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Turn back time Quest Wk4 - feel free to join

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

A description of what the quests are about is below.

Last week I started with some spare time and felt I was really getting back into the swing of things then heavy days at work and the upshot was I couldn't find time to do my Thursday morning catch up with the quest so I am sorry about that. Even though I don't answer all the posts please be assured that I read them all.






























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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Only two runs last week had a sort of bug yesterday so went out for my third run and pulled up after 1km. Feeling better today after an afternoon on the couch. I think it had something to do with extra glasses of wine on Friday night. But it was a great catch up with friends and sometimes it's good to let your hair down. So I didn't hit my target of 10-15km only did 9km but I will do better this week if this bug behaves itself.


I'm feeling relieved that I seem to have avoided the family cold bug... so far anyway!

I've had a funny week in terms of the quest.

1) I have fulfilled my activity minutes goal twice over

2) I have fulfilled my 'strength and flexibility' goal with my daily short morning yoga sessions and extra longer session of yoga


a) no running at all - my car is poorly. So far I am sticking to my resolve not to run on tarmac -partly as it has such an obvious impact on me afterwards and partly because I only have trail shoes (I think my Brooks Green Silence are still here somewhere but my big toe really does stick out of the top of those) I could walk to somewhere to run but haven't quite had the enthusiasm.

b) one swim when I walked to and from the pool. It was a really good smooth swim for me in a pool that wasn't busy and no complications from anti-social swimmers.

c) loads of walking, enjoying nosing round my town.

I am right with you RFC on the importance of a rounded life which includes time for socialising.


I hope you'll soon be up and at em RFC!!!!!

My training continues and runs are getting gradually longer towards the HM target. Got a run of 17 k this week. Oh eck! Did 12.2 k yesterday and feeling fine today. Did an exercise DVD this morning. Feeling good actually. Phew

I hope my fellow questers are doing well with their programmes and things are coming on for you. Hang in there!


Also a 2 run week for me last week. Tuesday evening did a nice evening run with my 16 year old. Running with her is definately good for me as she is naturally faster than me, and that pushes my pace. Intention had been to run again on Thursday evening, but woke up Thursday morning having a labrynthitis relapse (had to lean on walls just to get to bathroom at first). I wore off as the day went on but I decided to replace my run with a walk anyway.

By Saturday was feeling better and did a nice 5k in the sun along the river... Hubby did his own run and came and met me, and we then discussed lunacy like entering our local HM as a team (just wrote a separate post about that). Not quite sure who I'm turning into here !


Well, it should have been a three-run week but due to someone else's lack of planning I had to miss a day so I only managed two. However, one of those was running tourism again, in lovely Copenhagen, all by the water (but no naked Danes this time, sadly!). That was a 3k for pure fun :) The other was back at home, a slow 4k and a slog, but at least I did it. I'm not sure how I'm going to move up to 5k because 4k isn't really getting easier. I think I'm just going to have to grit my teeth and get on the bus up to Tissington, which conveniently is 5k up the trail from home, and run back downhill towards the couch :D Mind, if this weather carries on there won't be a trail, it will be washed out!

Hope everyone else is doing well with their targets. Happy running, everyone!


First of all, apologies of not posting on Wk 3... it ended up being another 2- run week...a 5.7 and a 5.4, though I did manage a bike ride of about 10K there was no way I could motivate myself to do a third run...let alone contemplate the 10K I'd pledged to do at the start of this quest.

I realised I hadn't run further than 5.7k since I did the 12.6 at the end of August, so with that in mind I've decided to scale down my plans for this quest and aim for 2x 5K and a third run of about 7 or 8K if I can and take it from there.

So last week I actually managed three runs....a 5.2, a 5.6 and to my delight an 8.2K. No bike ride, but a couple of hours of very strenuous garden tidying and I felt as if I'd been on a rack the following day...ached all over .

One low point to share with you...back from my run yesterday morning I left my running gear soaking in the bowl for twenty minutes or so while I had a coffee and a sit down,then discovered I'd left my phone in the zipped back pocket of my running Capri pants....and yes, sadly it's terminal :(

I hardly ever take the damn thing with me( though I know I should ) except if I go out with the intention of attempting a much longer run....I really don't know why I took it yesterday, or how I didn't notice it when I picked everything up from the bathroom floor to put in the wash....numpty , that's me :(

I'm leaving French soil for a few weeks on the South coast of England ...hope to get a few runs in along the windswept prom.

Hope you are feeling better now Rfc .

Happy running all x


Got 3 runs in last week as planned.

Found the 3k really hard, possibly due to not eating anything before going out - breakfast in the future. Or possibly the hills - 43m ascent apparently, that's a lot compared to my towpath!

Long run was 7k with no walking - was expecting 6.5k, but it was going well so I went for it! 41:56 which I'm pleased with.

5k yesterday afternoon - nothing special.

Hoping for 3 again this week, but work might be getting in the way.

Well done to everyone else.


Only 1 run last week because once again I got a cold that went into my chest :(

Feeling better today though so did a 30 minute 4.5 k so okay with that. Did my two sessions of yoga though. Plan to keep going with 3 running 2 yoga this week. I will try to make run 3 a 5.5k as I want to get my distance back up a bit too.

See a few of us have been a bit under the weather this last week, hope we are all back up to full strength soon!


Runs went all to plan so focused on the cross training stuff Had another go with chest press machine at gym and managed 3 x 10 reps with 10k So long way to go but better than last week . Also improvement in swimming pool - did 20 lengths Yea Big difference due I think to actually just swimming rather than going after a run when probably tired. Cos I was on a roll thought I would try the bike - let's just say might not be my thing did only 5 mins but I will try again . Hope all those of you not feeling too great feel better soon Happy running everyone.


Sounds like there are a lot of colds and bugs around at the moment. I think mine was more self Inflicted so I was picked up in a couple of days. I am sure there is an element to running where we can sometimes push our immune systems if we are always trying to our highest level. I hope everyone is picking up but more importantly I hope you are all looking after those bodies that work so hard for you. Take good care of yourselves.


Sorry guys - I missed posting last week due to working mad hours :( Only got out for one run, and that was a short "faster" one - 20 minutes with 4 lots of intervals but faster than I've ever run before! Went to London last weekend and did so much walking (in my leisure trainers rather than my running ones) that my feet were really achy, so didn't feel up to doing a longer run on Sunday.

Fast forward to this week - tried the short run on Wednesday and it didn't go so well as I did it after my studio class instead of before. Am planning to do a longer run tomorrow .... keep your fingers crossed that the gremlins leave me alone!


I have done my 4 parkruns for this quest. Now just the 7.5k distance to go !!


I haven't been able to run as much as I normally would, due to travelling - I find it really takes it out of me, but I have managed some running. Did "Speed" last week and found it easy, and some of you will have read about my awful park run... still a bad run is better than no run eh? I'm home and settled now, looking forward to running around beautiful Cambridge, thought I might go for a bit more distance next time, so inspired by GrannyJudes...I like her method of asking herself all the way if she has what it takes to run home then turning around when she thinks she's half used up! Not sure what I should aim for, I can do 5K fairly easily now, 6-7 maybe?


I only managed 2 runs last week to, although I did go and observe the Oxford parkrun on Saturday to see if I thought I'd cope. It looked good, but mainly on grass, and I much prefer tarmac owing to some balance issues. And.... I finally managed 5k today. That's a first for me. Woo-hoo!


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