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I am not a bee, I don't need pollen week 2 Quest - Feel free to join.

Realfoodieclub profile image

Welcome to the I am not a Bee, I don't need pollen Week 2 Quest - feel free to join.

Hope you all doing well and the pollen and the weather are not getting to you all too much.

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.

Realfoodieclub

Misswobble

Parseraisin

Googleme

Kallyfudge

Irishprincess

Oldfloss

Folkieboater

Melly4012

Poppypug

Jayseeskinny

Mollydex

Ancientmum

Sparky66

Heledw

Anniemurph

Dagshar

Spongecake7

Dagshar

Kmcm66

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Last week went well,m I have 7 consecutive weeks with all boxes ticked. This week is going to be a very different matter. There are hardly any exercise Windows. Hospital appointments and two big catering/ bar work jobs and all the prep that goes with it. I am going to be lucky if I get one 5km run In this week never mind the rest. Maybe I call it a rest (hehe it's really NOT) week. My body will be tired I was working till early hours on Saturday and a few more coming up so as hard as I feels be kind to my body and say whatever you do is a plus and if I don't, move on there is always next week. Maybe harder to do than say but I will give it a go. Happy healthy week to you all.

GoogleMe profile image
GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

This is why it is worth making the most of less busy weeks, because these sorts of week either predictable or unpredictable, always do come along from time to time.

I'm sure you have the right attitude - if you feel up to it, you'll do something and it will be a bonus.

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misswobbleGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

That sounds like a heck of a lot on your plate. Remember though that all work and no play makes RFC a dull girl! Try and escape for a run as it will do you good!

I had a good running week last week and managed a tough race on Thursday, plus parkrun Saturday and I ran last night. Training for a HM continues 😊

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GoogleMeGraduate

Goals? Did I have goals? What happened to those?

No swimming, no yoga class (there were also several days when I didn't do my morning yoga practice), no bike ride, no swimming....

But... I did go for a run and I enjoyed it, and I clocked up more active minutes and days of 10,000 steps on my purple friend than I usually do in a week with quite a bit of walking... when it was hot, I had meetings, I had some busy stuff to do in the garden.

I was also reminded of one of the joys of running... many of those walks were accompanied by my husband who seemed to keep up a constant stream of, not quite complaints but certainly negative observations. One person's own gremlins are enough thank you very much!

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melly4012Graduate

Due to the injury being a bit more problematic than first thought, there may not be any running for an amount of this quest :( Have been icing the tendons two or three times a day though and have picked up some anti-inflammatory gel to hopefully aid recovery (making sure I'm helping the healing process may become a new goal for the quest).

Have been trying to look after myself in the meantime. Have tried to incorporate more veg with as many meals and possible and filling up on the good stuff before reaching for anything naughty. I could do even more, but it's a decent start.

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IrishprincessGraduate in reply to melly4012

Have you been able to do any other cardio work melly?

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melly4012Graduate in reply to Irishprincess

I haven't as of yet as I don't have access to a gym or a bike and swimming just seems like it will take up so much time out of an evening. I have called up the local leisure centre about classes and they do aqua fit but only one evening a week so I may give that a try but I may not be able to fit that in for a week or two. I know doing something active will definitely make me feel better so I definitely need to find some motivation and get up and do something :)

You do have a busy week RFC! Let's hope you find a spare little piece of time for a wee jogette.

I've had a good week managing 3 X 5K runs and two gym sessions. Didn't get to a Pilates class but have done some on my own. The orthotics are good so far but it's early days yet.

The next few weeks will be tricky as I'm visiting mum for a few days (at airport at the minute 😊) and then bringing her back with me on Thursday for a week. I won't get to the gym in that time but I have packed my running kit and plan to run twice while in Ireland, so that's back to road running which I haven't done for months! I also packed a resistance band so I have no excuses and need to continue my stretching and exercises.

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

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sparky66Graduate

I'm also lagging this week.. managed 3x 3k runs..went out thismorning intending to do 5k... but I had nothing left in the tank to carry on.. was already to hot at 8:30 am.. should have just took a five min walk break and pushed on.. Will try this on Wednesday :)

Also only managed one swim.. these depend on when hubby works as I dont drive.. and pool is a good half hour walk..( shouldn't really be an excuse) .. but one is better than none...

No work for next 6 weeks so upping my wii fit time to replace those walks every day..

Must try harder.. must try harder.. that should be my mantra!

Dumbbells..doing..and little stretching.. few squats..

Bring on week two ;)

Good luck questers.. x

sparky66 profile image
sparky66Graduate in reply to sparky66

On the plus side.. my pace is improving which m chuffed with gone from averaging 9:30 mins a k.. to 8:30 per k :)

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JaySeeSkinnyGraduate

Was a tough week. I found it very hard to run in the heat and humidity - every run felt a bit of a slog and the pixie dust has well and truly worn off. I was back to my "usual" speed of 7:30 / km and ran out of puff before the 5k mark. I did get 3 runs in, averaging about 4K a time. It was too hot to run at the weekend, it was already over 26C by the time I got up, so I missed out on my usual long run. But it's got to cool down soon and I hope I'll get my energy back then. Until then I'll just try to tick over!

My next run will hopefully be in Berlin - a bit of variety.

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folkieboaterGraduate

Well done everyone.

Good week for me last week. 3 runs for the first time in ages (5, 5.5 and 8k). The 8 yesterday morning included a stop for a loaf of bread so the OH could make me a bacon sarnie 😀

Walked avg. of 7200 steps a day.

23 locks, 22 of them on the hottest day!

Lots of cider....😂

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poppypugGraduate

Evening All !

Good work fellow questers ! Wahey :-)

I had a good week , a 10k on Thursday and a 14k yesterday. Managed to run non stop all the way on both, apart from the usual road junctions, traffic lights , oh and trying to ring hubby on the hoof whilst caught in a hailstorm to ask him to bring the washing in :-)

My Fitbit app on my phone tells me that I have walked/ran the length of Italy ! 1000+ kms .

Blimey, no wonder I'm cream crackered !

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

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AnniemurphGraduate

Hi Rfc and all,

Running club is certainly making me get out there during the week as well, so it's fulfilling the purpose I needed it to, even if I haven't much enjoyed the two sessions so far :D I'm going again this evening, and I hope it won't be 31.5C tonight again like it was last week - yeuchhh!!! However, in addition to that run, last week I did a fast-ish session for me, only short at 3k but Garmin tells me my best pace was 5.21 at some point which I'm pleased with because I was trying to go a bit faster, and then another run on Sunday which was a bit of a hangover run at 6.5k up the Trail to Thorpe and back.

I've done a couple of cycle attempts and can now balance but not yet pedal - I'm looking for the other pedal but panic before I find it :D Hopefully soon! Squats continue, I trust in reasonable form because they certainly make my legs work, which they didn't when I was casually doing 100 a day.

Happy running to all Questers and a swift recovery to all those on the IC or who are struggling in some way x

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90ldfinchGraduate

Hi Realfoodieclub and everyone- count me in.

I'm back from a month on the IC with plantar fasciitis, which happily coincided with the heatwave.

I want to get back to running 5k three times a week- I managed 4.7k this morning, but it was a shock to the system.

I've been doing a bit of cycling at the weekends, and some occasional body-weight exercises, but it's good to be running again :)

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poppypugGraduate in reply to 90ldfinch

'Ow do Finchy ! :-)

Good to see you back on your feet , Well done for today :-) xxx

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melly4012Graduate in reply to 90ldfinch

Good to have you back, Finchy! 4.7k is a great start back! I'm now on the IC (something to do with the universe's equilibrium I suppose) so will be asking for tips on returning to it when the rogue tendon has recovered.

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90ldfinchGraduate in reply to melly4012

Hopefully you'll be back running soon, Melly. 👍

Patience and discipline- injuries make us mentally stronger runners :)

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dagsharGraduate

Well, I did one early morning run (at 6am, so this was my earliest run ever!) as husband had to catch an early train and my office is close to the station. then ran into work on thursday, so another 5k and a bit. Was going to do park run (which I rarely get to do unless it's school holidays due to Sat morning logistics). Park run turned out to be cancelled, so as I was there anyway I did a pacy 5k on my own (threshold run done for the week :-) ) before going to a wedding at midday. Long run on Sunday afternoon was the same as the previous week, 11km; I didn't want to push it any further as my legs were feeling the after effects of the hard run on Sat morning. Decided not to run on Saturdays if I want to extend my Sunday long run. My body is not the youngest and I have after all only been doing this for 17 months, so I am going to play it safe and stick to a rest day before the long run.

Am slowing getting closer again to being on target for my 1000k goal for the year, just a few % behind now and with two autumn half marathons, I should be right on track :-)

Can I still join the quest ? If so count me in. I am aiming to run 3x per week with my longest run being on a Sunday morning. Managed 7k last sunday so hoping to go a bit further this week. Eventual aim is to run 10k

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parseraisinGraduate

Hello Folks,

I'm late to reply as I've been away at the Ostsee for a few days. Last week was fairly good, in that I got my three runs in to total 20k.

However, my knee is really giving me trouble. I'm certain that it is actually tightness in my hamstring and quad muscles, because in the morning when I stretch I cramp right at the places in my knee that I am feeling tension.

So, I'm putting myself on the couch for the week, to make myself do the stretching and exercises that I have been speeding through or skipping altogether.

Have a good week, questers, I'll see you soon.

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