Katherine's Quest week 2 - Feel free to join - Couch to 5K

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Katherine's Quest week 2 - Feel free to join


Welcome to Week 1

(27 September -8 November)

Week 2

another week under our belts.

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 London to Paris

























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I had some great runs week this week. For some reason everything just gelled together. I did a 7km, a 9km and a 10.5km. It's been a long time since I have run three times in the week. I felt like I Had to do the 10km on Sunday as it was when the West London run should of been before they mived the date to the 15th November so I just wanted to prove I would of been ready. The runs have been very relaxed and fun which is what I now want from my training. Even though I have put in for the Hackney HM I want to be having fun while I am out so I have made a checklist of the longer runs I should do before 8th May and I will tick them off as I do them in whatever order I feel like on the day. That will be my only training plan. I've stopped calorie counting as I am sick of beating myself up for being a size 14. I am quite capable of staying at the weight I am without half starving myself. My thyroxine makes it so difficult to diet and I think the main reason I upped my tablets so easily when the doc said was because she mentioned weight loss and we all know that didn't end well. So my quest is now to chillax as they say.


I feel I have had a good start to this quest. My goals are all one off things but I feel the last week has made some progress towards them.

My Dad is getting over a cold so I wasn't going to be suggesting a run (this doesn't mean that he isn't out there competing and doing fitness classes, but I am not adding to it!) But I got out for two of my own.

I went for a swim too - with my son so it was 30 minutes so not the full kilometre.

And I had a conversation with my husband about getting out cycling, trying the bike rack with the removable towbar on the new car, and he's got some time off booked. He reckoned it isn't quite as long as I thought since we last took the bikes out.


Sounds like you have had a really good week RFC , good to hear !

I did 6k at Running Club, a Cycle and Squat workout, a Arms workout and then a 5k parkrun with the lovely Jammo from here . I have just realised after all this time I haven't been doing squats correctly - Pah ! I should bend from the hips rather than the knees , what a div Ha ha ! :-)

Going to do more of the same this week . Have a great week all fellow questers, sending healing vibes to all those on the IC, another day closer to recovery and thanks to RFC for doing this for us :-) xxx


Definitely on my way to my goal of 10k did 5k 7.3k and a parkrun last week aiming for 8k, 5k and something in between this week but no parkrun as one of the dreaded uni visits on Saturday ! Good luck everyone ! :) x

You've had a brilliant week RFC. It's great to hear. Some good sounding runs there.

I had a good week. Got my three runs in, the cadence thing is going well and I managed to increase it to 184 and 186 for a couple of K's and did a long run of 13K, so I'm a happy bunny. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow to find out the results of my heart monitor and I'm hoping after that I'll be able to do a bit of speed work and hills but I'm thrilled with my first week of this quest so bring it all on! Just need to rein myself in a bit with the distance stuff as its so easy to get carried away.

Have a great week fellow questers and sending lots of virtual healthy fruit and talc (talc??? TLC) to those on the IC.


A good running week last week. Indian summer was still holding here and my new routine worked. Tuesday dropped son off for music lesson and used the time to go for a run. I had 45 minutes total available so used the Stepping Stone podcast which was just right. Thursday it was Orchestra, which gave me an hour, so I used Stamina and then kept going at the end until I got to 5k.

Saturday morning rain was theatening. I had a busy weekend planned so decided to run for an hour. Managed 7k in 62 minutes in the end (well I wasn't going to stop just short of a round number was I) which is good for me.

This week I'll do the Tuesday and Thursday slots again. I'm in Paris overnight Friday for an all day meeting Saturday and don't want to take my running gear. But I'll wear comfy shoes and walk from hotel to meeting unless the weather is vile (it takes about 45 minutes and is quite a pleasant walk). So next weekend's run will be Sunday afternoon or evening... Finding the Quest really helpful in making me plan when I'll run.

happy running everyone


As planned...6.5k in the woods and 4.5k easy with the fast 1k stretch. Then 10k (probably 6 miles rather than 10k) event yesterday morning. Too hilly for my liking and running on your own along country lanes gets a bit boring after a while when there's nothing to see). Happy with pace of 7:03 on this though.

Busy week this week and may only be able to fit on run in during the week plus hopefully a long run again on Sunday.


Last week I said --

'So for next 7 days no stodgy puddings and will just go for 3 x runs and not worry about speed or distance'

I managed to do all that - if you replace the ' no' for 'lots and lots ' !!!

Anyway onwards and upwards. This week I am going to continue with 3 x runs and am going to try and write down everything I eat to see if that will stop the mindless eating. Even bought new notebook and pen . Just like first day of term.


Wow, you all, a really great week!

I did not make my goal - 3 runs, 5 myrtl. I did two runs, 3 myrtl, then I was waylaid by my childrens' cold, so I ended the week with a short session of yoga and three long walks.

I'm tempted to drop my goal to two runs, but I think I'll try again for three, with three myrtl. First run this morning, 4K, one myrtl. Onward!


Hi Rfc, late to the party again I'm afraid. Please may I join this Quest?

I managed one run last week, but it was running tourism, in rural France :)

My goals are just to run. Anywhere. For any distance. I've got out of the habit, what with illness and injury, so I need to pick it back up again. I've also got out of the mental discipline, so I need to try and find my mojo again.

In other news, I tried yoga, but was crippled for the next few days and my chiropractor suggested (!) that lying on my back flat on the floor was Not A Good Thing. Had a word with the yoga teacher who suggested one-to-one lessons so that the poses could be adapted. Might consider this, but I'm gutted, and that didn't help the mojo either.

I'll try and go swimming, because that helps. But I must run! Happy running to all Questers!


Mixed results for me. Plan was to do 3 runs and I managed two. Midweek I did my second fastest ever 5k at 32.34 and on Sunday I did met longest ever run 10.25k, so am very happy with that. 3rd run went out the window when I really hurt my rib by leaning on the arm of the couch and the metal bit under my bra really digging in. Sore for 9 days so far but getting much better!!

I also planned to get my bike out but I forgot I had the grandchildren to look after friday and saturday and seeing as they are 21/2 and 8 months getting my bike out wasn't an option. Not disappointed though, had a lovely time with them and a trip to the zoo here in edinburgh is a pretty good workout in itself as it is situated on the side of a hill. Pushing the pushchair up must have done wonders for my arms :)


Hi can I join in please, I have just completed week 9 run 3 recently and my goal is to reach 5k after that I don't know.


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