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VThe Mad March Movement Quest Wk 1 - feel free to join

Hi and welcome to the Mad March Movement quest. The reason for the name is that over the next couple of months some of us are going to be faced with weather that makes it very difficult to get out, so the quest is to do something that keeps us going. As usual it can be whatever you would like it to be. If you can run that's great if you have to go Indoors to a gym that's is still keeping your fitness levels up. Even if your doing Nordic skiing, yes I think you know who I mean you can all still be part of the quest. The whole point of the quest is to help us keep our fitness levels up so let's be creative if it's covered in snow outside.

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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I would like to continue with my asics running plan and swim once a week, if I am forced i will go inside for my runs as I am a massive baby when it comes to ice. Happy running.


I'd like to continue with my Asics HM running plan. Four runs a week with the weekly mileage starting to escalate quite a lot now, so fingers crossed that the icy weather isn't around for long.


Hi and thanks RFC for this latest challenge!

I am following an asics 10 k race plan so am running 3 times a week, sometimes four. I am doing Jillian Michaels strength and fitness exercise DVD's as often as poss on my rest days from running

Walking everywhere as usual, with or without dogs


Hehe, Snap we wrote about the same thing.


Well of course I am in again...

A continuation for me, mostly with the goal of all round fitness

So that is, weekly:

150 minutes of moderate intensity activity be that running, fairly brisk walking (ie not 'sniffage' dog walks where she's allowed to stop and 'read the news' every 30 seconds), swimming and maybe even cycling. But definitely a run and a swim every week minimum.

5-10 minutes of yoga every morning with at least one longer session a week (to fulfil the DoH recommendation for strength and flexibility work)

At least 3 meditation/relaxation sessions.

Special for this time round:

I would like to complete a free MOOC on Futurelearn on Decision Making in an Uncertain World (see, told you I was going for all round fitness!) I started it in the Autumn and got quite a way into a demanding but excellent course. Then a cat was killed and I was derailed. The new presentation starts today. I stating this goal here as having dropped out before I might wobble otherwise.

And yes, there's a running goal, honest: I would like to run one or other of the Carsington Water circuit or a circuit taking in White Edge and Curbar Edge. Either will be my longest ever runs at over 10k I think. RFC mentions the weather as a factor and that is true here. I have some motivation to go for the Edge run before the end of February as it is Access Land and the dog will need to be on the lead up there after that until August (and it is *the* run I've had a hankering to achieve ever since I started running). But last time I was on Curbar Edge we literally couldn't stand it the wind was so strong.


Wots MOOC? Just going to ask google. When we fight about, I mean discuss, which DVD to watch I muddle them up behind my back and make him choose left or right hand. It's the only method I know for making a tough decision in an escalating situation but feel there must be a better way.

Sorry to hear about moggie-pusscat, it's too upsetting when they go.


MOOC = Massively Open Online Course. Years ago I did an Open University decision making course which was brilliant, have used it a lot in my life since. Your DVD strategy was entirely endorsed for various circumstances. Have not yet got stuck in again with the course. I take my hat off to those who do C25K more than once.

We have been blessed with a new kit who is everything we had hoped (well, the other cats don't love him to bits but...)


Oh and I have realised that I have not included a weight related goal... perhaps because even my very modest goal for the last quest was not achieved.

So here's another very modest goal: I will weight less than 69kgs


Wow! Thanks for the steer GM I have just signed up for a couple. How did I get through life thus far without knowing about MOOC? Mysterious. Like the missing malted milk biccies :D


Great, hope you enjoy them!


I think I am going to shelve the Asics plan for the time being and concentrate on the standard advice we see here regularly - 1 x 5K maintenence, 1 x shorter intervals run, and 1 x longer run adding half a KM per week - I'm thinking of it as 500 meters, sounds much more acheivable like that! I feel the Asics was just too much, 15K last week 19K this week, I can always go back to it if I want later.


Very wise Curly. I got myself and Asics plan before Christmas but decided it was just too hardcore for me. Good luck mdear


This is EXACTLY what I am going to be doing :)


I have also parked the Asics for now Curly. I am thinking if I can get to the other side of this quest just ticking along I will be inspired to do more when it is less blimmin freezing. I like the sound of your weekly plan which sounds very do-able.


I'm in again, and am aiming for 3 runs per week:

* 1 Speed or Stamina podcast (will probably alternate weeks)

* 1 longer run (aim is to get to 10 during this quest, then I will pull back down to doing 1 hour for my longer runs and add in some hill work - eeek)

* 1 "fun run" - ie 30 or so minutes running around outside with no goals and no pressure, just for the fun of it.


I'm in again! This time the plan is to:

- continue with my 3 runs a week for Jantastic

- start mixing up my running again. At the moment I do 3 x 5k and always at the same pace (pretty hard) so am going to make a plan using the calculator on 'cool running' or runners world that involves at least 1 long easy run and one tempo and one or two something else...have to look at the plan properly obviously! According to cool running because my best 5k ever was 32:20 my easy pace is about a 14.30 minute mile!!! I have never run that slow but apparently that's what is meant by an easy pace so I'll have a go.

- yoga minimum one hour twice a week

That should do me.


Hopefully I'm in again, RFC. Both hips are sore at the moment so I'm having a week off running but after that I'm hoping to be back out there again with at least 2 (and preferably 3) runs a week.


I'm in again please.

My aims:

3 runs a week - 2x 5k and a 10k - weather permitting. Don't have the ability to move indoors as I can't afford/justify a gym.

Continue with the abs challenge.

Get some work!

Get paid for some work and invest in a physio visit to sort the dodgy knee.

Buy some new running shoes (reliant on getting the work).

Good luck everyone and thanks RFC.


Thanks RFC, I am in again please . I didn't get out at all last week , but I am hoping that my creaky hip sorts itself out for this week. I am chomping at the bit to get out there :-D

I am aiming for 3 times a week xxx


This quest aims are

1x proper swim a week (not just playing with grandchildren in water !)

To look at what I am eating before and after long runs. Ran my furthest ever of 8.8 miles and felt very light headed in shower after. Had usual amounts before run but maybe not enough or the right things the night before ??? Also should I be eating something during run??? And should I be drinking on long run even though not thirsty???

To think the pre c25k me used to think running just involved moving your feet.

Thanks again rfc and happy and safe running everyone. Watch out for that ice -- and I don't mean the one in your G+Ts

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Yes, it ticks other boxes so worth doing but swimming with little ones isn't quite the same. I only let my children stay off school (their secondary the only one open 'if it is safe for you to travel' - and we've had some seriously hairy times on our hill so that was moot) on the understanding we'd walk over to the pool. So I only got 20 minutes instead of my more usual 40.


On the plus side it's good spending quality time with your children in the pool.


Absolutely! Otherwise it is a question of "Fit for what?"


Count me in please. I would like to carry on running three times a week. Perhaps putting in more structure much like curly girly

My plan. One maintenance 5k run, one stamina or interval run and one run increasing distance

Here goes

Thanks for this RCF


Count me in again RFC. I love these quests as they really help with the old motivation.

This quest I want to:-

1. Run 3 times/week

2. 10K once a week (maybe ambitious but we'll give it a go)

3. Hill work! I need to start doing some. Yikes!

4. Get some more Pilates in. I say this every quest but never seem to get more than one session done. Must do better this time.

Good luck everyone and enjoy the quest.


Count me in too!

Training for a HM on 22/3 so for me it is about keeping to the training plan - 3 runs a week, building up the distance (managed 8 miles so far but need to keep going). interesting that many of you have mentioned the ASICS plan and have been meaning to have a look at that :)

Also, keep on with pilates once a week and swimming once/twice a week as it seems to help the old muscles from seizing up quite so much!


Count me in too please Rfc.

I didn't manage to get back up to 10K runs in the last quest,so I really want that to happen this time two 5K runs and one run to build up from last week's 7K to 10K ...I've done it before,but with one thing and another let it slip and I think an element of laziness has crept in to keep my runs mostly short of late.


I'm in! I want to do 1 x 5K maintenence, 1 x shorter intervals or tempo run, and 1 x longer run adding half a KM per week , like Curly Gurly :)

Also I want to carry on dropping the weight and try to get some hill running in.


Count me in and I would like to keep running 3 times a week and for extra motivation am going to give B210K a try.


Please sign me up rfc! I need to assess where my distance is at after being sick but I'd like to build back up to 10k again. Looking forward to it!


Please count me in rfc! My plan is to run three times a week, to try out all three C25K+ podcasts, to reach 5k and to have fun running to my own playlists. If the weather is pants I will substitute with a Jillian Michaels Shred or NHS Strength and Flex session. Wow! I’ve said it now! o.O


I'm graduating I a couple of weeks but I'm signed up to do a 10k on the 1st of March. I'd like to run it. I also have shelved the walking a half marathon plan in favour of doing the local 1 hour, as many laps as you want, fun run with my 6 year old at the end of March.

I'm hoping to up my run times by a couple of minutes each time after graduating in preparation.


Okay...I'm in again - thanks RFC for the Mad March Movement quest. :D

I still aim to get out three times a week (missed two runs last week because of pretty appalling weather or ice...boooo!) - I love the running, so don't think I will shirk any of them. Not planning on upping my distance from 8.5k yet; would probably like to hit that distance again in this quest - will see how that goes as the ground thaws.

I'm going away on a skiing holiday in March and hope to have more strength and fitness, so that I don't end up struggling this time (was truly beaten on day one, last time - did too much too soon - and spent most of the week really aching). The running will have helped immensely with getting me fitter, but I still feel that there is more to do, sooooo, my quest is to do at least one cross-training session per week - there's loads of variety there...I have a bike that I could drag out (when the roads are thawed), the strength and flex podcast (or a version of the same), swimming (eugh...loved swimming when I was younger, but now can't bring myself to get in the pool...dunno why) and yoga, which I find doable, but have to force myself - which I did this morning (and feel better for having done it)!! 1 down, 5 quest weeks to go...

Happy questing all :D


Count me in! I've joined a community gym (no membership fees, just £2 per visit which works for me) and I'm loving it, so I aim to visit the gym 3 times per week and run 3 times per week. With my running I aim to get my confidence back and believe again that I can do it!

Thanks RFC!


Sorry RFC, late arrival ... [gasps, out of breath] like the idea of just keeping going through orrid weather, so that is my quest: to just get out there or on the treadmill or wherever and get out of breath/warm enough to develop an advanced-state glow 3 x per week.

Nasty incident on the treadmill last week: floor must have vibrated and there was a horrible loud crash. I had 'bounced' two pictures off the sideboard (they were 'resting' there awaiting hanging) glass everywhere. Thought the house had fallen down and was relieved to see it was just the piccies. All those mince pies must have been too much for the floor. On the run before that the dog had attempted to join me and was unsportingly spun off backwards at a bit of a lick. Luckily no pets were harmed during the creation of SlookieFitness and the dog now gives the moving pavement a bit of a wide berth. Am thinking frost and ice are less dangerous than indoor treadmill.

When this one is over the weather should have improved loads and we will be skipping along without need of gloves or hats thus making this the best quest to date. Are we there yet? :)

Happy questing all


Oops - must have missed this earlier in the week. I'm goals are to continue with my RunEngland 10k plan running 3 times a week. Also I've started doing 30 mins Yoga on rest days, so I'd like to continue with that as well to work on muscle strength and flexibility.


I am moving on to the longer runs on my asics plan this week. I have 42km to do in two weeks. I have had lots of 7km runs recently. I had a run in hand last week so I did one 10.5km run just to get me over my mental block and I was fine with it so I am trusting the plan. My initial feeling was to bottle it as the runs are 10.5, 10.5, 14 then 7. Gulp. I can do it. She says trying to think very positively.


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