Couch to 5K

Bonkers for a Bank Holiday Quest week 2 - Feel free to join

Welcome to week 2 of the Bonnkers for a Bank Holiday Quest.

Great to see so many of you onboard again and hello to the newcomers. We have some varied quests this time which is just as it should be. I have had a few messages asking what the quest is about so I will try and explain it the best I can.

The quest takes six weeks. You can join any time within that six weeks.

The main 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.

I ask that you will be a graduate or about to graduate to join the quest. The main reason I ask this is that while you are doing the program your plan is very structured so I wouldn't want the quest to interfere with that.

Most popular goals are:-

To run three times a week

To slowly increase distance

To train for a specific race

To add In Stretch and strength exercises

As you can see they are personal to yourself and it's totally your own choice.

Every week I will pin a new post where all the members of the quest can talk about how things are going.

So if you wanted to join all you have to do is put

I would like to join the quest, or count me in and then I would like to. ..............

Your name will then be added to the top post and every week your name will be in the quest until the end.

At the end, only for those that would like to, we each put out longest run of the quest and it is then marked on a virtual run we are doing from John O Groats to Lands End.

Then it all starts again for another six week Quest.

























Take care

Rfc x

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Good morning RFC

I ran my longest run ever last week, 16.47 kms. This is ready for my run(race) on Sunday. I ran every other day last week, including dreaded hills, to be ready for the big day. Going running this morning when my muesli toast has gone down


Wow - very best of luck for Sunday! You sound like you are ready for it so I'm sure it will go well :)


It's already here! So excited for you. I am sure you will ace it. Good luck and have loads of fun.


Count me in!

My goal is to run 3 times a week - 30 minutes - and hike up the hill or walk the loop 3 times a week. (Hill is only 200 mt high but very steep, loop is about 8 km of hills but on road - my goal for ...May bank Holiday 2015 is to be able to run it!!)


You name has been added welcome onboard and good luck with your quest.


Just achieved goal number one for this Quest (a New Year Resolution that I would run a 10K by the end of June)


Yay - well done :)


Well done 10k that's great. And congratulations on achieving your goal.


Happy to report that week 1 of this new quest went well.

Monday was a nice gentle 30 minutes at sunset (amused myself by spotting flags in windows and trying to identify countries - in numerical order I spotted France (lots), Algeria (lots), Italy (half a dozen) and Portugal (one)). Will do the same this evening, just before the Algeria match, which should be interesting... (I'm in South-East France, big North African population).

Thursday as shaping up to be seriously hot even at 9am, so I ditched my idea of doing speed and settled for 3 loops of my shady route round the park, stopping for a drink at the end of each loop. No speed or distance records were set, but i did it, and smiled and waved at the nice park-keepers.

Saturday morning was drizzly, so out I went. First stop (during warm up walk) at pharmacy to get my bp checked. 11/7 -hooray. I think thats the lowest bp I've had in my life and thats a month going off medication. So that motivated me nicely get on with my run. Decided on 3*15 minutes with 1 minute walk breaks, with previous week's Saturday live on podcast. Did a nice loop down the side of the river, then under the ringroad into the park and back home. Did just over 5k and was happy with that.


Brilliant news on your BP. That's got to be good for you. Sounds like your adjusting the runs to the weather that has to be better for you as well. Happy running


Well week one of the quest I didn't do my 3 runs, but I did do 2 runs, my first bike ride in almost 7 years and achieved a parkrun PB.

Week twos aims 3 runs, a bike ride and to finally make it to the swimming pool.


Sounds like a plan to me, how did you get on With cycling, I am having a bit of a love hate relationship with it. Good luck with the swimming.


As I was always a cyclist it was just get on the bike and go, didn't feel like I'd been away (well apart from the little bit of saddle soreness), having built up my legs with the running certianly helped now I need to work on my thighs.


Only one run last week, but 5k in a very hilly Harrogate.

Lots of other exercise though, walking and weights - well, de-rigging a show and loading 3 x lorries!!

Going to try hard for 3 runs this week, as well as being back on a canal with self operating locks.


Harrogate is pretty, well it was years ago, last time I went. I do light rigging work for my husband sometimes and I definitely count that as exercise+ some. Happy running this week.


Ooh new site. I have only just got used to the old one. Not sure I like peoples' names being harder to see..... Anyway lets get to the point.

Life is really getting in the way of my 3 times a week aim. But I did run twice while on holiday and (fairly) early in the morning before it became too hot. Running on an almost empty beach is lovely. The only other folk were the guys setting out the sunbeds and a few other runners.

So on with the quest - 5k is still waiting.


Beach running sound fun and wild. I have my pavements. I quite like the new site now I've got used to where everything thing is. Happy running


Did 4runs and managed to increase one but only a little. Still looking for race around end summer so have something to aim for . But really happy as enjoying running and definitely eating bit more healthily . Happy running everyone


Glad the eating has come together for you. I know it was stressing you out a bit. Hope you find something that grabs you to put your name down for. Happy running.


Hi Everyone. Been a good week for me in that I have run every couple of days and moved through week 5 and managed to do a full 20 minutes this morning. Was running with Katie, my daughter, who started me on the c25k last july and is home from New York for a couple of weeks holiday. She encourages me all the way and this morning we were half way through my 20 minutes and my breathing was a bit laboured so she says ' mum, you know that Bob Marley song 'jamming'? I keep getting the tune running through my head but the words are 'I'm pechin' pechin' - we then started singing the adapted song together but, because we were literally pechin', we couldn't get to the end of a phrase without running out of breath and started to laughing hysterically as we ran. Made a few folk smile and also the next few minutes passed quickly :)

I am hopeful that I will be back up to 5k by the end of the quest. Foam rollering my legs and leg stretches every day - I've not managed them twice a day. I also went out on my bike for an hour yesterday. My health is much much better and I am feeling stronger again. Hope you all have a great week.


Back running and with your daughter and the sun is shining! Glad you on the mend Beth Impressed you can sing and run

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cheers Rona. I managed about two words at a time, Katie held the tune. Breathing still not 100% and being referred for Spirometery again - but generally much better.


Sounds like a brilliantly fun run with your daughter. Glad it's going well for you. I have a foam roller arriving sometime this week, I have mixed feelings about its arrival. Happy running.


I think the foam roller is really effective on my front and side thighs but some spots are very very painful. I was told to go easy, roll slowly and stop on the sore bits for a few seconds. I also take quite a bit if weight on my arms, I hope to lessen this as thighs get less knotted. Good luck with it when it comes.


Well, the good news is that I got out for one run, which was a solid 20 minutes and 2.5k. Unfortunately, having seen the physio about my shoulder, he concluded that it was much better and therefore we should hold off on the steroid injection for another month to see if it continues to improve - at which point of course it locked solid and I can hardly move it, which means I haven't run for the last 5 days :( I'll give it another day or so and then just go anyway!


I'm sorry to hear that your shoulder has taken a turn for the worse. Do you have to wait the full month to see him again or can you ask for an earlier appointment. I hope you get some relief soon. Take care.


At the end of last year I started these quests. The reason for this was I wanted to do a park run. I have been skirting around the issue for months now. I got an email yesterday for a friend who is half my age saying "let's do the park run this Saturday". My first reaction was NO. But I sent the email back saying yes as long as you promise to get on ahead and don't wait for me. So I am waiting the confirmation email on Friday night and probably dependant on the weather I will be doing park run Saturday. I am a little nervous.


Don't be nervous rfc you will be fine, great to have company too! :-)


You will love it Rfc :)


Am sure you will love it Rfc Even if you decide to run by yourself it's lovely to know you have a friend at the start and waiting for you at the end One tip I could give you is not to go too fast at start as easy to get swept away with the crowd . Just go at your own pace . Cos it's your first park run no matter your time it will be a PB. Remember your barcode and enjoy. I'm going to be a park run tourist for first time on sat and Notbad kindly going to come along to meet me as it's her local one so that'll be lovely.


Ooh you must ...and great to have someone there with/for you...I would do it if there were any Parkruns here- which there are not.....and if there was someone to go along with...which is totally irrelevant there are no I said ...ho hum :(

Anyway..go for it Rfc ...and good luck for Saturday x


I would like to join the quest I would like to do some park runs


Welcome onboard. Your name has been added.


Oooooer another race goer this weekend! That makes me less nervous somehow RFC! Knowing I'm not on my own in the nervousness stakes. We can send each other positive vibes. (((((((((((((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))))))))

I ran yesterday in the sun!!!!! No sign of it when I set off. Grrrrr I did 9 km. Did some physical jerks afterwards to stretch out my rubbishy ankle. So far so good

Going for a brisk walk in a minute to test it out.


I will definitely be sending you some positive vibes. Hope your walk goes ok.


I achieved my aim of getting back to running group, really enjoyed last weeks laps of the field, but this weeks track 'pyramid' session has proved gruelling for my little legs and followed by a 8 mile walk with my husband (it's his birthday I couldn't refuse) I am feeling it. Groan.... will rest up rest of week as I have arranged a parkrun with Fitfor60 on Saturday, looking forward to that. :-)

Best wishes everyone, especially those with injuries.


Sounds like fun going to a running group. I find at the weekend on my day off I am walking miles with my husband as well. We like to go for a long walk to have a catch up chat. Not sure my legs are loving it but I wouldn't change it.


Well , I managed two out of the three runs for Week 1 of the quest.Last Tuesday was our wedding anniversary...I ran a nice 5.5K first thing before it warmed up too much. Rather later that day ...after one or a few glasses of chilled rosé , I had a bit of a run-in with a folded -up garden sunlounger ,tripping over it and resulting in bruising and a gash between shin and foot of my left leg......will I never learn ???

So I had a two day break as the leg was pretty sore and then did my second run on Friday-which was also my birthday( yes,it was rather an alcohol and cake -fuelled few days now I look back :) ) ...anyway got a good 8.2 K done early morning ...before the birthday festivities began.

Unfortunately ,along with the bashed -in leg I seem to have pulled some muscles between my waist and hip region ,on my right side ( what with that and the left leg, at least all the aches are nice and evenly distributed !)... this really only became apparent during and after my second run,but I think it all stemmed from the sunlounger incident...I was carrying an empty glass in one hand and my iPad in the other and I reckon I must have twisted awkwardly to stop myself from going flying and falling on my face, resulting in the pulled muscles.

Anyway...the waist /hip thing has been quite painful and to add insult to injury I got bitten by a horsefly on the top of my left foot when I was in the garden on Saturday afternoon .... I get a mega nasty reaction to these beasties...... so that' s why I didn't get my three runs done :(

PS...It was 1 year ago today I did W1,R1 of C25K so I forced myself out as I really wanted to do an anniversary run to celebrate...I managed a 6K...under the circumstances I'm ok with that :)


Sounds like you have been having a fun time with birthdays and wedding anniversaries. It's amazing the muscles we can pull trying to keep ourselves upright. Treat yourself with some TLC as you heal. It sounds like you've been through the wars. Take care


Thank you all for the lovely words of encouragement. I will see what Saturday holds, there are thunder storms forecast but hopefully it will still be on and I will be going. If it's just a bit of rain I will still go.


Tip toes back in. Hi folks. Well I've not done any runs! Yes there I said it. Not been on the site either, but I'm back now. My aim is to start running again. I have attempted to do The Bridge to 10k a few times so here I go again. I am good at encouraging others but need to encourage myself.

Glad to see lots of you are still here. Enjoy your runs.


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