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TWENTY TWENTY...RUN ! January Quest...Week 3 ... It's not too late for you to join us!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Good Morning, fellow Questers.

Well, clearly the weather has dulled my responses and I am a day late with this post. I apologise for that!

It has been yet another week of challenges, with snow, ice and floods for many of us, although some of our Questers, are running in much higher temperatures and also facing challenges of a different kind...heat !

The wintery conditions here in the UK have meant that we have had to take extra care when out there, and there have been quite a few falls, including a spectacular one by Mummycav . Thankfully she is fully recovered and out there again!

I have still not managed another outdoor run, but my strength and stamina work and my online ballet classes are continuing !

SO!! How is it all going everyone...?

Please do, let us know how you are progressing, we do support each other and reading folk's successes, ( and set backs too sometimes), can really be helpful!

As we said last week, we, are in the UK still in full lockdown and all that entails...and keeping on track is important, but not always that easy. If you do find yourself struggling for whatever reason, do please, remember that you are doing your best and doing what you are able.

Please do be kind to yourself.

So;

If you are joining us this week....or need to recheck your targets from last 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.

We may find at this time that we really need to focus on what we can reasonably do, and where and when we can do it!

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

Some 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

ALSO:

STAY SAFE

TAKE SOME REST

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

The Quest 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 we will put up a new post and we can all chat about how we are doing.

So, get those thinking caps on and let us know what your plans are... but do remember please, to be kind to yourselves too...plenty of rest days and time to just relax. These are stressful times:)

STAY SAFE. STAY WARM.

Love Oldfloss & Mummycav xxx

114 Replies
Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Hello Oldfloss,

A beautiful snowy running pic there, although it looks like she is running along a railway track. 🤔😱

Every day seems to be different here and I do prefer the cold, bright dry weather to the rain we have today.

I had one of those runs on Thursday which I did not enjoy at all but I’d said I’d run that day so I did, despite wind and rain. I was probably a bit dehydrated and tired, or maybe I’d just started faster into the wind than I should have. Anyway, the upshot was a run/walk variation. But it just shows that even after 2 1/2 years, sometimes you get it wrong. I still managed to submit a (not) parkrun time of 36.30 though, and I felt all the better for it afterwards.

More successful has been my yoga with Adriene. I am really enjoying the sessions, although my body is not quite as supple as hers , and it takes a bit longer to get from one movement to another!

I’m hoping to get out for a run on Sunday when the weather looks nicer.

Happy running everyone

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Dexy5

Sounds like something for you to look forward to Dexy5 ‘those’ kind of runs happen don’t they?? but by the sounds of it you know the reasoning behind it, all the things you mention make such a big difference...well done with the yoga, I always start with good intentions and somehow it just trails off, especially with the children at home, we do have ‘P.E’ lessons though, our P.E lesson on Thursday was snowballing, think that’s my fav so far!!! I’ve just had a wonderful 5k run, I’ve run the last couple of days in the house because of the ice and snow so I get like a hamster!! It was soooo good to get out there...happy running Dex x

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Mummycav

I’m glad you are ok Mummycav, I didn’t see the post about your fall. It must be so hard for you with having home schooling to think about. Snowballing sounds a great way of doing PE.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Breathe Easy! It is the Foxfield Steam railway near me and that bit of line only used rarely to move old engines!! Overgrown for a couple of years now!Well done you on your progress and especially listening to the body and having a spot of walking in there too! You had a great time anyway!

Yoga sounds to be working for you too... I am struggling with it as many of the downward and neck positions are tricky for me... I have to tweak!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Disused railway lines make great running tracks but a bit more difficult if the lines and sleepers are still down. 🏃‍♀️🚂

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10

Hi Oldfloss still out running, squeezed 10miles on the 10th when there was a brief lifting of the ice. On target for my 100km for January which will take me to 12months of over 100km🙆🏼‍♀️ I learnt to accept that for the sake of safety from ice ❄️ I can run round the village roads 4 times for a 10km run, I hate circuits but needs must and thanks to lockdown there are only delivery vehicles. I’m also still displaying words of encouragement on my hedge for the neighbours, just about to change from support to strong- all meaningful for this forum too. Thank you for being here for us all.🥰🤗

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Grannyhugs

Oh well done Grannyhugs you are having an amazing time!! Such an inspiration to us all and wonderful for your neighbours, I’m sure your village is full of smiles at your lovely signs. Better to stay safe in this awful ice and snow x

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Grannyhugs

This sounds fantastic and very well done on getting out there. You seem to be right on target. You must provide so much support to your neighbours... it makes all the difference to folk having inspirational people like you in the community!

Elfe5
Elfe560minGraduate

Hi Oldfloss, I love the sound of your online ballet, muscle toning with elegance! 😄I have chugged on with plenty of physio for the PF & mini runs keeping the time/ distance right down, but my cardio ticking over.

On “rest” days, tandeming along the seafront with Mr E continues to keep us both sane, (& for once in a snail/ gazelle marriage, going at the same speed!)😄

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Elfe5

Well done on your tandem riding Elfe. Me and UpTheStanley tried that out in Bruges, but I didn’t like it. Don’t know whether it was the cobble stones or the fact that I didn’t like someone else being in charge of my bike! 🚴

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Dexy5

🤣

Elfe5
Elfe560minGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Ooof! Tandeming on cobbles is not friendly! 😯 ...and yes, it definitely has to be a team of wise decisions, cooperation & trust. 😄

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Elfe5

Sounds great Elfe5 , I like the sound of the ballet too, I can just imagine Oldfloss pirouetting round the room...keep going with those mini runs and physio and I’m sure you’ll be back on top form in no time 😉

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Mummycav

No pirouettes yet... just starting...but my posture is improving and you should see my demi-plie !!!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Oldfloss

Oh I’d love to 😉 x

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Elfe5

It is really good and a workout, even at the beginning. My instructor even makes the warm up look elegant!Huge well done you on your progress so far and the tandem riding. That sounds just perfect!

Dear OF, Your picture is beautiful and I imagine myself there running and seeing all that that runner sees. I appreciate the message from you saying to be kind to yourself because although I treat myself okay, somehow it relaxed me. I continue with my muscle exercises and increasing those gradually. I'm THINKING about getting outside to attempt runs on our now-cleared-of-snow driveway.... ("Thinking" is progress, right? 😁 )

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to LiisaM

Thinking is HUGE progress... and then acting on it becomes easier.. well done you! Relaxation and thinking of ourselves is not for many a natural instinct! Very well done on keeping up that muscle exercise too!

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10

Hi Oldfloss

Online ballet sounds interesting - though I'm definitely not thinking of including it in my challenge! 😁

I can't quite get my head around the concept of weeks starting on a Friday though 😕

My aim to build up my distance again is kind of on course. I did a nice relaxed 7km last Sunday, and am hoping to squeeze in an 8k or 60 minute run tomorrow.

I'm still in Cornwall on LEJOG9, but have Devon in my sights 👀

I completed my works virtual 60km distance challenge ahead of time, but will continue to log my miles. It's a fun thing to do, and it seems to be encouraging people to get outside and walk or jog or run which has to be a good thing.

The yoga challenge is however suffering. I haven't managed any sessions this week, but will try to do better. Promise 🤞

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Birdlady64

Brilliant Birdlady64 ...7kms is a very respectable distance, keep up with that and you’ll be in Devon in no time at all!! Your works 60km sounds very motivating for everyone, just what we all need at the moment! Your yoga sessions are waiting there for you when you can squeeze them in

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Birdlady64

It is good fun.. Silver Swans... ballet for the elderly beginner :) Harder than you think !Huge well done you and just focus on all the great things you are achieving!

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Silver Swans ha ha! Like it!😁Always good to focus on the positives. Lots of things we can't control right now, running and exercise is one we can (IC notwithstanding)

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Hi Oldfloss and Mummycav

Quick update - did my 8k run today. Ended up Jeffing it to try and control my heart rate - wanted it to be a Zone 3 run. With that it was almost 7 minutes faster than the last time I did 8k back at the beginning of October. Progress I guess 😁

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Birdlady64

It is progress!!! Huge well done you!!!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Birdlady64

Def progress that!!! Excellent

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Tagging all the Questers, just to see how you are all doing...if I have missed anyone...let me know!Imc50 Fionamags Dexy5 Delly-dot damienair AndrewJR75 nowster swim63 cheekychipmunks Oldgirlruns LiisaM GoogleMe RunWillie CBDB 61Lady

Imc50
Imc50Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

So far so good Oldfloss red January day 16 90klms but I'm sooooooo looking forward to a non running day in February 😂

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Imc50

I bet you are...huge well done though...getting closer...stay safe xxx

CBDB
CBDB60minGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

My return to running (after a 10day break due to icy conditions) is going well, with regular 5k runs. I’m also still keeping Yoga up. And I’m now rather trying to figure out how to keep rowing in the mix, whilst not overdoing it. But with the help of this community I’ve now got some ideas for that.

So on track with all. I now have to decide when to pick up with the Magic Plan, having left it at 8k before the icy break. So tomorrow or Monday I’ll be running at least 7k maybe even the 8k. I’ll see what it feels like, and I might just do a 5 or 6k and pick up from there.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Hallo Oldfloss! My questing has slightly ground to a halt with a grumbly hip which has sent me to the IC! I have a physio appointment next week so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to it soon!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Hope all goes well, take care of yourself and keep us posted please!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks Oldfloss - will do!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Oh flip?! Hopefully it’ll get sorted quickly and you can get back to it 🤞🏻

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Thanks Mummycav!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Tagging all the Questers, just to see how you are all doing...if I have missed anyone...let me know!Frizzbomb67 Banana12 Allbarron Jell6 legzake SlowMo500 Rowers Fazwaz Beatthestreet Killerblue Bluebirdrunner SaskAlliecat dijep Hedgehogs123 RunaroundSue

Jell6
Jell6Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

OK... the alcohol part, excellent, plus I have discovered that Gordons 0% gin is perfectly palatable 😊.The running has had 2 problems, initially all my run routes were flooded, I did manage a chilly 6k at the start of the week but then inexplicably my lower back went into excruciating spasm, to the point I could hardly move. That was a couple of days ago it's feeling looser tonight, but I won't go for my planned run tomorrow, I'll do a big walk instead. X

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Jell6

Oh gosh; back pain is horrid...I really hope it eases and loosens up! Please let us know how the walk goes!Running right now with this blessed changing weather is so tricky and dangerous too!

Well done on the gin front... !! Cheers:)

Jell6
Jell6Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

I did a muddy, floody(?) 8km. All well apart from a welly induced blister.My back is feeling a bit better, plus I just read an article saying that running was good for back pain if you take it easy, that sounds good to me😊

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Jell6

Ooo, hugs 🤗 Jell6 nithing worse than back pain, only happened to me once and I was on holiday in France and I was bed ridden for 2 days...I’d rather give birth!! Hope it’s better soon and you have a lovely long walk xxx

dijep
dijepGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Oops I think I missed week 2s catch up 🙄That photo looks amazing and certainly looks like the weather here earlier this week. We had one glorious sunny day then a couple of days later snow all day. Thankfully its all starting to thaw now so it mud, mud more mud and flooding 😒

Anyway I've been keeping up with my daily Breath yoga practice which I'm really enjoying and can certainly see an improvement in my planking and transition between plank, downdog and cobra. I have been posting a line or two about the practice over on Strength and Flex. I find writing posts about what I've done somehow makes me more likely to turn up and do them 😊👍

My second challenge was to keep up with my strengths work, which generally I had been doing until the last couple of days.

Third was to continue to build on my distance running, this had initially been going well but in the background I knew my knee was not enjoying itself. Then I made it worse on the sunny day running up hills. Since then I've been trying to come to terms with having to stop for a bit. ☹️

So today I'm hoping to write up some sort of plan for next couple of weeks excluding running ☹️ but with lots of friendly exercises.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to dijep

This is good news...apart from the knee!I am very late replying to you...sorry!!

Yes...what weather! We have heavy rain now and snow forecast for early hours Thursday!

You are doing really well ...and easing off a tad...but planning continued exercise sounds perfect.

Keep us posted please and do stay safe. X

dijep
dijepGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

You really don't need to apologise I think I totally forgot to reply to the last 2 weeks check ins🙄I did feel a bit jealous today seeing several runners off in the gentle pouring rain thats forcast all day. It would be lovely and quiet out there too and it is a warm 7° 😊 I had to be satisfied with a long dog walk instead... not sure the dog enjoyed it though 😂

Killerblue
KillerblueGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Hi Oldfloss, I’ve not been doing very well as my mojo has disappeared out the window with the cold, the grey, the rain, the dark 🥴🤦‍♀️. The weather affects me a lot but I was like this same time last year so I know it won’t last 👍. I keep reading people’s posts with helps me to see them continuing and improving 👍👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️. I’m going to try again this week starting tomorrow 🥴 .... she says 🙄

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Killerblue

Sorry for the late reply...it is hard January is a , waiting room, kind of a month!Many if us get January gloom...try to stay positive..try some indoor strength and stamina work too. Loads of ideas on the strength and Flex forum..

Spring is on the way!!

🌷

Killerblue
KillerblueGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Hi Oldfloss, since I posted this to you I have had two short runs yesterday and this morning consisting of my first Jeffing experiences 🤗 warm up for 15 mins then 30:30:30 then cool down for 10 mins. I’ve enjoyed both but it was your little nudge in the right direction that motivated me to do this. Thanks 👍🏃‍♀️

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Killerblue

That is excellent!!! Well done you!!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Tagging all the Questers, just to see how you are all doing...if I have missed anyone...let me know!Birdlady64 Purplepianist paul1960 Limalima Sandie1961 Elfe5 Grannyhugs LottieMW

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Replied this morning 😁👍

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Grannyhugs

Me too🙋‍♀️

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Completed an easy 10k today for day 17 of RED January and still going with the yoga. Thankfully the ice has gone but still very muddy and puddly. Hey ho, it is January!

Purplepianist
PurplepianistGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

My goal was to run 50 miles this month for Alzheimer’s Society and I’ve almost completed it. I’ve run 43 miles so far! It’s been so great having something to run towards as I think this month would have been a lazy one for me. It’s kept me motivated and when I’ve struggled, even the short runs have counted towards the total.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Purplepianist

Huge well done to you! Not sure why this post has got lost here.Not far to go now..I'm going to cut and paste you into this week's post !

nowster
nowsterGraduate10

I've been skirting the IC. My most recent run was Monday 4 January, during which my knee felt very wrong. I've been resting it ever since. There was some initial stiffness and a bit of discomfort when I put any impact on it, which peaked last weekend.

It's now feeling much more normal, but with a residual niggle feeling below the kneecap on the inside of the leg. I've done three walks this week, two about 30 minutes and today at an hour.

Another short walk tomorrow, dragging herself along the canal towpath, and hopefully I'll be up for doing a short run on Monday.

CBDB
CBDB60minGraduate in reply to nowster

Not sure it will help, but over at the Strength and Flex forum we have several posts dedicated to weak / sensitive knees and workouts targeted to specific areas. So some of these might be useful: healthunlocked.com/strength...

Get well soon, and be patient with those knees. 💪👍🏽🦵🏃🏻

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Hmmm sounds odd., nowster ...I had something similar.. but that turned into something else completely! Just do what you are doing and listen to your body? Any pain.. stop. Let us know how you go on and do stay safe xx

nowster
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Oh? What did it turn into? Monday's run (if it happens) will be a short one, probably 20 minutes max.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to nowster

Nothing running related actually... but, the issue, which an x ray from the knee pain turned up, looked like stress fractures . I got sent for an MRI scan...long wait... and should not run until the results were out... 10 weeks in all!

Results came... stress fractures.. three... were ancient injuries from childhood, and the scan also turned up a slight Meniscus tear, which apparently. most folk over 30 have !

By this time... all knee pain had gone anyway!

Here is my, all clear post.

healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

Frizzbomb67
Frizzbomb6760minGraduate

Week 3 already 😳 Where did that week go???? Things have been so so this week mainly because work has been soooo stressful with the daily changes in school 🤪. I’ve done everything I set out to do. I’ve run 3 times, tried to increase my speed over 4K (didn’t make it this week), covered 33% of Hadrian’s Wall and ran 9k for Ju Ju’s magic plan .... but my heart just hasn't been in it. I’m hoping things might settle at work a bit next week but with bubbles bursting all over the place I suspect not 😏. I’m really missing running outside too because of the weather, and work and the dark nights. I travel to run somewhere nice at the weekend but can’t do this at the moment with lockdown regulations so I’m doing all my runs on the treadmill which is soul destroying 😩. I’m going to continue to 10K as I’m so close, but then I’m going to put distances on hold for a while till I can get back outside. I can manage 5k on the treadmill but much more than that kills me with boredom! Sorry a whingy post this week. Importantly I’m still on track with my goals and still running 🏃‍♀️ 😊

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Frizzbomb67

Exactly Frizzbomb67 ...you are on track and that’s the most important thing...that and you feeling ok...I think we’re all fed up at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be an end to it all..but we have to try and stay positive, even when everything goes pear shaped...Kudos to you for using a treadmill, I just can’t get on with them at all x

Fionamags
FionamagsGraduate10

All going well with me. I've kept to 3 runs per week and walking on non run days. I feel great for having gotten into a more active pattern. Now running 30 minutes easily so I'll do that for another couple of runs then try 35mins. Delighted that I am abke to slowly build up again!!!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Fionamags

Sounds like you’ve got it all under control Fionamags ...keep up the good work 😉

RunWillie
RunWillieGraduate10

Hello Oldfloss, Mummycav, and fellow questers,

49.5km done so far out of my 100km monthly target. It has certainly not been easy for me with the heat. I’ve joined a local running club on Strava and the number one on the leaders board has done 173.49k in just a week 💪🏻 I’m at no.49 with my weekly contribution. Think we’ve got some serious runners in my local area who obviously don’t have a problem with the heat 🤣❤️🏃‍♀️

Thinking of you all in lockdown. I still remember when we had a 5k radius and only an hour for exercise in Melbourne. It was tough. 🙏

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

That is great news , and really well done in the warmth! Yes we are still exercise enabled right now, but I think tighter restrictions her might be more helpful!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to RunWillie

Wow, that’s some mileage RunWillie , especially given the temperature! It’s been tricky here for exactly the opposite! I went for a proper bump last week on the ice!

So glad you’re out of lockdown and getting back to some sort of normality, that seems like an age away from happening here but at least we can still get out and about...I feel tighter restrictions on the horizon though

RunWillie
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Thanks Mummycav

Glad you’re ok after last weeks bump. Ouch 😢

I’m feeling for you guys. Melbourne will feel the effects of the extended lockdown for a very long time. It’s still very strange to now be in WA where day to day life is pretty much normal.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to RunWillie

We’ll get there...eventually 😳

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10

I completely missed this quest. I hope I’m not too late joining 😊 I started the Runners World 5k Challenge 2 weeks ago. It’s going well so far and I have my long run today which is to be 6-10 miles. It’s a lovely day out there and I’m really looking forward to it. 😊Good luck everyone on their quests.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to BrianUK

Better late than never BrianUK ! Sounds like your on track for your goal. It’s not a bad day here in Yorkshire either, the snow is gone & the pavements are clear of ice, at last,...I hope you have a runderful Sunday 😉

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Thanks Mummycav glad to be here 😊 I am really looking forward to this run today as I’ve had two days rest because I had a flu jab on Thursday and it wiped me out.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to BrianUK

Ooo, poor you..slow and steady today then 🐌

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

I feel like a coiled spring tbh but I’ll try to rein it in 😅

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to BrianUK

🤣🤞🏻

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to BrianUK

I had to do two runs around my bedrooms this week, I’m doing RED (running every day) January...I had a little bit of insight to hamster life 🤪

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Mummycav

Bet that was fun!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Oldfloss

Family think I’m bonkers 🤪🤪

Hedgehogs123
Hedgehogs123Graduate10 in reply to Mummycav

haha loved your post!! Sometimes on my non run days if I haven't done 13,000 steps, I run round our garden late at night to hit my total, My dogs stand just looking at me wondering what on earth I'm doing!! 🤣🤣🏃‍♀️

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Blimey that is keen! Good luck with the rest of RED!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to BrianUK

I stood on a piece of lego too...bet hamsters haven’t experienced that one... 😣

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Ouch that will have got you hopping round 😂

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to BrianUK

Great stuff and so glad to have you here xx

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to BrianUK

My bruise from my jab lasted over a month !!

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Yikes! Did you ice it or take anything for it?

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to BrianUK

Ice and rest and strength of character 🙃

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Oldfloss

Def strength of character ❤️

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Oldfloss

😓

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate10

Bit lacklustre with my Quest although that's probably the feel of it rather than the achievements...

... ticked off the stair challenge, satisfied that I have done something active every day (if you include gentle yoga which I do, and I have not relied on that). The Creative Challenge isn't happening every day but it is happening and interesting.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to GoogleMe

Sounds okay to me...and the creative challenge sounds really interesting? What is it actually?I think January is a fairly lack lustre time..bit like November?

GailXrunning
GailXrunning60minGraduate

I’m a bit late joining, but love this idea, so here goes:

Reading all the posts about aims and resolutions early in new year, I was getting excited thinking about my own plans, when I got derailed for a week with an illness. This gave me time to become a bit more selective and realistic. So, sadly, I parked the idea of joining everyone on the Adriene yoga Breath programme - I already have my yoga classes and this was probably just all going to be too much, especially with workloads at present (and it looks like we can access the Adriene courses at a later date).

QUEST AIMS: Here are my January quests (hope I’m understanding this idea correctly!). The first two were established, the others are new, but (in my mind) bring together the first ones:

* Run 2-3 times a week.

* Keep up my practice in yoga / Pilates (which I do depends on my studio’s timetable and my work patterns) - but aiming for 2-3 sessions per week (each one hour).

* Learn more about my running form. To this end, I’m doing a short series of coached running workshops. I wrote a bit about this in my run post today on Bridge. This includes thinking about breath work, cadence, balance, spine mobilisation. These certainly complement my yoga and also next point:

* Develop my experience of meditation: I did some research here, but settled on simply using the courses on the Headspace app. I’ve really liked using mindful approaches to running through c25k and my CRs, so I’m hoping this will help deepen this.

PROGRESS: Apart from the first week when I was ill, it’s all going really well.

* I’ve maintained 3 x runs per.

* I’m not fitting in quite as much yoga /Pilates as I’d like (1-2 classes pw), but workload is especially intense this month, and, as this has been part of my life for two decades, I’m confident I’ll pick up again. So I’m not fretting too much; no need to feel guilty.

* My running course is super-enjoyable: I’m loving the opportunity to reflect and learn (about running, about my running and about myself), and develop (what for me is) a positive perspective on running.

* I’ve kept up a daily meditation practice, and am now well into my second dedicated ‘course’, as well as trying a number of other guided sessions. Loving these too. Definitely feel calmer. Early days, but have already encountered some of the different levels of reflection, and could already say I’m more confident about! secure with the practice.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to GailXrunning

This is fantastic A lot going on here but the great thing is, being kind to yourself and realising that it doesn't have to all be perfect every time!I love the mediation goals...it is do important that we exercise and rest our minds as well as our bodies.

Welcome and do, please keep us posted!

GailXrunning
GailXrunning60minGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks. So glad to be here. It sounds a lot in one sense (and looks it when I write!), but it all relates together in my mind.

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10

Hi Floss and Mummycav, after a bit of a blip with a back twinge I have dusted myself off and begun to get back on track with my Quest objectives.

I missed a couple of yoga days, then did a few days of YWA for lower back pain, before resuming the Breath series. Happily all feels ok now, even those planks!

I think I hurt my back doing the strength and conditioning ( one legged banded squats) or it could have been the two handed manhandling of the Christmas tree out of the patio doors..it was heavy.

Anyway I am introducing S and F again, but will leave out those one legged squats.😏

Not much running happening, I ran on New Years day, then lost my mojo until today, where the sunshine and blue skies called out to me. A nice 30 mins (plus an extra 2 mins) run done without any problems so that feels ok. I am keeping my Quest plan of doing a 5k run before the end of January in sight.🤞

My PF foot is feeling much better now.

January is not my favourite month, having support and friends here really does help lift the spirits. Good luck everyone with your goals!

Well done MC on your Red January and Floss for your run today and for starting those ballet classes!

Onwards and upwards😊xxx

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you..so good to get out.I am glad your back is feeling easier now back pain is all consuming and unrelenting. I think it was the Christmas tree!!

You will catch up with the yoga..and not worrying too much if you miss one or two!

You will get that 5K in...we are all here for each other.

January can be such a low month..but let us think of it a bit as the doorway of old. Janus the gatekeeper does...looking back yes..but looking forward too and we will look forward together...with strength in our bodies and hope in our hearts xxx

GailXrunning
GailXrunning60minGraduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Hey, great to see you, Bbr! I followed up on the podcasts you recommended on nasal breathing, and have now taken on the project to work on it properly!!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Ohhh this forum is just the best for keeping us all feeling loved 🥰, it’s no surprise that mojo of yours has been waning with everything that’s going on...the weather...the uncertainty...everything adds up and sits on our shoulders weighing heavy...but the sunshine always lifts the spirits, even winter sun so I’m glad it came out for you ☀️ RED January is going well, I’ll be glad of a rest day when February comes though....but I’ve signed up for a virtual challenge as I’m aiming for a medal a month again, just to keep me going...and also doing my bit for charity so won’t be having that much of a rest!!!

You’re doing what you can Bluebirdrunner, just like you always do...& that’s just perfect xx

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate10

Hi Oldfloss and Mummycav. I’m a bit late checking in. Gorgeous photo Oldfloss. There’s is an old railway line cycle path a short car drive away from me that I ran to do my first (😕 only) 10k on my birthday in October. It’s beautiful, starting in The South Downs and finishing towards the coast. I’d love to run it again, but that will have to wait until restrictions ease. My quest aims are doing okay.

🧘🏼‍♀️ I love Adriene’s Breath yoga. It’s made such a difference to my mood this week. My dog loves it too and snuggles in during the breathing exercises 🥰🐶.

🏃🏼‍♀️I haven’t moved back up to 5k yet, but my 4k pace has improved, so I’ll settle for that.

☺️ So glad you’re okay after your fall Mummycav.

Happy running 😊

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Delly-dot

Well done you... on track and enjoying it too, which is really important. That path you mention sounds a prefect one for when things ease and we are all jabbed! Huge well done you on the pace improvement... we run and it evolves:) Keep us posted please xx

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Delly-dot

Thankyou Delly-dot ...I’m sure a bang on the head won’t damage owt!!! I’m gutted I never started Adriennes breath yoga, I’ll have another look and maybe do some kind of yoga challenge in Feb...if you still fancy that virtual 5k (not) parkrun together one Sat , let me know when you’re up for it x

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Hi Mummycav! Yoga has been just wonderful this week. A little moment of calm in the chaos 🧘🏼‍♀️☺️.

I need to get out for my next run though as life, work, volunteering and the weather have got in the way this week - I’m a volunteer driver for a local charity driving less mobile & elderly folks for their vaccines and it’s been busy this week! I’m definitely up for the 5k though please - it’s giving me something to work towards xx

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Delly-dot

What a lovely thing for you to do Delly-dot i can imagine you’ve been very busy! I bet you’re itching to get out?! It will be all the more enjoyable for you...Delly/Cav 5k when you’re ready xx

Hedgehogs123
Hedgehogs123Graduate10

Hi and a Happy new year ! Ive still managed to get out every other day, sometimes I've managed to grab 30 mins at lunchtimes in between endless online meetings and other times it has had to be in the dark after work. I bagged a bargain off Amazon, a running chest light that so far is brilliant, and I use for walking the dogs too which is a bonus! I'm in Lincolnshire and so far we haven't had much snow, but we've had the ice and the awful black ice so timing the runs has been a bit tricky.

I wanted to incorporate my running with doing yoga on the days I don't run as I lost so much flexibility with developing arthritis in my lumbar spine and have a couple of discs out, so I'm aiming for better strength and stamina in my running and flexibility in my yoga practice. I'm also doing the 30 day Breathe yoga challenge with Adrienne which I'm loving, so it all keeps me out of mischief!!

I hit the big 60 last sunday,and was still determined to get out for a long run, so did my 10Km route and got my PB of 1 hr 3mins which I was really pleased with! So at the moment things are going well!!

😅🏃‍♀️

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Happy New Year and Happy belated birthday greetings... I don't know...you youngsters! Trying to catch me up!You have done incredibly well.. that 10K time and a bargain to hep with the runs too! I am full of admiration for you, working and fitting any run in! The weather has been so dire and for me ice a no no...When I did the Marcothon Dec. 2019 I had to run at night and the black ice terrified me! I was so glad to get out yesterday with no snow and no ice and no rain!

Are you at work or wfh?

I find some of the yoga with Adrienne difficult... I have a neck injury and it makes a lot of poses really tricky... take a look at Bodyfit with Amy ... there is some great stuff there that is a bit more forgiving on arthritic bones etc and in my case age! Lots of strength and stamina work if you trawl through and if you are a tad short on time. I have five and ten minute routines for arms and legs etc...

Huge well done and keep us posted please! xx

Hedgehogs123
Hedgehogs123Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you, yes it certainly is a challenge working full time and trying to fit it all in, but I've always kept active so I get quite down if I can't do something. I work for a county council in adult Ed and we also work to support parents with their learning and help them to understand how their children learn, so although we are all wfh at the moment everything has to be converted online which has been a huge challenge for us as all our tutors were classroom based so we're trying to support them to support parents. I'll try the other yoga you suggest, I used to be really supple and flexible but the arthritis stopped a lot of that. We all got it as mum had it, although I'm lucky mine didn't develop until a few years ago, whereas my poor brother got it as 28!

I'm not letting anything stop me do my exercise and I'm definitely getting a kid of my fitness back but just takes longer to recover!

Take care

😁🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Huge well done..and what a great job!! So hard right now too...one of my roles when I taught, was what was then called, Special Needs Coordinator...I loved it...My specialism in Education at University was Autism...You are doing an incredible job in these horrendous times!

It is so important to keep moving.. I feel,as you do..not quite myself without activity...loving my online ballet..I feel it is really helping in so many ways.

Just keep on doing what you can.. and stay safe!

AndrewJR75
AndrewJR75Graduate10

So sorry for the delayed response. My 5k a day Red January has failed unfortunately. I’ve been so busy in work and the weather has been so lousy, excuses, excuses. I decided to try and average 5k a day instead as I haven’t missed a run yet. It’s not looking good though. 90k in 20 days, I better pull my finger out 😂

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to AndrewJR75

Being kind to yourself is paramount and you are doing so well! 5K a day at this time is maybe ( certainly for me), a step too far. The weather is against us and when we add everything else into the equation, it is a wonder folk get out at all!Do what you are able, when you are able and enjoy that :)

HUGE well done you!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to AndrewJR75

Hi AndrewJR75 ...you’re doing great, honestly...I’m also doing RED Jan and I’ve had my worst run today...I haven’t set myself a goal distance every day like you otherwise I’d be even more disappointed than I already am...There’s no such thing as the F word on here though...no run is a F...I can’t even bring myself to say it!! Whatever distance you’ve covered this month is further than the couch dwellers so that you should be extremely proud of! Running every day is something to be reckoned with never mind making it a 5k!!! Oooof, that’d be too much for me...only 9 days left...make your distances smaller and if you feel like running further then I’m sure you’ll feel better about the run instead of feeling like you’ve F***ed...see, it just won’t come out.....

Jiveblue
JiveblueGraduate10

Hi there Oldfloss - is there room for one more straggler?? Not sure how I missed your Week 1 and Week 2 posts but have just found Week 3 and would love to join the throng of Questers!!

I’m pleased to report that I’m just about on track to reach 100km this month (64km so far), sticking to 3 runs a week, and that I’m really enjoying my first experience of yoga - doing YWA 30-day BREATH - having been encouraged to give it a go by CheekyChipmunks and others over on Strength & Flex. Ooops... I almost forgot... together with my intrepid whippet Rosie I’ve just entered Scotland on LEJOG6! Our intention is to reach John O’Groats by May! So we have quite a bit to do...

PS really love your photo - here we just have acres of squelchy mud and flooded fields!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Jiveblue

Always room for a small one! Welcome!Those are some goals, but you and Rosie seem to be on course... Use that Yoga to keep you stress free and grounded too:)

You are doing amazingly, so carry on with that and we shall watch for your posts!

Yes... snow and ice underfoot here again this morning, so my outdoor run is off... TM it is and a spot of cross training

Certainly prettier than mud and gloop but equally constraining!

Well done you.. stay safe ! x

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to Jiveblue

Lovely to have you onboard this month Jiveblue ...better late than never 🙂You are def on target with your goal and Scotland already??!! That’s fantastic!!!

We only have mud and over flowing rivers at the moment too but fingers crossed we’re over the worst..see you in week 4 yes???

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Tagging all the Questers, just to see how you are all doing...if I have missed anyone...let me know!Frizzbomb67 Banana12 Allbarron Jell6 legzake SlowMo500 Rowers Fazwaz Beatthestreet Killerblue Bluebirdrunner SaskAlliecat dijep Hedgehogs123 RunaroundSue

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Doing OK, we have passed the halfway point of our Lanzarote virtual run. We missed a run on Wednesday due to the ice but had a nice snowy run this morning

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to RunaroundSue

Just brilliant ! New post up today too!Glad your snowy run was fun...and that you stayed upright!! Xx

Hedgehogs123
Hedgehogs123Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

hiya, still getting out every other day for my run, still trying to get close to sub 30 for a 5km but not quite yet. I did a PB for my 10km on my birthday which I was really chuffed about, so I can run for longer and my longer runs are getting better times, but still want to get closer to 30 mins for the 5km. I'm also still doing the 30 day Breathe yoga challenge and I'm sure I'm getting more flexibility, slowly but surely. Got myself a bargain running chest light which is brilliant for night runs which is what I have to do as can't do it during the day with working. I've grown to love cold dark runs, they are so peaceful! 🏃‍♀️😀

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

It didn't start to stick on the ground until we were walking home

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