Stride into Summer Quest - Feel free to join

Welcome to the Stride into Summer Quest week 1.

New quest, new start.  

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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  • Busy couple of days with hospital appointments for both of us.  Hopefully will get some time later in the week for a run but if they are only small ones I'm not too fussed as its less than two weeks to my HM and my body might enjoy the rest.  Wishing you all a happy healthy week.  

  • I assume you've factored in a taper week or so before your HM.  I hope you can manage to fit some runs in - even if they are short - as it should help relieve some of the tension you might be feeling what with hospital appointments etc.  I hope it all goes well RFC!

    Can you count me in again please, ta very muchly

    Running 3 times a week. Training for a 10 mile race in July but going to fit in a 10 k race in two weeks time. Very hilly one! Eek

    Hopefully fitting in some exercise DVD's

  • Fingers crossed for your appointments. Hope all is well.

  • Good luck with your appointments, and your taper!  I understand the second is tricky to manage sometimes.

  • Hello! 

    Yes please! I would like to join the quest, or count me in and then I would like to...............

    Start running regularly and consistently. 

  • Hello, I recently graduated and I would like to join the quest. I'm still only around the 4k mark with half an hour of running so I would like to increase this to 5k.

  • Yes, I'm in. I've made some tentative steps away from the IC, I've been doing C25K again, one run from each week. I'm on Week 5 now, and so far my achilles is keeping it's moaning mouth shut! I'm not sure how many more sessions I'll do with Laura, I think if/when I get to the 20 minute run I should be ok to go it alone with some longer runs. I'm really enjoying being out there again, but I'm missing those longer runs, so fingers crossed by the end of this quest I might be doing some!

  • Careful as you go Curly ... beware the lure of the IC like a merman on the rocks of temptation to go further.  

    Perhaps the time to ditch Laura is when Julie chimes in ...

  • Count me in.  I need to get back into 4 runs a week.  2 short, 1 medium and 1 long

  • I am in... I am going to try and make that 7K. Plus... continue with my two cycle rides a week, and  fit in some extra strength and flex exercises!!!

  • Please count me in I would like to improve on my running I do run 3x a wk including a park run I would like to improve my stamina 

  • Count me in again please RFC. This quest I want to get back to a routine with my exercise. The priority is to get my foot sorted with the podiatrist and (hopefully) increase my distance. I also need to get back to the gym and Pilates. 

    Have a great week questers and keep the faith all those on the IC. 

  • Me too RFC.  

    Run 3 x pw

    2 classes (yoga/pilates) and 2 home yoga sessions

    Stop lusting after bread from new bread maker with lovely smells.  Learn how to make low carb bread that doesn't turn out like granite boulder on outside and grey putty on inside.  

  • Bit off topic but re low carb bread 3eggs, 75 g almond flour and 1.5 tsp baking powder. Whisk up until smooth and a bit foamy. Oven 200 c, 20 mins. It's more cake like, most suited to open sandwiches. Hth 

  • Oh thanks ever so Maxiscot, will be giving that a go sharpish.  

  • I have committed to running a marathon for bhf in May. No not all at once! Does that count? 

  • OOh! I'm doing that too! Keep me posted! xx

  • Will do. Good luck 

  • I'm not actually sure how to log my runs, do you know?

  • Got an email from the bhf the other day. Haven't you got yours yet?

  • Umm, I think so,  but I think I deleted it doh!

  • Me too. Good luck both xx

  • Ah found you!

  • Let's do this!

    During the next six week I would like to:

    1. Keep running 3x a week

    2. Keep increasing the distance of my long run and reach at least 8.5k

    3. Dedicate one of my weekly runs to trying out the 5K+ podcasts

  • I like your second goal, I think it is definitely achievable. Forza!

  • Hi RfC, hope all the hospital tests are fine and things keep going on as planned. I'd like to keep on running 3 times a week (plus go to yoga twice a week too). Distance wise I'd like to keep my longer run at 10 to 12k if possible but no concerns about speed. Shorter run wise I'd like to be able to do a 5k in what was my top speed two years ago of just over 32 minutes. There I've said it - seems a biggie but if I don't make it a goal I'll definitely not do it. So a bit of speed work and a bit of hill work required to give myself the best chance of that happening. 

  • Oh, this seems like a good quest!  Good luck with your 5k goal!  You have been doing so many much longer runs, you might find it is a piece of cake.

  • Well that would be wonderful, I'm going to believe that :)

  • I would like to join - my aims are to run 3 times a week and to be running at least 6km on one of the runs by the end of the 6 weeks. I also plan to add in some of the 5k+ runs on the other days.

  • Okay, my goal for this quest is to keep on track.

      1. Running plan: this week calls for 7k, 7k, 7k.  Keep doing this at 6 am because it makes me feel like a superwoman to be done by 7:30.

      2. 30 Day Shred: this week, I aim for one day of Level 1

       3. Foam Roller, modified Myrtl after each run, and full Myrtl the night before a run, with a few added strengthening activities.  

    I have a quick 2 day trip to London this week, no running planned, but I will be glad to stomp around my old neighborhood in Greenwich.  Have a good quest/week, runners!

  • Morning RFC and All

    Please count me in !

    I have entered a HM in October, so will be concentrating on training for that. I am going to take the training very carefully as I tend to go at stuff like a bull at a gate and end up injuring myself , so I will have to rein myself in for this one.

    Drink more water - I have  realised that somedays I don't drink hardly any  water , well apart from tea flavoured , does that  count ? :-)

    Get enough sleep - I tend to get in bed early enough but then will spend too much time reading or faffing about with my phone . Need to set a deadline for putting my book down and sticking to it

    Barabara Currie Yoga DVD/ Mark Kennedy Strength Exercises for Runners - Twice a week

    Right that's it for me . Good Luck fellow Questers and for all those on the IC with poorly knees, calves , ankles, coughs , colds and lurgies - a lovely bowl of chicken soup  . Hang on in there , another day closer to recovery :-) xxxx                     

  • Count me in, please, Rfc, and thank you for organising again!

    If all goes well my first week will see me complete my 10k event :O

    After that I need to find something else to enter, because I've discovered that's what keeps my motivation up.  However, there will also be some more running tourism on this Quest, so that will be nice :)

    The other thing to focus on is weight loss.  I'm in a good frame of mind at the moment so hopefully that will continue and I can aim for a pound a week.  Getting back to running will kickstart that again.

    Happy Questing everyone, and a swift recovery to those on the IC.

  • I have the Birmingham 10k on Sunday, but other than that it will be a fairly low key period.  I didn't run much over the past couple of weeks as my Mum was visiting from Germany and as I have teens doing GCSE and final A levels this spring i need to be around cajoling and supporting as much as possible.  So my aim is just to be able to get out regularly and hopefully fit in the odd longer run (8-12k maybe). Really looking forward to saying good bye to cold weather and being able to wear capris and short sleeved tops by the way :-) (she says, living in hope!)

  • Please count me in RFC, and as always, thank you for doing this at what must be a busy and difficult time. I hope all goes well with your appointments. 

    As with the last few quests, I intend to continue my pattern of running at least twice a week and swimming at least twice a week.  My focus is still on trying to make a modest improvement in running pace ideally through seeing a new PB at Parkrun.  The method continues to be doing some interval training, some shorter faster runs, and the occasional longer one for stamina.  Swimming is going from strength to strength and am largely working on better technique (I can happily swim for an hour now, if only I could run for that long). 

  • Yes please. I need the accountability.  Aim is to stick to my HM training plan (which has 3 runs a week).

  • Please count me in. I'd like to add cross training twice a week in addition to my runs: swimming, yoga or resistance training. It doesn't matter which, but 3 runs + 2 cross training sessions. Thanks.

  • Hmmmm... I briefly contemplated trying the experiment of my Quest this time being no Quest... that didn't last long.

    So this Quest is building on the last one.

    Another bike ride (ideally 2 but...)

    Getting to Matlock Bridge on my virtual River Derwent swim (which will mean a few sessions at the pool...)

    At least one longer run (7+) and at least one 'coached' run as it is ages since I did one... 

    Complete a yoga programme

    ...oh and that weight thing...

  • First ever Quest, following re-graduation last Saturday. :)

    I aim to continue running 2 x 30 mins (whatever distance that may be), plus Parkrun every Saturday.

    I would like to achieve 5k in 35mins as my first target, in preparation for 10k in Bournemouth Marathon Festival on October 1st. 

    Long may this confidence and motivation continue!! 

  • Count me in please. 

    1. Run 3x a week

    2. Use 'speed' podcast once a week

    3. Increase 'longer' run a little each week (no more than .5 k a week)

    Oh and try to do some core exercises on 'rest' days (not keen on planks etc so this will be a challenge!!)

    Thank you, realfoodieclub - so good to have a plan!

  • Please count me in to this quest too:) 

    In the 6 weeks I want to continue running 3 x week and by the end of the quest would like to have participated iny first park run :) Had a barcode for a few weeks, just need to do it :)

  • Count me in.  I want to consolidate and get into a good habit of 3 runs per week as I've had numerous other distractions since graduating, including starting a new job last week. 

  • Good luck with your appointments rfc. Thanks for doing this again. 

    I'll sign up but not expecting too much. Might get a couple in this week, then off for a few days in Liverpool then a week in Belfast. Lots of walking, but no chance of running. Don't think the guys I'm working for will be too impressed if my whole luggage allowance is running stuff rather than work clothes!

    Signed up for the BHF MyMarathon in May, so might have to do a few long runs to bump the mileage up. 

    Good luck everyone. 

  • Count me in please RFC, starting next week hopefully. Have to get my act in gear for my R4L in June. Suspect, if I can run at all, all my outing will be short ones this quest- but better short than nonexistent.

    Very best of luck with your HM prep and, of course more importantly, with all your hospital appointments xx

  • I'd like to join the quest, please.

    1. Run 3 times a week, starting a couch to 10k program.  This week I'm doing the last week of the 5k part, before moving on next week.

    2. Add in a hike or bike ride each week for exercise variety

    3. I've also signed up for the BHF Marathon in May, so run 26.2 miles in May

    4. Run my first 5k Race for Life in June, which is six weeks yesterday

  • Hi there - Can I join?  I'd like to complete the BHF marathon too ( I can see some others are). 

  • count me in plz, I am a recent graduate and would like to achieve a 7 k run by 6 weeks, also to take part in 2 different parkruns , still run 3x week min 5 k.

  • Count me in.

    My goal is to complete the BHF MyMarathon and to add in at least 2 sessions of strength and flex, or yoga for running every week.

  • I would like to join the quest, or count me in and then I would like to run further distances as would like to do a 10k in September

  • Hi there, will add you into the current quest. I am not a bee quest. Welcome on board.

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