May The Quest be with you - Week 1 - Bridge to 10K

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May The Quest be with you - Week 1

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Whether you're a rebel with a cause or you want to be the fat cat, The Quest is strong in this month!

The Empire have been enforcing restrictions on us all for a long time now... so make sure you operate within the rules local to you and continue to use your avatar names and images. Get those Jabbas when the opportunities are presented to you. This is how we will defeat The (covid) Empire!

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 but you can join at any point during that time. We are always looking for more people to train and make use of The Quest!

Let us know how your plans are doing so far this month. 🐱🐾

Some popular goals are:

β˜… To run three times a week

β˜… To slowly increase distance

β˜… To train for a specific race / battle

β˜… To add Stretch and Strength exercises to your weekly routine

It is a personal challenge and 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 TailChaser or I will put up a new post and we can all chat about how we are doing.


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

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

So choose something achievable and go out there and have some fun!

The Quest will be with you. Always!

TailChaser & Katnap 😍

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Katnap profile image

I was going to use this image but the coronavirus definitely has some similarities to the Deathstar! 🐱 Katnap 🐱

Deathstar in distress
TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Katnap

And it’s more current. You’re a day late for Star Wars Day! Or is it May the Si(f)th be with you?

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KatnapGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser


TailChaser profile image

One thing I have already learned this week as I start hill training, is to warm up before you do any work outs. You’d think I’d know by now...A lovely hill training workout from Runners World:

I was too enthusiastic to get going and the dumbbell lunges told my hamstring off yesterday so I’ve had to take it easier.

Take care out there!

Beachcomber66 profile image

Hi Obeone ! A miserable 2k this morning before my calf tightened up. But, a few 30 second pulls of my toes towards my knee with the aid of a towel wrapped around my foot really eases it off; so it can’t be much. Might have to go down the sock/sleeve route as suggested by Dexy5; not a lady to be ignored πŸ™‚

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I have some calf sleeves and they work well for me both during and after running. πŸ‘πŸ±πŸ‘

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Katnap

Oh well! and UTS uses them too; I might even run faster!! πŸ‘

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I hope they work BC. I’ve never worn them but they do help UTS. I can’t guarantee an increase in speed either πŸ˜‚

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I wore them on my beach walk today; feels ok tonight, so we will see how they go in the morning. Worth trying whatever happens. πŸ‘

nowster profile image

You're a couple of days early (and one day late). πŸ€ͺ

This month's goals (from the first of May post).

* Don't get injured. There are a few niggles which might derail me this month: a groin sensation on the right and a tight quads on the left. They may be linked.

Tight quads seem to have eased. The possible "adductor" problem on the right is still there. Not sore, just "there". I'm keeping the runs light until it feels normal again.

* Find a balance between running and resting. I have been doing two or three days of runs because I've been enjoying it. I need to remember that rest days are equally important.

I'm staying with resting every second day for the moment.

* Resume the long runs when I feel it's right to do so. Get back to 10 miles if I can, and at a stretch get to the HM. This is now low priority.

Not there yet. Ideally I'd like to be back at 10km in a week or so.

* Get to 100km again. I've done it the last few months. I almost got to 100miles last month. Again, low priority.

Not sure if I'll reach this one. Being fit to run is more important than hitting any target.

* Do more of other exercises to try to balance things out: work on the core and the minor leg muscles.

Check. Must do more of them and more regularly.

* Get ready for the resumption of parkrun next month, and the Manchester 10k which is on July 4th.

Still optimistic for this. I scouted out and walked the local 5k parkrun route at the weekend. It's not too challenging. I do harder climbs on my "easy" run.

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Very sensible nowster 🐱

RunaroundSue profile image

Great intro Katnap

As planned, I ran my 8K this morning, which took me back to the starting point of my virtual tour of Lanzarote and keeps me on track for the 10K at the end of the month (although I have just realised that we may be running in the first week of June - the dates run from Saturday 29th for the half-term week)

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

You go from strength to strength RAS! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

RunaroundSue profile image
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Katnap

Read my separate post and you will see that is not quite true :)

cheekychipmunks profile image

Hi Kats! πŸ‘‹

My legs have felt fatigued this week, but I forgive them as they’ve been working hard and doing more hills AND intervals (not during the same run) than usual. Still, I intend to do my (not) PR on Friday rather than Saturday (cheers again weather πŸ’¨ πŸ’¦) and I’ll be popping some cheery intervals in. They’re definitely helping, much as I don’t like to admit it!

I enjoyed a quick 3k dash this morning before babysitting my grandson, and I’m gradually shaving time off the first hill on the common. Seeing results helps with motivation doesn’t it?

I dodged an IC visit by the skin of my big toe last week. Stubbing my toe on the patio kicking a football in Crocs after hurting the same toe doing a HIIT session barefoot (numpty alert) would do it! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ But I lucked out and all’s fine and lessons are learned. πŸ˜‡

So onwards I trot. πŸ˜€

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

You dodged the IC by using The Force? This just proves you are a Jedi Knight! πŸ’ͺ

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Sounds as though you’re keeping busy cheeky - just be careful what you’re kicking!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

It was my pride OGR. I was trying to score against my 19 month grandson who was standing in the goal, and I put some welly into it. Really? πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€£

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes, really?!

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Coddfish profile image

Hi Katnap

My running objective is to continue rehabbing my hamstring, which is tight and keeps grizzling at me, but is gradually improving. I managed an exceedingly slow 4x(8 minutes run, 2 minutes walk) today, having done 3 blocks of the same on the 4 previous runs. I will do that a couple more times and then try to increase the duration of the blocks, without worrying at all about pace. I’d like to be able to enjoy parkrun when it starts without feeling I am holding the tail walkers up!

Pool and gym work is helping. It’s good to be able to go in somewhere with a machine for every muscle, rather than trying to work specific muscles with resistance bands, kettlebells etc at home. It’s amazing how much your body will co-opt other muscles to β€˜help’ if you allow it. The hamstring machine at the gym forces you to use your hamstring, you can’t cheat with your glutes. And swimming in the pool is both a good way to help bring up my fitness without risking further injury and also get as much movement and flexibility as I can. I am looking forward to aqua and waterworks classes restarting.

So it’s 2 runs, 2 gym sessions and 2 swims per week for now.

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ excellent!

beth_f profile image

Hello Katnap & TailChaser

Quest is going well although I only started yesterday as been laid up with side effects from the AZ vaccine for a week (nothing terrible, just nausea & fatigue) so I’ve taken it gently.

Yesterday was an 3K easy run - heart rate was all over the place but I expected that.

Today was the same 3K run but in reverse (the route that is, not me running backwards πŸ˜†) which was so much better - heart rate back to some normality and just over a minute quicker than yesterday. It felt good to be out.

It is the first time in my short time of running that I have run on consecutive days but keeping it short and walking the really hilly bits seemed to work well.πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Am planning the next runs for Friday and Sunday. No distance or route as yet - I think I will just go with the flow which I often do and see places that I’ve never been to before. You never know, the trail shoes may make their first outing!

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

No worries! It isn't exactly a week and the AZ jab does seem to get more reactions. I got a bit of fatigue from my AZ but with all the naps I take, you'd never know! 🀣

Happy running!

Oldgirlruns profile image

My first week has, for a change, been in line with my quest:

Carry on with physio exercises - βœ…

Build up running - done βœ… (well, I’ve done one run which is more than I did last week!)

Update COGH - βœ… Mainly walking but every little helps!


Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Yay! Onwards and upwards 🐱

RunWillie profile image

Hi Katnap, TailChaser and fellow questers,

On target for my 100 mile month with 25.1 miles done πŸ’ͺ🏻

Still wearing masks outside and inside here in Western Australia so I’ve been thankful for cooler weather this week πŸ˜·πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

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

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Mask wearing might be with us for a while... Well done so far! 🐱

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Katnap

But not while running I hope.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Running 100 miles a month with a mask on? Respect RunWillie

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

As of tonight at 12.01 no mask wearing outside will be required in Western Australia so hopefully I can do the other 75 miles without one πŸ₯°

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UpTheStanley profile image

Hi Kats

Not addressed my specific targets this week, but kept busy. On Monday, a gentle 11k with Dexy5 in 85'25" was unexpectedly extended to include 5k solo in 27'23", plus 100m to make up the 10 miles in 1 hr 53'29" - first time I've gone that far since the 2019 GSR. Hosted (not) parkrun tourism on Wednesday, when David_G joined the usual Southsea crew for 5k and breakfast. And a couple of trips to the gym for much needed upper body work also included spells on the dreadmill at my warp speed (sorry, wrong series I know) of 13 kph (5'24"/k) - maintained for 500m on Tuesday and 1k today. I'll be adding stretching distance at that speed to my quest next month.

We're thinking we might do some more hills tomorrow, so it really might be ...

Onwards and upwards!!

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Whew! Saw the David G run on Strava. Virtual tourism! Who'd have thought!

Great efforts UTS! πŸ’ͺ

Dexy5 profile image

Hello Cool Kats,

I completed a nice slow 11k on Bank Holiday Monday in the company of UTS. Our route wasn’t too busy, as I guess people have found other things to do now. A slight chill in the breeze but nice and dry. Hopefully a 12 k next week.

Yesterday was a first for a long time - a (not) parkrun meet up with a new face, where 4 of us ran at the same pace together. We were accompanied by another runner who sped up a bit when I overtook him. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Today I did an exercise session of exercises for Achilles , calves, and glutes . That should help with tomorrow’s hill session!

Enjoy your running all.

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yeah... we've noticed people are rediscovering their vehicles now they can go out multiple times for exercise.

Let us know how your strength exercises help your hill sessions? 🐱

Frizzbomb67 profile image

My quest was to support my friend with C25K this month. We ran for the first time today and actually ran for 30 mins. She had completed C25K a while back and had actually completed it again a couple of months ago but was struggling with the motivation to run alone. So we went nice and slowly and managed 3.78k in 30 mins. Not too shabby for a first run. She was tiring by the end but did really well. I felt a bit smug to be honest as I’m 15 years older than her and I cruised around chatting all the way πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚We’re going to repeat the route on Monday and Thursday next week until she feels able to increase the distance bit by bit to reach that 5k. I really enjoyed it as I’ve always run alone so it was really nice to run with a friend 😊. She said her friend was interested in joining us too . We could end up with a running group! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to Frizzbomb67

Run Talk Run! πŸ±πŸ‘

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Frizzbomb67

How lovely frizzbomb. Enjoy , and don’t let them speed up the run yet.

GoogleMe profile image

Odd sort of start to the Quest considering how I've done the previous couple of months with similar goals... two days with no walking or running. However, although some was due to weather, most was due to doing 3 walks in one day which is definitely A Bit Too Much for me, and the second of those two days, it did at least push me to another yoga session. Overall, I'm happy with how I'm doing in the spirit of my Quests.

LottieMW profile image

Hi there Kats πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

Somehow I totally missed last week’s post πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜¬πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ here are my goals and how I did last week...all in one!

Building on from March...

1) Run 2 or 3 times a week...with varied routes and distances...aim to achieve a sub 40 minutes 5k. Run the Vitality 10K at the end of May.

2) on non run days walk outside *every* day...

3)10k steps daily

4) daily yoga practice

5) good bedtime habits

6) timely posting of runs, and logging on S&F and COGH πŸ˜‚

So...since 1st May...

1) βœ… Ran 5k x 2...on 2 different routes. Both had sub 9 minute splits and were my 2 fastest.

2) βœ… ranging from 1km to 4km...including an obsessive 11pm to achieve 3) and today in the rain β˜”οΈ

3) 4) 5)...had a really β€˜meh’ day on Wednesday...reached 8.5k and then faffed about on social media all evening...couldn’t even be a*sed to do a 7min bedtime yoga (my β€˜go to’ when late)...and was an hour late going to bed...

Other than that...all good!

6) ermmm πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW

Great to see you get on board! Maybe you can set aside a regular time on a Sunday to catch up with your run logging?

LottieMW profile image
LottieMWAmbassador in reply to Katnap

Well I do record weekly...when the previous post goes up...that’s my reminder 😬

It’s the faffing about with my personal posts...πŸ™„

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW


Bluebirdrunner profile image

Hurray, I have run. First time for about six weeks so happy spring lamb here!πŸ‘The YWA has been happening daily as has the P.E with Joe Wicks sessions on weekdays.

I just popped c25k Wk5 R3 on for my first run out so that Laura would be with me. Managed to run continuously for a little over the 20 mins so feel that I have made a start (8 days into the month...but who's checkingπŸ˜‰)

Feeling fit and happy. Grandson one month old today and doing really well!

My first run as a Grandma! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Happy Questing all!xxx

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

How lovely Bluebirdrunner! πŸ‘΅πŸ» βŽπŸ‘©β€πŸΌβœ…

Glad to hear you are back running again and it sounds like you are pretty fit too. (In the old fashioned sense of the word)

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Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Yay BBR! πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈβš‘

dijep profile image

I've been sort of avoiding these forums as I've been on the IC for a while, but I'm hoping things will pick up from now 🀞I got the nod to try running from the physio last week, so Sunday saw me doing as I was been told and testing my right leg with 1min running followed by 5 minutes walking.I'm going to be sensible and realistic so my quest will be led by my physio so...

*do my physio exercises twice a day

* run twice a week as instructed by her (hopefully increasing running times each session)


Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to dijep

Definitely sounds like a quest to me! So fingers crossed your recovery proceeds to expectations 🀞

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