While the original intent of this quest was to demonstrate that walking is as acceptable as running, it could be said that running is as acceptable as walking.
There are many ways to travel, and really no wrong way to get to Mordor (as long as it is self-propelled and measurable). In today’s post, I will examine the many ways to get to Mt. Doom, and how they measure up.
Pros: Low impact for anyone with bad joints. Can be done all day, everyday and counted with a pedometer. Option to sing while walking.
Cons: A bit slow. Strolling also has less impact on heart rate, although briskly walking can get you to a good clip.
AnaTolkienicities: None at all. Walking is what hobbits do and what taller folk must do with hobbits in order to maintain a fellowship.
Pros: Much faster than walking. Easily accessible since it requires little equipment. Awesome for heart rate. Can still keep track of miles with a pedometer or any number of other apps.
Cons: Running with all that extra…erm…equipment can be hard on the untrained body. Breathing issues can prevent running from being an efficient option.
AnaTolkienicities: Hobbits aren’t really runners, and we all know dwarves are wasted on long distances. However, the whole party must run from orcs and Uruk Hai so there is plenty of justification.
Pros: Variety is the spice of life. Faster than both running and walking. Phone apps available to track miles.
Cons: Must have a bike. Heavy bikes make you move yourself and several extra pounds of metal. Breathing issues come into play again.
AnaTolkienicities: Okay, no one rode a bike to Mordor at any point in the story. However, they did ride horses at times. And Merry and Pippin rode Uruk Hai! Biking can’t be considered accurate, but for this challenge counts as both self-propelled and measurable.
Pros: Your body only supports 10% of your weight in water activities, making swimming the lowest impact activity on this list. Easy keep track of miles, just count your laps.
Cons: Must have a large source of water handy. Chlorine can also be a deterrent.
AnaTolkienicities: Sam went paddling while chasing Frodo, but that didn’t go so well. Aragorn was very unconscious when he took a dip. Submerged water travel doesn’t agree with the fellowship, but if it agrees with you it still qualifies for the challenge. Flippers, however, do not.
Pros: Speedy travels!
Cons: Equipment and water required.
AnaTolkienicities: Technically, none. I personally would like to canoe when I leave Lothlorien. However, canoeing isn’t a particularly strenuous activity so if you’d like to take advantage of this style, try to limit the miles.