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Turn back time quest wk5 - Feel free to join

Welcome to the 5th week of the Turn Back Time Quest.

A description of what the quests are about is below.

The weather has definitely been changeable this week. I have found it hard planning my runs in advance as the weather forecasts haven't been of the best help. Saying that I forgot the sheer pleasure of a Rainy run. I spent ages trying to talk myself out of it but then went for it. It didn't take long for the childish feeling to creep over and really enjoy it.






























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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Two runs this week but I did manage my10km goal. The reason for the lack of runs is, it is the end of season at my husbands bowls club and I have been helping out, firstly shovelling 5 tonne of top soil into a spreading machine and then on another day raking it all flat for a couple of hours. I found the shovelling a definite workout. Bit achy the next day. Saying that though I found it a lot easier than I have the last couple of years so I am definitely stronger. So all in all was quite pleased to fit two runs in.


Better to be fit for something than fit for nothing!


Bit of a funny week this week (no car and then away at meetings) and I did not keep much of a record so I may be deluding myself that I did just about get my 150 minutes of activity in but there really was a fair old bit of non-dawdley walking. I also got in a run at an unexpected point - just before I was due to go on a long drive at dusk/night. I was seriously worried about falling asleep... but a wee run in the woods got me into a much better state. I'm hoping to do more runs and swims this week although I have a trip to recover from.

I did well on the 'supportive' exercise though, I've been doing the 21 day morning yoga programme from Eckhart Yoga which is nice and accessible for me so exceeded my goals there.


Two runs for me, exciting though.

As posted about elsewhere, Wednesday was a very wet 9.5k. With hindsight (isn't that a great invention!) if I'd realised how close I was I'd have done the extra to get to 10k, but had arrived home.

Saturday morning did my first Parkrun in 29:01 - 63rd of 91 overall, 14th of 35 ladies and 3rd of 7 in my age group. Not too shabby for a new course, hope I'll get back when I'm staying at MiL's on a Saturday again.

Thought I'd treat myself to a new long sleeved top on the way home but not the right size in SD.

Well done to everyone else.


Another 2 run week. I had intended to go out Monday or Tuesday evening, but when it came to it, I just felt completely and as if I didn't have the energy to do it - so I stayed home instead.

By Thursday I felt better, so ventured out in the late afternoon. As I was deliberatly keeping the run short, I decided to see if I could up my pace, and was very chuffed to manage 3k in 24 minutes.

The weekend was busy, and I spent too much time inside and sitting down. Sunday was really quite intense but by late afternoon the decks were cleared and I decided that a run might do we good. Went out the door intending to go for a 5k jog, but in the end I was having such a good time that I kept going, and did 7.5k in 73 minutes. New distance and total time record. Felt really good when I got in.

The coming week is likely to be another 2 run week. I'm off to Paris on Friday afternoon for an all day meeting on Saturday. Although part of me wants to take my running kit, most of me thinks its not realistic, due to the logistics of getting showers and so on. The hotel is a 30 minute walk from my meeting, so I figure that that will have to do. (I would have time to run between the end of my meeting and my train, but no-where to put my stuff, so I'm thinking another walk.)


Was staying at daughters part of last week so missed running club but managed to fit in 2 runs along the coast . Had to cut short one of them cos of sudden heavy rain - don't mind getting wet but was worried about phone getting wet. Need to sort out waterproof case or something. Got new PB at park run by 7 secs. Who would have thought 7 secs could mean so much to me. Managed one proper swim session so quite pleased. Happy running everyone


Yay Rhona, well done on shaving that 7 seconds off your parkrun time!!



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Thanks Beth it was perfect and no wind ! I don't think I could have gone any faster - and to be honest I think I prefer the feeling I get on slower runs . Glad to see you managing to increase your distance.


Oops! I forgot I signed up for this and I've had to dig around to see what I pledged.

The good news is I've been managing!

On Saturday, we managed 8 miles in one hour 23 minutes.

Rather pleased with myself!

Have we got another Saturday for me to try and get further?


My longest run of the week was 12 k. Still running 3 times a week.

Good luck this week fellow Questers. The rain and cold will require steely determination.


Hi , still doing my training for the GMR, ran 3 times last week, couldn't do my Jillian Michaels DVD as I had the lurgy, but will pick it up again this week

Thanks for putting these up RFC, much appreciated :-) xxx

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Hi rfc and all, pleased to report that I did my Run or Dye 5k and it was marvellous! There were some serious hills but only short ones and I actually overtook a couple of people :D I did find it difficult running with so many people and had to stop to walk at the bottlenecks here and there but only for a few steps. I also managed another 5k so it's been a very good week!

However, I'm now suffering with a heavy cold which has gone to my chest :( Hopefully that will go soon and I can be back out there. Happy running everyone!


Managed 3 runs but only 1 yoga session as our yoga teacher is on holiday. I will look out my yoga dvd for this coming week. Also managed to start to increase my distance. Odd 3.5 miles, which is the longest I have run for months. Aiming to keep on increasing the distance 1 run per week. Hope everyone who has the lurgy gets better soon. Happy running - and thanks Rfc.


My hills sessions have been put on hold for this week. I've got my first 5k race coming up, and I want to make sure I'm well rested for that. I plan on doing a nice slow 5 k in the next couple of days, and a short 3 k session if I have time before Sunday.


Hi All. I had a better week last week with my running. Tried a shorter but slightly speedier run after my yoga session - had to take PapaMia's car to the garage for a service which didn't leave me enough time to run before the class like I usually do. I was obviously slightly more pooped though as after each 1 minute burst of speed, I had to pop in a 1 minute walk to recover, rather than just winding back down to a slower jog. I will get my head around it though and keep trying!

My quest was to get closer to 5km, as my C25k graduation run was 4km. On Saturday I managed to run for 35 minutes non stop which resulted in 4.56km covered at a jog! I'm well chuffed :)

Loving reading everyone's stories and inspiration. Happy running!


I've only run once this week, but I did cover 7KM! I went for a nice swim yesterday, I'm really a swimmer not a runner, but don't have a pool near me for about half the year, that's why I started running. What to do now though? Take advantage of the lovely pool while I have the chance or continue trying to improve my running? I don't think I could manage 3 runs and 2 swims, but fewer than that probably isn't worth doing...


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