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WELCOMING DECEMBER-RRRRRR!❄️❄️ ❄️❄️ ❄️❄️ Quest Week 3. Feel free to join! ❄️❄️

How are we all doing?

The last week has proved very challenging for many us and I am posting this post two days late!!! I am so sorry...the cold must have got to my brain! The snow and icy conditions have meant that many forum friends could not run at all, but safety had to come first. The weather is improving slowly and hopefully we can all get out, again to stretch those running legs :)

So, let us continue to rise to the challenges of wind and weather and press on with the exciting new targets for this 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

HeleneCorsa

Realfoodieclub

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Oh, Old Floss, I have not run. We had a winter advisory here, and I was shoveling my driveway instead of running. Then I was unable to run, even at the Y, as I was traveling, once my driveway was shoveled, to get my son from his university stay to come home for the holidays, and what with packing up the car for him to be able to survive three weeks over Christmas and what with the snow, I stayed overnight in the university town before coming home. We will both run at the Y today. He wanted to get up at 6 to run, but it's nearly 7:30 and guess who's still in bed. I'm getting the overload of my husband's yesterday dishes done, bills paid, etc. Thinking I will make upma for breakfast and I WILL run today! ... :D

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I hope you managed to get out there... well done you... Super Mum !

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Not so well done! We didn't get to the Y and I'm lucky I even got out at all. At the last minute, I was able to take a running start in the car to get up the small snow-covered, unplowed local road to get to the cleared main road in time to get my weekly vegetables from the farmers' market. Thus, the only exercise I will get today is shoveling; I will turn on the light over our driveway and start when I'm done with my soup.... That's a promise, Old Floss!

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This week I have found out where my limit is, because of other commitments I ran on three consecutive days, covering 19 KMs including an interval session. The last run was 10 KM, split into 3 sessions, as I ran to the jog club, ran with them, then ran home. The (middle) session with them was 5KM, and I hit the wall at 4.7 KM. I just couldn't pull that last 300 MTs off. It was awful, really horrible. I don't think that's ever happened to me before, and I never want it to happen again! And of course, I still had to get home.

I'm taking at least one extra day off now, it took me a while to recover from that. Lesson learnt.

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That sounds horrid, but.. you know why it happened. Sensible idea to take extra rest too! I am glad you got home in on piece:)

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Oh, and I forgot I did that 14 KM last Saturday too, so 35 KM in six days...silly me!

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You did!!!! I forgot that you did your BIG run too.. blimey...maybe it is becoming.. second nature :) x

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Hello! I'd like to join this quest even if it's late in the month. I have always tried to do something on rest days, with varying degrees of success. Lately I have struggled a lot - the kids don't really leave me any free time in the evening and I am getting to bed very late. They have been unwell so I've also had a number of nights of changing vomity sheets (is there anything worse than hosing down your ill child, and yourself, at 3 am?!) and I think the tiredness really affects my ability to get everything done and leave time for myself in which I am not exhausted. Most nights I'm not sleeping more than about 5 hours.

I really don't think half an hour of stretching/yoga/kettlebells or whatever is much to ask on non-running days. This week I've only been able to get out there running once, on Wednesday; I'm trapped at work today too and there are no guarantees that I'll manage it tomorrow as I don't have childcare. So, the non-running exercise really matters.

Tips on fitting it all in (that do not involve bilocation or folding space-time) would be greatly appreciated... I don't generally struggle with motivation but I think I need to make extra special efforts to carve out those free moments.

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It is awful when tiredness and exhaustion makes you too tired to sleep!

I do my exercises first thing, but I do not have a young family to get moving. I am relying on walking, ( with small runner in training), and a set exercise regime to keep things going at the moment. Is there a time when the children are still up but engrossed in something that you could do a quick exercise session.

I use a you tube strength exercise programme.. and it is good fun.Not sure how old your children are?

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PS

I have added you to the list :)

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'Stealing a march' on my children was a revelation - getting up earlier than them. I'm no good at getting out for a run absolutely first thing, I need my breakfast inside me, but for a good few years (iffy currently) I managed 10 minutes of yoga in the bathroom every morning (my sister's yoga teacher told me that's better than a weekly class)

(The iffyness startled when the dog was poorly and her needs came first but I can't seem to get back into a solid habit)

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Thank you for replying, GoogleMe! I agree this is the best approach and it's what i do on non-school days. I am a morning person (or rather, i have learned to be one - used to be opposite but am happier this way), but on schooldays I'm up at 5.45 and that is my limit! I do my best to fit in what i can, when i can. My difficulty is actually getting out of the house though, as it's normally just me and the children. Additional childcare is tough for me as I am already paying crazy money just to cover my working hours. But things will evolve as they grow up so i am trying not to be too frustrated by it. Lack of time is just a problem generally.

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I've been struggling getting 3 runs in and figured out why. I've been doing my long run on Friday - find it easier with the family at school since I'm still on my time (and when it's sunny and not too windy, how can I not run a nice long run?) But with the distance increasing, I've been tired for my Sunday run and keep putting it off, telling myself my legs need an extra day of rest. Unfortunately it ends up being 4 more days of rest because my next running day isn't until Wednesday. So I must put off my long run until Sunday, I feel, except on work weekends, where there is no way I can run anyways . I'll do my long run on Friday then and skip a shorter run.

My calves have been really tight this week, so I'm doing 3 5-7k runs instead of 2 with a long run. I've done 2 so far and will do my 3rd tomorrow then will restart the build up to HM. I'm signed up for a virtual HM in March.

The other exciting news for me though.... I ran my first 30 minute 5k yesterday 😁. It's been years since I've attained this. I had to even stop to answer a phone call that I was waiting for. I was swearing like a sailor by the end of the run, needing to dig deep to finish strong but every km was progressively faster! Whoohoo! It wasn't my intent when I started the run, but I was frustrated with a screw up from work and then the phone call mid run fixed it, so I was pumped! Must really work on my calves with weekend though! They're not sore to walk, but when I stretch them or use my roller, they are tight 😖

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Well done Sask😊xx

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Wow....well done you! Lots of work on those calves, most definitely.. especially if they are tight. I am really making sure that I do the same. I do not want a repeat spell on the IC! Trying to fit everything in is a problem and with a young family and work too..you are doing amazingly!

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My quest has had to change from achieving my first Park run to coaxing calves towards recovery - Park run can wait- any running however cautious is better than the IC! 😃

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Completely! The runs are still there.. always :)

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So far so good, running three times a week only complicated today by a 20m sheet of black ice that I was unaware of until I began to run on it… Looking forward to keeping going for the rest of the month and increasing distance on my long run, even have a run scheduled early on Christmas day :)

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Ahhh.... Bambi incident :)

Well done you! Christmas Day run too... wow.. Go you!

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hi Floss,

I'm not been feeling so enthusiastic about my 100 mile challenge this week, had got to 27 by last Friday so had a rest day sat, the windy fun filled 10 miler Sun, rest day Mon, 3.5miles at Club Tues eve, and 5 miles Weds morning along the coast with 4 friends. But Thurs and friday motivation had waned. So today i did from my Dad's to parkrun , then actual parkrun, then back again which gained me nearly 6.5 miles so bit back on track. Will be worth it to get the lovely medal but i'd forgotten how the miles become a bit of a slog! still, onwards and upwards eh! 52 miles total now :) feeling a bit stressed in general at mo :(

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Ali, you are doing it, and when it feels harder, then that is brilliant. I think this time of year brings all kinds of weird stresses and strains.

Today should have been my 2 year runniversary run, but on returning from the coast, home has still got compacted snow and ice and freezing fog last night has made it worse!!

You are going to get there, with all these little??? runs, here and there, that are all mounting up, to take you to that lovely medal! Hang in there ! x

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I think you have done really well Ali. I have little motivation at the moment with the weather and so much else at this time of year. Don't feel too pressured. x

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thanks Linda i will stick with it! :)

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So...

Weight goal: hmm, up and down and averaging stable instead of downwards

Running somewhere new: not yet, but did have a lovely run in the snow.

Yoga: got a bit lost here, with several classes already under my belt

Swim: the triumph of the week, went two days running straight from the station trip with my son and focused entirely on distance which enabled me to add an extra 10 lengths. The second time I must have lost count and realised from the times later that I must only have done 8 extra but no matter, my total is up to 3.45km for the month. My 'sensible' target was 2km for the month and my aspirational target was to get to Belper East Mill on my virtual River Derwent swim (a 2017 resolution I thought was going to escape me due to months of not swimming) I reckon that I can actually see the Mill now, as I am coming past Wyver Lane nature reserve, so I really hope I can get a few more swims in and crack this one.

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That all sounds more positive than not :) What is a virtual swim???

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You log swimming distance against a challenge you've chosen and it shows you on a map. I recklessly picked the River Derwent - more than 3 years ago! Unclear whether the site is going to be taken down (and the swimming association have not replied to my enquiries) so I've copied my records so I can carry on by myself at the end of the year. Will probably take me another couple of years (I'm halfway now)

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Doh! I always thought you were actually swimming in the river in your previous posts! I am so dim at times 🤪

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Duh..me too!

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No, we did try to calculate how much faster it would be (I think we came up with something like a day and a half!) I do have a friend who has wild swum chunks, and I do go for a paddle in it and G occasionally swims. but no. Occasionally think wild thoughts of entering the Matlock Boxing Day Raft Race - plenty of folks fall off and end up doing the rest just floating down to Cromford.

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That's brilliant, sounds like a lot of fun! A tough challenge though.

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It makes ploughing up and down the pool less boring to imagine where you are passing on the virtual swim. Less boring, not not boring at all...

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Got you!

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Not good, not good, not good. Looking at my calendar, I last ran 10 days ago. That's partly because of the weather, but partly because I've been on my travels again and didn't take my kit with me because the weather was even worse there! I thought I'd go for a run this morning, but the pavements are white with frost again and I have a fear of slipping. Looking at the forecast, I see that the temperature rises towards the middle of the day, with a high likelihood of rain. Oh, I hate winter running :( Will I get out later? We'll see.

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Horrid here.. and the refuse collection van.. drove round the Close and did not stop to empty any bins as the pavements are deadly!

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:(

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My brother did White Edge yesterday, said the path was just ice so he had to run beside it.

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Brrrrr :(

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He has a variety of trail shoes for different terrain and wasn't using his ice specific ones as he was going to be using them today... #hard

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Arghhhhhh, just realised it is wk3 and I haven’t jouned yet. What am I like....... I want to run. That is it plain and simple. I am enjoying my race walking but it is not running. I have found that it is only running that keeps my arthritis at bay, I need to run to stop the pain. Fitting it in with ice is a problem and Dad comes next week for a couple of weeks so it is going to be hard fitting In The race walking and running, I need to keep up with my HM training. I will have to wiggle some stuff around. Swimming might have to wait until the new year.

Happy healthy week to you all

Rfc x.

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There you are... :) Added the the list... :)

It is really hard getting runs in.. I managed a great 4K at the coast Friday and got back to snow and ice here, which has just begun to melt with the rain! The road is still icy and we have freezing fog forecast again tonight! Oh joy!

You are a great organiser so you will fit things in , I know it! You have such a lot on.. so maybe the swimming in the New Year will be something to look forward to x

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I'm not questing because my aims are long-term at the moment and with only 2 weeks to go till the end of December I'm on target. I ran 32k this week, 3 runs mid-week and 15k in the snow this morning. My Monday morning run was a bit dodgy with snow and ice everywhere. I felt my shoes slip a number of times, but I actually find it easier to run than walk in such conditions. The roads had cleared for my other mid-week runs and this morning's snow was fresh, crunchy and gave me a good grip. Hard work though!

I need only 23k over the next two weeks to make 1200k for the year (100k a month). To make 100k in December I need 32k and to make the 110k which is what I've been averaging since I started upping the mileage in March I need 42k. All doable. Might need some planning as I probably won't get a really long run in until December 31.

And then I need to set myself new targets.

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Wowser!!! On target is right :) You are doing amazingly!

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Still Very intermittent with doing my stretching and strength. Think I’ll be doing it again as my New Year Resolution. 🤦‍♀️

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Determination is the thing :)

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