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The December Dash Quest

Welcome to the December Dash Quest.

Here we are in the final month of 2018. Let’s try and keep each other going as our lives throw obstacles In our way.πŸ˜€

What the quest is:-

The Quest will run through to the end of the month, with weekly Monday update posts throughout.

What is the Quest?

The 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.

The Quest takes one calendar month. You can at join any point during that time.

I ask that you are a C25K Graduate before joining the Quest. The reason for this is that pre-graduation your week is very much structured according to the C25K programme, and I wouldn't want the Quest to interfere with that.

Most popular goals are:

β˜… To run three times a week

β˜… To slowly increase distance

β˜… To train for a specific race

β˜… To add Stretch and Strength exercises to your weekly routine

This is a personal challenge, so it's completely up to you! If you want to join, all you have to do is comment below with something like:

I would like to join the Quest, or, count me in! I want to ..............

Every week of December I will put up a new post and we can all chat about how we are doing. It’s going to be awesome!!! πŸ˜ƒ

At the end of the Quest, there will be a certificate for you to download and keep!!

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and totally awesome month with lots of running πŸ’₯

Millsie-J, Realfoodieclub, Oldfloss, Ju-Ju, and Roseabi xxx

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This week i signed up to swim 2.5km on 30 March for the swimathon and then I have a HM on 19th May so now I have got over my sinus infection training must start. One of the reasons I am doing the double again is my strongest HM was after I trained for a 2.5km swim in 2015 so I am trying to replicate the training to get as fit as I was then. πŸ˜€ and beat my PB for my HM.

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Good luck with your training Rfc...sounds like a perfect combination. You must be a good swimmer!😊xx

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Count me in!

I’ve got my first 10k race next Saturday, and I’ve signed up to do another one at the end of January.

So my goal is to not stop running after the first race.

I’ve got a week in India where I don’t think I will be able to run but that is from Thursday to Thursday. At a minimum I should be able to run twice a week, every week, so that is my goal! I’m also planning on using the first 10k as a benchmark and run the race in January a little bit faster!

Hopefully that will encourage me to not eat so many mince pies!

Happy running everyone!

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Great plan and very sensible. The first of any new distance should just be a benchmark to start with, it is always going to be an event Pb. Let us now how you got on next Saturday. πŸ˜€.

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Count me in! In January I set a goal to run 750 km in 2018. I'm currently at 698.1 km so as long as I keep up with my HM training plan and don't let the holidays get in the way, I am on track meet my goal 🀞.

I did well last month with keeping up with the runs on my training plan, but fell off the wagon a bit on the crosstraining for the last couple weeks, so I hope to try and make that a healthy habit. My training plan has 3 runs per week plus 2 crosstraining sessions. Let's see how that goes this month with everything else going on this month πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸ₯‚

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Fantastic well done, those last little runs. I have just popped some mileage in to get my 500km this year. That is a heavy training plan but you will be strong for your event and ready for it. Good luck

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You will do it Allie, and what a super running year you have had.😊xxx

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Thanks Jan. I’ve been struggling a bit lately with the lack of sun and icy conditions but the sun was out for my 12k yesterday and the majority of the path was clear making for an enjoyable run. I was looking back on my different runs logged on Runkeeper for the last year. I was struggling in Jan/feb with the conditions so fingers crossed that I can get through it in 2019. I’m set for the cold, but the ice and crunchy snow can get to me after awhile. I’ve really been missing my trails but they aren’t even accessible in the winter so am trying to run the mountain bike course near my house just for some resemblance of trails. There’s some fresh snow in our weekend forecast so that’ll make for some fun on sunday’s 6k Run.

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Count me in!

I started running regularly on Christmas Eve last year. My goal for December is to finish the year running regularly 2 or 3 times a week. I will also do Pilates 2 or 3 times a week.

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Great plan, very balanced, well done for still running all year.

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I took the plunge and actually entered the Bristol 10k in May, so my quest for December is to continue my journey to 10k with ju-ju, and hopefully run it a bit quicker than my first and only other one. πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Happily, the entry form had a predicted finish time section, and there was an option for 1hr 30+, so I hopefully won’t be last. Even I’m quicker than that! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Go Cheeky!!

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It’s very exciting TC! The bonus is, it’s a lovely flat course so it *should* be a doddle compared to where I run normally! πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€

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I love having an event to train for to me it really motivates me. You have given yourself a good amount of time to be more than ready, good luck,

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Thanks RFC, yes I’ll have plenty more kms in my short little pins by then! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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Go cheeky! I was looking at the Bristol 10K myself this morning! πŸ˜πŸ‘

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Do it Equi! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Count me in!

I graduated C25K on 4th November and have been consolidating since then with the C25K+ programme.

I want to:

- Run a total of 50 miles in December

(Race at your pace virtual challenge. I have discovered I am highly motivated by medals)

- Add strength training to my weekly routine

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Welcome. That is a lot of miles, are you doing them all running? It will be 25km a week? I love a medals and totally understand, but if you are not cycling as well it might be worth bringing it down a little to protect yourself. Not trying to be a kill joy just worried. Totally your own decision and support will be here which ever you decide πŸ˜€.

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Me too with the medals. Don’t have any bling yet, but I want to start collecting! πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…

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I completed my 10k challenge last month, so now need to work on getting a bit faster. I've just started following the Jeff Galloway plan which should take 12 weeks.

I'm slow as slow can be so wish me luck!

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I am a big fan of Jeff Galloway and found it helped with my pace considerably. Good luck.

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Brilliant plan TC! πŸ‘πŸ‘ Looking to shed your snails then? That’s ok, there are plenty more takers I’m sure! 🐌 🐌

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I'll still need them for a while yet, but they've worked so hard for me I expect they'd be happy to retire!

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Loyal 🐌🐌🐌❀️

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Count me in

I want to run 2 to 3 times a week together with stretch & flex or badminton or swimming at least twice a week.

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Great balanced plan there, sounds like a lot of fun good luck

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Count me in - 75 miles this month - about 120k - to bring my total for the year up to 620k - I started C25k in March this year πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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Great mileages for the year there, well done. I love seeing the yearly figure creep up. I always reset my garmin goal on 1st of jan.

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Count me in... I'm focused on achieving my annual goal set early this year before I broke my toe and before any of my other setbacks. If I can keep running every other day up to 31st I will have achieved and probably exceed 500 miles this year which is mind-blowing πŸ€žπŸ‘πŸ’ͺ😁

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That is great going. I have had to do catchup this year on my annual goal, but is a great little motivator, good luck.

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Count me in! My quest, same as last month is to run 3 times a week for the whole month. I didn’t manage in November due to a stinky cold and a conference I had forgotten about. I’m determined to do it in December! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ„πŸ˜„

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I had a rotten one in November too, totally scuppered my plans, Good luck for December πŸ˜€

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Thanks Realfoodieclub I’m totally focussed this month! Can’t think of any events which might distract me πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸ· lol

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Hi Rfc, please count me in on the December Dash Quest.

I want to build up distance again and run another 10k this month by doing some longer slower runs, running at least twice a week.

I need to make myself do the strength exercises more regularly so will pin up a schedule on the fridge and use it!!!

I am going to warch my intake of mince pies too like RunninginSingapore!

Good luck everyone😊xx

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Sounds like a plan to me. I’m going to have to watch those mince pies too, Good luck with keeping up with your strength. Rfc x

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Hi everyone πŸ‘‹ Count me in 😬 My quest for December is to continue with running every other day which has really helped me in finding 5ks more manageable (not easy!) ~ so now I want to gradually up my distance so that 6k becomes more manageable 😬 So on alternate weeks I will run: 5, 5.5, 6 & 5, 5.5, 6, 5.5 πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ™πŸ‘ŠπŸ¦‹ Happy running runny people πŸ¦‹

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Sounds like a plan, nice manageable increases. Good luck. 😁

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Count me in... I have my running mojo back and the plantar fasciitis is almost gone and want to keep it that way I’m also going to keep doing my stretches and exercises 3 x a day and keep running 3x a week. I think that’s enough ambition for December as I anticipate a busy month ahead of work projects turn out as planned πŸ™.

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Wow! Exercises 3 times a day! That sounds plenty ambitious to me! You must be really self-disciplined πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ’ͺ

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Nothing too strenuous! All about maintaining a range of movement and strengthening my feet :D

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Sounds good! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ’ͺ

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So pleased you are on the mend. Sounds like a good plan for the month. December is always a bit busier isn’t it? πŸ˜€

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Thanks, yes, been trying to get ahead on the Xmas shopping as it may be a busy work month too!

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I’m on a quest for December. I’m continuing my November quest to run my hilly route without stopping. Hopefully the trails won’t flood before I slay this dragon. I’m adding a new quest to do at least 2 classes per week - Strength and Pilates. And if all classes shut down for Xmas, then I’ll do my stretches and heel drops at home. I’m excited πŸ˜†

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Good luck with your continuing hilly quest, Paula! I'm sure you will conquer that hilly route! And two classes, very admirable - go you! πŸ˜ŠπŸƒπŸ’ͺ

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Good luck sounds like you have a very balanced plan there, I hope you manage your hilly route without stopping πŸ˜€

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Count me in. I plan on running at least 1 mile every day of December. Wish me luck....

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Wow! Even over Christmas?! That's real determination! Good luck, Souly! πŸ˜ŠπŸƒπŸ‘

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Good luck, I like the thought of running every day. πŸ˜€

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I am starting my HM training on Monday, for Hastings Half in March, so my December quest is to stick to my plan - which means running every other day, going to a yoga or pilates class once a week and doing strength exercises at home once a week. Quite excited to get going! πŸ€—

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I'll be watching Mutley. Good luck - you'll do just great I know.

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Aw thanks Paula! 😊 x

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I love starting a new HM plan, I get so excited. Enjoy and have fun. πŸ˜€

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Thank you RFC! 😊

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Count me in! My quest is running 3 times a week during December to consolidate my 5K, despite the holidays πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽ„πŸŽ†! And adding at least one session of strength exercises per week. Best wishes for all your quests!!!

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Great plan for this month. Good luck.

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Love to join the quest this December. November didn't work out same as a few others due to colds etc. First winter running and I didn't anticipate the effect of breathing in all that cold air. although I did a couple of 10k in October I lost the distance when I was ill. So this month my challenge is just to keep running 2-3 times a week at around 5k combined with strength exercises twice a week. πŸŽ„πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ™‚

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Same as me, the cold and snuffles really got to me last month, we will be building up together. Good luck. πŸ˜€.

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Hi Realfoodieclub,

I appreciate your concern given I am a new runner. Throughout November I achieved 28 miles while missing out on 5 runs as a result of a toe meeting hover in the dark incident, so 50 miles, all things being equal, will be a challenge.

I have been running 3 times a week (short interval run, a slow 5km, and a longer run increasing by 0.5 km every week towards 10K, I'm currently at 6.5KM). . My plan is to remain with my current programme but move to running every other day instead of 3 days a week. I am keen, but I am also realistic. I will take extra rest days if necessary, ensure good nutrition and if I don't make the target I can reset for January.

Happy running xx

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Great that you have a plan, I always like to check in case you had km’s And miles mixed up. πŸ˜€. Looking forward to helping you go through your challenge. Good luck.

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Count me in please! Plenty of hurdles to negotiate again this month

1) End the month no heavier than I started it

2) Complete my Virtual Running Advent Calendar (which will involve various small fitness challenges to build into a medal rather like a Christmassy version of my cakestand and cupcake one

3) Arguably The Big One: Complete the virtual River Derwent swim I have been doing since June 2014. I have 4.723km left to do.

4) Aim for 8+ runs, ideally at twice a week, but success will be defined as beating last month's 5. Any distance or duration. This one is for Google who has been a neglected dog lately.

5) 12+ yoga sessions, ideally at least 3x/week. As I achieved 11 last month, and have the incentive of a new tealight every day courtesy of Wilko's advent calendar (I love candlelit yoga), I really am after getting a minimum of 12 in... to include at least one online class, and to incorporate standing poses more often (let's say in at least 4 of the practices)

6) To write in my notebook on at least 20 days of the month - it's not quite a 'gratitude' book but I like to write 3+ things I have noticed or enjoyed. Last frantic month was 17/30

Sounds like quite a lot but it is all looking after myself stuff.

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I love reading your quests, you always put so much thought into them. Great challenges as usual. I really like the idea of a exercise advent calendar. I am sure Google will like the additional one that involves him. Good luck.

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Online yoga class? This sounds intriguing! My yoga teacher is away for two weeks and I have been thinking about what I will do instead. Good luck with your quests, Google! 😊

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There's Yoga with Adriene which is on YouTube, I know a lot of people like.

If you are looking to fill a gap then Ekhart Yoga have some of their stuff on YouTube (which was where I found and initially used them before taking out a paid subscription to the full website) and those are the people I like. I don't know what they are like for advanced practitioners but I'll always be a beginner and it works for me (but haven't used them enough to get my money's worth lately)

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I've been looking at Yoga with Adriene - looks good. I will check out Elkhart Yoga too. It's just for acouple of weeks, then my real-life class will start again. I've done yoga on and off for years but I'm still a beginner too! 😊

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Consolidation period this month. Aim is to run every other day at least 30 minutes. And also do each Saturdays Parkrun without any walking Finishing with the last 4 Parkrun’s including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day at different Parkrun’s for a present to myself

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Love your Christmas present to yourself, sounds like a great schedule to keep you going. Good luck.

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What a great Christmas present to yourself, Bloodhound! Enjoy! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸƒ

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Yes we’re thinking of doing all parkruns at the end of the month but will volunteer at one of them to help keep things going.

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Count me in Realfoodieclub...3 times a week for me...get me back on track x

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I am sure you will get back on track no problem. Good luck

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Please count me in as I really need a boot up the mojo... This month I intend to:

- Repeat the 50 miles that I somehow did last month

- Do 3 runs each week: one 5k, one intervals (of approx 5k) and one 8-10k

- Reboot strenghtening exercises which seem to have gone to pot recently

- Find a 5 and/or 10k run (I won’t say race!) to enter (and actually enter it rather than think about it) to give me a target next year

- Try not to damage myself on the obstacles at the Santa Scramble πŸ˜‚

- Resist the tub of Quality Street!! 🀭

We’ve got 2 tourist Parkruns planned as we travel backwards and forwards along the A14 visiting people!

Happy festive running everyone πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸŽ…πŸΌπŸ¦†

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Sounds great, if you get all that in maybe the quality street tin can be your friend πŸ˜‰. Well done on the 50 miles last month. Rfc x

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In a β€˜keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer’ sort of way? Like the thinking 😁 Thanks Rfc πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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That's a mega-quest! Good luck with it all and sending you some sparkly December mojo! πŸŒŸπŸŽ„πŸƒπŸ‘πŸŒŸ

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Thank you H, I’m in awe of your HM quest, good luck to you too 🀞🀞! The mojo feels a little better after my last run πŸ‘πŸ‘ After 9 months of running I still need to convince myself I can do this sometimes 🧐

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Thank you TailChaser! You CAN do this! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸƒ

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Whoops I missed this. My quest is to try not to do too much this month. December is so busy with socialising and preparations for Christmas. We have the Santa run on the 9th but after that I’m going to keep a lower profile on the forum and run parkrun and 2 short runs a week. I’m thinking of redoing juju’s plan in January to build it all up again. I will be with you all in spirit if not visible on the forum. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸŽ…πŸ»πŸ€ΆπŸŽ„

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Life is all about moderations when it is done at its best, it is also for living so it sounds like you are making the perfect balanced plan. Enjoy and we will be with you In Spirit too. πŸ˜€.

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I missed it too ......

Not chasing my 3 incremental targets this month, just want to do the Santa run with Dexy πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈthen the 5 Parkruns in 15 days over Christmas and New Year - probably volunteering for one of themπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ—πŸšΆπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ₯‚πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ›Œ

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Never too late to join πŸ˜€. I always fancy a Santa run, they look so much fun, great plan you have there. Rfc x

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Oops... A bit late but my December Quest is to run 3x per week, minimum 3 miles each, and walk minimum 3 miles per day on the other days. And to do minimum 2 strength workouts and 3 yoga workouts per week on top. So far, so good!! :)

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Never to late. Great balanced plan you have there, great you are keeping up with it, well done. Rfc x

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Oops, turned up late to the party again, but since you asked so nicely:

- incorporate more hills into my runs [ALREADY DONE!!]

- reach 15k distance in a single run

Definitely ticking the hill box now with my recent jaunts around Lyme park, my last 10k had something like 130m elevation gain, but now that 10k feels like a normal run, and I have already run as far as 13.5, I think 15k might be achievable, right?

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We party all night so you can still join πŸ˜‰. Well done with the hills, they are always a beast. Good luck with the 15km.

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Count me in

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Welcome to our Quest. Good luck with your goals.

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Count me in!

I aim to run 3 times a week during the rest of December.

Could you post the link for the strength and stretching exercises for the rest days please. I’ve never done them

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Hi there and welcome to the Quest

Here is the link to the S&F and also to the new One You Stretches

Rfc x

nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/s...

nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/g...

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Brilliant, thank you xxxx

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count me in

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Welcome onboard πŸ˜€.

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Hello again everyone!

I'd just like to say that this morning I achieved my second goal of running for 15k. I did have to stop briefly to talk to a couple who had lost their dog in the woods, but it wasn't really long enough to make a difference, so I'm still counting this :)

Time for another cup of tea, I think :D

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Of course it counts, well done on your 15km. I hope they found their dog as well. Enjoy your cuppa. πŸ˜€β˜•οΈ.

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Still can’t quite believe it, I actually followed through on something I said I’d do...

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