Tri-ing to Succeed Quest week 2 - Feel Free t... - Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K
93,600 members124,767 posts

Tri-ing to Succeed Quest week 2 - Feel Free to join


Hi and welcome to the second week of the Tri-ing to succeed quest.

The description of what the Quests are about are below.

I must apologise for not answering all the posts last week. I always try to answer them, but training is manic and work is busy too. Normality will be resumed in a couple of weeks I am sure.

I hope everyone's running is going well and the changeable weather is not throwing up too many obstacles.

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.




























17 Replies

Training is happening. I can't say it's going the best but it is still going. I had one of the worst runs I have had in a long time on Saturday. My calves were pulling and my energy was in the gutter. So rather than come home totally deflated I did the whole 5km course for the run and walked most of it with spurts of running Inbetween so at least I know if that happens on the day what my time would be for that. Strangely enough it only added 10 min on to my 5km time. so I can cope with that on race day if that happens. Hopefully this weeks runs will be better. I am hoping to take my 12 year old niece out training with me this week as she is coming to stay for a few days.

in reply to Realfoodieclub

Well done for sticking with it. You have experienced the (hopefully!) worst case scenario and won through. Hopefully it will be helpful from a mental perspective. I hope you have fun with your niece.

in reply to Realfoodieclub

Sorry you had bad run rfc but better now to get it out the way before race day. It will be lovely to run with your niece Good luck with this weeks quest

in reply to Realfoodieclub

What a great way to make the most of a tough run.


I would like to join the quest, and by the end of the period I would like to be able to run 10 miles.


Hi Rfc - sorry to read about Saturday but good luck for your race. -I am sticking with my goals so far - longest run 5.1k and I have a 5k run for colour on Saturday so that's the first two weeks goals met. Hoping I can move on a little from the 5k to achieve what I set out to do. Good luck with the quest everybody


I completed 4 runs of 3x19 minutes with 1 minute walk breaks. This week it is 3 runs of 50 minutes each. I missed off some runs so it will take me most of this 6 week period to graduate from my 10k programme. Not a loss - gives me a chance to plan my new programme out.


Managed 4 runs this week but not quite as planned as staying at daughters and one grandson had me up 5.30 every morning So had to go out late at night which was strange but ok in the end Also no running club but tried to follow tips from last week Not sure if going to increase long run enough but if I have to walk some of 10 k race so be it Hope everyone else doing ok Happy running

in reply to Fitfor60

Sounds like your training is going well Rona, where is the 10k? i've forgotten :(


Put me down RFC please. Ta

I am running every other day and am in training for a 5 k race on 25th August. Doing exercise DVD's at home to make me stronger to help my running

I've just got back from a full day's hike. Not sorted the distance out yet but it was 8.5 miles with lots of hills. Legs are a bit tired but otherwise ok

Have a good week fellow Questers!


Got 2 x 5k runs in last week.

First was OK but the second was the best in a few weeks - 29:17 only 3 secs of PB and I put that down to having to cross the lock gates a couple of times.


I'd like to join the quest. I'd love to see if I could get to 7 km by the end. Thanks for the challenge!


I'd like to join please, doing my graduation run today. I'd like to run 5KM by the end.


Not doing too well this last week. Managed two runs, which were okay but have a cold and a bit of a sore throat and my dreaded cough is giving me gyp again. Or should that be jip??? Anyhow I have decided to just wait it out and go once I am feeling betters, maybe a gentle run later on today. We'll see.

I am off on holiday in a couple of weeks and looking forward to talking my shoes and running in the early morning in Mallorca. Did it last September and managed to go out every two days so looking forward to that. Hope you have a good week this week RfC.


Well done for finishing your run when it wasn't easy rfc, I'm sure all the various discipline training you are doing must be taking a lot of energy but you will be getting stronger from it.

Things going well for me at the moment, our usual running group trainer has been away on placement for a few months and the guy who stands in for her has been running sessions a lot more challenging than hers. I've found it really tough going at times and wondered whether I would drop out until she came back as a few of the others have done. Except over the last few weeks I've realised that my fitness and stamina have both improved which I put down to pushing that bit harder in those sessions - I got my fastest parkrun time since March, and my fastest ever km last night. The irony is next week will be our last session with him as our regular trainer returns - I'm going to miss these sessions, which is something I never thought I'd say, but there again a few years ago I never thought I'd run 5k non-stop. Just goes to show we never stop surprising ourselves with this running/fitness malarkey. :-)

So, for all questers and indeed c25kers, whatever stage you are at and whatever set backs you have, never give up.


Fairly pleased with running progress, as in got out there and chipped away at my 25km total goal - the idea was to get me out a little more regularly and it has done that.

Did have a swim but had very little time. Made the most of it though.

No S&F yet but I think I've found a week 5 on my phone that actually *is* week 5.

Weight loss negative though poor eating choices.

Evidence of much improved fitness though - did a walk I've only done once before and said I'd never do again. My legs were very wobbly by the end (it's steep) but it wasn't a grind the whole way. And managed a long stroll round the Yorkshire Sculpture Park without much difficulty (admired some very snazzily dressed runners)

Eased myself back into it last week starting with a 3K, then a 5.5K and finally ran to the Speed podcast and covered 3.5K.

Felt so much better for getting back out there...even went out for a 45 minute bike ride on Saturday,a few hours after the Speed run...and didn't mind that I got caught in a sudden and torrential downpour,just five minutes from home and no means of shelter in sight ! Well, just had to laugh and get wet :)

Hope the training is going better this week Rfc.

Happy running everyone x

You may also like...