Thought I'd start by re-posting (from the 2014 Cool Impossible thread) my Cool Impossible for 2014...


My original post....

"Bit of background first! I was forced to run in PE when I was at school and generally hated it because I thought I was no good and the teachers didn'r care. I left school in 1982 and didn't run again until about 1991 when I joined the army reserves, when I left them in 1993 I dindn't run until 2010! My first run in 2010 took me over 30 minutes to run 3 miles. Yet in April this year (2013) at the age of 48, I ran a half-marathon in 1:28:29 - and that was before I discoverd the Cool Impossible. That half-marathon time has put me in the top 4.5% of all half-marathon runners in the UK - that's all runners not just my age group. I want to improve on that time further, and whilst it might be a challenge it's a very worthwhile challenge for me and I've got a dream of being inside the top 4% in the UK.

So my 2014 Cool Impossible is to be inside the top 4% of all half-marathon runners in the UK by the end of the year - a great way to mark my 50th birthday in October 2014

There is nothing quite like an open declaration in public to motivate me! So you can check my progress here http://www.runbritainrankings.com/runners/profile.aspx?athleteid=27...

In particular look in the event rankings section on the lower right hand side"

Updates - I reckcon (to get well inside the 4% mark) I need to achieve a 1:25 half marathon. An becasue I'll be 50 later this year my challenge will be called "1:25@50"

The other day I posted "Don't ask yourself "what's stopping me?" instead ask yourself "what do I need to do to get my goal?" #CoolImpossible"

So this blog will be just that - what do I need to do? No self doubt or excuses - just a solid plan of action :-)

More to follow!!

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Comment by Rich Warne on October 19, 2014 at 1:11pm

was wondering, has anybody done any adaptation of the CI programme to make it more race / pace specific?

Comment by Rich Warne on October 18, 2014 at 8:15am
many thanks Andrew makes perfect sense, was wondering if i needed to work on that mile time. i can do that weekdays whilst working on marathon distance long runs at weekends. cheersfor the website link as well
Comment by Andrew Frayling on October 18, 2014 at 8:06am

Hey Rich, I think I'd look at working backwards using McMillan Running Use that to figure out what you need to run 10k, 5k, 1 mile to hit a 1:25 half and then build up from the shortest distance from there.  E.g. For a 1:25 half it suggests you need to be able to run a 5:17 mile. Work on that, then the 5k goal, then 10k, then half. 

You're close, but the calculator suggests you may benefit by increasing your short track speed. 

Comment by Rich Warne on October 18, 2014 at 5:13am

Hi folks,so whilst I take a few weeks off to chill from this years running and last weeks CI attempt (and also to recover from the running induced piles - horrible) most thoughts turn to preparing for London marathon next April which I'll be running with my wife and which I'm very excited about. But my main aim is still my 1:25 half marathon - I've looked over my mile tests my best results over last year or so are 5:56, 5:25, 5:55, 6:02 - the 5:25 was a big big effort, but the others were reasonable hard but without collapsing in a heap afterwards. To get my 1:25 I need to run 6:29 / 6:30 average, so I need to figure out how to get those 6:00 min miles tests expanded out to 13.1 miles, accept that I might not maintain a 6:00 min average and the times will drift out towards 6:30, but currently they are drifting out too much to 6:45. Any thoughts?

Comment by Lori Enlow on October 13, 2014 at 2:55pm
Pretty stinkin' awesome! Keep going for it! In going for it, you find your real CI.
Comment by Rich Warne on October 13, 2014 at 12:17pm

Now got final results from Sunday, I was 569th out of 14,718 runners, time was 1:32:26. The age categories are different from the standard UKA, I was in MV45 which runs from 45 to 60, and out of 1696 runners in that category I was 68th (fastest in that category was 1:19:16)

Comment by Rich Warne on October 13, 2014 at 11:34am
Folks, this is all about the challenge, the goal will come in its own time. I'm enjoying the journey!
Comment by Rich Warne on October 13, 2014 at 11:21am
cheers Andrew, have my eye on that one
Comment by Robert Burpee on October 13, 2014 at 9:13am
Hi Rich, thanks for asking race report on it's way.
How are you feeling about the race & TCI. From here your race, time and spirit remain Inspiron.
Comment by Andrew Frayling on October 13, 2014 at 6:04am

Gutted for you that you didn't get your 1:25, but it sounds like you're far from defeated. Get yourself to Cardiff next year. Flat, fast, guaranteed PB :-) http://www.channel4.com/programmes/triathlon-endurance-events/4od#3...

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