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Bonkers for a Bank Holiday Quest week 3 - feel free to join

Welcome to week 3 of the Bonkers for a Bank Holiday Quest.

I hope you don't mind this a bit early, I have a 16 hour work day tomorrow.

Hi there we are now at week 3 of the quest, so half way through.

As many of you might know I did my first Park Run this week. I thought I should just mention a cautionary tale. There are three laps of my park run in the first lap I set off with the crowd and my friend, even though I tried to stay at my own pace it is really difficult. I said to my mate " I need to walk" soon into the first lap. I needed to stop and start again, less stressed with all the newness of it. I started again at a better pace and felt more relaxed for it. By the first lap we were being passed by the fast ones finishing their third lap. I am not a competitive runner and I watched in awe as they passed me and I moved out of the way if I could.

The caution comes by the time we hit the second lap unfortunately a woman had passed out and was unconscious on the floor. We stopped to ask if we could help but there were many people there so kept on at their request. By the final lap the paramedics were there and as we left the ambulance had just turned up. I am still waiting to see if anything is posted as to how she is.

I don't know what the problem was but as runners we need to be very conscious of what are bodies are trying to tell us. There is a difference between a little push and a bridge too far. We should always have contact details somewhere on our person. I am a big fan of using the ICE method in my phone.

But most of all remember sometimes we are not well enough to run and we should,listen to that.

What the quest is:-

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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I would like to join the quest. I would like to run 6k! ....Yeaks did I really say that!


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Yep, I think you did just say that - in front of witnesses :)


Guess I'll have to do it then.... but I'll wait until the temperature cools down a bit.... or it rains, whichever comes first!


I would like to join the quest - I would like to run(jog) 6 km too, still not made it to 5km :(


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I would like to join the quest and I'd like to beat my PB at a 5k


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Hi RFC, yes I would like to join the quest and beat my 5K PB ( Snap ! I_will ) :-) xxx


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I ran my first ever running race today and managed to finish, which was my goal.

I shall now (gulp) start training for 13 miles. I might have a few days off mind you


You definitely deserve your days off well done.


Week 2 of the quest I managed all 3 runs, a cycle ride and a swim.

Moving into week 3 the aim is to continue with 3 runs, 1 bike ride and 1 swim but heading towards 'girlie' time so that might all be amended to bed, iPad, movies, tea, self pity, chocolate and enough tablets that I will rattle for a week lol


Well... the good news is that I managed a 2.6k run, and it was lovely! I went round the town, on a run I have done loads of times before, but went through the park and as it was a gorgeous morning thought I would go down towards the duck pond which I hadn't done before. Then I saw that there was a path towards the back, followed that - and it turns out that you can run right round it :) It was a great new place - not a long addition to my run, but a real treat!

Didn't get out again though, so only one run last week and I think only one run this week as well due to work commitments and family issues. However, it will be my 200th run on C25K so it will be a great anniversary and I will go somewhere special for it. Happy running to everyone and a swift recovery to those on the bench.


200 hundred runs? Thats something to be proud of!


200 runs, wow! I've not kept count (possibly something to do with how many runs went into finishing Week 1...)

It is nice discovering new things along the way.


I have had another pretty good week. Loving having my wee girl back from New York - although she leaves again on Thursday...that's a fortnight already :(

However, we have had such a laugh running together, 3 times last week and the last run managed 27.5 minutes and 2.49 miles. My goal is to get back up to 30 minutes by the end of the quest and I may have to revise that upwards nowc(Woo hoo). My return from the couch has now lasted 3 weeks and so far no aches and pains. I have been stretching and foam rollering every day and did a 10 mile bike ride as well. Got to do a few swims too as I am doing Dozzer's charity triathalon at the end of the month. 30 minutes run, 30 minutes swim and 30 minutes cycle plus a donation to your fav charity.

The sun is shining and I am off to walk my son's dog for an hour. Have a great week everyone and hope your 16 hr day isn't too tiring RfC.


Glad running still going ok Beth Looks like you soon be back to when you had to stop


Fab weekends running for me, met up with two c25kers at parkrun, fitfor60 & Lovefood1984, and had a good fast run followed by a cuppa and chat. Sunday did a slow 10k on a beautiful new route through a local dene with new running buddy, conversational pace as we nattered all the way around. Feeling excited about my first proper 10k this weekend, was so worried about injury I've waited until now to get sponsors, now the form's filling up it's finally dawning on me it'll soon be here.

Well done everyone, I'm really impressed by those cycling and swimming too, and especially well done Miss Wobble. :-)


I have rested on my laurels from last Monday's 10K but this evening I have been out and done a little 2.66km. Fartlek, inspired by all the talk here...all that sprinting (ha) between various points got me a red face and a slower average pace! However, I felt dead cool and proper whilst doing it.


Been good week Enjoyed all runs although still not increased distance yet. Great park run with Notbad and Lovefood 1984 . Girls encouragement helped me get really good time so had cheese scone with extra butter to celebrate! Well you have to refuel don't you Happy running everyone


Managed to fit in my 3 runs for week 2 by the skin of my teeth... Monday evening I waited until it was getting dark and went out for a half hour run round our local streets, which was OK. Thursday morning was relatively cool, so I did Speed in the park. Having got in the habit of switching my music on after my warmup walk I did the same with the podcast and of course realised I was supposed to switch it on at the start of the walk. So rather than walk for another 5 minutes, I decided to jog - so this gave me a 10 minute jog before the interval part, which worked rather well I thought. May well do it in future on purpose.

Our weekend was crazy stressful and HOT, so I didn't manage my planned long run. However Sunday evening I decided a gentle jog might help me sleep better, and went out as dark was falling and a storm was rolling in. Couldn't get my breathing right and was horribly slow, but I'm blaming heat, stress, tiredness and a surfeit of cake in the afternoon... anyway... did 20 minutes and told myself that any run is better than no run ! (Rain came on hard just as I was starting my cool down walk - which was lovely !)

Plan for this week is outings today and Thursday and then either Saturday or Sunday depending on how things work out... (Forecast for Saturday morning is cool, so I'd like to give a longish run a go...)


Thanks Notbad!!! You are no slouch yourself!!!! Good luck with your 10 k training. I am with you on that one

I ran my 10 mile race on Sunday. Zippy di doo da! Not run since as I have a break, according to my freebie Asics running plan, before I start training again for a 5K RACE I have entered. I also intend to enter a 10 k race in December but the details are not out yet, but someone I met at the race on Sunday emailed me yesterday to say it will be taking place

So plenty of training to be getting on with. Ooops I just noticed I shoulda run on Wednesday. Puts specs on. Harumph!


Ah bless and thank you miss wobble - I am really nervous about Sunday but will be thinking about you and your 10 miles and all the other inspiring folk on this forum to power my little legs along. Zippy di doo da indeed! :-)


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