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I am not a Bee, I don't need pollen week 6 - Feel free to join.

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I am not a Bee, I don't need pollen Quest week 6 - Feel free to join.

Hope you all doing well, here we are again at the final week of another 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.

Realfoodieclub

Misswobble

Parseraisin

Googleme

Kallyfudge

Irishprincess

Oldfloss

Folkieboater

Melly4012

Poppypug

Jayseeskinny

Mollydex

Ancientmum

Sparky66

Heledw

Anniemurph

Dagshar

Spongecake7

Dagshar

Kmcm66

90ldfinch

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I can't believe it's 12 weeks since I started my tick box system, up to date I've done all my ticks apart from one week but that was manic at work so I adjusted the amount but I still got out for the basic 15km so it was still a win. My aim was to have more toned arms, I can know wear tops without sleeves and feel comfortable. I have finished my yearly challenge with two weeks spare. My 50th is in a couple of week so I will start a new tick box challenge and yearly one after my birthday, I think it might be the same but add in some abs (yuk) I'm not good with them and don't know if I'm disciplined enough to do something I don't enjoy with my tick boxes.😏

Happy healthy week to you all.

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misswobbleGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

Well done RFC. Your diligence and tick boxes are paying off.

I am still following my half marathon plan and doing fine. No injury woes at the minute (long may it continue!). I ran 45.8 k last week, the longest run of which was a 16.1k trail run yesterday.

No rest for the wicked and I was up and out with the dog before 6.00 am this morning, then again about 8.00 am. We headed off on the trail at 9.00 am til 10.15 am. Having a well-earned coffee break now but darn it no cake! Tsk!

Have a good week fellow questers. May your runs be good uns!

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IrishprincessGraduate in reply to misswobble

45.8K MissW!?!!?!! Have I missed something? Are you training for a marathon?

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GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

Perhaps look at *how* you address core/abs stuff. I'd agree with you about some of the activities promoted but there are less yucky ways!

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GoogleMeGraduate

My goodness, the final week again!

Last week was weird... I am pleased that I did a couple of runs - just runs, nothing fancy, I went swimming (and took a son) and if I make the effort to go this week either twice or back to my longer session, I should make my swimming goal (hello Masson Mills on the virtual Derwent swim) I did a yoga class (ooh that was a toughie!) so really to complete my programme 'all' I need to do is go back and finish those sessions I didn't complete. And things were looking good on the weight loss goal (still think I might achieve it by the end of this quest despite the scales not being impressed with me this morning)

But really, I've spent a lot of time sitting on my bum researching university stuff. So pleased that my carefully crafted Clearing action plan for my precious firstborn was made redundant first thing on Thursday morning (especially as the A level results collected a bit later were not quite such happy news, and in an unexpected way...though clearly quite enough to satisfy offspring's chosen university... if not various family members who have been behaving oddly ever since (sigh, runners who have no concept of good enough being good enough...)

The cycle ride... no, I think I have to accept that's just not going to happen this quest with the chief bike hoiker even less enthusiastic than usual due to sinus problems.

But I'm definitely hoping to spend this last week of the Quest 'modelling the behaviour' in terms of keeping fit in a sensible way!

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IrishprincessGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

Eldest son will find his niche GM. The fates obviously want him on a different path to the one expected 🙂

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GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Irishprincess

Oh he's still on the expected one for now - the university was unfazed by his results (which were still jolly decent... his teacher reckons he may have just gone off piste in this year's Geography papers)

We (as a society), however, should perhaps worry as he is off to become a planner and he loves concrete!

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AnniemurphGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

Great news for the first born! :) (Stuff the family!) If he's off to uni and he's happy about it, congratulations to him - he's done well.

Ah, life, it's what happens in between our plans, yes? But you ran and you swam and you did a yoga session, so that's all good stuff. Cycling will happen when you have the time. I emailed Derbyshire County Council via the link you sent, by the way, so thanks very much for that. Now to see if they respond to my heartfelt plea :)

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GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

I'm thinking about it as clearly being reliant on someone else isn't working out for me, so being more confident and competent on the road would be good. Let me know how you get on (they may be inundated!)

These quests go really quickly don't they? I can't believe we're in the last week again. Great stuff questers. We all rock!

I had scaled back last week and even though we had family stay with us for five days I did manage three runs (3x5K's) plus one gym session and 30 minutes on the bike!

Will start to increase distance again this week and am feeling much better with no aches or niggles now.

Have a great last week all and keep the faith everyone on the IC.

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misswobbleGraduate

Training for a half marathon IP! The longest run was 16k. Thankfully the other runs were shorter

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folkieboaterGraduate

Not sure last week happened - think I missed it 🤔

Only one run - 5.3k and only met 10,000 steps on 3 days.

Must try harder.

Well done everyone 👍

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AnniemurphGraduate

I managed my 3 runs again although two of them were not up to Nancy's nagging standards, sadly. I've worked out that trying to make Beginners' Running Club an Asics run is rarely going to work well because we stop so much so I don't make the speed she sets up for me overall, and we rarely do the 5k she has wanted. Now she is demanding 7ks so there's no way I'm going to achieve that. Even if I swap the runs around so that Tuesday's run is the interval run for this week, which will match the club's fartlek run (scary!) I still won't make the distance. Ah, well. I'm away next week anyway and - shock, horror - probably won't take the running kit, which is most unlike me.

My other odd run was my blindfold run which I posted about elsewhere. Great fun, if scary, but very slow!

I didn't get out on the bike because I've just been too busy, and I had a weekend away during which I ate much much much too much but walked a lot, so it wasn't all bad.

Realfoodieclub , I'm away next week so might miss the start of the next Quest. Can you please sign me up for it anyway? My mail might be blocked where I'm going (couldn't get y ahoo last time) so I might seem like I'm MIA :O

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

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AncientMumGraduate

Week 6 of the challenge already? How did that happen? I'm still going through the programme with my daughter - did w5r3 at the weekend. Unfortunately, seem to have tweaked my back again, so daughter may be doing w6 on her own. Really loving having a running companion.

Thank you for organising the challenge RFC and early happy birthday wishes to you xx

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Spongecake7Graduate

Week 6 already! I've managed the park runs I set myself as a goal, and improved my time as well, thanks to Laura's 'speed' session. Haven't quite managed my 3runs a week as I wanted though.

Thank you RFC - I've got a week to plan my next goals!

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Curlygurly2Graduate

Still plodding away here, but I've cut down a bit, the heat is really getting to me, and the inevitable climb back up to my house from where ever I run puts me off going out. Still, I'm managing 15 - 20 K per week, and I reckon the mornings will be much cooler in a couple of weeks - Roll on Autumn! (How terrible to wish the summer away!)

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poppypugGraduate

Well done Rfc for ticking those boxes, good to feel that sense of achievement at a job well done !

I am still sticking to my HM training, absolutely loving it ! Did a 7k and a 12k run last week, and really chuffed at " Warning : Bragging Alert " 4 PBs ! Fastest 5k , fastest Mile, Fastest 7k and fastest 10k - So really pleased with that .

Core and strength exercises have been a bit hit and miss, so need to commit myself to doing those regularly .

This Saturday I am doing I am Team GB parkrun , plus Ive managed to get tickets for the I am Team GB event on the Coronation Street set . I could be playing ping pong on the famous cobbles ! Ha ha :-D

Have a fab week everyone , will be really great to hear of all I am Team GB experiences.

Lots of soothing and healing vibes to all those on the IC and those going through tough times, hang on in there xxx

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melly4012Graduate

I did my 'test run' last night (W1R1) to see how the ankle felt. Got to use pair 1 of my new shoes, which felt fab, and *think* that my ankle held up ok! Not sure if there is a little ache today or if it's all in my head. I'm going to be scared now to push through the gremlins telling me I ache worrying that it's an injury! I'll wait til Thursday and maybe try W2R1. Interesting the intervals felt REALLY short - I'd barely got into my stride before Laura told me to slow down to a walk. Legs seemed to feel fine, breathing felt a little laboured at times but that's to be expected I'd imagine. Going to try not to get my hopes up but I'd LOVE to be able to gradually build up to running again soon!

Been trying to add in lots of veggies to the diet - hot weather helps with salads and fruit being convenient and suitable for the heat. Still eating my share of rubbish food but my thinking is the more fruit and veg I can get in, the less rubbish I'll eat.

Hopefully next quest will be more successful and injury free!

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poppypugGraduate

This sounds really promising melly4012 , I can imagine you have been chomping at the bit to get out there again .

Hope all goes well in your build up back to running and youre out there back to full strength soon .

Good Luck ! :-) xxx

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melly4012Graduate in reply to poppypug

Thanks, Poppy! I'm so determined to do it slowly but balancing that with being so desperate to get back running is tricky! Fingers crossed my return will go smoothly :) xxx

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parseraisinGraduate

Hi folks, it looks like everyone has been busy!

I was away last week at the sea, and I managed my goal of three good swims (at least 30 minutes) plus some walking.

I came back to Berlin late Monday night and my twinging leg/hip/knee felt much better, though they were still not perfect. In my first run back, the entire chain of muscles that has been bothering me tensed up in a terrible way, but with care relaxed again.

So, this week I am aiming for two runs, and I am also having a think about my running plan for the rest of the summer and into the Autumn. I can see now that even though I have been running according to heart rate, I managed to overwork my legs.

Probably this means more strength work, and maybe less running more frequently. Looks like I have some goals for the next quest!

Good luck with the end of the quest, runners!

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