Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim

Miles travelled over the summer: More than enough to reach Isengard
Miles travelled so far: 0 (1664 from Bag End)
Miles needed to reach Minas Tirith: 578

Looking back at entries tagged Eowyn Challenge, it appears that I haven't been blogging this for about 12 months.

One of the useful things I took away from the excellent book The Now Habit was to stop trying to do too many projects at once. Last spring I was completing the assignments needed for the Open University Diploma in Creative Writing, not to mention the BA Education assignments. I had also taken on the 365 photo challenge. Thus the challenge of walking to Mordor was put on hold, at least as far as blogging was concerned, though partly by using the pedometer, I did keep logging miles.

I have just entered all the missing data into the spreadsheet which now shows that by mid-October, I had clocked up enough miles to be able to claim that I had successfully reached Isengard.[*] Yay!

However, though I was obeying the law of the challenge by using a pedometer, I wasn't following the spirit of it, at least not as I've been interpreting it. The plan wasn't to just record how far I'd walked. To make it more interesting, I wanted to take photos and write up the places I visited so I could compare and contrast where I actually went with the current location of the characters in The Lord of the Rings.

So... As I'm now only committed to taking one photo a week for the Flickr group, I need more reasons to take photos and I also have more time for blogging about other things. I therefore hope to make Eowyn Challenge updates into a regular feature again.

For those of you who have started reading my LJ more recently and have no idea what I'm talking about when I say I'm "walking to Mordor", here is an explanation of the original challenge and a link to the relevant tables of mileage. By clicking on my tag Eowyn Challenge, you can see some of my previous posts and pictures of where I've been on my journey so far.

[*] I'm going to ignore any miles between October and December for the excellent reason that I stopped wearing the pedometer and anyway, it's more satisfying to start the new leg of the journey at the start of a New Year.
Tags: eowyn challenge, exercise, walking to mordor

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