peebee wrote:...The worst part IMO was the descent at the beginning, got cramp in calf so had a banana. The rest I found relatively easy, even though I am overweight and totally unfit.
I've done it twice, both times over 20 years ago. The first time I did it I didn't have any problem during the walk but I was in agony two days later down the front of the upper and lower leg. The day after I felt OK. The second day I couldn't walk down steps at all. Definitely due to the steps at the beginning. You could recognise everybody in the hotel who had done the walk. They would walk out of the doors to the top of the steps, try to put the right leg down the first step, stop, try to put the left leg down the first step, stop, turn sideways and try again, stop, try the other side, stop try to go backwards etc until they finally bit the bullet and hobbled down grimacing. Over many years I have noticed that when you engage in some serious exercise that you haven't done before or for a while it is never the next day that the pain hits, always the day after. Strangely the second time I did it a couple of years later I had no ill effects at all.
Personally I found the long run into Agia Roumeli from the Iron Gates the worst part of the walk. By the time you get there it is getting into the hottest part of the day, you are already hot and tired and there is no shade at all.
My late wife found the worst thing about the walk was the "toilettes à la turque" facilities. She never learned how to cope with them. A French exchange student who stayed with us used to mock her mercilessly for her lack of competence. There again the student used to take a lot of stick from us for the contents of her medicine box.
Kookla wrote:...Also my top tip would be to clip your toe nails before your trip. Obviously, as downhill, your weight is shifted forward and this over the time it takes to walk, will push on your toes...
...and lace up your boots tightly to minimise forward movement of the foot inside the boot.
Enjoy the walk, Lara.