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"How much chocolate !!!" Quest week 1 - Feel free to join ( 2 March - 12 April)

Hi and welcome to the "How much chocolate" Quest week 1

The quest has got it's name from the fact that it finishes the week after Easter and maybe some chocolate might be consumed.

I was wondering if I am alone with this phenomenon I have started to encounter. I was out on Saturday at a party and there were lots of new people to meet. I am a nervous, shy sort of person in big crowds so stick to comfortable topics, for me that is running and food (nutrition). I noticed that everytime I said I run to a new person they looked down at my stomach. I am very sensitive about this area of my body and find it very unnerving. I was trying to work out if they were looking to see if I really run or whether I am a good role model. All said after wards they wanted to learn to run after I explained about this forum and everything everybody has achieved but i found it very off putting being surveyed, as my stomach is not the smallest.

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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The quest for me this time is to continue with my HM training

Be ready for my 2.5 km swim on 17 April

And maybe lose a couple of lbs.

Also I will take a training break next week. I will have to play a joker, (for jantastic) so one run early in The week, before I go and spend some quality time with my Dad in Yorkshire.


Hi RFC, I would like to join this time, I've actually entered a 10k that runs on 12th April, I am currently resting with a sore calf/Achilles, but plan to get running again in a week or so, I was managing 7-8k and had done two 10k runs. (Running for over an hour)

I'm hoping it's still doable, even if I have to walk some of it!




Count me in for this quest. My goal is to continue running at least three times a week, training for a 10k race on Good Friday and a 5k on Easter Sunday.


I can understand how unnerving that must be. I have an odd problem with people exclaiming about how much weight I have lost when they see me when they've seen me since and I've lost no more. My husband says they have a mental picture of me as heavier which isn't a particularly cheery thought, although I think he is probably right, and at least they are pleasantly surprised rather than dismayed. It sounds as though however people may be judging you, it is all a force for good if you are inspiring others to run.

I've decided to have just two simple goals for this quest: running round the reservoir, which will be my longest run yet (?14km) and losing weight (2.5kgs) I'm sure all my usual stuff will feed into that. If I am honest I am not *especially* looking forward to the circuit as the dog will have to be on the waist belt lead and it is a relatively hard surface all the way for me. But it is a bit like Everest, it is there.


Thankfully it's NOT like Everest in terms of altitude you need to gain! ;)

Sounds like a great target to aim for and I'm struggling to think of something similar that would motivate me...


True, true, but hey, there's some steep bits, it's not flat... and 3 years ago it might as well have been Everest...


I really need to find my "Everest". I think yours a great thing to aim to do - and just think, once you've done 7km you'll just have to keep going as it would be further to turn back!


Good point!


There had better be chocolate involved at Easter so no leaving the weight loss till the last minute!


Let me know if you want a victory escort along the wall and into the cafe 😄


That would be great, although I've still to work out which way round to brave it (dam to café means not getting the most undulating side out of the way first)

I need to make some kind of firm (and scary) plan, don't I?


Ack - only just found this, sorry. Yes, I see what you mean! Happy to start you off :)


But I've just realised it looks like I'm stalking you and I'm not, honest! :D I wish you the best of luck with it - I'm most impressed that you're planning to run around the res and only wish I could even contemplate it!


Ha, well to show you how stalked I feel I have just messaged you my email address so we can make meet up arrangements!


Can I join please? I've recently graduated and for now just want to make a commitment to keep running at least three times a week. Thanks


Great goal!


Keeping it simple :)


Ooo rude people! Not surprised you found that quite off putting!

I'll only be with you in spirit for this quest. Can't even man the tea urn this time around but, hopefully, I'll be back for the next one. Good luck questers one and all :)


I'm in again (I'm addicted now!!)

HM training will continue until the big event on the 22nd March (so that's a commitment to stick with the four runs a week of my training plan).

Then it's a switch to a new plan with more emphasis on interval training in order to get my 10k time down. Plus a commitment to put three sessions a week of strength work in there (I plan on dropping down to three runs a week as four a week has been very tough for me).

Thanks for running this again, RFC. I'm exactly the same in new social situations as you. When I find myself talking about running to new people I tend to pre-empt the conversation by telling people how slow I am and completely missing the significance of actually getting out there and running in the first place!!


Hello, I'd like to join, please! I've just graduated and can run 5k now but I'd like to slowly increase my distance with a view to running a charity 10k in July. By the end of the six weeks, I'd like to be running at least 6.5k. Thanks!


Oooh had me at chocolate :) yes, count me in again please.

Just going to carry over the same targets as last time as I didn't manage to meet them for various reasons - so that's running three times a week and aiming to get back to doing 10K comfortably..hahaha.

....and paying a bit more attention to healthy eating as a few bad habits have snuck in recently and I still need to shift 2-3 kilos.

Feeling good today as there was a tiny window of reasonable weather late morning and got my first run of the week in :)

Hope you have a lovely time this week with your Dad,Rfc.

Good luck to everyone taking part this time :)


Yeah count me in RFC. I'm game

Got a race on this Sunday - a 10 k for which I've been training for religiously for weeks.

Got another race entered - again another 10k with serious hills! So, got to train even more for this one.

Training starts after recovery runs from Sunday, so this will be my quest

Thanks RFC!


I'll go for it.

My aims are to get well enough to get running again, and ideally in time to do some of my events towards the end of the month. Battle of Lansdown on the 14th looks doubtful, but am hoping Rock Solid on the 21st and Battle Ready on the 29th might be doable. And squeeze in Nuclear Race Special Ops as well.

Second aim is to to resume conditioning training - I was 3 weeks into a P90x cycle but will have to start again at the beginning. After several weeks of lying around like a damp dishcloth, I actually can't wait to get up at 5AM to torture myself again, but not going to risk it until properly better.

Third aim is to up my game in the nutrition stakes. Adding more delish factor to our healthy dishes, particularly puddings to engage the wife and children's taste buds more. This week's new one is sugar, dairy and grain-free raw peaches and cream pie.

Chocolate content during these 6 weeks shall be zero.


You forgot one Rignold - surely you are going to give up consuming rat urine?

Love your nutritional goal.

I really hope you can compete in some of those events.


Maybe they're embarrassed RFC because they are probably thinking "s**t I do NO exercise"! And they hang their heads in shame and it seems they're looking at your tummy! Just forget about them. You know what you can do!

Please count me in again. I have a 10K race in May and want to work on improving my time. So my goals are to continue running a 10K once a week, hill work once a fortnight, fitness pilates once a week and weights/rowing at least once a week.

Many thanks for organising and good luck all questers.


Yes, please, Rfc, count me in, and thank you for organising.

I'm on no chocolate up until Easter, but then there might just be the odd square - HA!!!

Goals for this Quest - I'd like to get up to 6k, and I'd like to pick up the swimming to a regular once per week, and I'd really really like to lose 3lbs, which is a big ask. But I can try.

Good luck to everyone!


Yesterday I had 8 squares of cadburys and 5 continental chocs plus a portion of cheesecake! Then I wonder how I am still the same weight!!!

I am going for a bridge to 10k programme so will be slowly upping my distance. I also want to play around with intervals - I have yet to pick the actual programme though so welcome any suggestions folk might have of a programme that does both distance and shorter interval runs too. thanks.


When I did the 10 k race before joining jogscotland I followed the bupa 10 k training plan I really liked it and found it quite doable It increased the longer run slowly and I think that is the trick . I started at week 3 Beth cos didn't want to go back to the walking bits.


Cheers Rona, will take a look at that. Rather distracted at the moment cos I spilt a big mug of coffee on my laptop yesterday and its gone kaput. Tred letting it dry out so now taking the back off to see what the damage is. :(


Argh Fingers crossed Beth it's ok


Endomondo does training plans (perhaps you have to pay to be able to use them...). They give you a 12 minute test a couple of times through your training and adjust the plan accordingly. You can choose how many runs a week to do (3 or 4 - I'd recommend sticking to 3) and I found they mix up the runs quite well.


Thanks for that, I will look it up. I went up to 4 runs a week this time last year and ended up on the injury bench for almost 3 months! Since then have decided 3 tines a week is plenty.


Count me in please. My quest is to:

a) run 5 or 6 times every fortnight (aiming for 3 runs a weeks feels as though it would be setting myself up to fail).

b) run along the sea front on at least 3 occasions

c) build up to running continuously for 40 minutes


I'm in.

My goals are:

keep running 3 times per week

do some more hill stuff

longest run will be a quarter marathon on Easter Sunday (running a half marathon as a duo with hubby).


I'm in please. My goals are to get back to running regularly and trying to beat this cold/allergy thing I've had going on, and also to make sure my new shoes are working for me before I go back to France. I leave UK in 4 weeks, and will spend a few days in Spain en route to France. There is a wonderful coastal route I ran in one direction (downhill!) last year, this year I hope to run it in both directions. It's not silly-far about 2.5K each way, but it is quite steeply uphill in one direction. I'd also like to run the length of the promenade too, about another 2K...When I set the goal last November it seemed I would have plenty of time to get ready for it, now that time has run out and I'm not sure if I can do it...I'll have to walk the uphill bit if necessary. Apart from that, I want to enjoy my last few weeks in Cambridge, and make use of my very expensive membership for the Botanic Gardens, which I've only run to once so far.


This quest I am going to try something different . As soon as I put pressure on myself I seem to do the opposite . ie want to lose some weight before certain date .... so let's see how much I can eat and end up putting on weight!

So instead of trying to do something I am going to try and NOT do something

* not get stressed about being slowest in running group

* not get stressed about trying to lose weight

But main aim is just to keep enjoying my running

Good luck everyone


Sounds like a plan to me.


Count me in again please RFC.

My aims:

Get the knee back to full working order. Back to a 5km and a 6km with hills last week and everything good. (Though I managed to smack it with a flight case at work yesterday which wasn't good!)

Get out at least twice a week, but hopefully 3 - work permitting (far too many 5am starts and 10pm finishes the the moment).

Get back to one 10km a week.

Keep an eye on the weight - work means bad food at odd times - just finished third lot of chips in 2 days :(

Good luck everyone!


Count me in again. i would like to run 3 times a week and do some more B210k.

And I want to be there when the overall quest ends in Cornwall ;)

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count me in :/ i aim to run 10km ...... again! i ran 10km back in October so hopefully will be able to again within 6 weeks :) and hopefully get out running twice a week regularly :/

so my goal: run twice a week and complete 10km in 6 weeks :)

happy running :)


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