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Bonkers for a Bank Holiday Quest week 4 - feel free to join

Welcome to week 4 of the Bonkers for a Bank Holiday Quest.

Hello and welcome to the next week of our little Quest.

An update from last week, I have heard from the parkrun page that the woman is ok and doing well.

It's been another week with mixed weather again. We seem to go from one extreme to the other here In The UK. Is this the same in other parts of the world? I find it very difficult to decide what kit is the best for the next morning and as I am trying to get ready being ultra quiet it is very difficult to go from sunny weather stuff to cold weather stuff.

Happy running to all.

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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Well what a busy week last week was. I had a terrible time keeping up with everything. I had two manic work days which took so much out of me and I didn't find time to eat properly. Then at the end of the week I celebrated my 8th wedding anniversay and drunk bubbly which I know makes me ill if I mix it with red wine. Training got done but not with the usual gusto. I have just ended up at the end of the week wondering if I'm too old for a triathlon. Hopefully this week will put me back on my training high. I think pre race nerves have set in as now I have noticed people are saying to me. " Your race is next month isn't it." I find that very scary. It's the cycle part, I can't get my head round cycling. Anyway enough of my moaning. Happy running to everyone and good health.


Update. Had a great run today and feel a little younger.


It's wonderful how a great run can restore those self doubts, you'll be fine rfc I think nerves/doubts are a normal part of it for many of us.


Glad to hear that, and I am sure you're not to old for a triathlon :)

Keep at it, you'll get there for sure!


Glad to hear that - it's amazing how a great run can change your mood :)


Too old - no such words Maybe just need to go bit slower than a say 20 yr old .


Thanks RFC

Another week done and dusted. It goes so quickly!

I am running every other day and so far no worries (phew) I had a weeks rest after my 10 mile race as I felt I needed it. While resting I noticed that my ankle pain disappeared. So, I glean from that it was nothing to worry about and I can leave it behind and carry on running. Yay!

I have had two 5 k runs this week to get me back into the swing of things. Yesterday's run was boiling although is was cloudy, overcast and breezy. The breeze was like a hot blast from a hairdryer though.

I have entered a 5 k race for charity which takes place on 25th August so I am now officially in training for that, and enjoying it. It feels good to have a plan to put some structure to my runs

I hope the other Questers are doing ok!


I'm sure you needed your rest, I think we get stressed just before big events as well as all the training. Sounds like a plan with the 5km in august. Good luck.


Target achieved for this Quest as my main aim was to be injury free and do a 10k I entered back in January, my first proper chip timed one - it was hard and I made it harder by shooting off too fast and doing first half at Parkrun pace but loved it all. I'd like to keep 10k as a weekly maintenance run for the rest of the quest. I have another chip timed 5k on Friday so looking forward to that.

Glad to read the ankle is okay after the 10 miler Miss W, I agree it's good to have an aim and structure to training.


Well done on the 10km, I think it's very difficult not to get caught up In The start of these things, andrenailin and all that makes you go with the pack. Good luck with your run tomorrow.


Thanks RFC for reminding me about hydration breaks :-) my UTI from last week was a kidney infection: I'm on IV drips for the next week, so effectively not able to run for the next two, possibly three weeks :-( best of luck to the Questors. Hope all goes ok for you in the next few weeks.


Hope you recover soon :(


thank you xx


That's not great Tanya Hope you feel better soon


I can't believe I was still out running, with all that pain :-) My body is forcing a go slow :-) Thank you for your wishes.


I was wondering how you were getting on Tanyag. You must be made of tough stuff to be able to run with. Kidney infection :) Take care m'dear and keep us informed how you're getting on :)


That's grim, tanyag - hope you're feeling better soon :(


You poor thing i know that one. I put a kidney infection down to a bad back, even went for a massage. Had it for two weeks. Look after yourself and we need you more than ever for hydration with this heat at the moment. Speedy recovery take care.


I've done my three runs this last week and have been running for 30 minutes, 31 minutes and 32 minutes. Feels great to be able to write that. The next couple of weeks I will be working to reaching the 5k again. I intend to do parkrun on the 26th July so I have 6 or so runs between now and then to get myself up to 3.12 miles ( aka 5k). I did 2.83 miles this morning so not far off. Feels achievable :)


Glad you back on track Looking forward to 26 th


me too :)


Yay look at you go. Thats great news. Listen to your body and I'm sure you will get there no problem. Happy running.


Reply to your earlier question about the weather in other parts of the world.

In Northern Sweden we are in the middle of a heatwave. A long one.

Last week we had the hotest day for over 90 years. And its forcast to carry on until next week at least. We should have afternoon temperature of around 17-20 (in the shade) but it's warmer than that at 7 in the morning! And it goes to the high twenties (and sometime thirties) in the afternoon.

The irony is we moved to Sweden to escape the high temperatures!!!!

Happy running everyone!


Wow that sounds hot. I know the feeling I moved to london to avoid the snow and it's had more snow since I moved here. I read on another post you go outdoor swimming that sounded fanatsic especially with that heat. Happy running .


Thanks. Outdoor swimming certainly helps with the heat... and I may become addicted to it!

Happy running to you too...


Running still going ok - quite relaxed about it so not aiming for 10 k as had planned Maybe next quest? Anyway didn't do park run as volunteered instead I had been feeling guilty so thought I had better take my turn Didn't appreciate I had to carry markers back to finish line and they attached to metal poles. So counting that as sort of weight training - and I had to walk out to Marshall position so prob walked total of 5 k if you include walk to cafe for my scone . I get one every week after park run and though wasn't running like to support local business - well that's my excuse. Was doing junior park run yesterday but really hot so grandson not as fast as usual so felt I wanted to do bit more so went out last night for couple of miles at 9.30 Now I never run at night but quite enjoyed it and was much cooler. Happy running everyone


There will always be another quest. I've never run at night bit scared and my brain goes Into comfort mode after 8pm. Great that you volunteered, I think I will after my race. Like you say good to put back. And I defiantly think the scone was earned. Happy running.


Last 2 weeks have been variable - not much running but lots of walking and locks!

3 x 5k runs, 36k walking (probably more, but I always forget to start Runmeter if I'm only going for a walk) and 108 manual locks.

Hoping that should be enough to keep the fitness up and the weight down.

Well done everyone else.


I would imagine the fitness levels would be really good after that amount of work. Sounds fun and varied.


Last week I did 2 runs and a cycle ride.

This week aiming for my 3 runs, swim, bike ride and maybe some yoga :D


Wow sounds like your packing a lot in. Well done. Yoga sounds good, I have never found the peacefull side of yoga, all you hear is me moaning as it hurts. Hehe I need to be more stetchy.


Treading water sort of week - no swimming, one run which I think I may have reported on under last week anyway, and not set eyes on the bike. Can't say this week is looking especially good either at least until the weekend. Plus my eating has not been of the sort which will help me achieve my goals and I've got behind with recording it.

However, I am not feeling gloomy as I did some good walks (definite deer theme), in particular one which gave me a better idea of how to link up the two Edges I want to run. Plus I took my younger son to see the Queen which involved a lot of standing about waiting and I simply could not have managed that a while ago.


Sounds like a exciting week. I think we have ups and downs with our training weeks. I know a lot of people this week are struggling. In our household it's grumpiness due to hot humid nights and lack of sleep. It dosent help energy levels to lose sleep.


I did my 200th run :) :) :) so I was very chuffed. It was 30 minutes and I covered 3.82k which is the furthest I've run for a while. I've also signed up for a 5k Colour Run in October so I am now in training for that - eeek! Slow and steady does it, though. Oh, and shoulder-wise the physio has signed me off but only because she doesn't know what the issue is so has referred me to the specialists at the hospital.


Wow 200 runs. I wish I had logged all mine. I like stats. Great distance and time as well. The colour run sounds fun. I hope the get to the bottom of your shoulder. Happy running.


I actually got 3 runs in last week - the first time in I don't know how long. Like Liz57 I did 2.84 miles last week and I am on track to reach my 5k before the end of the quest, all being well.


Sounds like your right on track well done. Happy running.


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