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OFF TO A FLYING START IN JANUARY🕊✈🚀.... Quest Week 3. Feel free to join!

Hi Questers, how is everyone doing?

We are into the third week of the new year already. Short, grey days make fitting our running in a challenge, but we are rising to it and doing our best with the conditions aren't we? 😊....

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, Oldfloss, Millsie-J and Jan-now-runs

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Oldfloss

Fitter40s

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Count me in, I want to get to 7k by month end.

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Will add your name Chris!

You will do this, you are doing Ju ju's 10 is the magic number plan I think.....Good luck😊x

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Done!!!, 10k by end of Feb 🏃‍♂️🤞😁 x

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Excellent 😎.....

Brilliant work this month Chris... Quest conpleted✔

There will be a certificate on Wednesday and a new Quest starting on Thursday...look out for it👀!

Happy running 😊x

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Count me in l want to run 3 times a week 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️👍

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Will do, Wantorun.😊x👍

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Yes please. Dropped off in Dec due to numerous things, but son getting engaged and wedding date set for Xmas 2018 gives me a goal. Already a week and a bit into low carb diet (Tom Kerridge book is wonderful), and up back to running three days per week (looking to be back Parkrunning in next couple of weeks). Good to see much of core strength is retained.

Want to get to 10K by late spring.

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Hi Tim, great news about your son's engagement and upcoming wedding. Great incentive to get nice and trim for the occasion...

I have seen a couple of Tom Kerridge's tv programs and the recipies look very tasty and healthy too..

You may fancy trying Ju ju's 10 is the magic number six week plan once you get back to regular running...😊x

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Might wanna skip the lead contaminated game he is fond of recommending...

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I haven't quite completed the second week of 10 is the magic number😆..

I did the speed podcast plus a bit for the first shorter run, then the 5k which ended up being quite quick for me, even though my legs were tired and heavy. The final 6k is still outstanding...looks like it will be tomorrow now. Then start wk3 on Thursday...

Sounds like a plan😊xx

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*update 6k done for Wk2 R3.

After the first 3k felt much easier..The Cranberries came on my playlist twice.... felt quite emotional (I can't be with you)xx

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Just finished Week 3 with the final 7k run 😊....

Will be starting Wk4 on Wednesday I think with a nice gentle 4k....

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Managed to get 2 runs in last week, as planned. Unable to do 3 due to work commitments. Both runs were relegated to the treadmill due to another extreme cold warming ☹️, but slogged through an 8 and 12k run. Have decided not to attend a seminar 3 hours away this Sunday, so should hopefully get 3 runs in - hoping for 16k for my long run this week. Hopefully the weather cooperates- I really want to run it outside with my new favourite playlist.

Didn't do much for cross training last week, must work on this. Rignold 's squat challenge would be a good idea. What's my excuse? As he said in his write up, they can be done anywhere, you don't work up a sweat, and I've been doing some knee strengthening exercises which involves squats already.....

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Fingers crossed the weather plays ball this week Allie for your long run of 16k!

You have kept your mileage up so looking good...

Yes, Rignold's squats...I started them yesterday too... (must remember to do them today!)

Have a good week!😊xx

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I’ve had a good week!

I have completed my physio exercises every day.

I have run 3 times , slow 3 k rehabilitation runs.........I’m getting there but will take a while.🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

I have done one yoga session and one Pilates session.🙏🙏

And one volunteering session at Parkrun 😃.

Happy running everyone!

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So pleased things are going well for you Millsie😊xxx

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Not a bad week ran once with Laura's speed podcast (and was pleased I managed to keep up), once with the C25K stepping stone podcast and a leisurely 30 min run at the weekend (probably more leisurely than I'd have liked).

Am glad I've managed to stick to 3 times a week even now I'm back at work (I'm a headteacher so good holidays bit crazy hours during term time). Have found I'm a bit more achy on rest days than I was while doing C25K though - nothing too bad and nothing hurts when I run but think pushing the pace a bit is taking it's toll.

Hoping to run a couple of gentle 30 mins this week and have a go with Laura's stamina podcast at the weekend.

Happy running everyone 😊

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Good work Fitter40s..are you drinking as much water as you did while on the program...

You could try adding heel drops and toe lifts to your post run stretches. Must admit I'm a bit achey too.😆xx

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Am drinking more water as am having a 'dry' January. Perhaps I'm missing the anaesthetising effects of alcohol 😂

Think it's probably also down to more running on tarmac as I have to stick to better lit pathways when I run in early morning or evening.

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It seems to have been a good week: I ran three times, I went to my new gym twice and I have started Rig's skwaaaaat programme, heaven help me.

I'm hoping to get some running tourism in this week round one of my favourite London routes: Millennium Bridge round to Tower Bridge and back up the South Bank - here's hoping there's a sunrise involved as well :) There's also the National Running Show at the NEC: I shall go clutching my running piggy bank, even though there's nothing I actually need at the moment :D

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Ooh that all sounds most excellent.

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I went to the gym again today, even though there was a person in it again :D

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Quite the bunny!

I'm thinking of catching up with Rignold's skwats, given that I was already aiming to do 10 a day but kept just forgetting. Bit of structure...

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They are excellent. I don't think it matters when you start. I like the structure, and I like the insistence on form.

I liked the rest day as well.

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So far I just like the writing... sadly today [warning TMI coming up] squats for all the wrong reasons.

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Oh dear :( - hope you feel better soon. This is definitely a reason for doing the challenge when you feel better, though, so you can continue to manage unaided in later life. Well, that's my reason, anyway. I doubt at this stage that my backside will become pert and toned.

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Ooh saw your piccy of Tower Bridge on Strava and you caught the sunrise Annie😊xx

That looks like a fun run...was it very busy with commuters blocking your running path or are there lots of runners at that time of day?

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I was so lucky! It's one of my favourite runs :)

Yes, it's busy and you wouldn't expect to get round non-stop, but this was a photo-stop run for me anyway and just a gentle potter, so I had a great time! You can extend it as much as you want because of the bridges, but this is a convenient 5k :) If you go earlier or after work, it's full of runners, but at this time it is mostly commuters, so not too bad.

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Ugh!.... MORE snow last night.... It's all I can do to shovel the (long) driveway in order to get out....

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I have not been able to run for a WEEK because of snow and "life's situations...."

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Nothing you can do about the weather Liisa😯..whereabouts are you?

Wait it out, have you looked at Rignolds squats program...

Strength and Flex indoors?

Hope you get a thaw soon, take care and keep warm 😊xx

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I'm in the US in Michigan. I lift weights three times a week, but that's not cardio. On "off" running days, I walk 2 miles--impossible right now, so I shovel snow on days like this.... Boring!!!

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I have been running the c25k+ podcast stepping stones about 5 times now. At first got a bit muddled with th breathing as it asks you to run to a beat of 4 and I was trying t breath to that while I am used to breath to a beat of 3 . Got more used to it now :-)

Feel I should move on to the other podcasts maybe ? Today I felt for the first time that I was running a little faster without difficulty :-)

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Sounds great bsimonuk! 😊

Yes, try them all...😊xx

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I'm still on track with my quest to complete the first four weeks of the Zombies, Run! 10k speed improvement plan by the end of January.

Week 2 completed on Sunday with an 8km run.

Not been caught by Zombies yet...

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Nice 8k run Anne!..You are much to speedy to be Zombie food😊xxx

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Back from driving hundreds of miles in pursuit of somewhere that can meet my son's needs... no room for running tourism, alas.

So I got it in early. A tiny little run as it turned out but I was bloomin' fast for me, perhaps inspired by finding myself on the Tom Hulatt mile. He was the less feted runner in the Bannister sub-4 minute mile. There were hills too on the Five Pits Trail so a good (whisper, 'cos I hate the word really) workout.

So that's one goal ticked off for the Quest... on to the 6k run now. Probably not this week given the state of me today although I could certainly do with a head clearer.

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Just googled Tom Hulatt..GoogleMe, yes, I had never heard of him and watched a little video about him.. mind you I didn't remember Chis Chataway either..

Kudos for your good (workout) and hope you soon feel better 😊xx

6k next week?

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Can I play , please?

I am keeping myself to very limited ambitions:

I hope to continue to 'throttle myself back' and run more slowly, keeping within the parameters I have set myself around intensity, heart rate etc. I would like to reach 6k by end of month ( currently 5.4)...that seems nice and steady. I am also seeing shoulder specialist next week and am hoping I can return to swimming after more than a year away! Excited! But very aware that it will be a long, long way back and I will never swim like I did again. Oh well, I have running to work on now.

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Excellent plans..and fingers crossed for your shoulder appointment...😊x

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I’d like to run 3x 5k a week, but only have time at the weekends and mornings before work (cold and dark) are proving to be a challenge.....

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You are in annabananas...its a problem lots of people have...

Have you considered finding a gyn until the clocks go forward maybe...

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Hi all, I’m going for this, have done lots of runs since graduating from c25k on Boxing Day, wondering if can just join in week 3 as in Jan have run 2.5/4.5/5.0/4.8/6.0/6.7/5.0/5.0 km runs, next one today, will try for 7k.. thanks Rich

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Yes RaNp, this Quest is here to help you meet your personal goals for the month. It kind of makes you accountable and gives you a definate target to aim for. I will add your name.

You are doing really well at gradually increasing your run distances, are you following the 10k program devised by Ju ju, or sticking to the 10% rule and increasing one run per week..

Good luck with your 7k run..😊

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Hi - thanks for this J-n-r :)

I've not been following any plan yet - just seems to have fallen into place!

I'll be following Ju Ju's plan from now on to get to 10K..

Running gear on now for the 7K!

Rich

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It worked for me Rich!

Have a good run.😊

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Went for my run this evening . It stopped raining ! My wireless headphones stopped working as I forgot to charge them and then my phone died “again” , although it was on 50% battery , whilst listening to the c25k+ stepping stones podcast again! . I was just trying to look for some other c25k+ podcasts : but I can’t find any ?

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Oh thats so annoying when that happens...Well done for getting out in the cold to run though!

There are three c25k + podcasts

Stepping stones, Stamina and Speed. Here is the link to them

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

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Thank you so much. Can’t wait to try the other c25k+ ones. Are the stamina and speed podcasts much harder or different than the stepping stones ?

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Both different and not easy...the speed is a shorter run (for a reason), the stamina is 35 mins of running...

Good luck! 😊x

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All going well here. Joined a local running group that meet twice a week plus park run. So doing one gentle long run and two shorter ones each week to build up my 10K strength. 😃

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Good for you TkdMum... sounds like you have a great new running regime in place to keep your kms up and keep it fun and interesting too...

It would be nice to hear what you do with your running group, Sandyscroll has been telling us about her fartleks and hill training (back stitching) that she is doing with the group she runs with on Wednesdays...

Happy running.😊

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Will do Jan-now-runs. I’ve only done one session so far where you had the choice of a 5km or 7km route. I found my pacing was the best I have ever done because the group was consistent. 😃Every Saturday they meet for Parkrun. When I’ve done a few more I’ll report back! I think the summer is where it gets more fun as we can use the park then as well! 😜

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