Physical Preparation

Life Is Not an Easy Journey.  The Walk to Mary Will Be No Different.

You are embarking on the walk of a lifetime - a Walk to Mary.  You are going to walk mile after mile for her message to Sister Adele Brise - teach the children.  But, first you must train.  This walk will not be easy. You must get yourself in walking shape.

Training Steps:

  1. Motivate yourself. You will have a much harder time walking if you don't want to be out there. You have to want to do this long distance walk.
  2. Start out easy.  Depending on the shape you're in, you might be starting with a walk in a local park, or a walk around your house.  Start out with a distance you ''know'' you can easily walk.
  3. Start building distance.  Your walks should eventually start to increase in distance and time.  Don't increase these too quickly though.  You don't want to walk for fifteen minutes on one day, and then walk two hours the next day.
  4. When you have reached your target distance, go over it.  When you have reached the distance that your long distance walk will be, feel free to keep increasing the time and distance of your walks. This will only make your long distance walk seem easier.
  5. Keep walking, and when it is time for your walk, you ''will'' be ready.

Tips:

  1. Remember to take days off to rest to let your body recover.
  2. Find a good pair of walking shoes to use on your walk.  Don't forget to break them in.
  3. You may want to consider double socks for cushion.  Try that with your shoes to make sure the shoes aren't too tight, that would be torturous for you.
  4. Take care of your feet.  During the two weeks before the pilgrimage, soak your feet in salted warm water, rub them down with cream, and make sure that your toenails are clipped.
  5. Women who wear high heels should stop wearing them one month before the pilgrimage in order to prepare their calf muscles for the walk.
  6. Switch location in the column of pilgrims during walk to avoid the muscle fatigue that might occur from walking too long on the slope of the road.
  7. During the rest stops, avoid cooling down the muscles of your legs too rapidly.  Doing it gradually will help you to avoid cramping.
  8. If you use any medication on a regular basis, please don't forget to take it with you.
  9. If you experience any medical problem along the way, please inform the medical team immediately.
  10. Keep yourself well-nourished and hydrated.  Eat foods high in carbohydrates and drink plenty of water.  Don't worry, there will be restrooms along the way.
  11. Feel free to use a treadmill, but remember to get outside and get some fresh air.
  12. Work out to build the other muscles in your body.
  13. Get a personal trainer.
  14. Walk with a buddy. Talking to someone during your walk will make it more enjoyable.

Warnings:

  1. If your legs are feeling lots of pain, you may be injured.  Consult a doctor.
  2. Blisters can be a big problem when walking long distances, so be sure to take plenty of blister bandages with you.
Online Resources

To help you prepare for the Walk to Mary we will continue to add great resources for your review.  If you find additional resources you'd like to share with others please contact us and we'd be happy to post them on the website.

Mayo Clinic on Walking

Walking Training and Workouts

The Walking Site

Walking and Injuries

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"As part of the New Evangelization, I invite all in our area who are able to join in this journey of faith. Participation in this pilgrimage is a wonderful way to engage the entire family, and especially our young people."

Bishop David L. Ricken
of the Diocese of Green Bay