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I am not a bee, I don't need pollen week 5 - Feel free to join

Realfoodieclub profile image

I am not a Bee, I don't need pollen Quest week 5 - 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.






















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Very good week for me. PB on parkrun and out of the 42km I had to do last week I only have 8km left! So I ordered my medal yesterday so it is here for when I do my 8km. The site where I ordered it from had a £3.50 limit and my order came to £3.40 so I have ordered an mini trophy to go with it, I've never got a trophy before and I thought "why not". It can sit next to Mr Rfc's bowls trophies. I will post pictures when they come in. all tick boxes done this week as well, really feel like I turned a corner last week and got the old buzz back.

GoogleMe profile image

Quest? What Quest?

It was always going to be a challenge to keep my eye on the ball last week and there were a few extra complications. But a good send off for a much loved relative and time spent with the living. It is very, very, very unusual for me not to have a run and I am really looking forward to sorting that one out this week. No swimming either, no cycling - that said, those two activities very much have an eye to my husband's health and fitness and he startled me on a day when I thought he'd just loll about having a well earned recovery from a lot of driving, whilst I was out at my charity's annual picnic. He sometimes comes to meet me later and I thought he was a bit puffed when he arrived.... turned out he'd walked all the way from our house. That's a long way I said... and then he said "But you've run that far before" I was so chuffed to realise he was right.

Shocking how quickly your weight can shoot up but it will drop.

But actually the whole thing did *not* go to pot... I did make some time to do one of the classes in my yoga programme and did the full thing. And I was much better placed to survive this week because of my underlying improved fitness.

This week's challenge: precious firstborn's A level results.

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

Sorry to hear about your relative GM. Grief always takes a toll on the body. But fingers crossed your firstborn's results are what you're all expecting.

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GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Irishprincess

I am twitchy despite him being predicted higher than his offer and it's not for an especially competitive course. Years ago I got one grade that was so unexpected that I initially read it as a B instead of the E it really was (thank goodness not dot matrix printers these days!) I should really focus on the fact that I did actually get into my chosen university course despite that.

The death was my husband's aunt who was like an extra grandparent to my boys. Realfoodieclub she had had a kidney transplant decades before and did such a lot with her life after that. Various consequences did catch up with her but she lived a normal life span to our amazement (she was 80) and was living independently before she went into hospital. Her kidney problem is a family genetic thing (fortunately my husband now knows he doesn't have it but a sister and a niece do) - sometimes health things are about picking the right parents, but it does make you value the NHS and doing what you can with what you've got.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

It sounds like a tough week but your doing well, sometimes just to get through with little bits is a great achievement. Wow it still amazes me how long the kidney transplant can last I am hearing some inspiring stories which is just what we need at the moment. Great that you other half had a long walk, it must of been nice to know you inspired him to it. Fingers crossed for the first born results, I hope he gets what he needs.

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AnniemurphGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

I'm so sorry about your husband's aunt. How nice that she was such a great part of your boys' lives. Fingers very much crossed for the A-level results as well - I remember how stressful that was.

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GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

He's definitely outsourced the worrying to me!

I had a good week, with 2x5K runs and 1x8K plus one gym session. I'm scaling back this week because, although fitness wise I could have run further than 8K, I did have quite sore knees towards the end. I really think it's taking me much longer than expected to get used to the orthotics. But after two days' rest I did a 5K this morning and all is good!

Having family arrive today for 3/4 days so it'll be quite full-on and I'm planning another run for Wednesday *I'm just popping out for a while* so fingers crossed that will work out.

Have a fab week fellow questers and to all those on the IC, keep the faith, always.

Realfoodieclub profile image
RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Irishprincess

I would imagine it's a big change to your whole posture, it will take a little while. I try the popping out for a while when people are around and then try not to let them see my face fall when they pipe up. Oh I'll come with you I could do with some fresh air! Good luck I find telling them as I walk out the door works quite well😀.

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IrishprincessGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

Ooh good call RFC! Will definitely try that 😊

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Hope you're ok Googleme! Life's never easy is it. I hope this week is not too mad!

I had a quieter running week with 20 k done compared to 40 the week before. I did however miss a 10k run which I put off til this morning. I walked the dog instead. I drove him to a lovely little village, parked the car and we had a meander. Some lovely views to be had. The poor lad was sick in the car on the way home but I thought it was coming and caught it in a dust sheet! Ew ....... I can multi-task!

I had a good run this morning but it was too hot for my liking

Good luck fellow questers!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to misswobble

20km that's still a good week.😀. We had a sickly cat last week they give you quite a bit of notice sometimes which is good. I think there is some cooler weather coming later in the week.

folkieboater profile image

Good week for me 👍

10k, 5.7k and a 5k. Lovely surroundings...one was from Llangollen to the Horseshoe Falls. So love it there, not bad for a man made structure! Walked down there again in the afternoon with the OH.

Steps for the week show a total of just over 100,000!!

Things are going well 😀😀

Good luck everyone.

Anniemurph profile image
AnniemurphGraduate in reply to folkieboater

Wow, that's an impressive step count for the week! Well done :)

Anniemurph profile image

This week I ran two 5ks and a 3k. One of the 5ks was a times 5k like Parkrun where the only reason I didn't come last was because of a three-year-old called Lewis :) (my time was 35.30, if you're interested; his was 45 something), the other 5k was hill work with the Beginners' Running Club (deep joy) and the 3k was Speed but I couldn't get the technology working so I had to manage without Laura :O and just my watch.

In other news, I fell off the bike again. Not drastically, but I'm getting a bit fed up of it now. I will keep trying, because I can feel the ache in my thighs - which must mean I'm using other muscles somehow, right? - but... meh.

Happy running everyone, and a swift recovery to those on the IC or suffering in any way x

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GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

Ugh to the bike, it gets to be a bit of a vicious circle doesn't it? Nervousness does not make for stability. I note Derbyshire are rolling out one to one cycle training sessions for adults across the county - maybe that's something both of us would find useful?

I reckon that was quite a quick Whitworth Thread month... I remember checking up a while ago to see what sort of times the last in were achieving and 48 minutes sticks in my mind. I'd probably be faster than usual on tarmac (if I could stand it) plus 'peer pressure' but that slope is a challenge however subtle, so I reckon I'd be round about that. All the tortoises were probably away on holiday or something.

You are really putting in the time and effort!

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AnniemurphGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

I need to work out how to transport the bike - it doesn't fit on or in my car, unfortunately, but one-to-one cycle training sessions sound like just what I need. Where did you see that?

The Whitworth Thread was quite funny, in a way - I reckon they call it that because it twists and turns, as well as because that's where it is. I kept on having to ask where next for the first couple of laps! Also, you're right, the second half of the lap is all uphill. Only slightly, but I did notice it. There were several more people who started it but in the results they are noted as 'less than 5k' so I think they didn't do all the 4 laps.

And I've just noticed - there was someone else behind me! I wasn't last - not quite sure if I'm pleased or disappointed! I think if I'm going to be so very close to the end, I'd actually rather be last!

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GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

Here you go:


We do have a great bike rack for the car but given that loading up so oftens daunts my husband, realistically it is not something I can do myself (it's a bit technical to do and my bike is heavy) A new off road cycle route is coming much closer to home (we've done a bit that is open already) ie not so far we couldn't walk a bike down to it or back up.

Running is so uncomplicated compared with swimming or cycling.

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AnniemurphGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

Fantastic, thank you!

Yes, I agree - just get yourself ready and go. No need to check pool timetables or to faff with equipment. (Well. I do faff, but I don't really need to :) )

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Morning All :-)

2 x 7ks for me last week and a 7k and a 12k planned for this week , but felt really grotty on my last run, sore throat and a bit feverish but got a PB for fastest 7k ! Its a funny old game this running lark isn't it ? :-D

My next 7k is planned for this Thursday so I will see how I feel then. Not going to risk it if I don't feel well. I think Ive got some kind of bug or virus :-(

Have a great week fellow questers and big hugs and healing vibes to all those on the IC and going through tough times (((( ))) xxx

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AnniemurphGraduate in reply to poppypug

Oh, no, Pops - hope you feel better soon :( Lots of the good 'ol Yorkshire brew to sooth you xx

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Ah , thankyou so much my dear Annie :-) xxx

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Still injured, unfortunately. After 3 gentle runs of increasingly length, my Parkrun 10 days ago sent me back to square one and I have not been able to run since. I have now had 2 days of being almost pain free, so am hopeful, if I leave it until the weekend, that I will be ok to do Parkrun. Am seeing the physio too. I have never gone 2 weeks without running before, the 10 days after I first got injured was in itself my longest gap. Still, the Olympics is on so it's not a bad time to be on the couch!

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The injury is gradually improving and I'm feeling like I might be able to manage a little test run next week to see how it is. If no aches or pains during or for the couple of days after then I'll start some short, easy runs every few days and gradually build back up. Bought myself two pairs of new shoes too to reduce my risk of injury in the future and keep my eye on the ball!

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