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Hello 2016 Quest wk 2 - Feel free to join

Hello 2016 Quest week two

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.

Happy New year and happy running to you all.

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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Having trouble getting out. Last run was Christmas Eve. Christmas Day I started with a sore throat. House full of guests and feeling a bit poorly running is a bit down the list. Hopefully I will feel better soon and be out there. Happy new year to you all.


I hope you're feeling a bit better now, Rfc, but if not, best wishes for a speedy recovery, and don't worry, you'll soon be back out there in the New Year :)


I was pretty pleased with my first week of the quest.

I did achieve 10,000+ steps on 3 occasions. On Christmas Eve it was over 15,000. I know I did go for a run... which would *not* have happened without the Virtual Run, so thank you... but I think it shows what bloomin' hard work Christmas preparation is!) I am rather surprised that my walk down and back up a very steep hill to watch the Raft Race on Boxing Day didn't even register as a walk or indeed any kind of exercise or many steps.

So I ran twice - does getting lost in notionally familiar territory count as 'new haunts'? No swimming last week, but I did get a face full of real Derwent water as one of the rafters had a jolly good aim with his bucket.

As to the weight, well hahahahaha to that unsurprisingly. 2 days of Christmas eating and I am officially fat (although not bloated)

Like you RFC, Father Christmas has brought me a bug but I think it is the sort that would benefit from a bit of fresh air. I hoped to run 25kms in December and I have just 2kms to go so hope to manage that this week if I get on with it before the bug has chance to take up residence in my chest.


The Raft Race - brilliant! Hope your bug gives up and goes and you can get your 25kms in - well done :)


Sorry you've been under the weather, RFC, there's a lot of it about at this time of year. I didn't get to do any Christmas runs, in fact haven't run since the 16th. I've still got a cough that sounds like a St Bernard dog barking and the pulled muscle in my side just doesn't seem to want to get better. Wake up every morning, this one included, thinking that today will be the day I get out there, but no joy. Really fed up and itching for a run, but realistically, I know I'd only get as far as the end of the road before I coughed my lungs out. Grrrr patience is a virtue. Hope you're feeling better very soon. In the meantime I've got a pot of tea mashing if you fancy a cup.... xx


Best wishes for a speedy recovery, AM - that sounds like it's taking a while to recover from :( You will be back out there, though, and well done for being sensible - you know it's the right thing to do, and the roads will be waiting for you when you're better xx

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I'm so sorry you're poorly Carrie, I hope you feel better soon. It's probably the coughing that is aggravating your muscle. So frustrating isn't it? I'll take you up on that offer of tea...

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I think we need a day at the Seaside, Sarah, to blow the germs away. A nice slow jog along the front at Southwold, followed by a good therapeutic coughing fit and then fish and chips and a mug of tea on the pier. Kill or cure! xx

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OOh that sounds wonderful, I've never been to Southwold... *runs off to look at a map*


Afternoon All ! :-) Sorry to hear of your lurgys RFC, Google Me and AM xxx

It really is the pits being poorly at Christmas, although sadly common due to groups of people getting together :-( Hope you all feel better soon (((( ))))

Well, after my spectacular mudslide at parkrun on Boxing Day, I managed to fall again last night ! What the hell is happening to me ???

I was walking home from a party ( only had soft drinks no booze ) and the lane I was was walking down is very narrow with no pavement in parts. A taxi was going past and I tried to make room for it and ended up going down like a sack of spuds !!!! After a lot of cursing , a couple of Victor Meldrew " I dont believe its " and even more Homer Simpsons " Doh' s" I managed to get myself up . The taxi stopped and the passenger made sure I was okay . I have a badly grazed knee and have ripped a hole in my new skinny black jeans - PAH !!!!

I have decided I am not walking/running anywhere today just to make sure I dont make it 3 falls in 3 days !!!! :-)

Anyway, back to the quest ! Sorry Im rambling :-)

I am going to run home from work on Wednesday with my new backpack, and parkrun on Saturday this week and then back to my normal hills/intervals ,Zombies run and parkrun next week.

Good Luck to all fellow Questers and soothing vibes to all of those on the IC, another day closer to recovery ! xxx


Now look, Pops, this falling business has to stop! Glad you're okay and I'm very glad the taxi stopped to make sure you were okay - that was nice of them. And the ripped-knee-look is still in fashion, dahling, if you're quick! xx

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Hi Annie xxx I think I need a harness and a pair of reins like those that toddlers have .Ha ha :-) xxxx


Goodness, stay safe Pops. Perhaps you need to wear your hi-viz running kit every time you leave the house, just to make sure you can be seen! xx

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Thanks Carrie, this falling over business is becoming very irritating .I think I need stabilisers fitting or something :-) xxx


Oh what a shame about your new jeans :-( Glad you're ok xxx

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Thanks Curly , I have a bit of a stiff knee and ankle at the moment , but should be okay in a couple of days xxx


I managed a run on Christmas day, even though it was raining, and another one on Sunday, so hooray! Haven't managed my upper-body strength routine so I need to work out why I'm not doing that - also need to examine the pool timetable this week for non-children swimming times!

I'm very grateful for a year of Questing, and another one starting - thank you, Rfc and everyone who cheers everyone else on :)

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Well done on the rainy run!

You are so right that when we're not doing something we intend to do that we need to work out *why* rather than just saying 'need to do it' over and over. (I think this is one reason having these Quests is so helpful)

Hoping to swim this week too, although in our case it is more about avoiding times when my Dad and his harem are not taking up half the pool aquafitting.

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Good stuff Annie - Hurrah ! :-) xxxx


Well done Annie. Take care with the upper body workout stuff, it's just occurred to me reading your post that the pulled muscle in my side appeared at the same time as my last go at the push up challenge. Coincidence or cause??? Hummm I wonder.........


Well I managed to get out Boxing Day to put the new Garmin through its paces. It's you to start afresh on new technology cos everything's a PB πŸ˜€

Back better, but have an earache today, and last time I had ear probs it was labyrinthitis that lasted a few months to varying degrees. Fingers crossed its not that again 😞

Well done everyone and healing vibes to those in need.


I made my three runs (5k, 5k, 6k) with one on Christmas Eve. I ran strong, it was a great gift. This week I was meant to travel to Italy, but in a rare stroke of pragmatism, my husband and I decided to postpone our trip.

So! I'm aiming for three runs but they may be cross training videos, because it is turning sooo cold here in Berlin. I got one 5.5k run in today, and I'll see how it goes.

Good to see you all, hope your second week goes well!


Only managed 2 runs last week on Monday and Wednesday. Saturday I had pencilled in a long run in the morning prior to a boxing day lunch invitation but it was not to be as my washing machine broke down on Christmas Eve, so boxing day morning was spent buying a new one. But I did get a good start to this week wiht a nice long slow 10 in the sunshine, before winter finally kicks in. Hoping to do all 3 runs in daylight this week before normal timetable resumes next week which means weekday runs are in the dark. Have also decided to go to Decathlon tomorrow to buy some new fleecy leggings in anticipation !

happy running everyone !


Fresh from my record breaking pb on boxing day- in retrospect the GPS on my phone may have been SLIGHTLY wonky.. but 5k in about 35 mins :)- and breaking my most kms in a month (41.5km in December) my quest has started well!

Spent last week skiing but I start my running week on Sundays so I began this week with a 6km run, my furthest, and aim for two gentle half hour runs this week.

So far my higher cadence runs seem to ward off the shin pain combined with everything else. Couldn't run much on trails/grass as its been soo wet and muddy, so concrete/tarmac will have too for parts of my run.

Start my new timetable back at uni on the 12th but I have 10am starts which is great as I can fit in some nice morning runs and start my yoga classes again AND try my swanky new (reduced) smoothie maker from santa! come on 2016 :)


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