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August is a go! Quest week 1 - Feel free to Join.

Realfoodieclub profile image

Welcome to Week 1

(6 July -16 August)

Here we are at another start of a Quest. The year is rolling on.

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.








Misswobble (IC)
















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My quest is to get back on track. I am walking again but I feel like I have fallen to pieces. I have a frozen shoulder and feel wiped after the kidney infections, so physio for my shoulder and all the stretches that go with that. Ultrasound for kidney and clean eating for my immune system. I would like to get back to running 7km (or 10 km if it's not pushing myself too much) by the end of the quest.

folkieboater profile image

Thanks for starting this again rfc. Count me in please.

My goal is to run - as many times and as far as possible. Not sure what the next few weeks will be like, so not going to set unrealistic targets! On non run days I'll be walking and locking. Will try for the 15km a week, but who knows.

Good luck everyone.

frannyfran profile image

I'm in.

Aim is running 80k over the 6 weeks and cycling 150k.

Happy running everyone.

I'm in too. To run at least 3 times a week.

dagshar profile image

I'm in. Maon aim is yo keep running 3-4 times a week and to give the podcasts a go - haven't decided yet which one to start with. Probably won't do more than one per week as I also want to try and keep running to work once a week (5.8k after warm up walk up the hill) and ideally want to keep up with doing one longer run 8-10k as well. Hoping to turn the park/wood run into the long one by adding another loop. This also includes hills/steep grassy bank (if i choose to) so provides quite a bit if variety.

poppypug profile image

Morning RFC, sorry to hear youre not feeling too good . Healing thoughts and soothing vibes for you xxxx

Yes Im in please . My aim is to run 3 times a week , oh and to give the Speed podcast a go as I haven't tried that one yet .

Lots of luck to all fellow Questers and lots of hugs and positive thoughts to all those on the IC xxx

rmnsuk profile image

I'd like to train for my first 10k in worcester in september

Run 4 times a week, 1 intervals, 1 long run, 1 easy 5k and 1 parkrun. Maybe try one of the podcasts to help with one of the runs.

**do some strength exercise (this will be a tough one)

the_tea_fairy profile image
the_tea_fairyGraduate in reply to rmnsuk

I use an app called 30 days to try and get me to do strength stuff. Plank, leg raises and bridges for my core, squats for legs and ass, and push ups because my arms look like spaghetti. It's quite good for keeping you on track.

misswobble profile image

Hi RFC Sorry you're not feeling too good. Stick with eating clean! I've ditched the dairy and wheat for the time being in an effort to get the inflammation of the leg sorted out

Count me out of this one but hopefully I'll be back for the next one

Good luck peeps!

Realfoodieclub profile image
RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to misswobble

I've put you in on the IC. If that is ok, we need those hydration posts manned.

Curlygurly2 profile image

My goal is to deal with the heat and run earlier in the morning. When it cools down (if!) I'm going to do some hill work, got a good one up my sleeve!

Like Curlygurly I also want to get better at getting out early for my runs. By week 6 I hope to be consistently leaving for runs by about 7.15. I also aim to be back up to 5k which I'm slowly building up to (on 4.2 so far) and do my first parkrun. So please count me in - to run earlier and to get up to 5k.

RFC - I'm sending lots of get well wishes for getting back to your usual self. Like Miss wobble I'm also dairy and wheat free at the moment (since may) to help my stomach. I'm guessing your docs given you specific instructions what to avoid. Hope it all helps!

GoogleMe profile image
GoogleMeGraduate in reply to

Really interesting goal...not that they have to be interesting, but I like it! (Not doing it myself though!)

GoogleMe profile image

Quite tough to set an appropriate goal this time... life is still a bit mad and the walk or run every day last Quest didn't really fit the circumstances. I'm not happy with the way the running, whilst still happening, has tailed off quite as much as it has, and I'd like some motivation to swim and cycle... so here's my goal:

I will run, swim or cycle for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week.

in reply to GoogleMe

That sounds good to me. When I miss a run I sometimes make up with a cycle. Eg last week I only ran twice but then cycled 30miles. It's all exercise! But I think I'd not want to run less than twice a week as I find cycling quite easy, whereas for me running is a discipline I really need to maintain. Don't know if it's the same for you?

GoogleMe profile image
GoogleMeGraduate in reply to

No... getting the bike out is a monster faff and quite a big deal for me to go cycling (even though my bike has electrical assist, without which I can't manage)

There is a sub-text in my choice of goal as my younger son and husband might swim or cycle but they won't run and they both need the exercise (for different reasons)

Sorry you're still not 100% RFC but I know you'll get back out there stronger than ever.

Please count me in again. I have another race in this period (oh er) so I want to continue with my 3 runs a week but focus on hill work and increasing my cadence. I might even increase my distance a tad but it depends on how hot it's going to get!

Have a great quest fellow questers and take care of yourselves those on the IC.

Count me in!

Registered for 10 k on the 25th, so my aim is keep training for it - and sticking to the plan (the hardest goal of all!) Also go to a parkrun before the 10k - as I have not done a single one yet. And start cycling, as I'd like to do a little cycling trip mid- August.

Hope you'll get better soon!

Hugs to everyone and enjoy the quest!

jelly_b profile image

Thanks for starting the quest again RFC and hope you'll be well and running again in no tine.

Please count me in again on the quest. My goal is to run 3 times a week. Last week I finished all the c25k+podcasts so this week I'm planning to increase my distance. 5k in 30 minutes is still my target.

Happy running every one!

Chrissy_b123 profile image

Yeah why not - I'm in.

KJ_Matthews and I are going for a 10k in September sometime, so our goal is definitely to increase our distance.

misswobble profile image

Oh ta RFC. Water bearer that is then! A job! Great.

I've not been on my new second hand bike yet as I've been in too much pain but can't wait to head down the canal tow path on it. Got to be patient a while longer though

Usain_Balti profile image

I'm up for it.

My goal is to run at least 120 km - dream on!

Fitfor60 profile image

I'm in thanks RFC

Been pfaffing around last couple of months so want to focus and get back on track for HM in sept. (Argh) So want to start to increase length of long run and bit more speed work . Also need to try and lose 8 lbs have gained recently.

Good luck to everyone

AngieS profile image

Count me in for this quest. My goals are to run at least three times a week and also to reintroduce some brisk walking and yoga as cross-training. Have moved house and had relatives visiting over the last few weeks, so need to get back on track with a proper routine.

catch profile image

Count me in for this quest. I would like to increase my distance to 10k (current pb is 7.5k) and I would also like to cycle or swim at least once a week, particularly as I am having vague thoughts about triathlon next year! Hope you feel better soon rfc, and are soon back up to strength.

Fitfor60 profile image
Fitfor60Graduate in reply to catch

Oh oh vague thoughts can be extremely dangerous Catch ! That's how I ended up signing up for a HM

catch profile image
catchGraduate in reply to Fitfor60

I have made the mistake of talking to a friend about it who's husband is in a local triathlon club. She has told me how friendly and inclusive the club is and I am now thinking about joining next year! I feel this may be a slippery slope!

Fitfor60 profile image
Fitfor60Graduate in reply to catch

Go for it Catch It's great to have a new challenge / goal

Wristy profile image

Count me in.

HM training is starting to really kick in now. 7 mile is the longest run so far but I want that up to 9 or 10 by mid August. 1x interval or tempo, 1x steady run, 1xLSR. Let's do this!

Anniemurph profile image

Please count me in, Rfc, although at the moment I am on the IC :(

Hopefully I won't be there for long and my goals are to run another 10k in less than the time my last one took (1:16) and to enter another race (not run it necessarily, but enter one). Also to continue with the upper body work which I can do from the IC.

Thanks for organising, Rfc, and happy Questing to everyone :)

poppypug profile image
poppypugGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

Annie are you okay ? Are you okay Annie ? Sorry couldn't resist that :-)

Whats happened ? :-) xxx

Anniemurph profile image
AnniemurphGraduate in reply to poppypug

hee hee! Yes, I'm fine really, thanks Pops. I've sprained me bum, that's all :D You wouldn't think you could, but I have! I was doing a cartwheel and I've pulled the bit at the very bottom of yer bum that joins to the very top of yer thigh muscle. Damned painful! Can't walk, can't sit, can't lie down - all I can do properly is moan and bitch and whinge about it :D Oh, and eat cake, of course. So I will woman the IC and hand out tea and cake. And the odd Pimms as required, of course. Thank you for asking xx

poppypug profile image
poppypugGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

Oh Annie ! Cartwheels ? What are you like ? Ha ha! :-)

My sympathies , I hurt my bum cheek when I did my hip in and it were flippin' torture ! XXXX

Chill out on the Injury Chaise for a while dahling, Yah ?

Oh and I will have a soupson of Pimms , please . Bottoms up ,chin chin ! :-) xxxx

Anniemurph profile image
AnniemurphGraduate in reply to poppypug

Well, on the bright side, Pops, I didn't realise my arse had any muscles at all, so that's a nice surprise :D Yes, I shall loll around on the IC (peel me a grape, someone?) dispensing Pimms etc. to all those in need and waiting for normality to be resumed. Could be a long time then?

Bottoms up indeed - that was what caused the whole bloomin' problem in the first place! xxx

poppypug profile image
poppypugGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

Oh the muscle is called gluteus maximus or something. Sounds like a gladiator to me ha ha :-)

Hope you're better soon . At least you won't be lonely on there , it's pretty full at the moment ! Take care Annie xxx

Harebell2014 profile image

I would like to join the quest and then I would like to slowly increase my distance. I am going to start W9R1 today and was wondering what to do at the end of the C25K programme. I thought that I'd just carry on running the 30 minutes (and do extra if I felt comfortable) to increase my distance, but it felt a bit "aimless". With this quest, I now have a purpose and I love the idea of the virtual run!

Hi All - I'm definitely in - I just need to think of a target.

lizziebeth57 profile image

I'm in again! This time I want to do one speed/hill or interval run every week, plus one 5k and 7k+. Yoga twice a week, will have to use my tape as classes are on and off over the summer. Plus run around Arthur's seat in Edinburgh - you reading this Fitfor60 ? Happy quest everyone!

Oh, finally I am going to remember to post my mileage. I often forget this and we may have gotten a tiny bit further on in our travels if I had - at least to the outskirts of Truro ;)

samsonandrew profile image

I would like to join the quest please, I would like to get to 20 k and maybe finish the 30 day squat challenge, good luck to all.

in reply to samsonandrew

Wow, what's the 30 day squat challenge?

samsonandrew profile image
samsonandrewGraduate in reply to

Have a look in the app store, it challenges too to do a set number of squats over a 30 day period. I'm just taking it easy and do what I can but can easily do 150 pretty much straight off! Really strengthening my legs.

in reply to samsonandrew

I've found something similar in my windows phone app store called 30 day fit challenge. Might see if it works for me. Not sure about 150 squats tho...

Realfoodieclub profile image
RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to samsonandrew

Welcome onboard I have added your name. I will put a post up on Monday for the second week but I have had the app on my phone for a few weeks maybe it would be good to see how many want to start the 30 day squat challenge on. Monday.

Coddfish profile image

I am in again. I now have 2 goals, one to achieve this period, and 1 to work towards. The first goal remains a sub-40 minute 5k, I am so nearly there but still haven't done it. I have run 5k in just over 41 minutes, 4k in less than 32 minutes and I can run 3 x1k intervals in around 7:30 minutes each with a couple of minutes walking after each. So my problem is stamina once I have been out for 30 minutes or so.

To try to add stamina, I come to my second goal which is to run for an hour. My right inner abductor can't currently manage more than about 45 minutes without tightening up. I also swim and do fixed weights work and aqua classes to help with this. I possibly will need cooler autumn weather To avoid overheating!

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