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"How much chocolate" Quest wk3 - feel free to join

Hi and welcome to the "How much chocolate" Quest week 3

hope your week has gone well. I know we have had some tumbles so I hope you are healed and not too sore.

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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Quiet week for me. One 13k. Run last Monday then nothing for the rest of the week. It's been a fun time with my Dad and spending some lovely time with one of my best mates and her family who is on chemo so all worthy distractions from running. Looking forward to some good runs this week.


Good week for me, did some gentle jogging for about 1k then did park run on Saturday, very slowly. Calf/Achilles improving, aiming for 2x 5k this week, or at least 40 mins each over mixed terrain, if this goes ok I'll be more confident of doing the 10k. Very happy.


That's good news, hope jot all goes well this week too.


Thanks lb, just got 'normal' muscle ache today, so I'm hopeful, virtual hug for you, no matter how old we get, we still want our mums and dads, I'm an orphan, I've signed up for race for life this year, for my dad, he died a long time ago, at a time when a cancer diagnosis was practically always terminal, I was only a teenager, just receiving my number in the post made me cry. Big hug for you.



Aw thanks so much for that Madge50. When my mum died that was one of the things that really struck my sister and I - we were orphans. In our 50's but it still had an impact. Miss her (and my dad) but lucky to have had her the length of time we did.


Hi rfc, I would like to join the quest as I would like to slowly build up my distance. Thank you. 😊


I raced 10k! ran 3 runs since then and have 3 more runs this week complete my plan


Been a good week for me. First run was Wedfnesday with jogscotland group where we did just over 5k, mixed pace and lots of wee inclines to negotiate, second run was a fastish (for me) 4.5k and yesterday I did a slowish 6.5k. Had some wee issues with my left achilles/heel but it was fine once I stopped. No stiffness or hip pain at all so think the osteopath has really made a difference.

Felt a bit sad yesterday as it was 2 years to the day since my mum died and it came up on me in waves. The longish run helped though.


Yesterday must have been difficult Beth . My mum died 2 1/2 ago and Mother's Day does bring back memories and no matter how hard you try to focus on the good memories and fun times you shared with her it can be sad. I don't think it matters what age you are - your mum is still your mum. Glad you managed a run and maybe see you at running group on wed.


That's so true Rona. Will be coming on Wednesday - but sticking with beginners I think. Might depend on what John has in mind :)


I always remember there are a few of us on the quest who find mothers day sad. Me and my dad treated ourselves and spent the day talking about Mum. But I always remember last year I did run for mum and I liked the inclusivity of it. Hugs and thoughts for all our Mums xxx


I remember that about last year too rfc. Spending the day with your dad talking about your mum sounds like a lovely thing to do too. X


Hugs to all those missing their mums yesterday. Almost 25 years without mine and think about her all the time.

Did have a little snigger to myself when I ran past some daffodils on the towpath yesterday. I remember when my niece was little her and her dad came home on Mothers Day with a bunch of daffs each for her mum and grandma. When my mum said they were nice, she proudly said "we picked them in the park". Oops :)

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A good week for me too. My longest ever run (6.8 k) first. Then started C25K+ (didn't find it easy, but quite enjoyed it) and then a 5 k. This morning, I did my fastest 5 k yet - it was hard going, but I came in at 30:31 (so close, yet so far!)


So close and not at all far - you're definitely going to crack the 30minute 5k. Soon :)


A better week... last week I felt as though I'd dumped all the gains from having my 150 minute goal for previous quests. This week I did a 5k run, a 1km swim and planned my run for this quest goal. It's in the diary, I have told people....

As to my weight loss goal, not going brilliantly well, despite the assistance my offspring gave me by not acknowledging Mothers' Day in any way shape or form. (I had a nice canal walk looking for wild daffodils, just me and the dog again and was thankful for that)


Three runs for me last week...a 6.2 incorporating the Speed podcast on Monday and a 6K over my hilly route on Wednesday .This was followed by a bit of a twingey left knee so I decided on a final short run of around 5K after a slightly longer break,so I ended up doing 5.3 K on Sunday morning....and pleased to report my knee was fine all the way and no probs since.

This week I want to include a 7K as my longer run hopefully and a couple of shorter runs not less than 5K.

Happy running all :)


Well, a frustrating week :( I did a medium run and then a longer run. For the first one my knee was twingeing a little, but I wondered if I was making it up (aka being a drama queen) so gave it a day or so and went out again. When I was out on the second run it felt sort of okay, but afterwards I could hardly move my knee, and my hips were really hurting. I think it's these *&%@£$% shoes. So I have rested for the last three days and I'll take another couple off, before going out again in my old faithful shoes to see what happens then. I'm getting so fed up with this shoe saga. This is the third pair that has given me pain :(

Happy Questing to everyone else, though, and for those of you on the IC, please budge up for the next couple of days!


Not too bad a week for me this week. I decided to change my route on Tuesday and set off alongside the river. It was a lovely day and I was really looking forward to it but everything seemed wrong from the beginning and, although I eventually managed 4.5k, it wasn't a great run. That seems to happen every time I change routes for some reason.

Thursday was much better. I decided just to go out and enjoy it and I ended up doing 6.5 k in under 39 minutes, so I was delighted with that. I hope to repeat that this week on one of my runs and then have at least one other shorter run.

Have a good week everyone!


Not a bad week for me.

First 3 run week since January. 5k on Friday morning became 6k as my Runmeter fell over halfway and I took a while to realise and turn round!

Knee doing well.

Well done everyone else.


My turn! Managed 3 runs this week. Ran 5.26km (that's my 10% increase), intervals was the Speed podcast and then ran 30 minutes using wk9. So nothing very glorious but a girl's got to start somewhere and I'm pleased for managing 3 runs. For me that's good.

Having read posts above, I feel that I should have done a run for my Mum on Mothering Sunday, but I think I'd be able to hear her saying, "But darling, what on EARTH for?!"


That last bit made me smile!

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Yes, she always seemed perplexed by things that we all got up to!! I do miss her though like everyone seems to. (Only natural when we've been fortunate enough to have had good experiences of our parents.) My no. 2 child at the tender age of about 7 announced that he thought Grandma was my mentor!


A good week for me. A 10k on Monday, with 6k tempo run on Weds and intervals on Fri. Yesterday morning was back to long run day, so an 11k which included trying out the route of the 10k race I'm doing on Good Friday. Not a bad route with some lovely sections by the sea and only a couple of hills. Weirdly I've had a nasty cough this week, but it seems to disappear completely when I run.😊


Also a good week here. Tuesday i just went for a run round the park for 30 minutes. Thursday I wanted something a bit more structured but not to push myself too much as i was feeling a bit snuffly - so I did SteppingStone while my son was at orchestra practice, which was just right. Friday/Saturday involved a 6 hour round trip by train and a full day doing training on Saturday (home at almost midnight) so Sunday i was wrecked and actually fell asleep in the afternoon. Woke up at 6ish and decided to go for my planned run anyway. I need to get some hill training in, so I did a route I've been looking at for a while: 2k flat, 1k uphill, 1k downhill then 2k home. worked well. This is in preparation for a 10k with a long downhill section that I'm doing on Easter Sunday.

Plan to do more or less the same this week - though if I'm feeling brighter I'll use Stamina on Thursday. I guess I could use Speed tomorrow too.


A good week; two four-milers after work plus a delicious 8 miles on Saturday where I really felt like the spring was coming. fell back in love with where we live.

Well done everyone else, and hugs to all who ran for mums on Sunday. X


Just an idea - but at the end of the Quest maybe someone who is better at sums than me could calculate how many Cadbury's Creme Eggs worth of calories we have collectively burned ?


I didn't run at all because I got hit by the flu :(

I'm up and about and feeling mainly OK now, but breathing is still kind of hard work and energy levels are low and I just couldn't get myself out the door this afternoon :(

Maybe Thursday... (it'll be dark tomorrow when I get back so not possible).


Stay home and keep warm ! Or maybe a gentle stroll ?


Now actually a walk seems so much more possible. And then perhaps I'd have a sense of achievement and feel inspired to get out again. Good idea, thanks!


Wah. Is it week 3 already? I've run 4 times this week, and planning a long run at the weekend.


I actually managed to get 3 runs in this week. And had a PB for my 5k run!


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