"How much chocolate" Quest wk 5 -Feel free to join

Hi and welcome to the "How much chocolate" Quest week 5

Here we are at wk 5, this is the week the chocolate might get consumed. Or if you grew up in my own household maybe not. We were not allowed to touch our Easter eggs until Easter Monday, but boy did we try and catch up with the other kids that got theirs earlier.

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.





























71 Replies

  • Good week this week, I went out and did my first ever 17km. It was hard work and flawed me for the rest of the day but at least I have it under my belt now so that is the longest run to do before HM on 10 May. Also managed to swim 1km twice and a 9km walk. It is so nice that my husband is now well enough to go on these long walks together and I treasure them as much as my running.

  • Oh that's brilliant RFC ! Well done , and so glad your hubby can now join you , that's great xxx

    I did a total of 6.5kms last week . Still building myself up from my injury and hoping to increase my distance this week . Oh and I am getting an exercise bike delivered hopefully tomorrow so I am going to add that to my training :-)

    Good luck to all fellow questers ! :-) xxx

  • Oh I'm so glad to hear you're back in the saddle Poppy. That must feel wonderful.

  • Aw bless you , thank you RWD xxx

    Yep I am taking it very slow and steady at the moment . Feels AM-A-ZING to be back out there :-) xxx

  • Glad to hear you are managing to run again poppypug, really pleased for you!

  • Ah thank you Lizzie, very kind of you xxxx

  • Yay, Poppy, you're back out there, how fab is that! Take it easy, though, girl, you don't want to overstrain anything and be back on that IC :) xxx

  • Bless ya Annie, thank you xxx Yep this injury has taught me a valuable lesson ! :-) xxx

  • Thank you. Glad to see you back out there again, remember to treat yourself with lots of tlc as you get back to strength.

  • Thanks RFC , yes I will do xxx

  • Nice to hear you 'back and at it'!!

  • Thanks Floss, oh yes I am like a spring lamb kicking my little legs up ha ha :-D xxx

  • That is brilliant, RFC! Have you got to repeat the 17km again a few more times?

  • Thank you. I have to do it three more times before the race. I'm glad because I am still in disbelief that I did it.

  • Well done Rfc...so pleased you nailed that 17K...that's something to be immensely proud of. It's very good to hear that your husband can now enjoy those good long walks with you too.

    I didn't post last week as I haven't run for about 10 days now .

    Sadly I have to dip out of this quest .My Mum is in hospital after having a heart bypass operation and the daily commute to the hospital and all the related stuff means that running is on hold for the moment .

    Good luck to all of you for the rest of the quest -earn your choc treats and Happy Easter :)

  • Hope your mum is ok carol. It can be very tiring when parent in hospital but you know running ( and us lot) will be here whenever you are ready Take care

  • Thankyou x

  • Just look after yourself Carolecal, hope your mum makes a good recovery.

  • Thanks ,lizziebeth..I'm really touched by these kind messages x

  • You are probably clocking up miles in hospital corridors! I hope your Mum's recovery is straightforward so you can exercise somewhere a little pleasanter soon.

  • Thankyou,G....you are so right about the corridors and we haven't taken the lift once...every little helps ! x

  • Thank you. I am so sorry to hear about your Mum, I hope she heals soon and things get a bit easier for you. We will still be here when your ready. Remember to take care of yourself as well. X

  • Thanks Rfc ...she's doing fairly ok...it's all a bit stressful for all concerned ...Mum was 80 last July ,so it's a big op for anyone ,let alone someone of her years.

    So kind of you all trend these lovely messages xx

  • Oh I hope everything goes okay with your Mam, Carole xxx

    Take care of yourself too , we will all be here when you're ready to come back xxx

  • Thankyou Pops ...really appreciate your kind comments xx

  • Hope your mum recovers soon, Carol. The next Quest will be waiting for you, don't worry! Happy Easter to you :) x

  • Thank you. I am so sorry to hear about your Mum. I hope she has a speedy recovery. I know how much hospital visits can be very tiring and time consuming. Remember to look after yourself as well. We are all here waiting for you when you are ready.

  • Yes RFC ...most of the day day seems to revolve around them one way or another and we come back feeling shattered,but wouldn't miss a visit to Mum .

    Sadly her recovery is being delayed a bit by a bug ,we hope she might be transferred somewhere nearer to home as soon as she's over it.

    Thanks for your kind comments .

    Hope you have a lovely Easter x

  • Carol, so sorry to hear about your Mum and wish you both the very best. Hope that all goes well for her. x

  • That's kind of you flossie...thankyou x

  • 17k! That's wonderful! Well done on such a huge distance, sounds like you'll be in good stead for the HM.

  • Thank you. I hope so, not long now.

  • Congrats on long run rfc I often just feel I could go for wee sleep after long run . I enjoy walks with husband too although have to confess I sometimes find myself thinking - this would be good place to come for run.

  • Thank you. I cheat and treat my self to 20 min relaxation hypnosis in the afternoon and I get some downtime and don't feel like I am afternoon napping.

  • Congrats on the 17km, Rfc, that's great! How nice as well that your husband is now well enough to walk with you :)

  • Thank you. Yes I am really enjoying our walks. it is just such a good time to leave work behind and just natter.

  • A Brilliant week for you RFC!! Wow, 17km! And how fantastic to have your husband with you on walks; that really is special!

  • Hi RFC, 17K WOW! That's brilliant. Well done. A good week here. I did two 5km runs. Found them a bit tough for some reason, but kept going and felt great afterwards. Also had a another go at C25K+ Stepping Stones, which I also found pretty hard work - I think I might need to slow down a bit, and did C25K Week Two with my daughter, which was great. Had two swims this week as well. I'm feeling really pleased that I've now done three months of no smoking or alcohol, and have kept up with running at least three times a week. (LOTS of chocolate has been eaten though! Chocolate+running=happiness)

  • Thank you. Well done on your three months of no alcohol and smoking. that is a great achievement. on the chocolate, I am a firm believer you have to have one vice hehe.

  • This week I have had to rest on my laurels from achieving one of my Quest goals the week before and have in fact done no very substantive exercise. And missed it but other things had to come first. I am hoping for more exercise this week and tighter calorie control so that I don't end up going backwards even if not much progress is made - not so much because of one Easter egg (of which I have taken delivery this morning - we don't touch ours until Easter Sunday) or hot cross buns on Friday but we are going away for a family meet up and I do take Premier Inn's all-you-can-eat breakfast quite literally as it is very good and I do like a big breakfast. (Also won't quite know where my next meal is coming from)

    The exciting news is (and I hope this isn't offensive to Christians) the stone has been rolled away from where my bicycle is stored so it is more feasible to get it out and my husband has declared that he will start doing more exercise again at Easter.

    I know what you mean about the pleasure of walks RFC - the one we did last weekend was lovely. It's funny - I like a walk with a number of others much more than the idea of running with lots of people.

  • I love the pace of a ramble. Would love to do the Lyke wake walk again. Maybe that might be my long term goal. Yay the bike is going to see daylight. there will be no stopping you then.

    Ps. I'm with you on the premier Inn breakfast. Yum.

  • as soon as i am back RFC i will join :D

  • Look forward to seeing you soon.

  • A nice quiet week for me post HM. Completed my Jantastic with 100%; I wasn't due to run much this week but the completist in me just had to get out there :)

    New MyAsics plan starting this week with a target of reducing my 10k time.

  • well don on jantastic. I know what you mean I will probably be the same. Enjoy the new plan.

  • So after slacking during the previous week, I did 2 runs last week :)

    Have Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday planned for this week. Let's see if I actually manage to get out there 3 times!

  • Good luck with getting out. If its any consolation I only run twice a week.

  • 17k???? that's fantastic RfC. Well done you.

    I have been really mixing up my runs (as per my quest goals) and managed to run 5 miles yesterday. My longest straight run since I started about 20 months ago. Fair chuffed!

  • Thank you. Well done on shaking things up. You have every right to feel chuffed at 5 miles that is great.

  • Hi RFC, that's great, you're way in front of me, but happy to report I managed my planned 7k and 5k (park run) this week. Aiming for 2x 7k this week, still slow, but that doesn't matter, feeling more confident about the 10k on the 12th.

    Thanks all.


  • Thank you. Slow is my middle name, it took me 2.5 hours to run 17km. most people can do it so much faster. I surprises me that this time last year I was stuck at 4 km. you will be fine for the 12th it looks like your ready with the training you've done.

  • Had Kilomothan race yesterday -13.1 k all on cycle paths finishing in Murrayfield stadium Time was 1h27m28secs so well pleased as secretly aiming to be under 1h30m Rest of running club who were also doing race are all much faster but I had worked out a pace that would get me in comfortably without killing me . Actually worked out even if I had pushed myself really hard it would probably only been about 5 mins faster . And the pace I ran at meant I really enjoyed race so happy I didn't get carried away with faster folk. My quest this week was to enjoy my running so feel have ticked that box.

    But felt so good came home and signed up for 10 miler through edinburgh Had said I wasn't going to do it cos some really steep bits but on high last night so suppose I should feel grateful it wasn't an Ultra I clicked on !!!!!

    Happy running fellow questers

  • well done on your race. great time. I am working on enjoying my race I think your right to go for the fun rather than complete exhaustion. 10 miler with hills well done you for working out your next goal.

  • I've not been on the forum for a couple of weeks, so this is a double week report from me. I've still been fitting in some running and managed an 11km the Saturday before last which is my longest distance so far. Unfortunately I must have overdone it as I've ended up with a mild strain in my left upper thigh.

    Fortunately my 10k training plan was due to begin easing down ready for a 10k race on Good Friday round my local town, followed by a 5k race on Easter Sunday on the Prom in Douglas. So I took it really easy last week - I took a couple of rest days on the injury couch with plenty of ice on the strain. Then did a couple of 20 minute very easy pace runs across the rest of the week. I also became good friends with my foam roller.

    I'm back on track now with the last week of the training plan ready for the race on Friday evening. It'll be my first ever race, so to say I'm nervous is an understatement...will report back next week on how it all went. I'll definitely be in the last few finishers, but have accepted that - will be happy to just complete the 10k.

  • Wow you have a busy weekend coming up. Good luck for both your races. cant wait to hear all about them. Remember the rule "Have fun".

  • Thanks Rfc. Congratulations on your 17k as well!

  • I have done my three runs this week. It was hard work after the break on holiday.

    17K rfc! I am in awe.

  • Thank you. I'm still in shock. I am sure you will back into the swing of things in no time.

  • Only got one 10k in last week due to work getting in the way....

    Did get my GA done and some pretty new shoes that have to sit in their box till my birthday later this week.

    Well done everyone on their achievements.

  • Are your shoes calling to you. It is hard when you know they are there. It'll be fun taking them out next week.

  • They call very loudly - I peep in the box regularly just to make sure they're still there :)

  • Thanks RFC 😊

    I ran 34 k this week. Training for another race in May

  • Great weekly total. well done. Good luck with your training

  • Only one run this week but it was my fastest ever 5k in just under 32 minutes :) I also managed a swim. On the down side, for only the second time ever, I put my running kit on but didn't go out - took it off again without going for a run. Not quite sure why. Since then either I have been too busy or the weather has been absolutely foul, like this morning or yesterday afternoon, so as soon as it perks up again I'll get back out there. I don't mind running in the damp but not in gales!

    Also, I have achieved the 3lb weight loss I was aiming for on the Quest :) and for one brief glorious day I had lost another pound but immediately put it back after inconsiderate snacking on hot cross buns :D I'll see if I can get rid of it before Sunday!

    I hope everyone has a good week :)

  • 5km in under 32 mins that is fantastic. I have to go out in a gale today and I must admit I am sat here on the computer instead but I will drag myself out. well done on the 3lb. I still keep trying but doing 1500 kcal runs seems to mess my weight loss up. believe it or not.

  • Wow, everyone has done so well this week, it's great to see all of your posts. Well done on your 17k RFC, that's fantastic and great to hear you're out there again Poppypug!

    I've enjoyed my week. Did a 5k with the local Sweatshop running club for the first time which I really enjoyed and then did my first Parkrun too in just over 33 minutes so I was happy enough with that. I'm away from home now and last night I ran 6k on a route that nearly defeated me on week 8 of the original programme, so I was really happy to nail that. The wind nearly blew me over and it started raining so I ended up like a drowned rat! Funny thing is, I didn't even care! What running does to us!

    Have a great week everyone!

  • I hope everyone is all right! I just had to clear out of my conservatory as the hail was just too scary to remain in there. I thought they'd smash the place! Not running today thank goodness

    Happy, safe running everyone!!

  • Blimey 17K that's amazing RFC. Absolutely fab.

    I had a good week last week but have gone a bit awry from my goals. It's all Misswobble's fault. She raves about the ASICS plans and so I downloaded one for my 10K race in May. Really enjoying it so far actually as it gives a bit of structure to my runs. So thank you Misswobble!

    Anyway, last week I ran three times, a 5K and two 8K's. I also did a Fitness Pilates session and am doing lots of lunges and squats for my hips. So all good so far!

    Have a great last week everyone.

  • Late to the party with nothing to report this week :(. Managed one run out of my proposed 3, and ran hard trying to reduce my pace. Felt absolutely KOed at the end, but pace was IDENTICAL to my accidental speedy run the week before, where I felt relaxed and as if I was coasting along. Weird.

    Anyway, the reason I've not run is that we've been trying to buy a house for a while and everything's suddenly come together, so I've been dragging furniture up and down stairs and cleaning carpets with an industrial cleaner, which I'm sure counts as cross training?! Anyway, get the keys today so very exciting!

    And I did a lovely blustery sunshiney 7 miles yesterday with my parents' dog, who I think might be my favourite running buddy in the world :)

  • Crikey, Wednesday already. :( Another not a very goodt week......life getting in the way plus I confess that I truly hate running in the wind. I'll swear there's nothing between us and Siberia when it's like this. I don't mind the rain so much.

    Went out last week to do my long run as I'm building up from 5k and was using my Garmin that I was given last year and still haven't mastered. Had two interruptions, the second of which was the district nurse and her student asking for directions. I managed to pause the Garmin but must have forgotten to turn it back on and so it was just back to the ordinary time when I next looked at it hoping that I was somewhere past 5K. Last time I used it I realised that it had beeped and stopped at 30minutes and I don't know how to stop it doing that. Tsk tsk!

  • Last week's running was good. 3 runs, including a 2nd fastest 5k and a nice 6k up and down hill on Saturday. But Sunday I woke up not feeling so good - and since then I've been suffering from a horrid cold (don't think its flu, but its still floored me totally) so haven't run since (work part times so have been sleeping in the afternoons). Really need to get rid of it, because my first ever race is on Sunday ! So, probably no run until then.

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