Category Archives: Exercise

First of March Update: Walking to Rivendell

I honestly didn’t intend this to turn into a fitness blog with updates of my Walking to Rivendell challenge. But on the first of March, I’d like to say how happy I am that (drum-roll please) I met my quota! Woohoo! For the first time I met my quota for averaging 1.4 miles a day. Which means instead of having to average 1.5 miles this month, I can still shoot for 1.4 miles.

My work and school are also both going very well. I’m getting A’s in both my classes, and am thoroughly enjoying my work. I’m currently in charge of a preserving a collection of slides from the 40s and 50s. The database I inherited was in terrible condition, but I’m ironing it out and working on it with enthusiasm.

And for more good news, my fiance and I have decided to buy a house. While this is just one more thing to do, we have both started looking with enthusiasm. We have found a couple of houses that are “possibilities” but almost all the houses down here need at some work, and that is making us a little hesitant.

On the down side, I haven’t been nearly as happy as I could be, and it’s my own fault. I haven’t taken the time, as I should, to be writing for pleasure. In fact, I haven’t written anything since the beginning of February.  And I haven’t found the time to edit my novel either. It seems to me that something has got to give, sooner or later, and I’m looking forward to summer, when work will be slower, which might give me a little more time to do everything I need to and still have time to do the things I want to.



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The Arm Bone’s connected to the…Leg Bone?

An animated gif of a walk sequence.

Image via Wikipedia

This is actually my monthly Walking to Rivendell update. I’m surprised that I got as much walking in as I did considering I took almost an entire week off (and hardly ever walk on weekends to boot). For a quick review: when I started the month I had 435.7 miles to go and would need to maintain 1.3 miles/day for the rest of the year to make my goal.

As for the title, the third week of January I over-extended my right elbow. Ow! Well…I never realized, until that week, just how interconnected the body is. I mean, I knew that the body depends on all parts to continue working correctly, but I had no idea that walking could be excruciating for an arm.  I walked as little as possible that week.

Let me explain. Usually I park about 0.6 -0.8 miles from where I work. The round trip theoretically makes my walk done for the day. So that week, my round trip walk to-and-from work ended up being about half a mile. Up to that point, my daily average was 1.5 miles a day. It ended as 1.06 miles per day with only 402.8 miles until I hit the goal.

Now I need to maintain 1.4 miles/day if I want to meet my goal. I now see that every month (so far) my goal has gone up by 1/10 of a mile,  if I keep this up I’ll need to walk 2.3 every day in November to reach the goal. Yikes. Well, as I said, walking 1.2 miles (to and from work) definitely takes some of the edge off of the need to walk every chance I get, and a 1.5 miles for today is a great start to February. I just hope I can keep it up.

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Happy New Year!

I realize that it’s been a while since my last post. Between two families, and all the holiday stuff that goes with it, and finishing my novel, I haven’t had much time to blog. From now on, every December I’ll be taking off. There’s just no way between two Thanksgivings, a birthday (or several), and two Christmases and still do everything I need to do.  I promise, however, to maintain the blog over the course of the rest of the year. Even if that means I’m writing ahead of schedule.

I said I finished my first novel. It currently sits at just under 100K. I haven’t started editing it, yet. And I’m going to take all of January off of that. To celebrate this momentous occasion, I thought I’d share with you the working title, and I’d appreciate any feedback. Lilith’s Children. Although I’m toying with the idea of turning it into a series, and that may become the series title.

I’ll have plenty to keep me busy, since I’m starting grad school, a graduate assistant job, and my fiance and I are looking for a house. Add to that three short story ideas that came to me while I was trying to finish my novel. I’ll definitely have my hands full.

I promised once a month updates for walking to Rivendell. My current location, a la Tolkien, is somewhere between the first night and second night. According to the website, the hobbits walked 18 miles that first day! Erm, well, I’ll admit to only finishing 22 miles (although I started mile 23) in the month of December. This means I did not meet my daily goal of 1.2 miles every day. With that, I now must up the ante to 1.3 miles every day to finish my deadline of November 30.


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Walking to Rivendell

“But in the meantime what course am I to take?” said Frodo. “Towards danger; but not too rashly, nor too straight,” answered the wizard [Gandalf]. “If you want my advice, make for Rivendell. That journey should not prove too perilous, though the Road is less easy than it was, and it will grow worse as the year fails.”    

“Rivendell!” said Frodo. ”Very good: I will go east, and I will make for Rivendell. I will take Sam to visit the elves; he will be delighted.” He spoke lightly; but his heart was moved suddenly with a desire to see the house of Elrond Halfelven, and breathe the air of that deep valley where many of the Fair  Folk still dwelt in peace. – Fellowship of the Ring

I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled blog to bring you a NaNo Update. Yesterday was the last day of NaNoWriMo, it was my first but I was determined to make it. In fact, I publicly announced it was my plan to reach 75K in November. Well, I didn’t. I did manage 70K, which is amazing. I didn’t post this yesterday due to some unexpected guests, with a belated T-day feast, and an interview. Now back to the blog…

Okay, so I was cruising the NaNo forums, they have special ones up for post-NaNo, and I heard about the Walk to Rivendell and Beyond Challenge (Found here). I think it’s completely amazing. Since one of my ongoing goals (including my writing goals) is to get fit, I thought this might make it a more entertaining endeavor. I won’t be able to recreate the entire trip day for day, I’m thinking that’s pretty close to impossible (according to the website Frodo walked 18 miles his first day!). Well, today is day one. No, I haven’t gotten up yet, but I will.

So now for my goals: If I walk 1 mile a day it would take 458 days to finish. Well…that’s just not acceptable. My goal is walk from Hobbiton to Rivendell in one year. That would average 1.3 miles a day. Definitely doable. As a reward at the end I get a day full of Tolkein movies. 😀

To keep me motivated: I will read the Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also, I get to post updates at the end of every month. So as not to clog up the writing blog too much with exercise.

While this is primarily a writing blog, I felt that this is somewhat related. The goal is based on one of the most famous books in publishing history. The movies were also huge. I felt that this was relevant in the fact that it kind of brings home what those characters all had to go through. And I feel that it’s important to get to know characters, and putting yourself in their shoes. It’s also relevant because, let’s face it, if you’re sitting staring at a computer all day, trying to write of course, you’re not getting active. So it’s a literary motivation to get away every now and then.


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