Follow these tips for successful training for the 21 mile Walk to Mary pilgrimage.

  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.