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by fredrik • • 0 Comments
Waking up the day after in Santiago de Compostela, my first instinct was to get ready for another day of running. I was trying to remember the distance for the day when it dawned on me that I was not going to run this day because I had arrived to Santiago de Compostela!
A mixture of joy and sadness came upon me. Happy to have reached my target, but also sad because it was over for this time. I did my morning routine of going through everything and then getting ready. Still it felt different, no running.
Feet were feeling ok, blisters under control. No muscles torn or ligaments hurting. But I did have a funny way of walking on my stiff legs.
Busy streets and pilgrims arriving all the time. I was struck by the fact that there were so many people and all very happy. We ran into a group of singing wanderers just arriving. Beautiful voices and lovely people.
The center of all activities were in the old part of the city. Many small streets full of people visiting, arriving and also some leaving to continue on their journey. Amazing contrast to be in such a crowded environment after being alone out on the path for eight days.
Seeing the basilica in daylight was impressive. It was huge! Wide building and tall towers. 220 000 people from all over the world wall, ride or bike here each year. Not always a spiritual reason, but all with one thing in common, to reach this church.
Inside there was the golden centerpiece with the figure of St Jacob in the middle. Behind it was a small passage where the people could enter to embrace or hug him for a blessing. On the sides of the church there were many chapels for prayer and contemplation.
Time to go to the Pilgrimage Office with my credential. The woman behind the counter asked me why I had done this journey, ’Was it as a physical challenge or more of a personal or spiritual reason.’.I told her about the adventure, Crossing Borders, running the Camino Primitivo and about the fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. I thought of all that I had experienced and seen and concluded that it was both reasons. She went through my stamps in the credentials, verified the dates and places. Then she signed a certificate for me and Congratulated me on the conclusion of this journey.
There it was, the official completion of my expedition. It was now officially approved!!
Outside again, smiling, time for lunch and to celebrate the completion of Crossing Borders’ objective to reach Santiago de Compostela in 10 days by trail running the 330km Camino Primitivo. I managed to do it in 8 days in a safe and controlled manner. Felt great!!
A full day of rest and recuperation was much needed. Much more than I was aware. That evening I slept well. Next day we left to go back home. The adventure was now officially over.
So grateful for all the encouragement and support, which I have received before, during and now after my expedition. The donations to the fundraiser have been heartwarming. These are much needed for the work of Doctors Without Borders. Thank you!! Wish I could hug you all!
And remember if you want to go to Santiago de Compostela, just follow the yellow arrows and the sea shells. Buen camino!!
by fredrik • • 0 Comments
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I had estimated about 53km and about 1 000 height meters between where I was and my final destination, the. Basilica in Santiago de Compostela. Arriving to Melide on day 7 was good and Ieft me with 3 days to complete my expedition.
Sabrina, was going to arrive in the evening by car, so if possible I wanted to meet up with her in Santiago de Compostela. However, If I felt that I would need to stop on the way, then there was always Saturday to make the last distance. I had a plan.
I had sore muscles, I was tired and the feet needed attention. I cleaned the area around the blisters and put on Compeed. Put on a clean t-shirt, a pair of clean socks and switched to shoes more suitable for both trail and asphalt running. I felt the energy as I set out.
From Melide the camino connected with the French Way (the most famous one) and I quickly found myself on a new type of trail with wider and much more prepared paths.
More people , groups and bikers on the road here compared to where I had been running the previous days on the Camino Primitivo. Also more possibilities to eat and drink on the way.
The weather was good, potential rain and cool air. Perfect for running. i pressed on and focused on covering the first 14km to Arzúa, where I had decided that would stop for something to eat.
The forests I passed all had a similar look to them. Felt like being in a mythical place or in a fairy book. Then every now and then someone offering something to drink or wishing me a good day.
I stopped as planned to have lunch. Legs were tired and the feet too. i set out to my next check point, O Pedrouzo, 19km away. On the way a biker passed me and then a second one. A minute or two later I heard a runner behind me. He came up next to me and we started talking while running. As it turned out, His name was Victor and they were from Brazil and the bikers, Thais and Raphael, were his support team. Their team is called Correndo no Mundo. Really friendly guys and it was good to have someone to run with for a while.
They stopped, we exchanged contact details, wished each other the best and then I continued onwards. More forest and the path winded up and down over the hill sides.
I kept going, walking uphill, running downhill and keeping the running at low intensity. Mixing the two was good for the legs and for my head. I was getting tired and my thoughts were moving slower and slower.
Drinking and adding energy by eating dates and nuts became the routine. I kept smiling and going with my focus set on reaching my target.
I continued and i could feel that the rain was about to start. I stopped to put on my rain jacket. All the other things in the backpack were inside a waterproof bag. The air was getting much cooler.
I continued in the rain and passed another hillside with less than 10km left. More fields of corn. I passed the airfield of the city and continued. Not far now!’, I thought.
But the running was slow and my feet were complaining. I had no shooting pain, so I focused on technique and on reaching the Basilica. The sun set and I turned on my head light as I pressed on. Still raining.
I passed through the last village on a hill where I stopped for a quick coffee and a bottle of water at a bar. Yet again, lovely people and the cheered me on. I was close now, 4km. It was cold and as long as I moved I was fine.
I entered the city, followed the shells engraved in the pavement. Right by the old town I met Sabrina, who had backtracked the shells to meet me. It was great to have a welcoming committee come and meet me! Extra energy again, one more kilometer to go!
We walked together and I know she asked me many things, but my brain was not responding. I was just focused on getting to the plaza in front of the church where I could shoot of the last satellite position from my satellite tracker on top of the backpack.
We reached it, I sent out my position, verified it was received and The journey from Oviedo had come to a close.
A total of 330km and 8 300 height meters in eight days. Still have a hard time believing it. So many impressions, encounters and experiences.
We went to a restaurant nearby for something to eat, drink and to celebrate the completion of the adventure! I entered with the gear on, but i can assure you that hat and lamp were removed shortly after this picture.
I am not sure what I drank, but Ido remember the dish, yum! This concluded this day before a night of well deserved rest. Thank you all for support during the day and all encouraging messages!
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by fredrik • • 0 Comments
I arrived to Santiago de Compostela last night before Midnight! I was received by Sabrina and she joined me for the last kilometer, which felt like forever. Legs heavy but still willing to move forward.
Then in front of the basilica, off with my backpack to send the last GPS coordinate via the satellite tracker for this adventure.
In total I have covered 330km in 8 days!!
During the afternoon I received reports from the fundraiser, Doctors Without Borders had posted an article on Facebook, which received many positive comments! People sent in donations and sent me messages. What an energy boost!!
I will publish my report from this day (day 8) tomorrow.
by fredrik • • 0 Comments
My plan was to leave Lugo mid day and to reach Melide this day and I knew that I had a tough day in front of me. I was fearing more asphalt on the way. Energy and water was fine, as well as where I could replenish my supplies and have something to eat.
This day I did 53km and about 1 000 height meters.
Weather was warm, 23 degrees in the shadow. The hot weather training came in handy and I knew How my body would react. I just had to be disciplined with drinking.
Legs were heavy and I started to make my way down out of the city. i quickly reached the countryside and the views became more open like in Asturias. Lots of green!
How do you mentally handle that you have more than 50km in front of you? I divide it into small targets of 2, 3 or 5km. I use the same method whatever distance I run. First target is to reach 5km, then a place for a coffee around 9km. Then I compare what I have left with other distances during the adventure. I eat a date every two km and I have small routines going on to keep my mimd occupied. Then after half the distance I start a count down.
And above all, smile! If it starts raining, then a loud ’Yes!’ Is so much better to keep the spirit high instead of a quiet ’no…’. Counting smiles, not miles and enjoying the moment is the best medicine. Of course there are hard times, but they are easier for me to cope with when I smile inside.
The path took a turn into the forest, most welcome with the cool air in the shadow from the trees. The green tunnels has become a signature of the camino. Magical.
Inside the forests the paths were mostly gravel or trails. Outside it followed roads more and more. Hard roads. Feet started to hurt and a burning sensation became apparent under the front part of my left foot.
The views helped to make me keep my mind set on the destination and all the messages and encouragement from all of you were an energy boost. Smiling and onwards sticking to the plan.
There was an option between a short and long scenic route along a Roman road. In my condition. I decided that the shorter would be wiser today. I looked at the map, i knew where to go. Yet I ended up taking the longer route. After reaching the next intersection with the camino again I stopped for a proper break to fill up in energy, minerals and liquid.safety first! I turned out of the village onto a field.
Into a forest again and a hill. Ireached a village and while having something to drink and some crisps I met Mapi and her dog.
I walked with them across the mountain side to Hospital de las Seixas and realized that she was the friendly person mentioned in the guide book. Great person and had I not taken the wrong turn, we might not have met.
I said goodbye and continued, i still had another 12km to cover until I reached. Melide. The views helped and just one more uphill climb and then downhill all the way.
Sun started to set and. I picked up my pace. Left foot had a burning sensation and legs were tired. Just a little longer and then rest.
I arrived to. Melide and passed through town to where. I was staying. Tired and happy when I arrived. Big smile!
Shower and checking feet. One blister under the front part of the left foot. Not broken, which was good. A small one in the right foot on the same place. I would tend to these the next day. A late dinner before sleeping.