allichaton: (Fear the cage)
Walked to campus today, and with the eight miles I walked over break, that brings it up to 25. The road is rolling up and down.
allichaton: (Fear the cage)
Well, I fell off the bandwagon for a few weeks, but walked 4 miles this week. 15 total.
allichaton: (Fear the cage)
In spite of getting out of the house twenty minutes late today, I did manage to get my two miles in. Eleven total.

We have stopped in a birch grove and are eating a frugal supper.
allichaton: (Fear the cage)
Oh, and I walked to campus today. Two miles, nine total.

Hobbiton is now hidden as the slopes of the Green Hill Country rise and fall.
allichaton: (Fear the cage)
I only managed to walk the one mile last week, but I walked two today, which makes seven total.

I'm still in Tookland (though only half a mile from the next milestone).
allichaton: (Fear the cage)
Walked a mile today, 'cause I needed to stop by Albertson's, so I walked there, then to the shuttle stop on Arroyo. Five miles total.

I have crossed the Great Road and am entering Tookland.
allichaton: (Fear the cage)
Palmer linked me yesterday to [ profile] elronds_walkers, a walking-challenge community based on the premise of walking from Bag End to Mordor and back. I was intrigued by the idea, and was curious about just how far that was, as the user info didn't say, all of the entries were flocked, and I had to wait for my request to join the community to be approved. I decided to do a Google search to see if I could figure out just what I'd be volunteering myself for if I signed up, and in the process, I found The Eowyn Challenge. The name comes from a Two Towers quote, when Aragorn asks Eowyn what she fears and she replies, "A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire." As the website says, "For many of us, our weight, health and/or self-esteem have felt like cages, and we have decided to break free." The challenge is to walk from Bag End to Rivendell, a bit more manageable than the Mordor round-trip (though still about 450 miles).

I really like this idea. It gives me a concrete goal to work towards. It gives me regular, achievable milestones along the way. And now, with this post, it gives me someone to be accountable to other than myself. UCI's library has a copy of Karen Fonstad's Atlas of Middle-Earth, so I'm going to check it out when I'm on campus tomorrow, scan the map of Middle-Earth and print it out, stick it up on my wall, and use a thumbtack to keep visible track of my progress.

And I made this spiffy new icon, so now I have to stick with it. ;)

After last week's four miles (two trips to/from campus), I've crossed the plank bridge over The Water and am on my way toward Brandywine Bridge and The Great Road.


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April 2009



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