the next Camino.