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"Illness be gone" Quest week 6 - Feel free to join

Illness be gone Quest week 6

Here we are at the final week of another quest.

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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Morning RFC

I've been ill and not running for over a week. I was in training for a 10 k race but that went out the window somewhat. I am hoping to run today for the first time in over a week. I shall just have a short jog round the block.

My race is on Sunday but til then I'll just do a couple of jogs and that will have to do. I still feel like death warmed up

Good luck fellow questers


Sorry to read you're still not fighting fit missw. You take care out there. x


Hope you managed your wee jog today and you felt okay.


A very strange week for me. I seem to be learning so much about this body of mine in this journey to become the healthiest version of me I can be. I have been trying desperately to work in the tummy fat issue the kidney consultant highlighted. Originally I thought cut calories and increase strength training should do the trick. Years ago when I was younger and before thyroid meds I could build muscles so fast but that just wasn't happening. So I tried something very drastic for me as an experiment. I went up to 2000kcal a day and cut the exercise down to hardly anything. The upshot is a 2lb weight loss and a 0.4% fat loss. So this week's experiment is to add in some running, swimming and speed walk and eat back the calories and see what happens. It all stems from the fact that maybe at 1600-1800 kcal a day and exercise I am under eating. I'm interested to find out if the formula to my weight loss could be eat more. On the plus side I have slept better and feel stronger. Time will tell. Wishing you all a happy healthy week


Gosh that's very interesting RFC. Our bodies are complex yet simple! Keep us posted on how you get on.


It might be worth looking at what you are eating rather than its calorific value, the body deals with each food group differently. I have long since concluded that eating fats isn't a bad thing and that the solution to sustainable weight loss isn't calorie counting.


I totally agree, I'm a low GI girl with it broken down into 50% carbs 25% fat 25% protein. I always have my 5 a day or more. I also love a bit of everything in moderation.


I've had a good week in the gym and went 4 times! Yah! I'm really quite chuffed that I'm enjoying the cycling more than I thought and I work so hard that I drip sweat all over the bike! Sorry if that's tmi! Plus weights and stretching. I feel fitter so I'm hoping by the time I get back to running I won't have too much of a hurdle.

Good luck fellow questers and have a great week.

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You'll be amazing!


Really interesting to hear about how other people's weeks have been going. That was a tough quest you set us RFC with "Illness be gone" but great to see people doing their best in all the right ways (including *not* doing stuff)

I am pleased with my week. I ran three times and pushed it a little some of those times too. I got to 10,000 steps on three days (not all the run days, odd eh?) and 30 minutes of activity on 5 days. At the beginning of the Quest my goal was to support my husband in "Illness be gone" and I thought that might involve easing off the running since he doesn't run and is extremely unlikely ever to take it up. But keeping going with running is still 'modelling the behaviour' and I am so glad to have it since we've not been swimming (for perfectly good reasons) I've also quietly been doing more (very, very gentle) yoga practice and over the last few weeks established a more formal gratitude practice. I have a feeling that may have helped my energy levels as I have done some housework. This won't seem like a big deal for most people but it is a red letter day for me when I vacuum, being able to do it is not something I can or do take for granted (and will also help my husband feel better)

A little disappointed with the scales this morning as I had hoped that I would have lost the last 100g to put me back in the healthy BMI range post Christmas, on the day my firstborn becomes an adult (especially as I resisted sharing in the cream tea I made for my Mum yesterday) but I feel as though I am doing the right things generally and the numbers will follow in due course. And the numbers are going down.

And yesterday when I thought we'd probably blown our walk sitting around at my Mum's, we still headed up into the Peak to look at the snow and had a simply magical view with a bruised sky over White Lodge and sun on Mam Tor and Kinder Scout as it set and a bit of a walk in crunchy snow. I was hoping for short eared owls but you can't have everything!

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Hi there,

Here in the last week of six, I have been struck down with a virus. Not surprising, had to come after several stressful weeks of writing and children in nursery who catch everything.

However! It was a decent week running. I started to play with heart rate, but I have to break myself of the compulsion to check numbers every fifteen seconds. I'm finding it hard to stay in the ranges I have calculated, even with run walk, and my head is spinning with new terms I've Googled.

I have found HR to be a good general check - I had reached the point where I can run hard enough to run too hard, and it is nice to remind myself of what easy running feels like.

So, I managed four runs last week, two easy (5k, 7k), one speed (4.5k) and one continuous (5k). I also did a good amount of walking and stretched well.

This week I will try for the same basic formula, but I will ease up on the speed, returning to my old cadence drill.

Happy running challengers, it is good to check in with you all.

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You've done loads this week, hope that virus goes quickly!


So.. good week last week. I skipped my run on tuesday as I am used to the feeling of tender shins post run, and know my tendancy to develop shin splints. I did a half hour run on thursday I was very pleased with- 4.3k, among my furthest for 30 mins continuous running. However I did feel like I was pushing myself and I know I need to find my 'base pace' and relax to avoid injury- every run can't be a pb. I think I find it challenging now because when I started I would regularly get new records on runkeeper, and it really kept me motivated, whether I was going for longer or further or faster. Now I am coming back and forth from injury each run is just one among many I've already done and I don't get the familiar record breaking streaks or goals anymore. So I need to make realistic goals!!

Anyway, still did my hours yoga on tuesday, and on sunday managed to run 5.5k in just over 40 mins so I feel a little bit more ready for my 6.5k night run next sat!

Today I did a home yoga session because I had some free time but I think my legs need more recovery time- I can feel my shins and heels are tender and don't want to provoke injury before my run. I do think while I build stamina perhaps 2 runs a week is more kind to my body (if endlessly frustrating..), as I have found before putting it up to three just results in shin splints/heel pain. So, maybe a goal for the next quest: set new realistic goals I can feel good achieving, while maybe sticking to two runs until my shins feel utterly strong (hopefully all the calf raises and yoga will pay off...)


My longest run in the Quest was 6K. It's been an OK sort of week, missed one of my regular swims through work commitments, but otherwise achieved all my goals, and got a PB in Parkrun for the 2nd week in a row. I am enjoying the longer hours of daylight and looking forward to it warming up a bit! Looking forward to the next quest.

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Cold and cough almost gone and the stomach bug was a 24 hour one so feeling fairly fit and healthy again. Ran twice this last week, one fairly speedy 5k and one fairly easy 10k - one 1 hr yoga class and one 90 minute class Will be aiming for 3 runs maybe 4 this week and increasing the distance a bit too.


I had a very busy work week so only managed one run which was my 'race', the Longhorn. This was such a fab medal! The race itself was okay, although I was disappointed that it was slightly shorter than the advertised 5k.

I did really well with my food and weight up until Friday, when I went out for dinner, Saturday, when I had friends round, and Sunday, when I didn't eat for about 6 hours (driving and race) and then had a lovely Mother's Day meal cooked by my daughter, so the end result was no change, dammit.


Odd week running-wise last week after the high of a new distance PB at the weekend. I only managed two runs as Saturday morning I just didn't feel up to it and the rest of the weekend was full but mostly with quite annoying stuff - I caught myself several times thinking that I'd rather be running.

This coming week I will again run twice as we are off to the Carribean for a week on Friday. Not sure if I will run there due to heat/humidity, but am taking my recently retired running shoes as my comfy walking shoes which means I can run if I want to... Am kind of hoping for at least one early morning jog along the beach... OTH the friends we are staying with have a pool, so it might be a swimming rather than a jogging week.


A jog on the beach can end in a quick cool-down in the water. Enjoy the vacation.


Well since joining this quest I have been healthy after a rubbish January ! I have averaged 2 runs a week (3 this week) and my longest run (?) was a Galloway 60/30 for 13k !! If that doesn't count my longest non stop would be 5k Happy running all !! :) And thanks for the quest :) x


Your 13k definitely counts. Well done.

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Thank you it was just as fast as non stop running for me and I like to mix things up a bit !! ;)


Hi, after the HM the previous weekend, last week was a quieter week. A 4km run on the Thursday and 8km on Sunday.


Up and down for me, my achilles felt better so I went for a run, the last bit was on sand as I was at the seaside, and how could I not? Lovely run, but now my leg hurts again...my stupid wobbly disc is wobbling, I'm going to do a bit of research and try and find a new osteopath as mine passed away last month, I don't know how I will manage without him.


Hi, Did 2 runs last week, a 30 minuter and a 5k . Plus walking to work ( 5k x 5)

Lost another 1lb with Slimming World , so only another 4lbs to go until I hit target, that will be 1 stone 8lbs weight loss, which I am really pleased about. :-)

Good Luck to all fellow questers and a big bowl of chicken soup and healing vibes to all those on the IC , another day closer to recovery xxxx

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Funny quest for me. Hit my goal of a distance PB of 13k in the first couple of weeks. Have only ran twice since as I posted earlier this month. Thomas suggested burnout and that sounded about right combined with stress and less free time than usual.

Been getting a few good squash sessions in, and I'm looking forward to running again this weekend so I'm hoping the dry spell is over.

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I've only been managing to run once a week recently -Parkrun on Saturday mornings. Don't like how slow and unfit I feel at the moment so need to up my frequency. However, pleased to be able to do 5k after so many weeks of chest issues, just need more practice :)


No running for me this week. Lurgy lingering.. :(.


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