Marchtastic! It's the March Quest!!! πŸ€©πŸŒ·πŸŒΌπŸ‡ - Bridge to 10K

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Marchtastic! It's the March Quest!!! πŸ€©πŸŒ·πŸŒΌπŸ‡

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
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Hi everyone!

Many thank yous to damienair for hosting the February Quest!

Spring is in the air, so it's time for a silly made up word to herald the beginning of the MARCH QUEST!!! 😊😊😊

I heard a whisper last week that I may be able to run in the Lake District race I entered in 2019 for 2020 - it's now scheduled for August 2021!!! So I thought to myself, gosh I'd better start doing some running on some hills!

So starting.... today! I am going to take all my long runs up onto the South Downs. What will be YOUR Quest this month??

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 ..............

Every week I will put up a new post and we can all chat about how we are doing.

NEED SOME INSPIRATION?

⭐ Here's Iannodatruffe's post about what to do next after graduating Couch to 5K:

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

⭐ Want to run 10K or for 60 minutes? Have a look at Ju-Ju's Magic Plan:

healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

⭐ We have a NEW DISTANCE CHALLENGE starting here on Bridge this week - the Cape of Good Hope 22,000 km Ultra Challenge!! Details are here:

healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

I look forward to Questing with you!

roseabi, and the Bridge to 10K Team xxx

Pic by Laila Gebhard on Unsplash. Sadly the South Downs do not have snowy tops at the moment.

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RunWillie
RunWillieGraduate10

Wow! roseabi Hill running πŸ’ͺ🏻

Count me in again for the quest.

100k target for monthly distance.

All weekday runs at my MAF number with a faster 5k once a week at ParkRun.

Phasing in some Altra zero drop shoes hopefully without injuring myself.

Happy questing everyone β€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

Wow, big targets - love it!

Which Altras do you have, and how are you finding them?

RunWillie
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

I went with the Paradigm 5 to start with. Still waiting for it to arrive. Depending on how I get on with the zero drop the plan would be to move to Altra’s Olympus for trail and Escalante 2.5 for faster runs. I’ve just ordered Born to Run so going to try and resist the urge to start running in sandals 🀣

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

I think the Paradigms will be more comfortable!

I'm interested in seeing what people think of Altras for my own research purposes 😊😊😊

Born to Run is a fab read xxx

RunWillie
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Will let you know how they are once they arrive. I ordered my Hoka Size in the old model 4.5 and they were tiny. Altra swapped them out for the new model for no extra cost. They’ve won me on Customer service β€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Beatlesforever
BeatlesforeverGraduate10

Nice one, yes please! I had to put my HM training on hold because of injury and I'm now slowly coming back after my spell on the IC. So my quest this month will be to run 3 times a week and to steadily increase distance. Aiming for 10k sometime in April all going well 🀞Good luck everyone πŸ€

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Beatlesforever

Good luck, and enjoy! xxx

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10

Hi Roseabi I’m booked on for a physio session tomorrow. I won’t be running for a while I reckon. I don’t want this ankle thing to get worse but hopefully the physio will have some good news on how long I’ll be out for. Have a great time up there on the downs it’s really beautiful right now.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to BrianUK

Hi Brian! Keep us posted xxx

nowster
nowsterGraduate10

My quest for this month:

* Run every other day (where possible), even if it's just a short easy jog.

* Walk on rest days.

* Avoid injury. I got some superficial bruises, scrapes and scratches in February. I'm fine with those.

* Run a total of 100km in the month again. I did about 110km in February.

* Increase distance gradually. I'm currently at 13.2km (8.2 mile).

* Achieve a 10 mile run near the end of the month.

* Don't overdo it. Know my limits. All targets are secondary.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to nowster

Cool! How do you plan to avoid injury?

nowster
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Good question. I'm not talking about the usual scrapes and bruises from tripping up, but the internal stuff like sprains.

I try to listen to what my body's telling me. I will stop runs because something doesn't feel right. That little twinge that doesn't fade away in less than a minute might be a sign of something going wrong. Things always feel a bit off during the "toxic ten" but if that feeling persists, something's wrong.

Also, I've reduced the planned level of activity this week because I'm concerned that I might have overdone it last week. I control the timetable; it doesn't control me.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to nowster

Great! Sounds like a plan xxx

Joster
JosterGraduate10

Great hill work! My quest is mostly about getting back "into it" after four weeks of off and on, so the quest is:

* Run every other day

* Get back up to 10km by middle of the month

* AIM for a 100km month

* Continue with my rediscovery of the benefits of Yoga on my non-run days, at least twice a week.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Joster

Good stuff! 100 km month seems very popular at the moment 😊😊😊

dijep
dijepGraduate10

Hi roseabi asked fellow runners

I'm in the same boat as Beatlesforever trying to work up my distances and keep my knee happy 😊

So this month's quest will be -

#run twice a week (I think the 3 times a week is too much for me and my knee) steadily increasing distance

# for the long run to be mainly on the flat, use the shorter one to work on hills and fartleks

#Find ways to incorporate strength work into my daily routine. So far I'm working on push ups (last months quest) which I do as soon as I'm dressed, squats single leg and double leg while cleaning my teeth and more squats while waiting for the kettle to boil 🀣

Any more ideas will be gratefully received x 😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to dijep

Great plans! Careful with the knee on hills, listen to your body xxx

Put on your shoes standing on one leg - targets your core, balance, coordination, glutes and overall lower body strength. instagram.com/p/-CLSKsxe4K/...

dijep
dijepGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Oh thanks for the link πŸ‘ I'll have a go at that, no way could I lace up my shoes in mid air though.

I've just re read what I'd written, it's meant to say longer run using the (slightly) hilly route, short run fartleks on the flat. I've been run walking so then I can walk on any any steep downhill sections.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to dijep

It's really hard, but something to shoot for!

Ah good, that sounds very sensible xxx

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Got off to a good start 😊

nowster
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

On the south coast, is that what you count as a mountain? πŸ˜‰

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to nowster

That is a hill, never said anything about mountains πŸ˜„

sparky66
sparky66Graduate10

Count me in for the quest please πŸ‘

I need something to keep me accountable 😳

Just recently completed my first 10k

My aim is to run

2x 5k and longer run once a week, try for another 10k as soon as I feel confident enough 😊

Aiming for 60K target for March πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ…

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to sparky66

Fabulous! Good luck and have fun xxx

sparky66
sparky66Graduate10 in reply to roseabi

Just in from a PB 5K ..Good start πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to sparky66

Wow, well done!!!!!!!!!!!

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10

Hi Roseabi

I managed a couple of sub-25 (not) parkruns in January but apart from them my competitive spirit seems to have gone missing. I finally put some effort in last Thursday but could only manage 27'46", going backwards at the end, and given the good-to-excellent conditions that counts as ppp. I could perhaps claim post-jab side effects as an excuse, but that's 3 weeks behind me now, so I need the Quest to set some marginal gain goals to try to prove I have not embarked on my terminal decline!

So, 4 weeks (not) parkrun targets: 27'00", 26'30", 26'00", 25'30" (with a stretch target for week 4 of 25'00")

plus maintaining 5'30"/k pace for at least 7k by the end of the month (last May I managed 8k at better than 5'00"/k pace, and I would normally expect to be able to knock off 10k at 5'30" without too much difficulty.

Well, we'll have to see, won't we? Onwards and upwards (but slowly!) And good luck with your hills!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to UpTheStanley

Good luck with your fast 5k! I am with you there, feeling a bit disappointed with my 5k times at the moment. You can do it!!!!!!!!!

And thank you 😊😊😊

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

It's Spring. There will be a spring in your step very soon, and you will be expected to deliver the 25 minute time on the gang of 5 returns to (not) parkrunning date of 29th March.

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Ticked week 1 off today with a 26’40” πŸ‘βœ…

Kevin41
Kevin41Graduate10

Count me in......

Been a bit stuck at 5 to 8k lately and am completely off my 10k in under an hour regular run of the past so my quest this month will be to get back to distance and run the distance at least twice. Pace can come later

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Kevin41

Great stuff - good luck and have fun!!!

Rennur
Rennur60minGraduate

My target is to run 3 times a week and....

Do strength and flex twice week (at least)

Get to 5k mid week and 8.5k at weekends by end of month.

Avoid the IC.

Avoid the biscuit tin (and not swopping them for jam tarts).

Have fun.

One of those will be the hardest....

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Rennur

Is it the jam tarts?

Good luck and have fun!!!!!! xxx

LottieMW
LottieMWGraduate10

Reach 10km...only 2 runs away now!....and then to continue to run 2-3 times a week.

Keep up daily yoga practice. Walking on non run days 😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to LottieMW

So close!!! Good luck, looking forward to seeing you with that 10K badge!! xxx

LottieMW
LottieMWGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Thank you 😊🀞🏼

GigglyBFC
GigglyBFCGraduate10

Hi, count me in! I would like to

β€’ consolidate C25k by running slower for 30 mins and monitor heart rate

β€’ build stamina by running longer

β€’ do yoga between run days to build strength and flexibility

β€’ learn more about running especially around preventing injury πŸ˜€

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to GigglyBFC

Wonderful!! Good luck and have fun xxx

GailXrunning
GailXrunningGraduate10

Hi there,

Nothing like a monthly Quest to keep us on our running toes (or mid-foots)! Thanks for hosting ... and infinite admiration for your hill work quest.

I’ve enjoyed my January and February quests so far. They’re all geared towards practising a mindful approach. Just letting things evolve. Here’s my March version:

Run x2/3 pw. Still a newbie to running (grad c25k in November). Focus is on enjoying myself, which I’m finding is really supported by thinking about relaxed form, β€˜lightness’, cadence and breathing. (I have been practising gentle nasal breathing since new year and, as result of monitoring that, an informal jeffing. Most recently, the walk intervals are decreasing or turning into extra-slow jogs.) Not fretting remotely about pace at this point, but it seems to be improving of its own accord, and I’m monitoring out of interest. Occasionally putting on a little spurt at the end just for the fun. My distances have also grown naturally. I’ve already gained my 60-minute badge and am currently up to 9k. I’ve loosely segued into the JuJu Magic Plan to help manage distribution of longer and shorter runs. I think I can comfortably add 10k to my March quest, but this will be an added bonus; my real focus remains the first things mentioned. (And while I might not be target driven, I’ll still go wild celebrating them!)

I’m following up on some basic experience of Qigong, which was introduced in the running workshops I attended in January; it is now key to my running pre-warmup walk warmup. I’m signed up for an online course over the coming weeks, getting to know some of the underlying principles of qigong. I have homework between classes, which can sub for/ complement sessions in yoga/Pilates. I like the relaxed no-stress approach, as well as the new mind-body challenges (such as, coordinating arms and hands to do opposite moves simultaneously). I think my balance is already improving.

Maintain my new daily meditation practice, even if just for a few minutes. Started this in the new year and am finding it really valuable - in itself, in daily life and on runs.

πŸ˜πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to GailXrunning

This all sounds just fabulous!!! xxx

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Oh my goodness - good luck and great respect to you roseabi . There’s not many flat runs in the Lake District!

I didn’t do vey well at yoga in February, having done it almost every day in January. So I’d better get on track again in March.

I am going to try to get back to 3 runs a week now that the weather has improved.

I’ve got back to 11km and want to extend this to 13 over this month.

On 29 March we hope to return to a not parkrun and meet up with my runny buddies. I have so missed this.

Good luck with your quests everyone.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy!

Good luck and have fun xxx

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to roseabi

And having seen Oldfloss ’s quest, perhaps I should add β€˜eat less!’

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Aw πŸ₯°

Frizzbomb67
Frizzbomb67Graduate10

Count me in πŸ‘πŸ»

I had a month off Quest in February after getting Covid and giving myself time to fully recover. I’m fighting fit again now and raring to go πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

I’m excited to be part of the Cape of Good Hope Ultra Marathon group although that’s not going to be completed in a month πŸ˜‚

I am planning to finish my virtual Hadrian’s Walk run though. I’m nearly at 80%

I’ve also signed up to run 50k this month with This Girl Runs.

I might build back up to 10k again. I was at 9k before Covid but I’m not sure longer distances are for me as I wasn’t enjoying the extended running time. I might change my mind though if I can run somewhere nice.

I’m looking forward to getting out to run somewhere nice once the travel restrictions are lifted 🌲 🌳. As a Midlander running on the South Downs sounds amazing 😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Frizzbomb67

Glad you're feeling better!! Sounds like a great Quest - have fun xxx

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Count me in...simple...

a} Carry on with running and getting back up to scratch ( repeat C25K) on Week 3 Run 3 on Friday

b) Strength and Stamina work. Focus legs and core strength

c} Eat more

Good luck everyone!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Oldfloss

Hi there!

Have fun xxx

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to roseabi

Always :) x

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Put those snails on their mettle OF 🐌

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to UpTheStanley

I will... give them a run for their money!

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10

Hi Abi and fellow Questers,

Please count me in on this Marchtastic Quest.

*I intend to keep up my S and C 3 times a week.

*Practice YWA every day

* Run when I can for at least 30 mins and to complete a March 5k on Strava for my badge.

* After a dry February, keep as 'dry' in March as I can!😏

I have joined the COGH Ultra relay so all my runs/ walks will count towards our target goal on there.

I am happy to be getting my vaccine on Sunday....πŸ€—

Happy Questing all!😎xxx

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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