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Turn Back Time Wk 3 - Feel free to join

Welcome to the third week of the Turn Back Time Quest.

A description of what the quests are about is below.

This link was kindly put on the forum this weekend by IannadoTruffe and I thought it was such an interesting read it was worth a share. It's all about the difference between the runs you do each week and how not to over train. It's totally flexible so it fits in with your ability. For all of us that are training for speed, endurance or distance it is well worth a read.






























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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Had another good week with my running this week. Now that I seem to of allowed myself the walk breaks I am really enjoying the runs. Even to the point that I covered 6km on Saturday. I had a massive smile on my face for the rest of the day. I know it was a bit naughty as it didn't really fit in with the 10% rule so I promise I will be careful on that one in the future. Since I eased up on myself my 1km running pace has come down. I run for a solid 1km then take a break so my km times are true. My total distance for the 6km was 6.95km. So I am not that upset by that. It's all exercise at the end of the day.


Glad you enjoying your running again Rfc and once again thanks for quests


Thanks RFC!

I'm still on with the quest to train regularly for a half marathon in October. Still doing all the training sessions three times a week and on course

Doing keep fit at home too, to hopefully toughen up for the big day

Happy running to my fellow questers!


Sounds like it's all going to plan, I am so pleased for you. I like the fact your doing cross training too. I need to add more of that in now I'm not cycling as much.


I just about scraped my 150 minute goal - although I had to nip out and bounce on the trampoline for 5 minutes (which was lovely, energetic but mentally relaxing for the first few minutes and then time dragged) Discovered that my pelvic floor isn't quite as tip top as I thought... Other activities towards the 150 were a nice run but otherwise walking (some good slopes in there)

Last week I forgot I hadn't done my second supporting exercise session (to add to the 5 minutes yoga I do every morning which counts as one) so I did more yoga this week, some really helpful upper body sessions I was glad of.

This week I would particularly like to be getting a swim and an interval running session in as part of my 150 minutes.


I love the trampoline, I have a mini one. I should bring it out again. Sounds like you are having fun mixing it up a bit. I should do more stretches. I am working on that.


Yes, I am definitely liking the 'all round fitness' goal this time.


Been sitting on the injury couch since Thursday with sore knee. This is not a good development as have a tough cross country 10k in 3 weeks time and a half marathon the week after that, but trying to remain philosophical and be sensible about it.


I'm sorry to hear that. If it's any consilation it's quite common to have a niggle a couple of weeks before a big race. I asked the question three weeks before my Tri and many people said the same. The good news it dosent make any difference to the race at this point to have a good rest, so rest up and look after yourself and I hope it heals well.


Thanks for posting Iaonna's link here. While I was on holiday I missed quite a few posts as couldn't always access the internet. It's really useful.


It's a great tool isn't it. Hope your holiday was good.


It was. Lovely chance to just unwind.

Good luck to all the questors. I'm with you in spirit for this one as I try and work out some new goals to aim for.


I have been very remiss these last few weeks and not posting on the quest. So firstly, can you add me RfC? Secondly, I am trying to increase my distance at the moment and to keep flexible and avoid stiffness about the hips etc. So, I am running 3 x week. One longer run increasing by .5kmax per week. Plus 2 yoga seasons per week. Will read the article now ...

Hope everyone is well and enjoying your running.


Consider your name added. 2 yoga session a week that's good going. I really need to find some time for a bit more than stretches.


Really helps that my pal is the yoga teacher and the classes are on the next street. Does seem to be helping with the stiffness though.


Didn't post last week as still grumpy / unsettled and just couldn't find my oomp anywhere Anyway feeling much better and oomp back Decided as was 1st runaniversary to go for it at park run and got new PB Yea! For this quest I said I was going to TRY to do a swim or weight session . Well managed 6 lengths in pool yesterday and about 1 min on this funny chest press thingy last week . At least I tried !!! Maybe a work in progress me thinks. Those that know me know that feeling down = eating everything in sight so no surprise that nothing edible has been safe these last few weeks . Anyway going to set mini quest and try and eat healthier and less for next week - but will need to start tomorrow as having high calorie meal tonight .

Happy running everyone


Aw sorry your feeling grumpy. Glad it's passing, well done on the pb that's great news.


It sounds as though your quest is going really well - you said 'try swim OR weight' and you've already done *both*. You know the way it goes... the key thing is getting yourself off the couch and you can build on what you've achieved this time. When I first got in the pool I couldn't really swim the 50m (2 lengths) they want for you to be allowed in the deep end! (Because I am an adult and wasn't using buoyancy aids I wasn't questioned)Well, I could to save my life but not for any other reason, but I have slowly built up - and critically, improved my technique. It's never going to be my favourite form of exercise, still feels dutiful most of the time (with occasional flashes of "WooHoo, I'm a dolphin" but as part of an overall package I am very happy with it.


I quite like swimming google me but usually have little grandchildren with us so more of case of splashing about Also go In water after parkrun to do my stretching before sauna and bacon roll !! It's trying to be organised to find another slot really. I find the weights really hard but pilates teacher keeps saying good for runners so will ' try' again


I had a goal of swimming a kilometre and had some notion that I'd work up to it over the Summer but in practice it seemed more important to get my son in the pool and although I can swim up and down, when he needs to get out, he needs to get out, so I was doing a lot less in a session even than I was doing before. But it all added up to something in terms of fitness as I had one of those precious slots and I did it. So whatever you are able to do is still worth doing *and* you are making great memories and fitness for your grandchildren.

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Thanks for organising these quests rfc.

Two 6k's last week. Decided to finally up the distance - partly due to the OH saying something along the lines of "you're not getting any better are you". Game on - red rag to a bull moment!!

Going to be a bit more structured though and follow the 10% rule and only do one long run a week. Bring it on :)

Well done to everyone too.


Oh, only managed one run again :( Every time I think I'm getting back into it, things get in the way. Sometimes good things - today, for example, I was determined to go for a run this morning but I've been called for a second interview for a job so the run will have to wait as I juggle everything else I had to do today. However, my 4k runs seem to be going reasonably well - just need to up them to 5k some point soon.

Hope everyone else is doing well!


Good luck with job interview Let us know how you get on Annie And one run way better than no runs


Last week was another 2 run week (parents were visiting is my excuse). Saturday morning I didn't feel like a terribly long outing, so decided to do 5k and see how long it took ! Good news is I shaved 30s off my previous best time and got below 42 minutes for the first time (41:58 to be precise) ! 40 minutes is now looking attainable !

Last night was the first run of this week and my 16 year old decided to come with me. I find its great having her as a companion. She is of course much fitter and faster than me, but last night we found a pace that was very comfortable for her and slightly challenging for me, and did a 4k run in the dark, each listening to her own stuff.


Rolling under the door in the nick of time, this last week has been good, I got 4 sessions in all very different intensity and upped my distance to the furthest ever this morning - just over 10 miles, yay! Really pleased, even if it did mean waking up at 6 am to eat breakfast so I was properly fuelled, still can't quite believe it - it's easier if I don't think about how far I'm running and zone out, a soon as I think about it the little voice inside goes 'help!' :-O


I have been doing 3 runs a week for my training for GMR , finished Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred and now doing No More Trouble Zones. Definitely feeling much stronger and less likely to sag in the middle :-) xxx


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