WELCOMING DECEMBER-RRRRRR!❄️❄️ ❄️❄️ ❄️❄️ Quest Week 2. Feel free to join! ❄️❄️

Hi there and welcome to WEEK 2 of the New Quest for this month!

How are we all doing? With the weekend ahead, set to be snowy and very cold for many of us...it can be a real struggle to get the runs in :) Sniffs, snuffles and hidden mojos, linked with the unpredictable weather conditions, may conspire against us at this time of year, but whatever you are doing, stay safe , stay healthy and enjoy :)

Shorter days and longer nights, crisp,cold mornings and clear, starlit evenings. The weather can be challenging, but let's rise to those challenges and set some exciting goals for this new month :)

What the Quest is;

The Quest takes one month . You can join any time, within those weeks.

The main aim of the Quest is to help you find a focus or goal that you would like to achieve by the end of the Quest period.

I ask that you will be a Graduate to join the Quest. The main reason I ask this is that while you are doing the programme, your plan is very structured so I wouldn't want the Quest to interfere with that.

Most popular goals are:-

To run three times a week

To slowly increase distance

To train for a specific race

To add In Stretch and Strength exercises

As you can see they are personal to yourself and it's totally your own choice.

Each week, I will pin a new post where all the members of the quest can talk about how things are going.

So if you want to join, all you have to do is put;

I would like to join the Quest, or, count me in and then, I would like to. ..............

Your name will then be added to the top post and every week your name will be in the quest until the end.

At the end of the Quest, there will be a certificate that you can download to keep.

Wishing you a happy healthy week

Realfoodieclub, Ju-Ju and Oldfloss

x⛄

Curlygurly2

Patrick1942

Lisa Guy-Cowes

Jan-now-runs

Decker

SaskieAlliecat

Aliboo70

Elfe5

Plumpinthenorth

misswobble

Sandyscroll

Oldfloss

nurseljh

skysue16

garybrown1966

GoogleMe

Anniemurph

antet

Foxes1961

DiveMonkey

LiisaM

Shorty68

revrock

Mummycav

Maddee_6333

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Morning Floss! is it a week already!! ?? i'm doing ok for my 100 mile DEC, up to 18 miles as of last night.

5 miles coastal trail Friday , Parkrun 3 mile Sat, Mon 2.5 mile night laps near my house whilst dinner on, Tues club night 3.5 miles, Weds 4 miles round the lanes, 5 of us with torches! legs a bit tired today so might do the rest of this week's quota tomorrow!

I have a 10 mile Chilly Hilly race on Sunday, its going to be wet and windy!! character building eh?? :)

Oh the plus side, 2 customers at work in one day asked if i'd been on hols as i look tanned, think it is more weather worn!!! and my newly recruited friend/Boss at work did her 3rd week at club with me and her furthest run of 5.6km! :)

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Busy busy as ever Ali! Sounds like your running calendar is full! 👍. I’m racing on Sunday but just 10 k for me I’ll send you positive vibes (((((((()))))) 😁

Weather beaten is right. This weather is tough on the fizog! Lots of Nivea and lip salve 😁

Ooh another week of questing. Soon comes round again. I aim to run to my half marathon plan which takes me to March Running today at some point 👍🏃‍♀️

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I have taken shares out in Nivea :)

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Hope that run went okay for you.... this is getting exciting! Good luck for the Sunday 10K!

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oooh good luck MW! They have posted our medals earlier, 1st year was a snowglobe, last year plastic bauble, this year is looking better with a jingle bell on a festive ribbon! :) its the night after our club do, so not many coming from ours this year, but i'm not drinking so should be alright!! as long as the curry has no bad effects!! :( :) my skin has been a lot clearer in general since i started running! :)

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It is.. I can hardly believe the speed with which it is simply whizzing along!

Blimey... you have had a real running time! Your legs will be worn out!

Go you! You must look really healthy... but it is probably as you say..wind burn! :)

Your Boss has a great coach :)x

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My boss is really loving the group even though she thought she'd be self conscious around other(that why we spent the whole summer and half the winter running up the forest!) And she is going to try parkrun in the new year! (hint hint Mrs floss!!!) :)

i have my mum's rosy cheeks!! :)

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Wow so busy! Hope all goes well for the race on Sunday.

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Hi Oldfloss

Can I join the quest?

My goal for December is to reach 30km of running a week and to do one speed and one hill training session a week to improve my 5 and 10km times!

I managed to get to 30.5km last week and so far I am 16km in this week with a 15km race on Saturday so should manage the goal this week. Yet to do speed or hill training this week...

No cold weather on this side of the world, I can't even imagine a cold Christmas! We spend out Christmas braaiing outside and hopefully have a hop in the pool, although Cape Town is under strict water restrictions this year due to an extensive drought. Maybe sometime in the next year I will come to the northern hemisphere and attempt some snowboarding!

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Blimey... it sounds positively lovely and you are doing wonderfully...a really varied programme of runs too... I will add you to the list.. :)

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Good morning! I’ve just been following the asics HM plan still, and so far so good. In the going further stage now. Still going too fast on the 5k part of the back to back days. So I took a rest day yesterday and will do the 10.5 today. Getting colder too. Good luck everyone!

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Well done you... all going to plan so far for you ... Keep warm! x

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Thanks Floss - was a cold one this morn for the 10.5. Had 4 layers on so I was warm - except for the hands, of course :)

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To try and convert at least another non runner ( am a born again runner lol )

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But what are your personal running targets for the quest too ? :)

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Well achieved that one somebody has just approached me and told me they've started running because I am, running wise to stick to my asics training plan!

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Go you.. stick to that plan and post your progress? Shall I add you to the quest?

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By all means, I'm up for it lol

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I would like to join the Quest and during this month, I would like to make sure I run an hour and a half total each week. This means I will have to find a way to run when it's snowy--maybe at the YMCA, but I will have to GET there despite possible heavy snowfalls. I will have to figure out how to get the running in by hook or by crook.

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Sounds like a great plan.... :) Inside for safe running when snowy or icy... think Bambi!!!

You will do it!

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PS

Did you want your C25K Graduate badge?

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I don't know why "Graduate" doesn't show up in this posting.... It does with some posts but not others. (???)

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I will check :)

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I am a C25k grad, but not from anything else, if that helps. I've done all the C25k+ stuff and doing that over and over is working for me now. (I feel faster in both Stepping Stones and Speed, which I really enjoy.) For the last month I have had a slight running injury/pain in one leg, but it's getting better and once it is, I'll resume running Stamina again.

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That is fine.. I was not sure... :) Take it steady!

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I absolutely love running in snow, it's the ice that's iffy (but easier off road)

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I won't run if icy... :(

But snow off roads sounds okay... ordinary running shoes?

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Always trail. No lugs, no run.

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Getting my shoes out as we speak:) Thanks !

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Last week I did an 8k and a 4k ( at a faster pace than I usually manage) might not get a run in this weekend so hopefully will do something next week....

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Go you!!!! Well done... keep on track... we need to think of another adventure:)

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Ha, we do.. but I should probably consolidate my 10k...in the fullness of time😆😉xxxx

I like the sound of that virtual running site... after Xmas maybe...

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A reasonable start to the quest.

No weight loss... until this morning.

I've done a yoga class, although it has been a bit slack overall with the yoga, even though I could do with it (imagine going into the loft to get the advent calendars out and finding a dirty great water tank has been dumped in the way! We knew the neighbours were having a wall built to divide the shared loft space and that was fair enough. My husband very laboriously cut up and disposed of ours a few years back but the response from the neighbours was "No you didn't" - what can you say to people like that?)

Fairly standard runs, haven't really come up with a definite plan for my 'new place' run yet.

Got a kilometre swim in yesterday, very slow but thought I'd at least make a start on the more ambitious of my swim goals, reasoning that the more I swim in one session the better chance I have as it is often fitting in the sessions that is more of an issue than the distance.

Good luck all, it's a challenging time of year even without neighbours like ours!

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Oh goodness.... challenging indeed.. well done you for all your questing... and for not cutting up and disposing of the neighbours!

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Hahaha, thank you, that made me laugh. There is, as you might imagine, a bit of a history but that solution is not one which had occurred to me...

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Well, I ran, but I was battling the blustery weather all the way and it was very slow and stop-start. But it's another run checked off on the HM plan. I've dropped that down to two runs a week - ironic, because I was stressing because I couldn't manage the three runs, and now I'm stressing that I won't manage to train for the HM on two runs a week :/

I'm hating running in the cold. And the damp. And the rain. Bah.

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Oh you!!!! Hug x

You ran.... well done!!! Were you out yesterday! Thought about you as I was walking yesterday..on the route we ran together:) It was blowy!!!

You are still on target, so ditch the stress... :) You will do it...you are strong!

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Thank you, Floss! Yes, it was yesterday - the wind was stealing my breath and it was all a bit hard work, but you're right, at least I was out there.

Thank you for your support and encouragement, as always xx

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Well done for getting out there in those harsh conditions Annie. I think you are still doing great. You will do this. The weather is a challenge this time of year. I moved from three thin layers to four yesterday with a waterproof windbreaker.

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Thanks, Decker. I know it's a lot more challenging where you are and many of our other C25K runners but it's really got to me this year already. I think I just need to woman up and get on out there, although we have snow this weekend and I don't run when it's slippy outside. Run on fresh snow, yes, but not when it's all skiddy.

I hope you stay warm, dry and safe.

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Its not so bad for me just cold and windy without the damp. Ive never run in real snow or ice yet but i bought some inexpensive spikes that clip onto your shoes for Jan and Feb just in case. I also have the luxury of the indoor track that you don’t. I hope you are able to get out there and do your runs in relative comfort

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Running in new snow is okay but I avoid running on icy stuff, although it will be interesting to see how the spikes do. Go carefully though!

Thank you for your encouragement :)

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I don’t blame you Annie. I will likely be doing a lot of indoor running come January.

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Oh heck, you're doing *something*

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I *suppose*...

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Morning!

I would like to join the quest, please. I would like to gradually increase my distance. I graduated a few years back, then stopped running, but recently completed the C25K again. This time I have really enjoyed it and keep thinking that I probably need to run, as the buzz that I get from it is just so good!

I am very slow and didn't get to 5k in 30 minutes. I'm not that bothered about doing 5k in 30 minutes, I just want to do 5k. Last night I did 3.4 miles doing 10 minutes running/1 minute walking.

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Sounds like a plan,.. good luck!

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Getting to 5K is a great goal (5k in 30 minutes is not within everyone's grasp, certainly not mine)

And keeping hold of that enjoyment is the best goal of all.

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I would love me to join the quest. I would like to run three times a week.

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Straightforward and doable :)

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I've got a very long run tomorrow, or at least it seems long to me... 14 KM. I'm going to split it into chunks, parkrun is four and a half KM from my house, so there and back, plus the parkrun itself makes 14. I'm a bit nervous....

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You will do it!!!! That was a statement, not an order :)

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I'll have to or I'll have Tomas chasing me!

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I did my 8k club run on Wednesday. They went a bit slower this week, which meant I was able to keep up. I've got used to running up hills a bit now, and they'd picked a reasonable sized one to run up. Some slowed up a lot, some walked a bit. I thought that they ran them non stop, but apparently not all of them do. It just looked like they did on Strava. So I've been trying to mimic their hilly runs with out stopping. 🙈 C25K teaches us not to stop but just keep going...'it's not about speed, but endurance to run for 30 mins' type approach, so that's the way I've done it. So I was stunned to find that I overtook some of the runners on the hill. Of course, they left me standing on the way down again 🙃...but that's fine. It gives me something to work on.

Not sure how my 10k will go tomorrow. Too much snow and slush around, which may become sheet ice by the morning. May have to resort to the dreadmill. 😱 Not sure the gym would let me use their machine for over an hour, and I'm certain I wouldn't want to!

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Wow... go you.... I shall probably have to do a session on the cross trainer at some point... it is cold and icy weather forecast for Sunday.. the snow was fine this morning...!

Hope the 10K is doable!x

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In the balmy south east I think we will escape the snow but it will still be freezing cold. I am doing rather badly on my 15km a week target so far. Just one short run with my daughter so far. I doubt she will be persuaded to do another tonight so that only leaves the weekend. Eek. I have a bit of catching up to do.

I foolishly did a Joe Wicks intensive intervals 20-minute workout with a colleague in my lunch break yesterday - he's TOUGH to keep up with. We were only doing the beginner's session and I'm aching today!

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Stretch and recover.. go you..it is very, very cold.. :)

I went to lock up my Studio and the gates and came back looking like a small snow person :)

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Last week's call schedule meant I only got 2 runs in (a 5k and a 10k) but they were absolutely wonderful runs. Haven't got out to do my run yet today but have full intentions of doing it. Will likely do a 5 k today and planning for 11.5k on Sunday. We're supposed to be above zero again this weekend so all our glorious snow will melt making for a muckier slippery run today. Sunday will hopefully be drier so thought it would be better for the long run although I'm itching for some speed intervals. Guess I'll decide when I get my errands done and actually get out there.

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Sounds great... I got a 10K and a 1K in!!!! I do not like the slushy aftermath of snow..so hope you get a good run in!

Go you!

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Yay for another 10k! I'm so glad you're back to full form again!

I ended up running my 11.5k run today. It was hovering around that 2 C so it wasn't very slushy yet. It was a great run but I ran it faster than planned so the legs are a little more tired. I'm going to have to figure out how to fuel on the run though now with my runs stretching over an hour because I was light headed and whoozy driving home today. I took water but haven't mastered the art of running and drinking 😆

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Go you..!

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Wow Sask..bloomin' brilliant you😊...I saw your post on the Marathon site so came to find this post...

11.5k...I see you are keeping up your distances. I'm a bit concerned that you were feeling lightheaded afterwards and I think you are right to sort out some form of energy boost. Also make sure people know where you are when you go out for these long runs.

Huge kudos to you. FAB😊xxx

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Thanks Jan. I was off all morning - I think it was due to just not eating enough the last few days. I can't eat when I'm super stressed and my hubby had been struggling with his mental health lately and it came to a head yesterday. Fortunately he's taken a few days off work and I was able to convince him to restart his antidepressants so I think we're starting to stabilize again. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do the full distance today but it sure felt good to get out for a run today. I told him where I was going and how long I expected to be gone and I always have my phone with me in case something happens. Thanks for the word of caution though. Usually I do my long run while everyone is at school but I may need to rethink it if I can't get this sugar thing figured out.

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I'm sure some of the runners on that Marathon site will have some useful advice for you.

Sorry to hear of the problems your hubby and therefore you have been having. Its hard watching someone you care about not doing so well. I hope things start to pick up for him.

I can understand how running is doing you good, but pushing yourself too hard when you are stressed could be risky for you. You know this...

Please take care.xxx

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Thanks 😊

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Well done you! I ran in snow for the first time today, and found it takes a bit more effort than just plain old tarmac!

I drink on the run, not because I'm thirsty but to stop my throat getting too dry. If I refuse to stop running I can tend to end up wearing it, which is great in the summer, not so great in the cold and snow. I've got 2 little squeezy bottles I keep in my run belt; I hate holding things when I run. Squeezing the water into my mouth stops it from spilling when I lift the bottle to drink.

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Snow running definitely works the legs differently and adds a whole new challenge! I found my hip flexors are tighter after running in deep snow so make sure you stretch well.

I'll be practicing my running and drinking, but will likely need to stop to drink for now. Perhaps I can master it when the warmer weather hits and it will come as a relief to get a face full of water 😆

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I did have to stretch really well, you're right. It was down the sides of my legs, knees and hips I really felt it. The snow wasn't really deep, but the ice underneath is a challenge!

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Glad you got some nice runs in this week and that things are stabilizing a bit overall too Sask. I also saw your post on the marathon site and I have no advice whatsoever, as I am newer too all this that you are I think 😁. They were giving out gel pack samples at the 10k I did. Not sure if you’ve played with those yet? I also saw a backpack with a bladder insert and a flex straw at MEC on one visit in the last while. But I suspect the pack would likely freeze in your conditions there. I am sure some more experienced runners will have some good advice

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I used gels and chews when I did my walking marathon. I highly doubt I can chew and run (since I can't seem to run and drink without wearing it 😆) but will have to experiment with the gels again. Hopefully I can get them locally now that we have a main stream sport shop in town. You're supposed to drink water with them to minimize gi distress so I'll also need to figure out the hydration thing in the winter and either stop to drink or eventually master drinking and running. I was going to get a pack for my longer trail runs in the summer, but maybe I'll need to consider it this winter. Maybe I can wear it under my jacket and it won't freeze as quick. I'm really loving these outdoor long runs and don't want to have to give them up for the winter. They are definitely a major help for my own mental health and stress management.

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It sounds like a science unto itself! As long as you can keep getting your runs in. I have a 17k session next Sunday. Not sure if I should bring a snack or something now.

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Wow! 17k, that's awesome. I'd definitely plan for water and some form of nutrition at some point during the run.

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That makes sense. I will look into it. Yep the next couple of weeks may be challenging with the distances needed and the weather situations. We’ll see.

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You've got it, you've done so well so far, I have no doubt that you'll succeed. I've actually come to really enjoy my cold weather runs. It's all about finding the right layers, keeping the head and extremities warm and decent traction. At least you have a back up at the track if you need it. That would be a lot of laps though. I don't know if I could do it, but we do what we have to, don't we?

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Yes you are right about the layers. My last run was actually ok in -10 with the extra layer and hat/hood combo. If I can do it, you can absolutely do it. We will just dig deep and go for it.

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misswobble suggested a nutrition product called Tailwind that you mix with water and you don't need to worry about taking anything else. It's not supposed to cause the stomach issues some of the other products can if you're not careful how you take it. They are based out of Colorado but there are Canadian stores that carry it. There were 2 listed in Toronto - Blacktoe Running on Bathurst St and the Cycling Gym on Jones Ave. Food for thought ..... get it .... food... haha; I'm a dork and waaay too giddy over this!

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Haha thats my kind of funny! My kids think I am the Father of all dorks 🤓 Tailwind. I will need to check them out. There was some company at the 10k giving samples of this sort of thing too. Maybe it was them? Thanks for the info

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😂😂

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Count me in Oldfloss ....I would like to run at least 3k 3 times a week....x

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Brilliant.... and I think that is a great target :) x

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Good week for me. Ran three times for a total of over 28km. Onward and upward :)🏃🏼

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I’m sure I said ‘me too please’ somewhere, but I don’t seem to be on the list.

I’ve failed spectacularly on strength work, unless you count carrying bags and grandsprockets around (only sometimes at the same time).

Done much better with the stretching and only missed a couple of days - travel days when I could have done with doing them, I suppose.

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I can't find you, in the replies... if I missed you I am really sorry.. :)... but I am going to put you there right now ! :)

Sounds like you are getting plenty of strength work in... I certainly count my two days as small runner in training's carer as a massive part! Walking, lifting, crawling, rand generally being used as her personal gymnasium:)

You definitely are doing it... carrying two around, sometimes! Blimey..!

Bag carrying, shopping... it all counts.. well that is what I tell folk :)

Go you!

Hope you get back to it soon :)

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One on each hip, it’s nicely balanced 🤣

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There you are :)

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Thank you Floss xxx

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Okay, it was a day I ordinarily would not have tempted by driving, what with over 3 inches of snow already on the ground and steady snow yesterday, but I got out to get my CSA vegetables here in Michigan and took my running togs with me. I made it for my vegetables and to the Y, as well, where I did Stepping Stones again.... So the Quest got me out.... Thanks for having the Quest.

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Brilliant... snow here too :) Well done you!

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Week 1 of ASICS training complete, 2 x 3 miles and 2 x 4.5 miles

Next run tomorrow!

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10.00 pm and just had a text from a gentleman asking me for the details of the running programme I do, very possibly another convert me thinks

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Brilliant!

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am now off to fall into bed, back to back runs, 3 mile yesterday and 4.5 miles today, slow running at 15.50 mins per mile . Am now aching like an achy thing that's fallen out of the aching tree and then been poked with an achy stick

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