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Turn Back Time Quest wk1 -Feel free to join

Welcome to the Turn Back Time Quest.

A description of what the quests are about is below.

The reason for the name is here in England our clocks go back the final week of the quest. I found it hard to adjust last year it just seemed to put my internal body running clock out. Hopefully this year I will be more prepared

Please post below if you would like your name to be added to the quest

The description of what the Quests are about are below.

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.

























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My aim for this quest is to run for fun.

I want to run between 10-15 km a week but I don't want to put myself under any pressure if I take walk breaks while I am running. I want to work on my form, breathing and relax into running without putting so much pressure on myself. I think this is the key to being a better runner for me.

So now I have said that out loud it's ok to walk while I run.

I have been beating myself up so much, to the point every run has felt like a failure.

I am going to have fun this quest.

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Run for fun sounds what it's all about rfc


You joining this time?


I am rfc Wouldn't miss a quest In fact I am sitting here and have written and deleted post about 5 times now !!! Been overeating all wrong stuff since week before 10 k race therefore feeling sluggish and finding runs harder. Just can't get my head round getting back on track re food. I think I'll have to give my goals a bit more thought for this quest so maybe post later in week if that's ok


That's fine look forward to seeing it. Ill put your name down.


Hmmmm. Urrrrgggh. crunch time.

I had earlier in the year decided to run the Great Western Run - Exeter Half Marathon, which falls on October 19th so five weeks from now. After losing a lot of training consistency over the summer what with family emergencies and stuff, I had resigned myself (with some degree of relief) to postponing the Half attempt till next year an instead signed up for a series of 10ks for the rest of the year.

But having run 10 miles on Saturday, and spurred on by AnnieW55 and Karenjones65s inspiring HM success stories this weekend, I really feel I should pull my finger out and step up to the challenge.

So here goes:

I would like to join the quest. Count me in and then I would like to run the Great Western Run.


Good luck rignold You can do it


Good luck with your training, look forward to hearing your progress.


I would like to join in.

This time I am going to face my fear. Hills! In fact hills, slopes or even gentle inclines, they all make my heart sink. But I have decided that I cannot keep avoiding hills as I am not going to move to Lincolnshire or constantly take my runs beside the canal. So I need to conquer the hill-fear. I do not find even walking up hills easy so this will be a very challenging quest for me.

ps to all the yellow bellies - I know there are hills in Lincolnshire ;-D


The dreaded hills. I must admit I am not the best at them. Good luck


I'd like to join the quest. I'd like to run up this long hill in my neighborhood. So far I've only run a third of it before turning around.


Good luck with your hill training. I am sure you will do it.


I would like to join. Will try for 8k before winter makes it difficult to run.....


Maybe we will get a Indian Summer and running will continue. happy running.


Indian summer is over here and they forecast snow for next week!

It will be quite an experience... but it was snowing when I started the program! Not so fun to run in the cold...


Count me in, RFC! I've got my first long-ish race on October 18th (15k), so my goal is to keep up with 15-20k per week, and also not to let my training slip whilst I'm away visiting friends!!

I completely echo your sentiment about walking whilst on a run, I too always feel like a failure. I must remember it isn't all about pace!! Good luck


I know we really must banish the word failure from our vocabulary. Happy running.


I'm in, please! I love the title of this one :D

My goals for this one are to continue to build up to a solid 5k (I'm at a comfortable 4k so it shouldn't be too hard...???) and on the 11th October I'm doing a Colour Run in Nottingham which should be great fun.

But - I am finding it hard to get myself out regularly so another goal is to commit to two runs a week as a minimum.

Thanks for organising!


The colour runs always look so much fun. happy running


I would like to join the quest.

Count me in.

My aim is to be a regular runner again by the end of the quest.

So, by the end of the quest I will be running three times a week.

Is that an ok goal?

I've been only getting out once or twice a week over the spring/summer.......


Any Goal you set yourself is fine. We all have personal goals that are important to ourselves. Happy running


Count me in ! Having finally increased my distance to 7km, my next goal is 8km. We are moving offices around the 10th October and my new office will be 8km from my house. Hubby works in same place so can bring my stuff home. So my goals are:

*keep running 3 times a week, 2 x 30 minutes, 1 x 60 minutes

* run 8km

* run home from work at least once ! (this will involve "outing" myself to my collegues, several of whom are serious runners, and being seen in my running gear by people who know me)


your running 2 hours a week. you are a serious runner yourself. in my opinion everyone in running gear running who run looks good.


Count me in again please RFC. I have had to have a long think about what goals to set this time.

And I have decided my overall goal is to be....drum roll....UK government recommended activity levels for adults. Ta da!

For my purposes this will be 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise (which for me includes running, swimming, cycling and 'brisk' walking) and as I already do 5-7 minutes of yoga every morning I'll count all those as one of the 2 sessions a week of muscle strengthening activity and do one other, whether that's Strength and Flexibility or a longer yoga class or whatever.

Under this umbrella I am also aiming to:

get on my bike

swim 1km in a single session (I had decided to chicken out of this one but since I did actually do it this morning, it is a nice motivating tick!)

do 3 interval running sessions as it is too long since I last did any


does this mean you've got into your shed? nice balanced workouts there. are you training for a tri by stealth. happy running.


Shed still 'barricaded' - but I am hoping that setting this goal will tone my nagging muscles! It worked for the discombobulated triathlon (although it wasn't quite as difficult to get the bike out then) I need to get on the bike because we had such a bad time with accidents last year (I can still feel my injuries) that I've added nervousness to incompetence.


Count me in again please , Rfc.

Aiming for 3 runs a week ....2 x 5K,1x10K and some cycling planned for inbetween ...I've done a long ( for me ) bike ride at least once a week for the past few weeks,around 15K...want to keep that up while I can , though I will be away towards the end of this quest and biking won't be an option then ,but running will.

Thanks for setting this up Rfc ....have fun running :)

Good luck and Happy running all x


I have to say 15k is long in my mind. I am going to keep going out until the weather says different on the bike. your distances are going well. happy running.


Count me in. I would like to, over the next 6 weeks, return slowly from injury to regular running and I hope to complete my 8.2 mile Kingston Challenge on the 12th October.

This is a month away and although I don't know "when" I get the all-clear to run, my quest is that within 6 weeks I will be running 3 times a week again (regardless of distance). Any ability to enter/complete an event in that time is a bonus!

Great idea... I'm not taking "no" as an answer from anyone! :)


we have a thing on the Quest that if your injured your put in charge of the hydration stops, so everyone is still involved. Looking forward to hearing you have been given the all clear to start training again.


Struggling a bit to find oomph just now - sure it will turn up soon. Can't seem to decide where to go next so goals a bit vague for this quest.

Anyway going to try and do one longer, slower run a week

And either try and introduce a swim or weights/ strengthing session.

Using word ' try' sounds bit like cop out but just feeling wee bit unsettled just now so that's best I can hope for at moment.

Might change goals as weeks go on but at least it's a start.

Happy running everyone


Try is a completely acceptable word here. We are not draconian its all about focus. "Try" is as good "as would like to" which is as good as" will do." happy running.


Count me in !

Training for a half marathon in October. Running every other day

Thanks RFC


Your doing well. Not too long now. happy running.


Yep count me in please RFC, will be running 3 times a week as per my training plan, thanks :-) xxx


My pleasure. happy running.


Feeling very sensitive with the big referendum only 2 days away- the clocks also change in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland!!!

Hoping to return to running from a sore hip and will know by the end of the week if I can commit.


I know they do, I've just made assumptions before and got it wrong. I am very good at making a fool of myself. Hope the hip heals soon.


Count me in again please.

My aim is to run the Poppy Run at the end of the quest.

Having returned to home ground and a regular route, I'm looking forward to seeing how I'm improving. When I last did the route at the end of May the 5k was 31:25, yesterday It was 29:06 which didn't even feel a particularly "good" run, so we'll see how things progress.

Happy to also report that at my blood pressure check today it has dropped to normal for the first time in ages - an the nurse commented on the weight I'd lost :)



Great news re blood pressure folkie boater


Fantastic news on the BP and weight well done. Your times are coming on. Happy running.


Thanks guys.


I would like to join the quest. I would like to push my distance out to 7.5k, and do at least 4 parkruns over the six weeks.


Great Quest. I would like to do a couple of park runs too. Happy running


OK, I'm in too. My quest is simple - it's to keep running regularly now that I've graduated. I know that sounds easy, but without the motivation of the C25K programme (and getting my graduate badge - woo hoo!), and the dark mornings and nights, I'm worried that I'll find myself making excuses not to run. So I want to develop the running habit, and find other ways to motivate myself.

So, I would like to join the quest please, and I will find new motivations to ensure I continue to run at least twice a week.


Its easy to feel you might be a bit lost after graduation but over the weeks you have built a steady exercise pattern as long as you keep it up you'll be fine. Happy running


Its easy to feel you might be a bit lost after graduation but over the weeks you have built a steady exercise pattern as long as you keep it up you'll be fine. Happy running


I'm in please. I shall be working on speed for short-ish runs, and stamina on longer runs, hoping to improve both speed and distance.


I am trying to do speed once a week. I quite like that one. Happy running


Me too please and it's hills for me too. Currently one of my runs is down a long hill and i do intervals back up but would love to be able to run down and back. Seems a mammoth task but this quest will at least get me started.


intervals up a hill that quite a feat. good luck conquering the hill.

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I'm in again rfc. I will............

Try to keep up the 3 runs per week, at least one parkrun per month(it's quite a bit away from me!!) and to increase my distances by the end of the quest.

Good luck everyone


Good luck. I am probably going to try one park run a month too. Happy running.


Count me in - I am trying to increase my distance run


Consider your self counted in.


I entered another race!!

So, as well as the half marathon in October I entered a 10 k road race on 14th December

Training is going well. Three runs a week. Nothing like entering a race to focus your mind on your running (and getting fitter)

Good luck with your running this week fellow questers! Take care out there!!!


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