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It is the...Sunshine...Funshine...RUNSHINE Quest! July...Week 1...Feel free to join in!

Oldfloss
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Hi Questers...It's me...Floss!

Here I am again... turning up everywhere, like a bad penny:)

It's the first week of the July Quest - please feel free to join

in with the fun:)

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 join at 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:

★ To run three times a week

★ To slowly increase distance

★ To train for a specific race

★ 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 ..............

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

Please, do make sure you take care during the warmer weather....things are really hotting up!

Wishing you a wonderful week of safe and happy running! 💥

Oldfloss,Realfoodieclub,& Roseabi xxx

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LiisaM

I am joining! I want to continue running every other day, heat permitting, since we are close to 90 here all this past week.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to LiisaM

Phewie!😎🏃‍♂️😎🏃‍♂️

That is really hot..take care and enjoy!

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Jennypenny2
Jennypenny2Graduate10

Hi I would like to join the quest

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Jennypenny2

Okay..great to see you..have you some goals in mind?

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Jennypenny2
Jennypenny2Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

Yes ,, trying to get out 3 times a week if I can ,

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Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to Jennypenny2

That is good.. a simple and hopefully doable goal.. although as we know, life does have this habit of upending us! :)

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roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Awesome

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JaoJao
JaoJaoGraduate10

I will...

- Run 3 times a week

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Oldfloss
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in reply to JaoJao

You will...run three times a week :) You will :) x

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paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10

I think my July quest has to be more stretching and core strength work. I do one Pilates class a week and I might try to find a 2nd one as I’m just not doing this on my own. I’ll Keep up the running which I am loving. I may, just maybe, do a trail run 10km on July 21st. Am Nervous about it though.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to paulanoo

Strength and stamina work and stretching all paying dividends..especially for a trail run which you will love!!! Well done you!

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MuddledGardener

Hi there! I’d like to join the quest! I’ve just graduated, and want to continue running three times a week, to start doing Parkrun and Junior Parkrun with my granddaughter. 😁

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Oldfloss
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in reply to MuddledGardener

Sounding really good to me and some great goals there too :)

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MuddledGardener

Thank you! My granddaughter is really excited as she has just got her new real shoes. They are pink and sparkly (she is four)! 😁😍

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Oldfloss
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in reply to MuddledGardener

That sounds completely perfect.. pink sparkly feet and a happy run together:)

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MuddledGardener

I know, bless her heart! 😍

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Cantstopmenow
CantstopmenowGraduate10
in reply to MuddledGardener

How lovely to be able to do this with your granddaughter 😁

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Ruth_canal_runner

Hello I'm popping up above the parapet to say hi! Can I join to pledge 3 runs per week plus more strength. Will report back! :)

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Ruth_canal_runner

Hello YOU! I was in Wheaton Aston the other day and you popped into my head! How are you????

You can join us with pleasure! 3 runs plus strength work sounds fabulous... take a peek at the Strength and Flex site.. it has loads of new ideas and links now:) Realfoodieclub and UnfitNoMore are doing amazing things for us on there... !

Looking forward to your reports!

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Nanarunrun

Thanks Floss, I'd like to join the quest!

Run three times a week.

Do two kettlebell workouts a week to help with my bingowings.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Nanarunrun

You are very welcome... well done on those goals... bingo wings...indeed... ! I have lost mine, since small runner in training arrived... picking her up when she was smaller, has worked wonders! And now she is heavier...phew!

Three times a week running sounds great too!

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Nanarunrun

Thanks!! Yes I think my 9 month old grandson is helping with the toning a bit, but there is alot of bingo in my wings! The (small) downside of losing 5 stone! 😊

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Nanarunrun

Goodness..5st..wow!!!

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Anniemurph
AnniemurphGraduate10

Hi Floss! Reporting in for duty! Although it may be a bit tricky... I am spending the whole of July in a hotel :( so I'd like to join the Quest to see if I can keep motivated. The hotel appears to have a fab gym, and a 25m pool :O so my goals will be to swim at least twice a week, and to do three sessions in the gym every week. I will also be trying to keep up with my HM training, most likely on the dreadmill. Yuk. As I've just written that down it doesn't look very achievable, but we will see. Fingers crossed!

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Anniemurph

Hello!! July in a hotel!!! That sounds very high powered posh!!!

Lots of sound goals there too..the pool and gym sound great...treadmill not so..but needs must..I had to use my treadmill for my HM training in January. It serves it's purpose..just see how it goes...and keep us posted please 😊🤽‍♀️

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Anniemurph
AnniemurphGraduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

Do you have any tips for HM training on the treadmill, Floss? I am dreading it, to be honest. It is boring, and I get a bit travelsick :D My plan is to do 45 minutes in the morning and 45 in the evening, if I have to. I think the pollution will be too high to run outside... and I'm not sure people do.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Anniemurph

I would try 30 mins max to start..I!

I watch virtual runs whilst I run..they pass the time well..( also a slow speed I find more useful too..) x

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Anniemurph
AnniemurphGraduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you!

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Hello Oldfloss, back to reality in July, having spent a week eating , drinking and enjoying the good life 🍷🌺🌴☀️🦐

I need to get back to my 2 Pilates classes and 3 runs a week and I’d like to have done a 13k by the end of the month, maybe a bit further.

Hoping everyone else is having a good running time. Keep cool 😎

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Dexy5

Hey you.. you had a great time didn't you.. I loved your photographs... :)

Back to reality and those runs now and some great goals too... please keep us posted:)

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

Fantastic Oldfloss. I’ve also quested on marathon forum- not that I’m going anywhere past 10 miles. I know my limits . Oops didn’t I say that at 5k? And 10k?

I hope you are getting out again.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Dexy5

Uh oh!!!! I know that feeling... what..HM.. me ???? Ha ha

I am out again, but slow it is! Twinge still there too... but I am running!

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paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

I'll be waiting for your HM post any day now ;)

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to paulanoo

No way paulanoo, back to 10k after the great south run. 😂😂

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Juliesmyth

I want to join!

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Juliesmyth

Great stuff.. what are your goals going to be!

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Juliesmyth
Juliesmyth
in reply to Oldfloss

To run 3 times a week and get up to 5k.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Juliesmyth

Great stuff...try..short runs...30 minute ones and the long slow ones which build everything up...distance...speed and stamina 😉

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Juliesmyth
Juliesmyth
in reply to Oldfloss

What would you class as a short run?

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Juliesmyth

Well I am assuming you are a Graduate of C25K? No sure how long you have been running either... So... a short run.. 3K ish... ( ( that would be my speed run)... a 30 minute run or so.. which would be 5K or thereabouts ... and then a long, slow, see where you get to, run ( obviously you build up to this... ), my long run usually on a Sunday morning, can be anything from 90 minutes onwards...

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sophistikitty

I haven't been around here for a while, but could do with having a goal to stick to. I'd really like to get up to 7K; I've been struggling to get to 7K for months!

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Oldfloss
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in reply to sophistikitty

Plan some mixed runs maybe... a lovely short run.. a 30 minute or so.. and then a lovely longer slower run... It is the long slow runs that build up distance and sometimes speed:)

Maybe in your goals include regular strength and stamina work... that is what will get you to the distances you want:)

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sophistikitty

Thanks! I do mix in shorter runs as well (and some strength training), but every time I try to up the distance some relatively minor injury crops up and sets me back.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to sophistikitty

Oh gosh..just slow it down then and relax and pretend it is a short run:)

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Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10

Good morning Floss👋😊

Count me in for some Runshine please!

My goals will be carrying on from last month, with the Strava Race to the Moon challenge helping me keep my mileage up... we have until 20th July, I have fallen behind a bit.

*Short and longer runs at least twice a week. I still have a long way to go, but will have fun trying😊

Will be interesting to see how my knee feels after a week of no runs... there was a small niggle in my right knee which started recently (I feel it's because of the hillier route I'm training on, specifically the downhill bit jarring it) I read Tasha's post this morning about an IT band issue, and the replies were useful...👍

*I will do S and F core work twice a week on non-running days (chart on fridge, plus posting exercise time on Strava for motivation)

*edit..forgot to mention planks on running days 😣

*I am intending to run my first Parkrun! Yes, at last! I have found one quite close by that I fancy trying. Its the Frimley Lodge one. Canal path and field. Will let you know when I'm doing it, but hopefully this month....

Good luck everyone with your Quests too! 😊xx

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Wow.. there are some really great goals there...! Plus a Park run too...which sounds delightful! I have had a peek and it looks wonderful!

I think you are going to be fighting fit after this Quest... you will be leaving me behind for sure... do keep us posted please my friend... and do watch that knee! xxxx

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paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

OOH a ParkRun. I have yet to do one. I am looking forward to reading your run report. I hang my head in shame when I read you are planning planks and core work. I need to follow your example. Good luck with your quest

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to paulanoo

What can we do to persuade you to try your first parkrun paulanoo? Where is your nearest one?

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paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

My nearest one is in Galway city and I don't want to go there on a Saturday morning. I've found one near my parents so maybe I can combine a visit to them with an early morning run. I'm gonna get a barcode!

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to paulanoo

Yes do, and tell us how you get on....

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Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to paulanoo

Doh...I will HAVE to do them now!😆😅😅

Good luck with your pilates and stretches Paula...and with that 10k trail run!👍 😊xx

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Dexy5
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in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Have fun at parkrun bluebirdrunner, and do let us know all about it. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️🚶‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️🚶‍♂️

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E27M14
E27M14Graduate10

I failed my quest for June so I would like to re-quest it for July. It was to complete parkrun without stopping or walking. The last one of June was really hot so I didn’t go, but I did manage several 5k runs without stopping so I think I should be able to do it. I think I have been pushing too hard and trying to run too fast, which is making me tire faster and then needing to stop or walk. This morning I slowed it right down and did 6km without walking.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to E27M14

Just did not quite make those goals... it happens..:)

Slow and steady works wonders... got me through my H!M!

Well done you!

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Granspeed
Granspeed60minGraduate

Hi, Oldfloss et al. 👍😊 Family has gone back to their own lives so the Quest should be good for me to get back to moving onwards, at least a bit. I’m aiming for 3 runs a week with one of them gradually extending time. And (ulp) I really do need to get into the strength & flex, so will try to use the month to work out a good half hour routine that I feel I can stick to.

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Granspeed

Good to have goals...and yours are good goals..I need to sort myself out too...!

Well done you!

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Cantstopmenow
CantstopmenowGraduate10

Count me in please!

I graduated on 10th June, did I consolidation run then went to Cornwall for 2 weeks! Since coming back I've done 2 consolidation runs of 35mins. I can't get GPS on my phone so I have no idea of my pace or distance. My aims are -

- To purchase and learn how to use a running watch to measure pace and distance and plan routes and improve on both.

- To run 3 times a week.

- to try at least one new route.

Thank you- it's good to have goals 😁🏃‍♀️

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Cantstopmenow

It is.. well done you! I love the trying one new route one especially!

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Painterabstract

I have been increasing the time I run for each week. At 37 minutes now. I want to increase by 10% each week. Should be at 50 minutes by the end of the month and then to do the park run!

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Painterabstract

Gently as you go... you should be fine... well done you! Enjoy:)

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UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10

Wow Floss, you starting this has brought a lot of Questors out into the open suddenly …..

To put on the proper :-) record my targets for the month, already set out on RFC's end of June thread:

1. Extend my long slow run to a new record 18k - managed 16.09k, aka 10 miles, last month. Hopefully paced by Dexy5 for the first 10k or so.

2. Extend my "race pace" run to 13k, target time 71'30" (5'30"/k) - last month 12k in 65'.

3. On the treadmill, run continuously for 2k at 13kph (4'36"/k) as part of a 5k interval session - last month did this as 4 * 500m bursts, this time might have to be 2 * 1k.

The first two are all about the Great South in October (90 mins would be so so nice :-) ), the last one to do with trying to get a sub-24 parkrun in sometime this summer (last achieved last September I think). Hopefully I'll achieve one a week (but not this week after a week eating :-( and drinking :-( :-( far far away).

Good luck to all Questors - onwards and upwards!!

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Oldfloss
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in reply to UpTheStanley

Wow..those are serious targets.

But you know exactly what you are doing...looking at your stats, it all seems feasible..(if beyond my realms of feasebility )!

You had a great holiday so after your recovery from those hedonistic delights..you are on you way..Please keep us posted.. I shall watch your progress with interest!

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suebuzz

I’m in for July. My goal is not to be afraid of Park Run and to mix my runs up a bit now I’m 2 weeks post graduation. 😊

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Oldfloss
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in reply to suebuzz

All sounding really good... I can empathise over the park run.. I am a lone runner and did one to get me used to running with people before my HM.... It was terrific fun and so friendly...

This was my post... ( It may give you a giggle)...

healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

I have done others since...including one where some friends from the forum travelled to run there with me...( It was fabulous fun )... and although I prefer lone running, they are great fun:)

We have talked about mixing the runs up too so that is a great target... The next week post goes up tomorrow... so watch this space:)

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Maisiek

Hi , count me in; I’d like to run 3 times a week and move on to Bridge to 10k - I always mean to but life gets in the way!

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Oldfloss
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in reply to Maisiek

Life does have a habit of doing that... could you plan your runs so you stick to the day you choose? 3 times a week is a great start though:)

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