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Anyone interested in joining my quest. (Goal setting really)

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Hi there to all my fellow forumers

I would like to propose a quest for those of us who have graduated or about to graduate

I realise that I am not totally alone on the motivational front post Laura. I am still running three times a week but feel I am lacking the sense of achievement as my main goal is a beginners triathlon next year. I feel I need something more current to work towards.

Also with Christmas and holidays coming up I think I need some structure to keep me on my path.

My proposal is open to anyone.

What I am suggesting is that we virtually sign up on this post to reach a specific goal by the weekend of 14/15 December. The goal can be totally personal (running related obviously)

My goal is to do the park run 5km on the Saturday

It could be a distance or a time and it doesn't matter what it is. The point is that you make it something you have to work towards.

I propose that every Monday we start a link for everyone to talk about how they are getting on. That way we do not take too much of the forum up, which is so good at helping people through the program.

Also a name for the quest would be useful so it is easy to see the weekly post.

Please post below if you think it is something you might be interested in

Many thanks for your time.

Rfc x

62 Replies
Aftabs profile image

That is a great idea. I would like to run 22 min 5km. My PB is currently 23 mins, so that is going to be difficult but I will go for it.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Aftabs

Fantastic. Thanks for getting the ball rolling.

Why not - will go for running my first HM distance by 14th/15th December.

Jingle bells, running tells, beats the winter blues away.

Sign up here if you need a steer after completing C25k...

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to runningnotwalking

Brilliant. Thanks for joining. Love the jingle.

Twizzle53 profile image

Great idea, I think I need to push myself just a lttle bit more so I'm going to aim for completing 4 more parkruns and to run 5k in 35 mins. My current PB is 38:18. I know this will be a challenge for me but I will do me best.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Twizzle53

Fantastic welcome to the challenge.

waletta profile image

I really like this idea. I'm a bit rudderless at the moment. I haven't been able to start back running since I injured my ankle so it's not really suitable at the moment but I'd love you to start another one when this one is finished. If I can get back running in the next 2 weeks (ankle permitting) I'd like to be a late joiner to this one.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to waletta

Of course you can join the next one. How about this one your quest is to try and remain positive as your ankle heals and promise yourself not to overdo things while you recover. Join in with us.

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walettaGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

I think this whole idea is inspirational Rfc, particularly given the time of year. Thanks for your encouragement & yes the positivity's a good idea too -I haven't been very positive about anything recently- missing the running high. I'll take up that challenge & if I still have problems in the next 2 weeks, I'll seek medical help to know which is the best way to go. Thanks again. :)

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to waletta

Welcome on board

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walettaGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

Thanks. :)

notbad profile image

Great idea thanks, I think mine shall be to do as many Parkruns as I can between now and then (either running or volunteering). No specific time aims as I'm working back to fitness following injury.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to notbad

Brilliant welcome on board

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Great idea - I'm in!

My goal is to do my first parkrun and get as close to 30 minutes as I can (currently around 36 mins ).


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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to hop_along

Same as me but mines is just to do 5k. Welcome

My goal is to complete a bridge to 10k programme (or rather, run for an hour which may or may not be 10k). I'd just completed week one when I got a cold which has really affected my ability to breathe when sitting let alone when running, so it'll be a bit of a challenge to get back to where I was AND finish the programme - maybe I need until Christmas???

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to runningnearbeirut

Great fantastic goal but please promise you will look after yourself in recovery as well. I think by the response there will be others too after this one. Welcome

Narmour profile image

I'm training for a 10k race in April and I would like to achieve my 10k distance by then. I'm currently at 8k so it's within reach so I may make it before then but I will be disappointed with myself if I haven't reached it by the 14th!

15th is my daughter's first birthday so that feels like a great weekend to set a goal for!!!!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Narmour

Good luck look forward to hearing your progress. I too have to find another 2k from within. Welcome

I graduated 2 weeks ago and have entered a half marathon in May. I've just started a 5k-10k 6 week plan, so like runningnearBeirut my aim will be to run for 60 minutes. I think 10k might be difficult (a bit like 5k in 30 mintes which still eludes me).

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Jennyh543

I am not far from graduation it seems like a big leap to 10k to me. I suppose its relevant to how you found the program. If its achievable for you go for it. If your prone to repeating weeks like me maybe give yourself a time or distance to work to. Just an thought as you said it. Might be difficult. Welcome onboard

Yes, true. I am working on increasing time running but not speed - quite happy plodding.

It would be easy to get an injury in the quest to hit my goal, so I also pledge to look after myself, watch out for niggles and rest!

vikicats profile image

Hi, what a great idea. I have 2 goals. First to get to 10km and the second to do 5 km in 30 mins. At 8 km at the moment and 33:30 mins for 5 km. Hoping I can achieve both. Thanks.

Viki :-)

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to vikicats

Sounds like a great goal welcome onboard

suzybenj profile image

ok - I think I am up for this. My only hesitation is - 'can i do it'. So along with vikiicats i have two goals - deep breath - 10k in an hour and up my distance to 7 miles. I will add a third lose some weight to make me a better runner. I would like to be closer to 11stone that 12 stone.

crikey - had no idea what I was going to type- and look what trouble it is going to get me into. But there I have said it out loud now :-)

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to suzybenj

Hehe that's it, once you say it out loud. Welcome on board

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suzybenjGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

Thanks - i have just signed up for a 7 mile race on dec - so i must be keen. How about the title Xmas Quest - Week 1 ??? Presuming you to post each monday - how exciting - but I am easily pleased when it comes to running:-)

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to suzybenj

Definitely like the title Xmas quest week 1 My aim is to post each Monday for everyone to get together and get involved. Thanks for the name.

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vikicatsGraduate in reply to suzybenj

I'm right with on the third goal too suzybenj. :-)

lizziebeth57 profile image

Glad I caught this post, what a great idea! I would love to join the Xmas quest and my main goal is to be able to run for 40 minutes. I can do 36.5 now. My second goal is to run 5 k in 34 minutes. It takes me the 36.5 at the moment. My third goal is to join in the local park run. Looking forward to getting together with everyone on this. Thanks :)

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to lizziebeth57

Great goal welcome onboard

edqa233 profile image

I'm in! I'd like to run 5k in 32 mins, as I've just managed 34 so would like to chip away at my time to get closer to the magical 30 min mark. Good luck everyone!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to edqa233

Welcome onboard

I'm up for this, I need a bit of a goal, I just can't decide what my goal could be!! I like the idea of being able to run for a long time but don't have time for that, the longest time I've managed to do lately is about 20mins due to being busy, I also like the idea of sorting my speed out and seeing if I can get faster.. Tough but I may have just decided!!

The weekly updates will also mean I will have to be getting out each week! Good plan!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to birdistheword

Welcome onboard.

Funnygirl3 profile image

Great idea, count me in! Just graduated last week and am managing just under 4k so my goal is to manage 5k. A little more weight loss would be good too but that might be a step too far given the seasonal temptations :)

Gold luck everyone, look forward to reading all your posts

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Funnygirl3

Same as me welcome onboard

loulou51 profile image

I would like to join too. I have two major goals; to run at least 3 times a week regularly as I am not doing very well at the moment and to do a parkrun. The third goal would be to increase my distance as I would like to build up to 10k but as I am not running regularly at the moment I need to get that sorted first! Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration. :)

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to loulou51

Thanks, welcome onboard

Hezzabelle profile image

I LOVE this idea. I've just graduated a week ago so feel like I'm out in the scary world of running alone now. I really love my own music but do miss Laura so this is perfect for me.

I've already set my goals in my head but its great to share them here too.

My main goal is to continue running 3 x a week throughout deepest darkest winter! I'm worried I'll find it easier to skip without a specific program to follow.

My second is to increase my distance over 30 mins. I don't think 5k is a viable goal for me. At the moment I'd be happy to be doing 4. Plodding along at 3.5, I think 4 is a lot more realistic.

Thanks again though for this. You've proved again why I love this forum! :)

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Hezzabelle

Fantastic welcome on board. I am slightly worried that I might of bitten of more than I can chew. I am plodding at 3.5 too. I am struggling at the end of a 3.5 run as it is .

Hezzabelle profile image

Thank god its not just me. I wasn't sure that 3.5k in 30 mins wasn't a bit pants. But it really is the best my tiny legs can do. I'm hoping a few more weeks will increase my stamina and I can push it further. I'd be really happy with 4 to 4.5.

Good luck with your parkrun goal too! You're braver than me.

Scipio profile image

Hi can I join too? I've been feeling a bit directionless since I graduated & need something new to focus on. This could be just the challenge I need. My goal is to run 5K - I don't mind how long it takes me, just to reach the distance would be great.

Thanks for starting this.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Scipio

Fantastic welcome onboard

Hi Rfc....its a great idea , please count me in too :)

I have run 5K a couple of times around 45 minutes ,but not lately as I've just returned from a trip to England where I managed two runs before I succumbed to one cold / cough right on the tail end of another ,so eased my way back into it this week ....did three runs since last Sunday,1x30 mins and 2x35 mins but only covered around 3.3km on the first and 3.7 kms on the last two.

I'd gone just two and a half weeks without running and surprised myself at how hard I found it to get back into .

Just like Scipio's comment, I too have felt a bit directionless since graduation,but I'm determined to keep on regardless.

To have your little group spurring me on would be a great incentive.

Thanks for coming up with this feels like its come just at the right time for me :) Happy weekend x

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Carolecal

Welcome onboard. Just started with a cold two hours after posting this quest so only done one run this week. Can't wait to get going again. Well done on the 5km great time as well.

Thankyou :) Hope you feel better very soon ,but only run if you feel well first run last Sunday felt quite tough....and my legs ached for two days !

deb54 profile image

This is a great idea RFC! I have just completed my first park run today in just over 31 mins. The Parkrun organisers have a 5k JingleJog organised for 15th Dec so I will enter that and aim for 30 mins! It raises money, involves being social with other runners and probably involves wearing a Santa hat - lots of good things!

So my target is keep park running, and get as close as poss to 30mins 5k and be sociable with other runners on 15th!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to deb54

Sounds great, welcome onboard. Santa hat sounds fun as well.

deb54 profile image

Trying to find a name for it and a birthday site say that the personality for someone born on Dec 15th 2013 will be Optimist. So how about the Optimist Challenge?

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to deb54

Thank you for that we now have two names, so I shall put them both forward in Mondays catch up post. I quite like the thought of the optimists Xmas quest.

deb54 profile image

OOOOPs! Missed Suzybenj's suggestion... This is a very popular post!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to deb54

All thoughts are always welcome.

KAYDIE profile image

This is a brilliant idea and I hope I'm not too late to join in!

I hope/plan to graduate in 2 weeks time (week 8 run 1 tomorrow) and this would be just the push I need to carry on beyond that. Some time ago I set myself a goal to do a 5 km Park Run, but mid December would be a bit too soon for me as I REALLY don't want to be last, so am aiming to do that by the end of January.

Therefore, I think my aim here will be to run 5 km as I won't be doing that distance when I graduate. I really look forward to the support we'll give each other and look forward to achieving this!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to KAYDIE

Of course your not to late to join. Please promise that you will not push yourself faster than you need to finish. The most Important thing about the site is that the program comes first but I do understand the need to have a goal post graduation. Welcome onboard

Tready profile image

Brilliant idea! I'm going to work my way back up to 10k following some knee problems. Slow and steady. The 14th is my wedding anniversary, so I think I will also do a Park run.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Tready

I will add you to the week one post welcome

Anniemurph profile image

Hi Rfc, I would love to join in with this but I'm not quite sure where to set my goal as I'm just back from serious asthma issues and although I've just started back again I'm only at the 5-min stage. Realistically, I won't be back up to 5k by the 14th Dec but how about I'll be running for 20 consecutive minutes by then? Eeek!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

The goal setting is what you feel comfortable with. Promise not to overdo it through your recovery. But your name is added and welcome onboard.

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AnniemurphGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

Thank you :)

ju-ju- profile image

you have found your inner panther....this is goal is to do a HM in 2 hours ten, a 5k in 28.5, and a 10k in 59......I just love this idea...well done you xxx

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to ju-ju-

Hiya and welcome on board. If you look at Xmas quest week 2. I have added you name

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