Born to be wild quest wk3 Feel free to join

Hi and welcome to the 3rd week of the quest

Back home now and my internet is so much better. The only thing to contend with is ios8 software and ipad 2 but that isn't going to get better so I will learn to be patient with it.

I have found my thoughts on running jumping all over the place this week. I have discovered bounce music for running (such fun). Thinking about trying the Jeff Galloway method and debating about training for a longer distance run.

It has made me realise that there are so many variations to our sport we don't have to get bogged down in the same old same old if we don't want to. Up until now I have really enjoyed the comfort of repetition but I think I am ready to shake things up a bit as I have had the revelation I am not progressing so I need to find a way that works for me.

As we always say here we are all different and maybe I need a different approach to progress. The one thing I do know is I never want to give up running.

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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  • Last night my husband came into the kitchen to find me smiling to myself. He looked at me and said "your up to something, you've got the look in your eyes". I had to laugh. I was working out a half marathon training time in my head. I have promised him I wouldn't think about another race until Jan. He just laughed and said of course you are and reminded me that I haven't actually tried the new way of running yet so maybe see how that goes first. I am known for getting ahead of myself. But I am going out for my first Jeff Galloway run today and I am a bit excited. I will let you know how it feels.

  • Still nowhere near 5k, in fact haven't even managed to replicate my pre-graduation 4.4k again yet BUT...

    this week has been better than last week and I still managed to get out 3 times.

    So, onwards and upwards!

  • Well done for getting out there :0)

  • Thanks RFC

    Still running 3 times a week and training started last week for a 10 k race. Longest run last week was 8

    To keep me motivated over christmas I entered another 10 k race taking place in March

  • Managed my 3 runs again last week. Weather finally broke after a lovely long "Indian summer" so needed to dig out my winter running hear (hat gloves and buff all still awol, blaming my daughter). Runs were:

    Tuesday I did stamina, then kept jogging gently at the end to take it to 5km. No speed records were set, but I enjoyed it.

    Thursday the weather was pretty manky and I didn't want to be out in it for long. Did "speed" round the park.

    Sunday was going to be a long run day (many calories were consumed on Saturday evening) but it was seriously throwing it down in the afternoon (by time lunch had worn off) so in the end decided to just go for a 30 minute run with the News Quiz on podcast for company. Unfortunately Garmin threw a wobbly and rebooted half way round so no idea of pace or distance (or even really of time). Definately felt more energised after than before.

    Tomorrow is a public holiday here, so may try for a longer outing (though weather is still seriously manky).

  • Hi RFC. thanks for your thoughts this week. These have hit home for me as I had a bit of a meltdown this week and felt like throwing the towel in. Thanks to the very supportive forum for keeping me on track. Glad you are home and hope all is well with you.

    I am still running for now, though the exact plan as to how/when/type of training is fluid at the moment as I adapt to my changing circumstances.

  • I need to take a step further I think, I'm kind of stuck in a nice comfortable rut! I'm doing the plus podcasts regularly, but other than that I just run the same sort of distance. I'm also experimenting with walking a bit during runs, I definitely helps, whereas I thought it didn't work for me...I'm intending to run to the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens next time we have a nice day, walk around it (they don't allow running) then run home another route. Trying to mix running with other stuff, like journeys I have to make anyway, so running instead of driving.

  • I've not tracked all my walks but I think I have probably scraped my 150 minutes if brisk walks in town when out shopping are taken into account. Managed a couple of runs and a swim.

    I only did one extra, longer strength and flexibility session - but that was great, didn't even have to get out of bed but it was a pretty thorough workout for shoulders.

    The weight has moved in the right direction.

  • Hi RfC, looking forward to hearing how you got on with your Jeff Galloway run later on today. I did my long run last week using Jeff Galloway's run walk run and managed 7.25k in a time that was equal to my running the whole ways through run. I also did a lovely 5k with my husband and sister in law up in sunny Aberdeenshire and intervals and other things at the jog scotland group. Only one yoga session last week but that felt fine.

  • Just trotting off to google Jeff Galloway ...

  • Bouncing with Jeff Galloway.

    I had the best run ever, my pace was the same I ran for 6.66km in an hour and I feel fanatsic. I could of gone on for longer but thought I should be sensible. Also I did three hills. I did 2 min run 1 min walk. I have it set up on my garmin and it was the most relaxed run I have ever done. Also the rest of the day has been so chilled. My usual beetroot face was missing being replaced by a rose one. I had my HR monitor on and my calories burned was 539kcal. I must admit if it carries on like this I am converted. The bouncing is the music. Not my usual type of sounds but I am loving it with running I just lose myself in it.

  • "best run ever" - yea! So good when that happens, eh. :-)

  • definitely.

  • I did my three runs again this week (including a very wet one!) but have not increased my pace this week. I am feeling alot more comfirtable whilst I am running and have managed to increase my speed at the end of each run, which I never could when laura asked me to, so just need to work a bit harder I think. I will see how the next week goes and may try the speed podcast if I think I can manage it.

  • I had a couple of nice runs last week, including a new 5k PB (36:37) which I was delighted with. I'm not sure how many runs I'll do this week. I have a streaming cold (one of the many 'benefits' of working in a school) and daren't risk it going onto my chest (again!) Hoping to get out again by Wednesday or Thursday. Good luck with your Jeff Galloway HM planning, RFC

  • Not a good week last week :0/. Went to running group last Monday evening and struggled. I shouldn't have run a 5k on the Sunday - no rest day!! Lesson learnt! My left thigh had been a bit naggy on Sunday but I carried on through then the faster interval training at the running group pushed it just too far. The group leader is a physiotherapist and she has given me some different stretches and I was pointed in the direction of clam exercises by someone on the Facebook group as I said my hip had been achy too. Time to strengthen those hip abductors. I didn't run outside anymore last week but managed a gentle 20 minute run on the treadmill on Saturday evening which felt ok.

    Tonight's running group has been cancelled due to the weather, so tomorrow I will go out for a short run, maybe 3k, and see how everything holds up. The moral to this story is don't forget your rest days when you are such a newbie runner!

  • Sorry to hear about this RK. I hope the exercises help and you're back on form soon. Take care tomorrow won't you.

  • Thank you - I am now thinking it might be another treadmill run tomorrow - we have weather warnings for the next couple of days!

  • Sensible decision, I think :-)

  • OK last week.

    Only 2 runs, but 10k over hillsin a new PB of 58:41, almost half a minute better than before. Upper leg a bit sore by the end but not too bad. Just 3k yesterday nothing special.

    This week's plan weather dependant - me being a bit of a wuss.

    Rant for the day the person who runs at about 5pm on my route home - an unlit, no footpaths, country road used by the HGVs to get to the M1 - BUY AND WEAR SOMETHING LIGHT/REFLECTIVE!!!! That is all.....

  • Not a good week :( I ran mid-week but had to stop as the back of my thigh and into my buttock was hurting on and off, so I haven't run since. Folks on the FB page have recommended a couple of stretches but I'm not sure they are helping so I am icing and resting it for now, but walking as well in the hope that that will at least keep some activity going. My shoulder is also playing up suddenly too so the upper body toning hasn't happened either, and the weight is static. Blah.

    I hope everyone else is having a good week.

  • Just bumbling along. Haven't managed to run a continuous 5k since my back tweak, but do make sure I cover at least 7.5k a day and just make the rest up in walk. Back is now ok, so no real excuse not to press on. Very tempted by RFC's run/walk Galloway thing though and will just try it next time to see ...

    Complete fail on the floor exercises though. Must get a grip before this ole bod seizes up completely :(

    On a surprising plus, the scales have started to shift in the right direction with no extra effort from me in the diet department (have been sticking with MyFitnessPal since the very start of c25k and their recommended 1240 cals a day with an occasional 600 cal fast day about once a week). I suppose I am covering more distance ??? Anyway mine is not to question why, etc. Most encouraging and gabberflasting after many weeks of abject recalcitrance on the part of the scales. :) :)

  • Not good last week due to various prior appointments, etc but managed a speed run and a 5K but no gym work! Was away for a girlie weekend so had a long walk along the beach at Lyme Regis. Lovely!

    The rain is lashing and the wind is howling but I MUST get out today to do my long run and going to try 6.5K! Yikes!

    Well done everyone. It's harder in this weather.

  • Got three runs in last week,two 5.4's and a 5.6K....two out of three on quite foggy mornings.

    No weight loss,despite the November "booze ban" fact I was horrified and not a little aggravated to see the scales are showing .8 kilo gain( my scales only 'do ' kilos) so I'm clearly compensating for the lack of wine with something else or ' rewarding ' myself too much for actually getting out there three times.

    Hoping to get a slightly longer run done....tempted to see how I fare with some walk breaks...must google this Galloway geezer.

    Happy running all :)

  • Where have I been? 3 weeks into this quest and I have not joined! Please join me in. I think my goals will be more of the same - face up to hills and try to get a 6k run in.

    Also, just to keep on keeping on. I've been a bit unmotivated recently. i've been dojng this running for two and a half years now but feel I have seen little improvement, although I can go further now than ever before. Walking breaks have become a big issue. Some days I seem to do more walking than running. Maybe I should just officially adopt the run/walk method.

    Oh well onward and upward. I'm off to see if there's a post by Danzargo - he always cheers me up. :)

  • Well, not Jeff Galloway exactly but a sort of version. Ran while I was breathing well (4 steps in and 4 out) then carried on as it got a little tougher (3 in and 3 out) then walked briskly when I was down to 2 in and 2 out until I was breathing 4 again. All in all, the running bits were quicker and the 5k was done 13 seconds faster than a slower continuous run. So not a huge difference in time but wow, what a difference in how it felt at the end and just knowing I didn't have to feel like death. Perhaps in time I will be able to join up the dots and go longer before the breathing gets shallow.

    Still an experiment for the moment but so far so good and thoroughly enjoyed my outing in the p....ersistent rain!

  • I am a firm believer in "what works for you". If you feel a lot better for it it's got be be good for you. Your still out there and your more likely to keep going. That's what I am telling myself as well this week I have managed to get so much more done with the extra energy I have had.

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