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APRIL QUEST - WEEK 2 ✅

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10

Hello lovely Questers. I can’t believe we are halfway through April already, and this pic is as close as I’ve got to seeing a sheep this spring. I am determined to get out in the countryside to see those frolicking lambs now that we can travel further. Shaun the sheep looks happy with his bling - is anyone else running for virtual bling this month? 🥇🥈🥉🏅

cheekychipmunks and I have loved seeing your Quests, and you have been doing so well. Understandably, there may have been a few distractions this week as we have been allowed to do a few more things than usual and the school holidays are still on here.

I got to see my sister for the first time in 4 months on Tuesday, which was lovely. Then yesterday I got to visit the hairdresser 💇🏼‍♀️ whoop whoop whoop. Unlike Samson, who lost his strength when his hair was cut, I’m hoping that the loss of 3 inches will make me more aerodynamic!

I’ve run 3 times this week but confess that the S&F exercises have been few and far between.

Do let us know how you have been getting on over the last week. Often the thought of getting out the door is worse than the act itself, but we almost always enjoy it once out. Sometimes we need that push, and that’s why having a Quest is a wonderful thing. It keeps us all accountable and we can share our experiences. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

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. It takes one calendar month but 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

So in case you want to get going now, or need reminding what your Quest was, here’s the link to the first week’s post.

healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

We’ll check in again next week. Have a great time! 😀

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RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

Hi Dexy5, cheekychipmunks and fellow questers,

So lovely to read that you’re being allowed to do more in the UK. I remember when we got released from our rather long lockdown. It was quite strange to be out in public after only being allowed out for an hour a day. Enjoy 😊

Here’s my report for the week.

44.6 miles done for the month. 17 miles done this week so with Park Run on Saturday that will bring me up to my weekly 20 miles. Having a two day rest if you can call being home with 5 boys on school holidays restful 🤣

Happy questing ❤️🏃‍♀️

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Wow, RW, you’re smashing your quest! And I’m still in awe of you having five boys. Never a dull moment I bet! 😅

Keep up the excellent work. 👏👏👏

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheekychipmunks 🥰

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Well done RunWillie,you are clocking up the miles. Your 2 days rest will be fun, if not restful 😂

Outside breakfast with running buddies will follow our (not) parkrun this morning so I will be back later to answer all these replies.

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5

Hope your (not) ParkRun was fun. Breakfast afterwards is always a treat 🥰

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Both the run and the brekkie were lovely 😋 thanks

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I forgot to say no running for virtual bling as I’ve chosen to opt out of medals but I did reach a virtual milestone today. I’m running around Australia and I made it to Sydney 286 kms done since beginning my run down under journey in February 🇦🇺❤️🏃‍♀️

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Enjoy your virtual run around Australia,, and say hello to my friend Sharon in Sydney 😂

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Hi Dexy! 👋 I’m going to be a sensible chipmunk and incorporate my promised JogRunSprint into (not) PR on Saturday rather than running today. 🏃‍♀️

I ended up doing a 10k yesterday as the weather was so gorgeous, and due to being rather foolish and doing a HIIT session barefoot last week, I have a slightly stiff big toe joint. It’s so minor and it doesn’t hurt running or walking at all, but I noticed it doing yoga and I don’t think doing intervals today on the back of the 10k would be a wise idea. Plus I ran on Monday and Tuesday too! 🙄

I had a haircut as well! Isn’t it a wonderful feeling? 👏👏👏 How wonderful to see your sister. ❤️

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

A sensible chipmunk indeed. You don’t realise how much work your toes do until you hurt one, especially the big toe.

Oh wasn’t it lovely to be back at the sheep shearers? 4 months chatter crammed into 2 hours. My pony tail is more like a paint brush now. 😂😂

See you all post run 🏃🏾 🏃‍♂️ 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 🚶‍♀️

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes, toes are important! Actually it’s in the “pad” of my big toe, so I’m assuming I concussed it a bit by doing enthusiastic jumps and things! I wear trainers for HIIT sessions now - isn’t hindsight great? 🙄😅

Yes, plenty of gabbing at the hairdressers for me too! Turns out mine had covid in November like I did - I wonder if one of us gave it to the other, as my last hair appointment was at the end of October? 😳

CBDB profile image
CBDBGraduate10

Good morning to you both!

Well, after having joined the multiple blinged runners with some medals galore arriving over the last week (2 metal medals and 1 wood medal), I needed to set a new target!

So I only have one target (of 4) left, now:

4. Explore some new routes while consolidating a few months with long (7 -10k) and short runs (3 - 5k)

And I already had two really beautiful outings, adventuring of my trodden paths. So I got my weekend run all ready to go, exploring a completely new 10k out and back route to a famous ancient pub in the middle of nowhere!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to CBDB

New routes are such fun CBDB. They make you almost forget that you’re running as you’re looking at your new surroundings! Enjoy exploring on your weekend 10k. It sounds wonderful. 😀🏃‍♀️

CBDB profile image
CBDBGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes! Finally after a year of clinging to known routes I’m ready for the adventure of exploring the unknown! 🤣🤣

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to CBDB

We look forward to seeing photos of your bling CBDB.

Enjoy running your new routes this week. That pub en route sounds very interesting.

CBDB profile image
CBDBGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Here’s the wooden medal, arrived on Sunday 😃😁....

CBDB profile image
CBDBGraduate10 in reply to CBDB

And here my Hadrian’s Wall metal medal!I‘m still all googley eyed 🤩🤩🤩

CBDB profile image
CBDBGraduate10 in reply to CBDB

Of course the first whopper was this one for my rowing! (Sorry for showing them off again)

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to CBDB

Oh yes I remember that lovely one

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to CBDB

Very eco-friendly, and far lighter than metal.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10

Morning Dexy5 and Cheeky!! Not much to add to yesterday's 10k save to say that I am 1lb closer to my 6lb weight loss target. 3 down 3 to go.....maybe that post run celebration bacon and egg sandwich is to blame. No runs until Saturday for me; it hurts being this sensible 🙂

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Ha ha, but you know it makes sense BC. Well done you.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

You have certainly turned over a new 🍃 BC! What a sensible fellow you are nowadays. Getting plenty of good runs in and dropping those lbs! You deserved that bacon buttie - everyone deserves a little 😈 time! 😅

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Hmmm; soon be May 😈

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I wonder who will watching you next month? 😂😂

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Just thinking new month, new quest 🙂. I am trying though; test will be when these runs feel easier I guess. The pair of you are doing such a good job, this may become permanent!!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I’m not sure I find any of the runs easy either BC! Thank you for your compliments kind Sir , but it’s a great idea to have different people hosting .

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes Beachcomber66, maybe if you offered to host you could crack the whip at Dexy5 and I! 😅

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

🙂 I know my limitations; specialist subject “how to end up on the IC” . I shouldn’t be let loose!! Physios might sponsor me though 😂

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10

My aims as stated in the first post:

* Run every other day (where possible), even if it's just a short easy jog. Running more often occasionally if I feel like it.

I've stuck with this. I'm currently running four days a week and taking three rest days.

* Make sure I walk on any day I don't run, even if I don't feel like it.

I definitely didn't feel like it on Monday, the day after the 10 mile run. I did it, though, and felt better for it.

* Enjoy running in the mornings again (which I do).

I did get out on Tuesday morning, but this morning the duvet gremlin got me. In my defence it's still pretty cold out there early in the day.

* Avoid injury. Notice when something is more than a minor niggle.

So far so good.

* Run a total of 100km in the month again. I've succeeded in this the last two months

I might even reach 150km this month... I'm currently at 72km.

* Increase distance gradually. I reached 10 miles in March.

Just over 10 miles (16.5km) on Sunday. Looking to run 18km this Sunday.

* Achieve a half marathon near the end of the month.

As said last week, not sensible as it would have broken the 10% rule. I've put it back a week to the first weekend in May.

* Don't overdo it. Be sensible. Know my limits. Nothing is worth hurting yourself.

Good so far.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to nowster

You’re definitely on track nowster. 👏👏 What an amazing amount of mileage you’re covering, and remaining niggle free is key.

Enjoy your 18k this weekend. I think the weather gods are being kind to the majority of us, so that’s a bonus. 🙏🏻

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to nowster

Wow what a successful quest you are having nowster and everything is going to your sensible plan.

Walking the day after a long run does help to stop the muscles stiffening, even though you don’t feel like doing it. Well done

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

That was the mistake I made after the previous 10 mile run: I didn't do anything the following day. Then when I tried an easy run on the day after and ran much too quickly, I tweaked my ankle and had to rest for nearly a week.

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sparky66Graduate10

Hiya just checking in with my progress so far.. I've ran 37k this month, I have a challenge on my Garmin of 80 K in April so my intentions are to up my distances for the remainder, 10K planned for Saturday 🙏New trainers need breaking in so only be running my 5Ks in these..

Happy Running fellow Questers 🙌

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to sparky66

Great progress sparky! Enjoy your 10k this weekend, and enjoy your shorter runs in your new trainers. You’re right on track! 😀😀😀

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to sparky66

Enjoy your 10k at the weekend. My favourite distance.

sparky66 profile image
sparky66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I can't quite believe what I'm about to say..but.. it's actually becoming mine also 😲 like the slower pace enabling me to enjoy my running 🙏

BlackScorpion profile image
BlackScorpion60minGraduate

Well unfortunately I have been ill in my stomach and bowels with a nice portion of migraine attached to it's tail, causing me to be unable to run for almost 2 weeks now.

I am participating for some bling and I hope I can catch up with my runs to get said bling. I have a Conqueror challenge (Kilimanjaro) running, am participating in the COGH challenge and have entered myself in the short run (6 km) of the virtual Antwerp Ten Miles which you can run on 24/25th of April. No bling for the last one, but you do get a shirt and running belt send home after the run.

So I have enough to look forward to, if only I will be able to get my strength back, because I feel I have lost a load of strength during my ilness. Might go running today after work (first day without the migraine) if the weather permits. Because it's cold and rainy, so I will only go if it clears up a bit. Not feeling in the mood to challenge the weather still feeling a tad weak. If not today, I do hope it will be tomorrow though.

Cheers, Evy

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to BlackScorpion

Ahh BS, you’ve had a horrid time. I hope you’re feeling better and can start building your strength back up. 🤞

At least you have your virtual events to spur you on. I’m impressed at our COGH progress! Aren’t we a clever bunch? 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️💥

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to BlackScorpion

I hope you are feeling better soon BlackScorpian. Put yourself first and listen to your body. Those runs can wait if need be.

Hello Questers. Sorry to hear Black Scorpian has been laid low by bowel trouble. Something like that seems as if it will go on for ever, but hopefully you will improve slowly and safely. 🤗.I have really enjoyed discovering NRC. I formulated a plan - to work through all of the runs staring with the shortest timewise and distance wise. That has worked very well, untill yesterday when my knee hurt . I felt very tired before I started as I had been on a long walk the day before, so should have known better. 🤯. Hoping that after today's rest it will be better, but if not I shall just rest until it is. 🤸. Love reading everyone's post here.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Rosec25k

Hello Rose, I hope your knee niggle sorts itself out soon. Resting it for a few days is a good idea. Also bear in mind the 10% rule when increasing distance. I find that a 4k, 5k and increasing my long run works best for me, but we all have different methods.

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Rosec25k in reply to Dexy5

thank you

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Rosec25k

Great plan with NRC Rosec25k (I’ve still never tried that plan!) Sorry about your knee though, but you’re listening to your body rather than powering through. That can end up making things much worse. You’re willing to give it time! 😀

Thank you. Not everyone likes NRC, but I like the encouragement the coaches give, and there are so many different runs to choose, that suit every ability or even just how you are feeling, or how much time you have that day.Yes I learnt to listen back in Week 4 when my left calf put me on the IC couch.

Good news is, I feel much better, so I am just off to try the 15 minute welcome back run in the short runs. 😁 See ya !!!

CBDB profile image
CBDBGraduate10 in reply to Rosec25k

NRC line-up: that is such a great idea! I might steal that one! THANK YOU!

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Rosec25k in reply to CBDB

You are welcome 😁.

UpTheStanley profile image
UpTheStanleyGraduate10

As Dexy possibly knows already 😀, it's been a good week quest-wise, principally down to stretching the "how far can I go at 5'30"/k" target all the way out to 10k, with a minute and a half to spare. So an average pace of 5'21"/k, with all the 1k splits within 3 secs of said average. Pretty much ideal conditions, it has to be said .....

Was also able to get to the gym and the barbers, and this morning's sunny (not) parkrun with Dexy was followed by a first civilised breakfast in months for the full Southsea gang of five in one of our favourite cafes. So one way or another, it's been a damn good week 👍.

Next week focus shifts back to 5k, and as the gym is missing a few of the machines on my usual circuit, I might even try using the dreadmill 🙄 to see if I can get back to 25 minutes that way.

You take care of yourself Cheeky, your week sounds far too energetic to me ...... stay off the IC, there's a good girl!

Onwards and upwards!!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

You are doing very well UTS, but you seem to have forgotten to tell cheekychipmunks about the face plant incident. 😂

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

😳🤣

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Wowsers UTS what a speedster! Now you see him, now you don’t! 💥💥💥

Just saw Dexy’s comment though ..... I’m all ears ...... come on, spill the face plant beans! 😂😂

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UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Momentary lack of concentration when stepping to the edge of the track to give a passing car a bit more room - amazingly, only damage a tiny scratch on my chin!

Bounced up and was able to run on once I got my breath back. I blame Dexy for sending me off to run on my own ....

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

May I have a tiny chuckle now that I know you’re ok? (🤣🤣🤣)

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Tis true ...... 🏃‍♂️. 🚶‍♀️

dijep profile image
dijepGraduate10

Well I just checked back to what my quest was and ho hum this week I've only completed one off the 4 🙄I'll start on a positive 👍😊 I hadn't continued daily squats and plank routines, and I'm now one 50 second plank and 20 second side plank so that's my only ✅

Running is still being hampered by a right glute / hamstring niggle. I've done a 4k and a 5k both run - walks. So I won't make my run 3 x 10k this month or my run 60k total. But these things happen.

I've only done 1 knee strength session, rather than the 3 on my target.

A bit fed up really, I may take next week off completely and see if that helps.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to dijep

We know what you are going through dijep- being on the IC is a right pain. Don’t worry about your targets now , just take your time and get yourself fixed. Occasional rest is always a good idea so take advantage of a little running break.

I’m impressed by those planks though.

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dijepGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy if a weeks rest doesn't help I'll look for some professional help I guess.It just feels like my old body doesn't like running 😒

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to dijep

Don’t despair, I’m sure that a visit to a sports physio will work wonders. Mine has got me out of a few fixes now and often a visit can save time by getting straight to the problem and giving appropriate exercises. Age doesn’t seem to come into it on here. I just wish I’d discovered running before I got to 60!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to dijep

Aww, please don’t feel fed up dijep. Life throws curveballs at us, and yours is your glute/hamstring niggle. You’re doing the right thing and taking it easy, and it’s sure to get better. You can then resume your running at full strength. 😀

Awesome plank work! Go you! 💪

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Frizzbomb67Graduate10

Things have gone really well this week 😁Probably due to having a lovely week off work which just seems to make life easier.

I’m up to 64.5k of my 75k target for April. I thought I would struggle but now I’m thinking I should have aimed for 100k 😮 ✅

I’m half way through walking a mile a day for Strides against Stress and still keeping up with it ✅

And finally ....... today I achieved my first 10k 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳🏅😁😁. I should have run 9k this week but got to 9k and felt strong so I carried on and completed the 10k. That’s probably due to feeling rested and relaxed after a lovely week off work ✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅

And of course I’m still loving COGH and my T-shirt is ordered 👍🏻

So once again a really positive end to the week 😁

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Frizzbomb67

Congratulations Frizzbomb. 10k whoop whoop. I’ll let you into a secret. You aren’t the first to skip that 9k and I bet you aren’t the last . What a brilliant thing to do before you return to work.

Well done on all fronts.

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Frizzbomb67Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks. I was up to 9k before I got Covid so I figured I’d done it once already 😂Yes, I’m glad I completed it before the exhaustion of work kicks in. I’m also glad I achieved it before my birthday next week ( I’ll be 54) and within a year of starting my running journey. Yeah, very chuffed 😊

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Frizzbomb67

Oh wow, well done on your 10k Frizzbomb67! It’s such a fantastic milestone and a distance you’ll learn to enjoy running regularly no doubt. 🎉💥

You are smashing your quest! 👏👏👏

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OldflossAdministrator

Hello running people...Happy haircut!!

Well... still here, still running...:)

Finished Week 7 of my repeated C25K... steady and slow.

Strength and stamina work ongoing... and plenty of exercise moving furniture and gardening etc etc.

Then...joy of joy, started Week 8 Run 1 on Wednesday... here in Wales. Glorious weather, if a tad chilly. I took the run slower than slow, purely to enjoy every single second of this, the first run back here since September. Lots of little lambs here!

Week 8 Run 2, about to happen before we head home again. Somehow, the steps seem easier and lighter, but that could be because I am floating on air! :)

Happy, safe running everyone:)

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Oh what a joyous update Oldfloss and I’m so pleased to hear that you have been able to return to Wales again. It sounds like repeating C25k has been the perfect way to bring back that love of running. It will be great to see you graduate again while cheekychipmunks and I are hosting the quest.

How lovely for you to see the lambs too.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Lambs...little lambs for Dexy...I am so happy just to run...i shall be heading to the podium soon. Xx

Lambs on the Llyn x
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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Oh thank you so much Oldfloss- they are looking very contented chomping away.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Great news OF! You’re well and truly back and you sound positive. 🥰 Enjoy this amazing weather. ☀️

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I am xxx

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Woollyweaver60minGraduate

Well the first half of the week ended on a high as I completed my first, unplanned, 60 minute run ☺️🎉 - I think the 'unplanned' bit was somehow part of my quest! I felt great afterwards, despite having run half of it uphill, but my physio swiftly brought me back down to earth with a stern, "no more hills/long runs for a while unless you want to end up back on the IC"🙄. So that brings me around to the 'be sensible' 'listen to my body' part of the quest - it looks like I will be putting my efforts into seeking out some new, non-hilly running routes (tricky!), and maybe some podcasts to slow me down and just chill out for my next few runs. Strangely, now that I have broken the 60 minute barrier I feel remarkably liberated and quite looking forward to just pootling around for a while 🙃.Oh, and physio has given me some new exercises - I will report back next week if I can smile through them!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Woollyweaver

Well done on that 60 minute graduation Woolyweaver. So now you’ve got a shiny new badge you can slow things right down and follow your physio’s advice. We will be watching to see if you’ve been doing your new exercises. 😉

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Woollyweaver

Fabulous WW! 60 minutes well and truly in the bag, and some exercises to enjoy! 😳😅

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GailXrunningGraduate10

Cripes! It’s mid-month? Already? Where did time go?! I delayed when this month’s quest was first announced because I wanted to reflect on my goals. Then there must have been a strange fold in my space-time continuum. A fortnight; more than. Yikes!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to GailXrunning

I know what you mean Gail, not sure is we are going to fit real life in.

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CBDBGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

😆

GoogleMe profile image
GoogleMeGraduate10

Yes, change is in the air! More errands, more visiting, nice weather meant more hanging out of washing... I thought I had somehow forgotten to get my walk in yesterday but my Fitbit says my errands did the job. Phew! I was pleased to get a run in although my ability to tackle a steep upward trajectory whilst maintaining a running motion is seriously diminished.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to GoogleMe

It’s amazing how far we walk just around the house isn’t it? Little steps when on that upward trajectory , and pause to admire the view. That’s what I do when hiking anyway. 😂

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