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"How Much Chocolate" Quest week 2 - feel free to join ( 2 March -12 April)

Hi and welcome to the "How much chocolate" Quest week 2

Great to see so many old and new faces on the Quest again.

This weeks is a break week for me. A long run today and then a week off. I try and have a reduced week every 4 weeks as my body seems to like this. This week I am taking it a bit further as I will be spending some quality time with my Dad in Yorkshire. So walks on the North Yorkshire moors, and fish and chips In Whitby seem to be calling.

It will be a Janstatic Joker for me this week. Family is important too.

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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This weeks has been a good week for me.

13.2 km run ( I got to my destination a bit earlier than expected was supposed to be 14km)

2x 12 km hikes

1 x 2.2 km swim

5 km run.

I am ready for my break after my long run today.


Well done on your 13.2K RFC .....and everything else.....that's amazing :)


Hi can I join the quest please? Having graduated last week my aim is to continue running 3 times a week and to gradually increase my distance. I want to do a Parkrun and won't do it until I am comfortable I can run 5k in less than 40 minutes. I doubt if that is achievable within this quest period but want to work towards it.


Not such a good week for me - planned a run for Thursday after work, but between the car and front door (2 storeys) it turned into flopping onto the couch and sleeping for 2 hours. Oops.

Did the speed run plus one other short run last week but yesterday I succumbed to a nasty throat infection that's going round and wiping everyone out. Have now been awake with my eyes open for 3 hours, which is a bit of a record. Planning a gentle walk up to the pharmacy to get some paracetamol etc. Not thinking of running until my temperature is properly down to normal and I can function normally. Thursday may be a bit optimistic. Saturday is more likely. :(


Well my calf is still sore, did a lot of walking yesterday, supporting the Cambridge HM! Today am resting with occasional ice pack, does feel that it's on the mend, aiming to do some very light intervals on Wednesday, then a very gentle wobble round park run on Saturday - probably with intervals too. Trying to keep on track for the 10k, oh and just a small thing, got a job interview on Friday (13th) , no pressure!


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I feel like I'm finally shaking my cold off, had 3 nice 5K runs last week. this I'm intending to do one intervals or speed run, one longer run over 7 anyway, and one to the Botanic Gardens, a walk around inside (they don't allow running) and then run home.


Well ,spring has finally sprung over here (although today has been foggy and grey) and it seems as if it's gone straight to my feet :) Made a really good start to this quest -got my three runs in last week......a 5.3, 5.9 and a 7.2K.

Plus ,today made a good start to Week 2, I did the Speed podcast and then carried on with my run when it finished as I hadn't covered enough ground,intending to reach 5K and finished up at 6.2 K. So finally I feel like I may have turned a corner.

I'm cautiously optimistic that barring incidents or accidents I may get back to my 10K's this quest.

Commiserations to the poorly ones or anyone hooked up to TV and a packet of biscuits on the Injury Couch....happy running to everyone else x


I clocked up 38k of running this week, including a 10km race yesterday. Resting up til Thursday, as per my plan. Good job as I am nursing a painful foot this morning

i intend to run 3 times a week as per, maybe 4. Got a new plan in the offing for an upcoming local 10k race


Well thought one of my aims - not to get stressed about being slowest in running group - was going to be achieved last week . I finished wed group run 1st !! Wow I hear you say all that training must finally have paid off. We had only gone 2 miles when I slipped on some mud , caught toe on edge of pavement and went flying face down full length Ouchy ouchy. Clattered my chin on kerb . Felt like my teeth were coming out of my eye socket. Anyway leader walked me back to cars so technically I was 1 st back . Really lucky cos although swollen cheek , split lip and black eye no real damage . Knees and hip black but no sprain or damaged joints so managed 10.6 mls on sat and felt fine - but do look a bit of a sight. This is my first running injury so count myself lucky And another plus - no holes in my favourite running tights.

So be carefull out there


Blimey FF60 that's awful. That must be the understatement of the year - swollen cheek, split lip, black eye, knees and hip black but "no real damage"! And then you ran 10.6 miles two days later! Amazing you. You should tell the maker of your running tights. Good marketing story that!


Isn't it funny how your priorities change Irishprincess. Pre c25k I would have been upset going out in case anyone saw mess my face was but now not bothered just so glad fall didn't put me on the injury couch . Swelling all down now and bruises just yellowy black colour. They were the first ever tights I bought Ronhill. I still remember how self conscious I was wearing black lycra then.


Still, it must have hurt!


I am glad to hear the bruising is going down Rona. I am relating to your first point too as I am staying in the beginners rather than be way way behind in the group you are in. Mind you if I were a kinder person I would come back to intermediate advanced group then you wouldn't have to stress about being last. Maybe I will soon...x


Ouch! Hope you're recovering, FF60, and I'm in awe of your bravery that you think there's no real damage!!!


Ooooh, poor you! Sounds nasty.


Ouch...that made me cringe just reading it ! So glad to hear there was " no real damage " !! .....we obviously differ over what constitutes " damage "though I do see that it could have been so much worse.

Really well done on your 10.6 miles ...I had to read that bit twice,by the way....cue incredulous look on my

face ...well done you :)


Thanks Carol It was pretty sore but so relived didn't prevent me running. A few of us in running club are doing a HM hence the long run. I only signed up cos leader said he would coach us and I didn't want to be left out . Never ever had burning ambition to do a HM but actually really enjoy the long slow runs . I'm def a tortoise.


Ow. Only just seen this. Hope you're feeling better by now.


I was back to normal Folkieboater thanks but then fell again yesterday on trail run . But only went down on knees so nothing really . Can't believe it no injuries since started and now 2 falls in 2 weeks.


Poor you. Happens that way sometimes. xx


Hello, RFC. Could I sign up please for the rest of the quest? I've really struggled the past few months and I need a focus to keep going. I ran for the first time yesterday in about 3 weeks (family stuff, lost my get up and go) and it was such a struggle with my head. The first 5 minutes were fab but after 10 minutes I really wrestled about stopping. I managed 30 minutes, though and of course felt fantastic afterwards. -Slept really well, too!

I want to aim for 3 runs a week and do the x1fastish run (well, in a manner of speaking), x1 intervals and x1 increase by 10% thing.



Ouch - that sounds painful Fitfor60. Hope all the injuries heal soon.

Not a bad week for me last week. I was over visiting family in Yorkshire, so I indulged in a bit of running tourism. A tempo run in Beverley on Tuesday including a stretch down the high street to see which shops had changed since I was last there, interval training around the countryside in Burstwick on Thursday (lovely and flat, perfect for intervals!) and my first parkrun on Saturday morning in East Park, Hull.

This morning I was back at home and back on my 10k training plan, so it was a long easy pace run of 60 minutes. Bit of a concern this afternoon is that I have a slight pain in my right foot - I hope I'm not heading for the injury couch as I have my first race (10k) on Good Friday. The ache is in the outside edge in the middle of my foot not the heel base, so I don't think it's plantar fasciitis (fingers crossed, please please please don't let it be PF...).

Going to rest up now with a nice cup of tea and see how it feels on Wednesday.


I had a good week, managing 3 runs. A 5K, 10.5K and a hill session. Managed a fitness pilates class too but didn't make it to the gym as I indulged my love before running - gardening! Took advantage of the gorgeous weather and pruned 4 big shrubs, a tree and a very prickly rambling rose! In fact my body ached more after the gardening than most runs. So I'm counting that as a workout session!

Have a great week fellow questers.


Bit of a drear week really for me.

Plus points though: two runs which I enjoyed even though they felt quite tough for some reason and I was pleased with the way my weight loss and eating was going. Until I made a birthday cake for my teenager.... but it was a fine cake.


I am pretty much on track this week. Have started a 10k plan and managed to have three very different runs. First was slow and longer, second was over tracks and mud and although not intentionally slow was because of said mud plus lots and lots of uphill (and down of course) along the route. Final run was a fairly quick run of 30 minutes. Will be continuing to mix it up and lengthen my long run each week. No aches and pains and realising how lovely it is to run without sore hips, sore achilles, sore lungs! Seeing the osteopath has been very worthwhile :)


Count me in! I would like to run 3 times a week. That's it. (Well, I'd like to wake up in the Himalayas with a backpack and a wallet full of travellers cheques and a map and a long way to go, but one can't have everything)

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I've really enjoyed reading everyone's updates today. Mention of fish and chips in Whitby has my mouth watering and then someone running in Beverley and in East Park in Hull bringing back memories of my youth. I spent a lot of time in that park, playing on the swings, rowing boats on the lake, riding the water splash, sailing toy boats on the boating lake, fishing for minnows, feeding the ducks.... ah.... drags herself reluctantly to the present....

Only managed 2 runs AGAIN this week due to hailstorms making it dodgy underfoot. Otherwise one day did intervals and one day a 5k run in which my legs did not wish to participate and insisted on slowing to a walk every 5 minutes..


Me too! I loved the splash boat and fishing with nets for tiddlers and frog spawn! I intend to make East Park my first park run when I can get over there on a Saturday morning, just for nostalgia's sake!


Hello all, I've had two runs and a cycle this week. I had a lovely run on Tuesday when it all just came together. I intended to do 5.5k but felt so good that I carried on for 6k as that route took me home nicely. However, the run on Thursday was really hard. It was windy, my breathing felt laboured and my heart just wasn't really in it. I managed 5k but it didn't feel like a great run. Finished the week with a lovely cycle ride with my daughter on Saturday along the riverside. It was beautiful weather and a nice way to spend the day.

This week, I'm hoping to do one run of 6k and then one or two shorter runs. The plan is to consolidate where I'm at now and then up the distance by no more than half a kilometre each week or maybe each fortnight. I've just signed up for my first 10k, but it's not until July so I have lots of time to build up to it.

I'm also going to try to get my eating under control this week. I'm finding myself really hungry since I've started running regularly and I'm not always making the healthiest of choices. I've got to get it sorted or I'll be heavier than when I started all this exercise!

Hope you all have a good week


Well, I only managed two runs last week, but one of them was running tourism, which was fab :) I was on holiday in Malta, so I went out in 15C sunny weather, round Valletta's Grand Harbour and the walls. I did get a bit lost, and I kept having to walk occasionally, but it was a grand run. So that's two 4ks last week.

This week I am hoping to step it up a bit and also to get at least one swim in, now the pool is fully open again and the Discount Duck is on.

Happy Questing everyone, and a swift recovery to those on the IC.


After the high of 10k the previous week, this week was harder. Post 10k I had a bit of a niggly feeling in my groin - but Tuesday the weather was lovely and I needed an outing so I did a gentle 30 minutes round the park.

Thursday I had 45 minutes while my son was at his music lesson, so I decided on 40 minutes pushing the pace a bit. Which was fine, but the niggle had returned and was much worse on Friday.

So this weekend for the first time in AGES I deliberately decided not to run. Instead I put on my kit and went for a 45 minute walk round the park on Saturday morning. (Decided to count it for jantastic anyway as I did get out and exercise.)

Niggle now seems to be subsiding, but will be taking it very carefully this week with 2 gentle jogs today and Thursday. I have a Paris trip Friday/Saturday and don't want to take my kit, but will make sure I get a good walk at some point, then follow up with a gentle jog on Sunday... (3 hours train each way, so will definately want a good stretch afterwards).


Well, am making some progress with my Quest, although in reverse of the order I had expected: started P90x again and am on day 12 today. It was a horrific shock to the muscles after my layoff, but am out the other side of that now, and into regular manageable daily soreness. Quite pleased with this as really need to get my upper body strength and overall flexibility back if I am to compete in any OCRs in the near future.

Have not been out running again though. Well, did a couple of days, just easy 10ks, but then my wife mentioned this to the Dr, who told me off and said I had to leave it longer. Luckily, she didn't know about the workouts, so I saw no reason to stop those. The curse of being married to a Health Professional.

Anyway, my running probation is finally up officially today so I can get back out again and start trying to build up my distance and stamina again. In fact I am still entered for Battle of Lansdown tomorrow, which is a nice short 7.5k OCR ... hmmm

Foodwise, great success. Not a single teaspoon of sugar has been used in Rignold Towers and processed carb consumption is down 75% and the children have not complained once, and have several new favourite dishes.

I confes this may get relaxed for my youngest's birthday this weekend. He has his heart set on a birthday cake with Toothless the dragon on top, and I can see no way of making a birthday cake for a party of 5 year olds that does not contain any flour, sugar or dairy, so we may call that a cheat treat day.


Managed 2 runs last week a 5k and a 6k. Knee held up OK. Ate too much!


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