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Hello 2016 Quest week one

Well I can't believe it we are starting another year of Quests. It is so much fun doing these and watching everyone's commitment. It definetly keeps me motivated through the year.

Hope you are all going to have a great Christmas and manage to get some runs in during the holidays.

Happy running to all

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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Realistically I am going to aim for one run and one speed walk in the next week. If I can get out for more I will but I think it might be difficult. My other aim is to get my husband and Dad out for long walks as well. Happy running and Christmas to you all.


It's an interesting time to be starting a new Quest!

I've enjoyed mulling over goals during this morning's run.

So here is what I shall be working to have achieved by the end of the six weeks:

1. Get to grips with my new Fitbit Charge HR and log 10,000 steps on at least 3 days a week (since I got it at the beginning of December the most I've managed in a week is 2x)

2. Revisit old running haunts - I've got in a wee bit of a rut (by my standards) so I'd like to run in places I used to go but haven't been for a while. This will mean finding the waist belt lead or buying a new one.

3. Continuing my virtual River Derwent swim and getting to Matlock Bridge (I think this will be about 5kms)

4. Weighing under 69kgs


I'm in RFC, although possibly not this week as have the cold from Hell and a pulled muscle in my side which is making breathing a right pain (literally). Usual aims for me- to run regularly and slowly to increase my distances. Thanks, as ever, for organising this. xxx

Just had to do a little edit to remove the glaring split infinitive x


Count me in please RFC. I shall be hoping to run every other day, training for another 10k race ☺


Hello 2016!

I'll join, similar to last time with 2x running per week. I'd also like to add in one other session of 'something', either weights, yoga, squash or just a nice long walk. Thanks for organizing RFC.


I'm a firm believer in doing 'something' Good plan!

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Hi RFC , yes please Im in !

I am aiming for a run 3 times a week , and concentrating on improving all over body strength.

Good luck fellow questers and soothing vibes to all those on the IC, another day closer to recovery

Thanks for doing this RFC xxx


Count me in please rfc. And thanks for organising this again.

Aim is torun as many times as week as possible - work permitting.

Aim to get back to running a 10k in preparation for the London Winter Run.


I think the plan has to be to increase distance steadily beyond 10/12k over the next few weeks. January has its own challenges again with another wedding and the winter run - both being great but eliminating time for a weekly long run. This week is mainly rest week until either park run or a gentle morning run with inlaws on Saturday. Foot seems to be getting better. :-)

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Please count me in RFC, just want to keep improving - some runs pace, some runs stamina, etc. Would like to improve on my 38 minute 5K. Hoping for a change to the weather system, the strong southwesterlies are really messing up my seafront runs.


Ooh, I had a prick of jealousy at that "seafront runs"! :-)

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Count me in please RFC!

I want to start doing pilates once or twice a week in addition to continuing to run 3x a week. I also need to try to be more diligent about doing squats and those step heel raise things. Oh and foam rolling, even when I can't be bothered/don't want to face the torture!

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Me too!


Hi, I'm in, thanks RFC.

This quest I will mix it up. This week I am aiming for three easy runs. I travel next week, and I'm not sure I'll be able to run while I'm away (I have planned to swim il cimento, but that is another thing). When I come back, I must tackle the strength training thing. I must.

Merry Quest-mas, fellow runners!

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Me please!

I think over the next few weeks I will concentrate more on enjoying my runs and less on trying to go faster or further.


I'm in again RFC. I need to keep to my HM training and I have a 10K race at the end of January to look forward to!

So, goals for this quest are:

- increase and consolidate my distance

- more cross training and strength work

- more speed work and hills.

I can't do the last one yet as I haven't got the all clear about my irregular heart beat. But I'm hopeful an appointment on 11 January will give me this.

A very Happy Christmas to you RFC and all questers and here's to a healthy, injury free running year in 2016 for all of us!

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Count me in, please!

I'm going to be realistic again, and set my goals as one run per week. If I exceed this again, great. I also want to do my upper body exercises once per week (again, if I manage twice, fab) and swim once per week. I have some travel mid-January so might manage some running tourism, yippee :)

A very happy Christmas to all Questers, and here's hoping for an injury-free 2016 to us all :)


Count me in too please.

My goals this week are to run one park run on either Xmas day or Boxing Day, and one short run and one longer run on Sunday. Go to yoga tonight and walk a min of 8000 steps every day. Will set new goals next week.


Count me in. I'm going to try to do 3 runs a week even if they're short. My oldest leaves for uni at the end of January amd I have a dissertation of my own to submit in February so stress relief will be needed.


I am DEFINITELY going to try and run three times a week. No excuses. So please add my name to the Quest for 2016.


-Try and run twice a week at least routinely and start my yoga up again for some strength building.

-Hopefully slowly improve my distance towards 10k while getting through six weeks without having to stop for shin splints!

I think to really avoid them returning (I took another week off from last wednesday because they hurt), making sure one run a week is really easy, or substitute it for some yoga will give me time to build stamina and strengthen my legs to truly stop shin splints in the long run.

Mind you I'm going skiing next week so no running but still some exercise!

Enjoy Christmas everyone.. hope you get some running gifts and encourage us all into the new year!


Count me in. Since my running buddy went on the ic months ago my running has been very irregular and have lost my motivation.

So for this week 1 run boxing day and long walk Sunday.

For 2016 Joining a small running and running with them once per week and aim for 3 runs per but a minimum of 2.

Get my distance back up to 10/12k

Get back to swimming at least once per week.


Count me in please! As a new graduate I want to:

run x 3 per week - like curlygurly I would like to concentrate more on enjoying my runs and just keep at 5km for now

Do Parke parkrun (and not chicken out)

join a run group and make some new friends who like running - none of mine are interested!

Thanks for this motivation!


Welcome onboard. I've added your name to the week 2 Quest.


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