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Born to be Wild Quest wk1 - Feel free to join

Born to be Wild Quest wk1 - Feel free to join

Hi and welcome to the 1st week of the Born to be Wild Quest.

The reason for the name of this quest is because it could be the start of Winter and that brings ice, rain and cold for some of us. I personally am terrified of ice and will not run in it as I have a habit of breaking bones when it's too icy, so I go indoors and on to the treadmill, but I also like to shake it up a bit at the gym, all that equipment. So I thought if the weather stops us going out running that doesn't mean we can't have a quest. The six week rule is to keep us moving and exercising. So the quest Dofficially now means any exercise as well as running. You never know we could have a budding heptathlete in our mix here.

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.













Running knitter




Poppy pug






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My quest goals have changed a bit for this quest. I am in Spain helping to look after a family member so not quite a holiday but the weather is fanatic so I am definately not complaining. While I have been here I have noticed I have let my walking slide a bit over the last year so I would like to run 10k a week and walk10k a week plus a swim or cycle. I have noticed my arthritis is flaring up a bit in my hips and that was all kept a bay by walking so I think I need both.


I would like to join the quest. I would like to to be able to run 5k by the end of the 6 weeks.


ok - i am doing a re-boot on diet and exercise. So goals as follows :

To exercise for at least 30 mins 3 times a week

To lose 6 pounds

to look after myself to enable me to achieve these goals.


I would like to join the quest please. I would like to be able to run my 4km loop in 25 minutes, rather than the 30 it takes me at the moment so need to increase my pace slightly.


Ooh, nice goal!


Count me in again. I'm still just about managing 3 times a week. I did my first 8k run on Saturday - so my goal for the Quest will be to move up to 9k.


I'm in again please.

Thinking of joining a gym for the winter to supplement the running and to be somewhere warm and dry to retreat to if necessary.

Hope to run at least one long (10k) a week outdoors and do some swimming, cycling and weights at the gym. I'm aware that the upper body as been neglected.


I'm in again RFC. I'm going for 5k at least once a week + 2other runs. x


Thanks RFC!

Count me in please. I am running three times a week as per usual as am doing recovery runs from my half marathon. Then it's back to training for my 10 k race in December

I am going to re-start my exercises DVD's at home now my wrist is much better and I've safely got my HM out the way

Tomorrow is my first 5 k run.


Count me in. My goals are:

1. Do a parkrun

2. Get up to 7K in my 10K training

3. Start pilates classes again.

Thanks for organising this RFC. Such fun!


Im in please RFC. I will continue my 3 runs a week and Level 3 of the Shred on my non running days. Thank you for putting this up xxx


Hi Rfc. I am in again just to try to keep going over the darker nights. I aim to exercise 3times per week, running at least once a week. I need to maintain the fitness and stamina

Good luck all


I'll join again. I'm starting to increase my distance. I'd like to hit 7 k before the quest is out. Thanks rfc!



I've just finished the programme so would love to join if that's okay.

It would good to be part of a challenge in order to keep me focused.

My aim for November is to master running 5k more comfortably. And keep upping my fitness as I have a big holiday in the new year and need to zap the flab!

So my goals for the 6 weeks:

1) run 5k 3 times per week, 100km in total

2) within that run 3 park runs

3) finish level 1 of the shred

4) to lose 6lb (might be ambitious!)



Please count me in once again,Rfc...even though I failed again with the last quest....only managed one run of 6.2 K while I was away for two and a half weeks ...and failed to post for the final two weeks of the quest...apologies for that.

This week I am turning over a new leaf as I have felt really sluggish as a result of fewer runs,holiday eating and drinking...so I'm with Suzybenj and her ' re-boot' :)

I always feel more like springcleaning this time of year than actually in the springtime...maybe it's all those spiders and cobwebs associated with autumn....so am planning on a bit of a springclean to my diet....would be good to lose a few kilos.....

Plus 3runs/exercise sessions a week.....to include Speed podcast and at least 2x5K runs or a bit further.

We have a cross trainer and a rowing machine in a small outbuilding just across from the house....I have no excuses if the weather is poor :)

I've made a good start this morning ...with a 5.7 K run incorporating Speed podcast...so I'm on my way :)

Happy running all xx


Oi! Come on, you know there is no failure! :) You were busy but you didn't lose sight of the running etc. and you're picking it up again now. I know what you mean about the spring cleaning in autumn and there are a few of us looking at dropping a couple of pounds on this Quest, so hopefully we will all be in a bit better shape in six weeks' time :) Great start to your new plan with your 5.7k including Speed - wow! - so you are indeed on your way :)


Ah,bless you for that Anniemurph :) Yes,made a good start yesterday and had plenty of energy left for some garden tidying( autumn clearup as opposed to the spring cleaning!) so that was a bit of a workout too .

Funny how I'm almost in better shape after the winter than the summer....I'm blaming on the beer....not that I'm a massive fan...but in summer it's the ' apéro ' drink of choice at 6 or 6.30 pm...and the bowl of nuts that accompany it don't help ! A cool beer isn't appealing in the slightest by the time autumn/winter starts.

Good luck with this quest :) x


Please add me too RFC. My main goal is to get to a parkrun in this 6 weeks but what I would like to achieve is

1) Run 3 times a week - included in that is Monday running group and run at least 1 x 5km a week

2) Get to parkrun!!!

3) If I am happy with my 5k runs, start Suz's 5k to 10k training plan and aim for the Facebook group's January Virtual 10k.

There was no running group this week because of half term, so yesterday I ran 4.77km (so close!) in 34.13


Please add me again too RfC. I am planning on getting up to 10k by the end of the quest and will be doing this by increasing the distance at 1 of my 3 weekly runs. I am also committing to going to the running group with regular quester fitfor60 on a wednesday and doing a 5k on my 3rd run. I also plan to keep up my yoga, going twice a week. Happy questing everyone :)


Inspired by suzybenj I am going to try and lose 4 lbs as this would take me down into next stone category for 1 st time in years and years and - you get the picture. ( really need to lose 10 lbs but as soon as I put pressure on I start eating ) Have decided to sign up for 1st HM in May aghh so going to try and do a swim once a week Good luck to all questers and thanks rfc for keeping us motivated


Hi Rfc and everyone,

Count me in, please! I really like the idea of adding in exercise as well as running (oh, and I love the banner!).

So my goals are:

Complete my 5k Poppy Run in under 40 minutes (traffic permitting)

Continue to run twice a week

Add in some other form of exercise to tone upper body - not quite sure what yet, possibly gym as some little s**ts set fire to our swimming pool and it won't be fixed till the spring

Lose 4lbs because like fitfor60 this will take me down into the next stone bracket (yay!)

Thanks for organising, and happy Questing to everyone else :)


I have been trying to get into next stone band all year Annie Almost get there and end up putting on another 1/2 stone and circle starts again This time we ll both do it Good luck


Okay, this time we can both do this then! Go us :)


Ok count me in on this one 3lb when I get back from Spain in the six week time frame. Yeah slimmer xmas here I come. MAYBE? ........


Yes yes, we can do this! :D


Ah commiserations on the pool. A really nasty arson to wipe out the pool right at the beginning of the Summer holidays wasn't it? I think they are letting Discount Duckers swim for a pound at ours until it is fixed which could perhaps compensate for the travel cost although obviously it's a slog to get over this way. We do have some nice views though!


Yes, it's a nuisance, to say the least. Unfortunately, I can't drive at the moment, so I don't think getting to other pools is that easy either, so I'll have to give it a rest until we're back in business here. Off down the gym then!


You could get the bus and have a nice little riverside run to the Arc... but all a rather long job!

Ekhart Yoga (try out on YouTube) has good toning stuff.


Thanks for the tip about Ekhart Yoga - never heard of it before, but I'll check it out. And hmmm, a bus trip to the Arc - not impossible! I've never been, but it looks lovely :)


Do count me in. My goals are just to keep running as winter draws in and I move to a new area


I hope the move goes well! It will be fun, finding new running routes - it's bound to be a bit frustrating at times as well, when you go down dead ends or find that a route is shorter than you'd thought, but hopefully there will be some lovely running routes to discover too.


I hope so too :-) thank you for your good wishes


I am going to do one of the C25K+ podcasts every week, one 5K run and one longer run per week. I'd like to get up to around 7K easily. I must spend some time working out routes, I always underestimate, then have to run up and down the same bit of road to finish the podcast or whatever, I'd like to have a proper route worked out in advance, if you know what I mean.


Ha - I've done that, run up and down the road looking at my Garmin, waiting for it to clock up the next K :D I don't know what people think, but it matters to me! I still use the C25K+ Stamina and Stepping Stones podcasts every so often because I find them useful. I haven't used Speed for a while but I keep meaning to have another go. Perhaps I should add that in to this Quest :O


Please include me in the 6 week quest RFC. I can walk but not run at the mo (minor - I hope - lower back tweak which is outstaying its welcome).

My quest(s) are:

To cover at least 7k per day just walking until I can run. This will cheer the dogs up no end.

To find some floor exercises and stretches with no lower back pressure so at least something will get worked (suggestions very welcome).

To run as soon as I can without return to the Ninjury Couch, but not restart BUPA 10k plan until I can manage the pre-back-tweak 5k speed relatively easily.

Really worried that if I can't trot about soon I might not get going again so the Quest idea is brilliant - gets it out there man!

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My goals are:

1) To meet government guidelines for exercise: 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise (for me I think that will be running, swimming and walking) and a couple of sessions on strength and flexibility (which for me will be my daily morning yoga sessions plus one other)

2) To weigh no more than 67kgs (so I don't end up overweight after Christmas as my weight has crept up too close to that magic BMI line and seems to be fluctuating a lot. Means losing about 3kgs)

3) Because I have challenged Juicyju to do it: 3 relaxation/meditation sessions a week


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