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.