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"Illness be gone"Quest wk 2 - Feel free to join

Illness be gone Quest week 2

I hope everyone is is doing ok and those who are still on the IC couch are making progress.

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.























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I was in a shake it up sort of week this week. I swam 1km did some hiit session intervals some core work and stretches and went out for a 15km run/walk yesterday. The weather was lovely and the roads seemed full of runners. I was having a great time until 7.5km the blisters emerged from last weeks winter run and started rubbing. My left hamstring tightened and my right ankle was just sore. I stopped running and walked home I got home at 11.5km. Looking at the stats I was going some (for me) before I had to pull up and in Hindsight I maybe wasn't fully recovered from last Sunday for a run like that. But I was happy I didn't question the need to stop I just did it. On the plus side last week had a lovely walk with my other half. It has taken him ages to get over the flu and it is so nice to see him picking up, we just have to make sure he doesn't over do it now. Wishing you all a happy healthy week.


I'm in, how could I not be seeing as you are all running to my place! I am going to increase my exercise generally on top of my running. Some of you might know I took part in some medical research recently that involved wearing a movement detector and HRM for a week - I came out as sedentary! I was, a walk or pilates at home on the days I don't run, and I might even give swimming another go, although it will have to be breast stroke not my beloved front crawl....


Last week went according to plan - just! Recovery run on Tuesday; Thursday's run postponed to Friday morning running to work (including some 30-20-10 intervals which were fun) and long run of 15.8k yesterday. This nearly failed due to gastric emergency after 3km - thank goodness the pavilion at our local woods/golf course was still open! Kept going after that and managed the whole 2 hours. Legs slightly achy; but not too bad today. One more week ramping up before tapering.


May I join in the quest too? I have been back to running 3 times a week for the past month after recovering from a bad ankle sprain (not even a running related injury, just fell down the stairs, and not even booze related, Oh the shame!) I'm so pleased to be back running again so if I join this quest there's no excuse for me to not keep going!

Thanks. Sarah


Much less running than planned/preferred last week. Tuesday I felt rough. As my daughter had flu I decided that it was wiser to rest. Which I think was a good decision. Thursday I managed to get out there for about 40 minutes which did me good, and that was it. No weekend run. I had sort of thought of a symbolic 30 minute jog yesterday evening but I got home at 7pm after a very full-on weekend and was really fit for nothing other than a glass of wine and some pizza in front of the telly. So that was that. This week should be a bit better, though.


Just parkrun this week...didn't even do that great at that :(

Work is definitely getting in the way....

Hopefully get a couple in this week if the storms go away. Hula Hoop session this morning to start the week.


Three runs last week but only 1 yoga class. Running going very well with my speediest 5k for over a year and my longest run to date. The longest run was 11k and I thoroughly enjoyed it apart from that last kilometre when it felt very tough. The first half was in high winds and rain but the rain went off and the wind was at my back coming back so the return was faster. I felt so optimistic after that run that I have entered the Great Edinburgh Run in April. 10 miles!!!! Eek.

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Although I'm not sick I am still on the IC so I'd like to join this quest please RFC. It's perfect timing as the end brings me to my HM (or not!) but it will act as a good incentive to keep me to the cross training and other exercise.

I'm actually doing pretty well at the bike and weights so WHEN I do get out running again I'll be hopefully much stronger! That's my logic anyway.

Thanks for organising and good luck fellow questers. Spring is around the corner. 💐🌷🌸🌹

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Runs going as planned. This morning tried to do some quicker spurts between lampposts and that worked Okish. Still feel somewhat cheated if don't do long runs but everything I've read says you need to run faster if you want to run faster. Happy running everyone.


Weight loss: nil, which hides a drop during the week. Some good choices, a few bad ones and some which didn't further this particular goal but which were good ones all the same.

Modelling healthy lifestyle and supporting spouse: we went swimming once and were then felled by his work emergency. I was shocked at how slow I was and checked my logs... this has been creeping up for a while. Clearly I need to test this by going more regularly to see if it improves. Clocked up 3 days of 10,000 steps (indeed one of those was 15,000) and got out for a walk together on Sunday morning (not so much of a walk as a yomp through thigh high heather, that was a workout and a half!) And my 'bad choices/furthering other goals choices' were outside anything to do with him.

Big triumph of the week was getting back to a run on the meadows for the first time in a long time - and my purple friend, for the first time since I got it, decided I had indeed been for a run.


I managed 2 runs last week, one on Sunday and one on Thursday. A 3k and a 2.5k as I am taking it very gently and slowly on my return from my gimpy calf injury .

I walked 8k every day last week Monday to Friday ( to work and then halfway back ).

Plus I joined Slimming World and shifted 6.1/2 lbs of timber in my first week which I am very chuffed about ! I have been eating loads of veg and fruit, lean meat etc and its worked a treat ! I havent felt hungry at all, and the desire to eat 3 chocolate bars in one sitting is now slowing fading into the blue yonder . Weigh in again tomorrow night !

I have taken the cellophane wrapper off my Yoga DVD, next week I may actually put it in the DVD player . Ha ha ! Only joking. Had a quick look , looks good !

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

Have a great week y'all ! :-) xxx


I did manage a run last week but that was my extra run - by the weekend I had been completely flattenated by some sort of cold thing which has now descended to my chest :( However, I'm off on my travels again on Thursday so will try and manage some running tourism to compensate :)

Happy running all and 'illness etc. begone' to those on the IC x


The plan to at least swim twice and run twice failed in its first week thanks to a long weekend in Edinburgh for the rugby. I managed 2 swims plus a run, but failed on running at the weekend. I thought about doing the Edinburgh parkrun but the logistics of doing it didn't fit in with the rest of our plans, and I couldn't face the cold / wet / rain of running on Sunday. But I am sure my running kit enjoyed its trip up and down in the Flybe hedgehopper from Southampton and the view in the inside of the hotel room. I am back home now, but also missed one of my regular swims as a result of the trip, so next week will also be light. Ho hum. England won, so I am happy really!


I would like to join the quest. I have dropped down to running twice a week of late as hubby not so keen now it's winter. Our weekend run seems to have gone by the by. :(

I am going to run on Monday Wednesday and Friday from now on as I love it and want to keep up my fitness levels. :)


Just done my second run this week. A new route! Yah.. put my phone in my bumbag to record my run on view ranger. It was a great run legs just keep going. Checked my phone when I started my warm down and there was 30 mins recorded so I must have run for about 27 mins. Not bad I thought. Get in through the door. Switch off the recording and WHAT... It's gone. :(

Why are us ladies so bad with technology?. :( :( :)

Just a memory then.. but a good one.

I'll do it again Friday and try again to record it...


I managed two swims...just and did my 3 runs last week... But only one run so sore throat and feeling a bit dithering about doing second run...ah well Rome was n't built in a day.I hope everyone on the IC is improving....take care..


Did my third run of the week at lunchtime. This time recorded it on Strava and managed to save it. Yay.

It was 5k including my warm up and down and I ran for 37 mins. I like this new route. Will do it again Monday. :)

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Mixed bag this week, three runs, but not really any increase in distance. I have achieved the feeling better bit I think. Really , really glad about that!

A wet run, a dry run and a very muddy run today. Still, it is progress and I am determined to get where I want to be,

Happy, healthy vibes everyone :)


I'm very late to check in, I hope everyone had a runnerous week.

I managed three runs before I traveled last week. The goal for while away was a delayed cimento and some walking. I'll update on next week's post!


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