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Mad March Movement Quest wk 4 - feel free to join ( 19 jan- 1 March)

Hi and welcome to the Mad March Movement quest week 4

I was really itching to get back to running after having 5 days off. I had pushed my body a little too hard and it was kicking up a right fuss. I also did a treadmill run. The thing I have realised is that for the first time in my life I am actually an outdoor sort of person. I missed running past things and feeling the fresh air. I have always considered myself as a bit of a geek sat indoors working on my computer but I am a bit of both now and it feels good.

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 just managed to keep up with jantastic but it was a real struggle. I went out and tried the 14km run. I was on 10.3 and someone stopped to ask me directions on a hill and I could not talk. I realised that was not a good sign for what was supposed to be a comfortable run so walked the 2.5 km home. I was so sure I could just do it. The good news is it's not like the old days when after my first bad run I came home in tears, I have learnt so much since then. Strangely enough it just was not a big thing. I am rested and fuelled better now and back feeling ready to go.


Really interesting... at my book group (we have a theme not a set book) people were saying how as they got older they were more willing to abandon a book that wasn't working for them and perhaps this is the same phenomenon.


I was struggling in November / December, and had a couple of runs like that. Starting out on a long run, and ended up walking home. The first time it annoyed the hell out of me, but the next time I accepted that it's just the way it is, and no harm done. Good to see that you have also learnt that lesson - I think it's something we all have to do at some point.


Morning RFC

Thinking about you this morning as I got two slices of that choc cider cake out the freezer for tonight's dessert. Ta for the recipe

I seem to have had more runs this week than normal due to them backing up because of icy pavements. I felt rather tired and as I trudged round a few of them. Yesterday's was much better though

Still in training for my 10 k race at the beginning of March, which involves 3 runs a week - maybe 4.

Good luck to my fellow questers!


Im still in the knackers yard awaiting a re-fit , but hope to be out soon .

Good Luck to all fellow Questers - You can do it ! :-D xxx


Pretty chuffed with this week overall. Having the Quest goal was useful as I 'quest'ioned why I wasn't getting on and doing the longer yoga sessions and had one of those 'honestly it is less effort to just do it than feel uncomfortable about not doing it' moments and did a full 60 minute online class. I rarely manage to keep going all the way through longer classes. This one was supposed to be a gentle beginners class and had a good chunk of relaxation at the end... but my core muscles have only just stopped complaining a week later!

In terms of my minutes goal, I got a swim in and no worries that last week's decision to just do half the time would be the start of a slippery slope. And I did two runs - neither of them the longer runs I'd thought of but I was really pleased to have done two. One of them was at Chatsworth and I've not run there before. Lots of people about all wrapped up, but I peeled off my layers, buckled on the dog waist belt and off we went. Last but not least was a fabulous walk at Curbar with the family (and a little bit of sneaky running at times... to go with the sneaky snow covered deep boggy puddles...) and thinking about that big run I've been aiming for all this time. This morning I've planned it all out on walk4life and discovered it is under 10k (and I've run 10k) so, what with the start of the lead-only dogs season looming up there means I really should go for it very soon.

Meditations, check, MOOCs check.

Shame about the housework though.... mens sana in corpore sano in domum... untidy and dirty!


Also managed my Quest/jantastic targets last week - and without the motivation provided by both I really would not have ! My 3 runs were:

Tuesday - really didn't have the time/motivation to want to do much and it was cold and snowy. So I headed to the park and did the Speed podcast, which really hit the spot.

Thursday - got home and the weather was horrid. Overcast, cold north wind and snowing. I really really would not have gone out if it hadn't been for jantastic. Decided just to go for a run for half an hour. Kept it really slow and steady (ploddy is a good word) because I didn't want to slip and fall. Did my half hour and went home again.

Saturday - again cold and overcast, but no actual snow coming down. Decided it was time to start learning how to deal with hills, so did a 60 minute round trip that included about 10 minutes of plodding uphil and about 5 minutes of running down. Felt good. This is in preparation for my quarter marathon, that will include a long downhill section, so I figure I need to learn how to do it !

I agree about the untidy house... Time for running has to come from somewhere !


I managed my Jantastic targets, which I'm pleased with, but only after giving myself a bit of a stern talking-to. You see, my legs were tired after a Wednesday run, and I needed to get a long run in on Saturday, and I still had two cycle rides and a swim to do. As my legs needed the rest, I decided to engineer a recovery day for Friday and thus went out cycling Thursday lunchtime *and* Thursday after work. It felt like hard work, but it meant that I could just do a swim Friday and thus give my legs 48 hours to rest before Saturday's 18 km. It all worked out well, and Sunday became a total rest day :)


I would like to join the quest, or count me. I would start by the first week of march 2015.


Welcome onboard. Looks like your on course to be ready. Good luck with your graduation. remember to listen to your body and let it dictate your progression.


All going well on the quest for me. MyAsics training plan is proving challenging but do-able.

I managed another (third) ten miler on Monday. My mum was staying so I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get out. Ended up going out much later than I normally would have done but found it much better physically (I'd had a lovely, carb heavy lunch so maybe that helped!). I'm not used to running in the dark though and there were points in the run when the combination of rubbish street lighting and car headlights coming towards me meant I really was running 'blind' in places ... very scary!

The plan has given me the luxury of two back-to-back rest days and they have been more than welcome. I've got a split between 3 milers and 7.5 milers (slowly upping my pace) over the next couple of weeks.

Warwick HM race pack arrived in the post this morning. There is a great line in there that has really hit home for me ... "don't be afraid to push yourself" ... something that I think I have been running scared from (no pun intended!)


I managed only two runs last week a 5K and a 7K. Did one gym session with weights and couldn't get a pilates session booked as I was the 8th in reserve! Very popular. So have booked the next two weeks in advance!

Good luck all questers.


No ice this week so three runs were completed. Still on week one of B210K - can't do it! But I'm working on it.

I was really peeved to miss a PB for 5K by a couple of seconds and realised it was because I had had to wait to get across a road. If it had been clear the PB would have been mine. Oh well, there's always next time. :-)


Finally managed one run last week...5.2K with a few short walking breaks,but on a route which incorporated " the hill",so was quite pleased -and relieved -to have done that and no aches or grumbles in the ribcage region afterwards.

So that was last Tuesday,then snow arrived and thawed a day later,followed by an evil north wind and add to the mix a massive dose of lazy-itis/winter-itis which left me in complete hibernation mode.

After a few weeks of not being able to run,I found that I didn't want to run.My running mojo had just disappeared....funny how the 'healthy eating ' mojo often goes hand in hand with that it's was like they'd both eloped into the sunset together.

Anyway ,we're dog sitting since the weekend and for the next two weeks ,so there have been walks and yesterday the dog and I ran the farm track ( just 3.2K..but it's a start)... obviously that's for next weeks post.

Happy running all x


I had a good week last week, 2 shorter runs as the weather was evil and windy, and 2 5Ks one of them ParkRun. I gave myself 2 days off and yesterday I returned the shoes that have been causing me pain - yes, my magic shoes :-(. They've been replaced with the same style in the men's version, I'll give them a go this morning and see if it makes a difference.

This week I'm hoping to get to 10K if it's not too big a jump from just under 9 a couple of weeks ago.


Two runs, hooray! They were both very cautious because although the snow had mostly gone, there is still a lot of ice and frost around, especially as I run first thing in the morning. The below zero temps are very off-putting as well, I'm afraid to say. I'm still getting some hip pain after the runs, though, which is odd and a bit worrying. I'd put it down to the new shoes but it's happening in my old shoes as well so I'm not sure what's going on there. I was going to start swimming again but a variety of factors seem to be conspiring against me - but I'll get there, I'm sure! Happy running, everyone, and a swift recovery to those on the IC.


3 runs last week, plus a trip to the physio (finally).

2 x 5k Monday and Wednesday, nothing special, but enjoyable.

Happy to report that the physio says knee probs are "just" slight tearing of quads where they meet the knee, so cut down to 3 x 3k a week then gradually increase one run if there's no pain. Another appointment booked for another massage and some exercises to try.

3k on Sunday was pain free, but it felt odd to only be out for a total of 20 mins, with a 3k PB (although first flat one) of 15.57. And back home and showered for the Archers - result.

Well done everyone - onward and upward :)


A lovely 'pull back' week for me on my 10k training plan, so slightly less fierce intervals and less distance on my long easy run. I'm in week six of the 12 week plan and it all seems to be going ok so far - running just over 7k now in 45 mins. Still managing to run ever other day and doing yoga on rest days. Overall a good week!


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