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WTM- Walk 1; Planet Fitness

Last night I learned a valuable rule: Do not go to Planet Fitness at 6:30pm if you do not want stimulation overload in T-5 seconds.

My partner (Purdy) and our friend Andy got memberships together in order to increase the probability that we will actually work out. We chose Planet Fitness because it was 10 bucks a month with no contract, and close to Andy’s work. Purdy and Andy like it because there are so many people, nobody notices you. I like it because they have numbered stations and symmetrical rows of machines. My organizational compulsion is appeased by that.


Wait free zone. (Get it?)

Turns out people with normal jobs all get out of work at the same time. Smart people go to the gym after work so they can go home and rest. The result is that everyone in West Lansing was in the gym when we arrived to get our ID tags and free t-shirts.

Two very nice ladies moved over on the treadmill so that we could all walk together. (We never intended a strenuous workout, we just wanted to see the place and I wanted to get walkin’.)

My comfortable walking pace is about 3.2 mph. I hope to improve on that as my hips and hamstrings realize they’re being used for their intended purpose again.

Note on being a hobbit: Purdy (who is 6’2”…or okay, 5’10”) was walking next to me (5′ 2 3/4”). The treadmill readouts showed the same speed, but one of us was casually strolling and one of us was briskly hoofing it.


Purdy is the one in the back on the far right. I’m the one in the front row with the short curly hair.

We walked for 23 minutes. I managed 1.13 miles. I am currently “leaving Bag End, heading west.”

We left the mass of gym bodies for Andy’s house where we played Arkham Horror until midnight.

Are you joining the walk? Reply to this post and share your plans!


Walking To Mordor- Day 1

So, I’m not a runner.  I walk faster than I can run due to my magnificent hips, and with my low center of gravity I’m better built to lift heavy things than to run a 5k. My asthma kicks in pretty quickly, and if there’s anything I like less than running, its running and not breathing.

Since I have come to accept my hobbit-like status (bestowed upon me by older brothers), I have decided to engage in hobbit-like activities by walking to Mordor.

Using this guide I will follow the path of Frodo and Sam from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom.

It is 1779 miles, but I have all the time in the world and only adipose to lose (as opposed to a ring made of pure evil). I plan to be in better shape than Frodo when I make it. Ie.) In possession of rational thought, able to stand up straight and without chapped lips.

I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather, so starting my journey in November means a treadmill. I plan to change the gradient as the terrain of my journey changes.

Thank goodness the mountains come later!

I hope to finish my journey in a year, but 1779 miles in 365 days means 5 miles a day. Will I manage that? Indisputably, no. The hobbits walked 18 miles their first day, but that was their only activity.

All day.

Just think of all the trees…

I have one or twenty other commitments at any given time, so we will see how far I get in a year.

My feet are one of the less hobbit-y things about me, so here are the walking shoes I purchased from Playmakers:

From Playmakers!

Poll: Does neon make you run faster?

Here is the spreadsheet I made to keep track of my progress. If you want to view it properly, you need to download the Kelt, Aniron and Ringbearer fonts (for when Cambria just won’t do).

Walking Spreadsheet

The first leg of the journey is 458 miles from Hobbinton to Rivendell.

I step outside my door today.