Couch to 5K

Run into Summer Quest Wk 4 - Feel free to join

Welcome to Week 4

(25 May to 5 July)

Here we are at week four. This time of year everything gets really busy in our house. Add in lots of doctors appointments and fitting in the housework ( I hate it, but it has to be done) running is fitted in whenever I can. The good thing with not doing the really long runs all the time is I can get back to my early morning runs again. They set me up with such a buzz. I must admit I still have to drag myself out of bed to start with but by the time I am going out the door I can feel the goodness coming my way.

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 had a good week last week apart from my body is kicking up a fuss with runs over 5km. My heart rate is going up a bit too high. I had an increase in my thyroid meds a few weeks ago and that and with training becoming a little less stressful on my body I think I need to discuss whether to come down again. The positive side of that is I am really enjoying the smaller runs and walks. Over the first 12 days of June I have covered 63km. I am pleased with that but still dragging my feet on the strength and stretch. I can always find time for a walk or a run but full of excuses not to do those.


Keep up with the strength and flex RFC. It's the most important bit. Don't stint!

I am sitting out on this quest for a week or four, but like Arnie, i'll be back ☺

Good luck fellow questers!


Thankyou RFC for doing this xxx Wow , that is some kilometerage ( ? ) you have covered this month !

I am having a week or two off . I did a 7k and a 3k last week and then my hip and left bum cheek were twinging so I am taking some time off to recover .

Still walking to work Monday-Friday ( 5k) and being on my exercise chariot a coupla times and had a go at Yoga from a link that Pigivi posted on here .

Good Luck to all fellow Questers and a big hug (( )) to all those on the IC . Never give up hope , you will get back out there again :-) xxx


I bet your doing similar distances to me with that walk to work. Mine is a total runs and walks distance. it averages out at about 5km a day. Hope your twinges behave.😊


Thank you xxx I do tend to walk a lot, but never sorta realised how much until I write it down :-) xxx


Funny old week. Didn't manage the walk or run every day. Again. Didn't manage lots of things in fact. Did manage not to swear at or hit various persons from the local education authority so well done me on that one.

I read Running Free, as mentioned elsewhere which I very much enjoyed, although like my longer runs I experienced all kinds of emotions along the way, including wanting to give up, and I've kind of kept up with 30 Days Wild - I've realised I do just naturally notice and appreciate stuff.

My one run of the week, just 30 minutes, was full of interest. I've not been to the wood in a couple of weeks and so much has changed. Loads more timber stacks, the rhododendrons are blooming, the invisible young conifers are now shoulder height, so many wrens. All the rain and forestry soften the harder tracks which was very pleasant. Light rain so didn't get too hot. It was all perfect really, apart from my body which made heavy weather of it all.


Had a good week. Got my three runs in, my 10K race and 2 X 5K's plus a Pilates session!

My next race is on the 28th so I have a little work left to do! Heading out for a speed session shortly and I'm going to a running club tomorrow night for inspiration and advice and just because I can!

Have a great week fellow questers and to those on the IC, keep the faith and do whatever your physio/GP/other expert tells you!


Kind of a mixed week for me last week. I did two runs and a yoga session but no long run on Sunday. I've just felt really tired. Probably a result of my two holidays and two weeks of lots of work and social engagements since I came back. Not going to manage 3 runs this week either. But should manage 2, plus yoga tonight. We'll see. Not feeling the love at the moment...


One 10k for me - round the beautiful Lymm Dam 6 times on a hot day - the local dog walkers looked at me like I was mad - they may just have been right :)


Not a bad week...Managed my first 10k round the local area in 66 minutes - very pleased. not quite so happy with the 5.5k in 37 mins two days later - I know it's not a bad time, but I have done better and it felt really hard. Nice 6.65k round the woods on Sunday afternoon again, except it ended up drizzling for most of the time and I seemed to have been nearly the last person there at the end. First time running in the rain (could have been worse, at least it wasn't pouring) and actually quite nice. Have been using my foam roller most night, especially on the evening after a run.

I think I am finding it harder to breathe with all the pollen in the air. I can suffer from hayfever quite badly, but spray and tablets mean I rarely sneeze these days, just get really congested. 10k off road run on 28.6. - I checked the field/meadow as best as I could on google streetview and it really does look as flat as promised, so all should be well. Hoping to do a park run in Durham this week.


Not done much running over the last 10 days in Canada. Did lots of hiking in the Rockies but as I am not used to trail running I decided not to run there. I arrived in Vancouver on Monday evening and did a fantastic run around the Vancouver sea wall yesterday. Transferring out to Vanvouver Island tomorrow and hope to run again when I get to Victoria at the weekend.


I did my first race last week and that was an amazing buzz! I got a PB! And Tada -trumpets and drum roll - another PB today! 36.57 & 36.22 for 5K, well chuffed, it's getting better slowly!

I've just got time for one more run this week before heading off back to France next week. The travelling does play havoc with my running, it takes me a couple of weeks to get back into it again, but a few days rest are good sometimes I think. Not sure what the next run will be, probably a longer one, 10K maybe. I've chickened out of those recenly...


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