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I am running for........ Week 5 Quest -Feel free to join

Welcome to the I am running for week 5..... Quest feel free to join.

hope you are all doing well. There are some great quest pledges this quest.

Please feel free to join in if you like, it's just a bit of fun. I just thought it would make a good name for the Quest, after nearly three years I'm running out of names so if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

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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All boxes ticked again but the runs are not going to plan

Happy healthy running week to you all.


Oh dear RFC! Best laid plans and all that ...... shakes head. We shouldn't be surprised should we. There's always a ruddy fly in the ointment isn't there. Still, we have to smile in the face of adversity and try and crack on. Chin up duck!

I have not run hardly at all for nearly a month but after yesterday's ten mile race I'm back! My pulled calf gave me no trouble at all, which is a major relief to me as that race was a pig.

So, this week I have several days off to recover and will run 5k on Friday.

I already have another running plan as I have another race on 27th July, a 10k, and another hilly one. Not as hilly as Sunday's one though!

Good luck with your planned runs this week, my fellow Questers! Onward to victory. Go steady though, do. x

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Thank you. Woohoo on the calf that must of been a relief, I'm really pleased for you. I think we should call you MissHills as they do seem to be a big part of your events.😀.


Well it comes with the territory. Peak district right enough!

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Ah, but my husband claims there are no peaks, only a lot of troughs!


30DaysWild is over. One of the last activities was an evening run in the rain and very, very lush and very, very wet growth. I thought I was fast but Runkeeper insists otherwise.

Two swims which were frankly rubbish... RFC I can really relate to the 'ticking the boxes' but knowing that it is somehow not really doing it for you. One swim I can explain away to a degree due to it being busy and having to stop whilst they lowered the depth. My husband says one of my legs has started to trail again. However, because I am doing this virtual River Derwent swim, I can feel encouraged that every length is progress, however slow.

I did all five sessions in another yoga programme once through, apart from the final one where you put it all together so I think that perhaps I'll concentrate on doing that twice rather than repeating the lead-in sessions... unless I decide to try some other classes instead. Despite being a beginner programme and each session being no more than 15 minutes and only covering a few poses each, I found it quite challenging... some things in a good way ("I can't do that! Oh, look, I sort of can!", others not so good (neck... and I still can't decide whether the nausea when I do standing poses especially with arms outstretched is something to 'be with' or something to listen to and move away from) I also did the belly dancing class on the NHS website which I was really looking forward to trying. I was a bit disappointed and didn't feel very exercised afterwards, or at least not in a good way but my brain hurt from trying to follow all the moves.... it was a useful reminder about why I don't do 'real life' classes.

Weight... a bit of a muddle again. But I'd rather have a muddle than a disaster!

And every morning, first thing, 10 squats in solidarity with @Rignold. My mind sometimes flashes "I don't wanna" and then flashes back "Rignold 'doesn't wanna' be dealing with any of the **** he's having to deal with either" and I get on with it without further ado.


Just one run last week - an gentle 3k on Saturday morning to test my new insoles and hip. Insoles seem fine but hip is still niggly and its extremely hot here (France). So probably no running this week - maybe some walking after sunset. Thinking of replacing my weekday runs with some swimming through July and August...

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Two runs last week. Friday 7k and parkrun.

Work has dried up for the summer, so a quick sort out and off boating :) Happy days.


Hi fellow questers !

Had a good week ,managed to complete the runs that my plan devised for me ,a 10k and a 14k yesterday.

Surprisingly feeling good today, just a bit achey as expected but apart from that , really good.

I am going to follow some exercises for my hips/glutes and carry on with my arm work.

Good Luck to all fellow questers, thank you rfc for putting this up again and I really hope you get your mojo back, please be kind to yourself.

Lots of positive healing vibes to all those on the IC,and for all those going through tough times in their lives, hope things feel brighter for you soon, I wish you peace of mind and the strength to get through your difficult days .

Lets do it, Questers ! :-) xxx


Three runs last week, but not as much mileage as usual. The first run was 3.5 k intervals, the second was a longer, slower 6k with no pressure and also no stopping. Then on Saturday I wanted to try out my new shoes (picture already posted) and set off way too fast. I did my fastest ever 2k at the start, but ran out of steam pretty quickly and ended up doing 3.5k again. Shoes were good, had a slight niggle on my right shin, which seems to be a weak point. But it cleared up overnight and hasn't come back after my run this morning. Was pleased that I can still run 6k non-stop.

The heat is getting to be a problem. I get up too late at the weekends and sometimes have to wait for a rain shower before I go out or have to postpone a run.

This week will be a mixture of 5ks and shorter intervals. Might not be able to get a long run in at the weekend due to social commitments, but I'm busy trying to work out a way!


Hiya.. logging my runs last week.. managed to keep on track.. two 3ks trying a bit faster..making ever so slow progress.. but progress is progress so happy with that:) my 5k was good and I got two swim sessions done :)

Wii fit half hour every other day.. squats for rig managed to up to 20 a time.. keeping going with the dumbells but need work on the bingo wings..

Good luck everyone with your goals..



1) My immediate goal was to run 5 km. I did that already.

2) My next goal was to be able to do 5 km comfortably. That happened once this week. I am going to see how my next 5km run works out before I announce that one is done too.

3) My third goal is to lose 1 stone in 6 weeks. I've lost 4.5 kg. I still think I can reach 1 stone in 6 weeks🤐


My goal is to have a shorter walk at the end of my runs. I live at the top of quite a big hill, I usually run down at the beginning and walk back up at the end, it takes about 20 minutes to walk home from the bottom, so lets see if I can get closer to home before I begin walking.


Hi Guys,

Just briefly because my thesis defense looms in a terrible way. PippiRuns , thanks for your comment last week. It is not so much that I've taken on too much, just that it is all converging at once, as happens sometimes. Running helps.

That said, I did better with sugar last week! And I ran my schedule: 7k, 7k, 10.5k. I also managed to do hip work three days and arms once. No core, but perhaps that is what week five is for!

This week I have 7k, 7k and 12.5! I'll aim for two days each of hips, core and arms.

Good luck everyone, I glanced over your weeks, and took inspiration!

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Good luck with the thesis defense. I'm sure keeping running will help with the stress.


Thanks ajwyld. Running does help with stress, and with thinking!


My goals:

1. A speed run every week - yes

2. A 5km run every week - yes

3. A "long" run every week - increasing to 8km - oops. I just couldn't be bothered to drag myself out of bed. This is one of the first times I've not made it out of the door when I've been following a "plan". Didn't get out this morning either, so I'm hoping the nice cool breeze (it's all relative, you understand) is still there in the early evening and I'll do my 5k for this week then.

4. Get rid of the bruises and grazes after my fall. Grazes almost completely healed - the skin just looks a bit pink and new in places, bruise on hip now invisible. Left elbow also now rated as tender rather than sore. Pretty much like last week.


Like many others, it seems, my mojo is on its summer holidays. I ran twice, but they have been short runs, a 4k and a 5k. One was in the afternoon for a change - I went up to the High Peak trail, to a section I've never run before, and won't again because it had too many gates. I just got nicely settled into my stride and bang! there was another gate to be opened and closed behind me. I think there were 4 on a 2.5km stretch, which when you're doing a there-and-back-again run is a bit of a nuisance.

And in other news, I have shingles, which is making me tired, itchy and grumpy. I'm lucky in that I only have a very mild dose, but the worst patch is on my waist so everything is rubbing.

Happy Questing, everyone, and a swift recovery to those on the IC or struggling with other things.


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