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FEBRUARY FLOUNCE Quest for February πŸ˜„ Week 4 - the final Flounce!!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
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Hey Flouncers and Flouncettes!

Wow, it's the last week of February already!

How have you been getting on with your Flouncy Quest? Tell us all about it in the comments!!

I have been down all the the past week with a horrid virus that made me hurt all over, so no Flouncing for me 😣 I managed to drag myself round the Brighton Half Marathon yesterday, and am now needing to rest for a bit, but I hope to get a little work done later in the week 😊😊😊

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.

Some 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 ..............

I'm going to put everyone's Quests right in this post, so we can inspire each other!

And I'll be back here every week to check in - hope you will all do the same!

I suggest you hit the 'Save post' button below, so you'll get Flouncy email updates 😊😊😊

Let's continue having some February fun!!!

roseabi xx

February 24th, 2020

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THE FLOUNCERS:

Annieapple will try to run in the Miami heat & humidity, and take up the Strength & Flex challenge!

Archerygoddess plans to run 40k in February, and follow the Plankety Plankathon!

Beany123 is going to run 3 times a week, building up to a 7K-er by the end of Feb - and will also do some cross training!

Bluebirdrunner will keep going with the daily strength and Flex routine by doing something every day either Pilates or Yoga or a Workout plus physio. Also plans to eat well and carry on with Dry January!

Buddy34 plans to continue to run 3 times per week, do 2 10ks per month and parkrun every second Saturday.

DebJogsOn is aiming to run at least 20k a week and to keep up with an intervals programme to help increase 5K speed.

Dexy5 is thinking of a challenging parkrun, and an 8K.

Dowat wants to plankety plank and also to be careful with running by not doing too much too soon again!

Escargot will be joining the Plankety Plankathon!

GoGo_JoJo is going to be carrying on with 40 squats/50 crunches a day, plus the plankathon, and attempt some form of run every day, even if its only 10 mins on the treadmill.

GoogleMe is going to revisit the C25K podcasts and give Yoga with Adriene a try.

Grannytobe will keep tackling new hills, routes and distances while waiting for babytobe to decide to make an appearance!

Granspeed is going to try and get solidly and comfortably back up to 10K, and is joining the Plankathon!

HoagyM plans to do the Plankathon and run at least 20 km a week.

ju-ju- wants to get on with upper body and pull up training, and get a new job!

Khobarrunner wants to complete their first 10K race on 14th Feb and to run 10 miles (16km) by end of Feb.

kpks will run 3 times a week!

Leosmit will be Plankety Planking and doing 2 or 3 5k runs every week this month.

lexi6 is to continue three runs a week until their 10k race in 2 weeks and then get serious about some hills and intervals, and the plankathon.

motherduckling will complete 10K Magic Plan, run three times a week, and get a sub-35 minute 5k!

Mummycav is quietly working on improving her 10K with 3 runs a week

Mum22boys will be starting the Magic Plan and joining the Plankathon, and carrying on with the 30 days of yoga.

Myfi will be running 3 times a week!

Nannyto2 is running 3 x 5K a week, rebuilding distance and stamina following a hamstring tear - glad you're back running, Nt2!!

Oldfloss plans to carry on with HM training steadily, and enjoy each run - plus the Plankathon!

Oldgirlruns plans to try and run 3 times a week, ju-ju’s magic plan and some plankety planking.

Paulanoo is going to be patient and not despair! You've got this, Paula! xx

roseabi will be getting her strength on with the Plankety Plankathon, a weight workout, and a yoga workout each week

RunaroundSue wants to Plankety Plank, do intervals and hill work, a 10K run, and 4 runs with the club Lanza Road Runners - plus some lovely Lanzarote walks!

Runnf will take one week off running and then to run 3 times a week after that, and meditate every day.

SaskAlliecat has set out a 3 runs a week schedule, with two cross-training days - and the Plankathon!

Shake-and-run would like to get back up to being able to run 5k and complete a park run as a return to running after illness.

sTrongFuse is going to try and not get injured, while getting out 3 times a week.

Tbae's plan is to get from 11k to 20k by end of Feb.Some 80k-100k for the month and getting his trotting time from 1hr 50mins to 3hr 20mins.

UpTheStanley wants to do: a total of 3k on the treadmill at 13 kph, 7k in 35 min, Also aims to do a hilly muddy parkrun. And fit in a gentle-ish 10k somewhere. And go ski-ing ….

WillowandSola aim to get theirfitness back after the flu.

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Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10
in reply to roseabi

Hello roseabi, first of all congratulations on your HM . From what I had seen the weather wasn't great.

I have managed to run 3 times a week and I've done one 10k doing another on Wednesday. 2 weeks ago I had the worst cold ever so only got out once that week.

Been soaked on every run but if I'd to wait for better weather I'd never run.

Just going out just now , we have snow again but it's not lying.

Hope you recover well from your HM😊

Leosmit
Leosmit
in reply to Buddy34

Buddy, that’s fantastic running. Well done.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy! xxx

And a massive well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10

Sorry to hear you've not been well. But well done in the half marathon. I've been enjoying hills with my last set on Wednesday of 185m elevation in total. Then drove to mummytobe for the foreseeable which means new routes. 6k in high winds round Dundee on Friday, trip to the Kelpies on Sunday for a freezing 6k. If I do 18k over tue, thur, sat that will give a total 100k in February- I do like a challenge. Happy running everyone

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to Grannyhugs

Good luck with your running this week, Grannytobe, and thank you very much for your kind words of support. xx

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you

Are the Kelpies as impressive a sight as they sound?

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10
in reply to Mum22boys

They are amazing. 30m tall you can see them from motorway as you drive past but they are built beside a canal with a wonderful park around them. I've just discovered theres a 5k race near them too.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Grannyhugs

I would love to see them - one day! I know someone who worked on their construction, and he shared a lot of photos on Facebook, fascinating and beautiful 😍

If you get chance to go again then please take a photo 😊 I listen to Claire Balding's Ramblings podcast on radio 4 and she's done a walk there, they sound amazing

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10
in reply to Mum22boys

I attached photo to post on Sunday following run. Taken from car after run so you’d have to Zoom in. I don’t like stopping during a run and it was too cold to walk back to them after run.

healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

Ah I missed that post, thank you 😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Grannyhugs

Thank you!! xxx

Sounds great, weather aside!!!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Hi Roseabi, very impressed with you doing the HM after being so poorly.

I didn't meet my 8k, or my QECP parkrun targets due to the lovely February weather. But I did have fun at southsea parkrun on Saturday with the 50mph wind. A very easy 2.5, followed by a very hard one. And we are in the departure lounge so it looks like I’ll make the skiing target

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

Enjoy your ski trip, hopefully blue skies and perfect snow. β›·

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to Grannyhugs

🀞

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

Enjoy your ski-trip Dexy5 and UTS😊xx

Granspeed
GranspeedGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

Oh, have a lovely ski trip. πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ And no high winds or lashing rain, please. πŸ˜„ Sun on perfect snow, I hope.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy xx

Well done, and have a great ski!!!!

lexi6
lexi6Graduate10

Hope you feel better after a good rest and awesome you still managed to complete your HM. My week’s been good, flagged the intervals on Wednesday because I couldn’t get the app to work properly, so ran a 5k, did intervals Friday and a 6k on Sunday.

Thanks for the flouncing Roseabi

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to lexi6

Thank you, Lexi! xxx

Great flouncing, well done!!!

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10

Hi everyone,

I was feeling a tad deflated following my physio appointment last Tuesday. Very little change in my foot and still having the more painful days. She discovered that my left foot was weak too, so I am building strength with more balance/toe exercises.

I have started having a go at the 30 days of Yoga with Adrienne. I am allowed to do the calf stretching required in downward dog so felt ready for some different moves.

This is working well so far, with me splitting my physio and alternating the glute/core moves with the balance stretch moves. Early days, but feeling more positive again. I hope my foot responds. 🀞Still quite uncomfortable by the evening.

Huge Well done Abi, on your Brighton HM, I hope you recover well.

Good luck to everyone, hope you can finish this flouncing quest with a flourish!😊xxx

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

So sorry to hear Physio didn't go as planned/hoped but you're a tough cookie who is highly motivated to get better so we know you will. It sounds like you have a great plan in place. You'll get there with that great Bbr attitude 😊

paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Oh bluebird, how disappointing to hear that your foot is still painful. You are so patient and so consistent with your strength exercises and stretching. It will all stand to you I’m sure. Virtual hug to you. πŸ€—

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to paulanoo

Thank you Paula. my chin is up again. x

Good to see you are running, pain free I hope🀞😘xx

paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Kinda πŸ™„

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Poor you, this sounds like it’s going to take a while. I’m glad you’ve found some exercises that suit while continuing your physio

Tbae
Tbae
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Sorry Jan to hear your news on your other foot also.

It will be great when you have rebuilt the strength and rebalanced things.

Your running physio is taking good care of you,your fortunate to have each other as we all know what a good patient you are.

Look forward to the day that you are back out there Jan.

Onwards and upwards.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ­οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ’₯

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to Tbae

Aw thank you Tbae, that is kind and means a lot to me. x

How is your physio for your rotator cuff injury coming along, much relief yet?

You are balancing everything quite nicely imho, with your running and outdoor gardening chores and those lovely grandchildren to run around after. Don't worry too much about the distances you are covering at the moment, enjoy the quality of the run and the well-being you feel afterwards. It's what I miss most. ❀😊xxx

Tbae
Tbae
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thanks Jan.Good advice.

I find the shoulder painful after I have worked it.But can usually with medication start the day pain free.The itching from the shoulder all the way down the arm is annoying also.My physio I think is on holiday again,so I am waiting to get an appointment for the steroid injection.Tbh I have been hoping it will just disappear,but if anything its getting worse and more persistent.

Thank you for asking and wishing that you will soon have that well-being feeling back soon.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ­οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ€£πŸ’ͺ

lexi6
lexi6Graduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Ah BBr πŸ™so sorry to hear this. You have been so patient and I’m in awe of your commitment to your strength exercises. I feel sure its all going to pay off soon and you must now be stronger than you ever were. I’m off for a gentle trot soon and will take you with me, the sun is shining, there’s no wind (I know wow! 😎) and its going to be 22 degrees today. These are for you πŸ’πŸŒ» xx

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to lexi6

Thank you Lexi, they are lovely as are you!

I hope your run went well, thank you for taking me with you...😊xxx

lexi6
lexi6Graduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

It was just the most lovely, lovely jog BBr and perfect having your company. A very comfortable 16 degrees, not a cloud in the sky and only a 13 kilometre breeze. We finished our run at the park, stopped to take a couple of photos and to pat yummy Hugo, a 6 month old Cavalier King Charles/Bichon cross and because it seemed too far to walk home we crossed the bridge over the stream and ran home instead. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ xx

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to lexi6

Perfect! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ• Well run😊xxx

Your motivation and determination is so inspiring. Totally understandable that you felt deflated after your physio appointment but loving your positivity. Just think of the good you must be doing with all the exercises and strength work

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you, BB!

Good work, and all the best for your continuing recovery xxx

Impressed with your HM after being so poorly.πŸ’ͺπŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’₯

I will have to content myself this month with a dismal showing of 50k+ and hopefully I can get a 12k trot in.Compared to my flier in Jan of 120k and longest trot of 11k.

I am never,never,never giving up.Hopefully March will see me return to HM distance for the second time only.Last time was 18 months ago.

Don’t know what I have been doing since then.πŸ™ˆπŸ€ͺ

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Tbae

Thanks Bae!

Always rooting for you, atb xxxx πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10

Sorry to hear you were unwell last week but huge kudos to you for running that HM πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

We were away for a bit last week but I still managed to get 2 runs, a crosstraining activity and 3 plankety plank days in once we got home. I should be able to stay on track this week ..... hopefully.

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10
in reply to SaskAlliecat

Well done fitting all that in while away.

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to SaskAlliecat

Hope your trip away relieved some stress and was fun Allie. Great that you have managed to fit some runs and cross-training into your busy schedule now you are back.

Thank you for your support as ever.😊xxx

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks Sask! xxx

Fabulous work!!!

Get well soon 🌺🌸🌼 We need you!!! πŸ’•

Achieved my Miami 3K maintenance runs in the heat and humidity! Back to jetlag & then cooler, longer UK runs 😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Annieapple

Aw, thank you Annie! xxx

Well done, it's all good!!!

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator

I'm loving it. I'm still managing 6 out of 7 days at least 10 min run.

I'm doing roughly 30 mins workout every day, squats are up to 60, crunches 50 or 60, did 75 Sunday, just for fun! Planking going great, almost at 1 min straight armed.

Its really, really going well, I'm very pleased with myself. πŸ’ͺ🏻😁

Leosmit
Leosmit
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

I’m trying to tell myself that your 75 squats β€œjust for fun” is a typo .... because that just does not make any sense.... πŸ˜‰ I’m managing a 14 sec plank!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to Leosmit

No, that was crunches! Only 60 squats! 🀣🀣

Granspeed
GranspeedGraduate10
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Awesome strength stuff. I can’t even imagine it! Go you!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

That's amazing - so good to read!!!! xxxxx

Aw, sorry to hear you were unwell, hope you feel more like yourself and at risk of sounding like your mother, how on earth did you manage a HM?!?!?

Well, officially I’m a February Flounce Failure. But alas, do I feel a failure... not in the slightest!! I was aiming to get out 2 or 3 times a week. This is impossible at times due to children, work and hubby’s big hours, so can’t be helped. So I’ve only managed 6 runs in February. But... here’s the big news, 3 of my runs were over 6k (my furthest ever) and the other 3 were over 5 k. Am delighted with that!!

I have stuck with the plank challenge - the 60 sec one. Goodness, I find it tough but sticking with it.

Feb flounce definitely made me set a few challenges - thank you for that!

Mum22boys
Mum22boys
in reply to Leosmit

Well done on the long runs, that's very impressive πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Leosmit

Thank you xxx

Awesome - well done superstar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Granspeed
GranspeedGraduate10

Still flouncing, but rather damply and into a headwind. 😳 Keeping up with the beginner’s planketty plank and doing my 4 times a week for sure. Plus I have set myself a β€œbuild up the squats” goal, adding one each week and trying to keep up with doing a group several times a day. Up now to groups of 10 and at least 3 times a day. Running 3 times a week but keep having to cut out before 10k - Weather &/or commitments are thwarting me. πŸ˜¨πŸ’¦ Hoping intervals are doing something towards progress, and there’s still a few days to go.... 🐒

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Granspeed

Amazing stuff!!!!

Hope you're feeling better soon. A half marathon fully fit sounds incredible, huge admiration for completing it whilst poorly. Just competed the 6k run for the magic plan tonight so 3k on Wednesday then onto wk 3. All good on the plankety planathon, managed the first of the 2 minute routines yesterday, so number 2 tomorrow. My next yoga session is day 29 so only 2 more to go. I plan to run through the full 30 days again once more before I decide what to do next. Thank you the flouncing motivation, it's definitely kept me going!

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to Mum22boys

Thank you for your lovely support Mum22boys...it's inspiring to me to hear you are on day 29 of the Home yoga series. I'm enjoying it and hoping to get more flexible with practise!😊

Good luck with your Magic plan runs, you can do it! xxx

Thank you 😊 I've been told I've got tight hamstrings and calves so hoping I get more flexible too! Xx

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Mum22boys

Thank you Mum!! xxx 😊

That's fabulous - well done!!!!!!!!!

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator

I think it's safe to say getting round the Half in spite of the conditions counts for a super flouce!πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻😁

So many awful viruses making the rounds just now, look after yourself πŸ€—

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thanks Jo xxx

Super Flounce - I love it!!! 😁

Khobarrunner
KhobarrunnerGraduate10

Pleased to say I completed both of the challenges I set for myself. Am toying with the idea of HM distance as my challenge for March..........

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Khobarrunner

Awesome!!! Keep us posted xxx

paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10

Wow Abi, you ran a half marathon while feeling under the weather. Serious RESPECT to you! Well, I'm not being that patient really and I'm running a couple of 5kms every week. I would run more but the weather has been so bad - rain and flooding, strong winds and storms and today some snow. I enjoyed splashing through puddles and mud at lunchtime today. My physio has changed my strength exercises as I was getting quads of steel from wall squats (in my dreams πŸ™„), so I'm doing lunges with weights 😳Plodding along, happy to be running and increasing my distance every so slightly, ever so slowly. Ho hum....

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to paulanoo

Thank you!

You'll get there xxx

sTrongFuse
sTrongFuseGraduate10

🎢It's the final flounce-down...🎢

Last week wasn't a great one for me, weather and mood conspired to keep me to only two runs.

Hoping for better things this week.

Well done on your HM; I just about managed a 5k in those conditions so you have my deepest respect and admiration for that one.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to sTrongFuse

Lol, so it is!! πŸ˜„

Sorry to hear you had a bad week, hope this one is better!! xxx

Thanks! I said to my husband in the morning - I would never normally go out running in weather like this!!! πŸ˜†

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate

Willow and Sola have run and felt good, 4.17 k last run hoping to get a 5k in either friday or sunday to end the month

Enjoy your flouncing everyone else

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to WillowandSola

Awesome!!!! xxxx

motherduckling
motherducklingGraduate10

Well you know what they say - two out of three aint bad...

I have also been sick for the last 2 weeks (never in my life have I been sick for so long - it is very frustrating!) but I have still managed to keep up three times a week running, although not the distances I have been hoping for. So I am a bit behind on the magic plan, and probably wont finish that until March.

But the other good news is that I cracked the 35minute 5K! (before I got sick). So I'm super happy with that - and it should only be a week or 2 into March that I make the 10K distance and I'm absolutely fine with that :)

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to motherduckling

Well done, and feel better!! xxx

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