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 13, 2014 at 5:44am
hi Robert, last split was missing, total time 1:32:26, how was your marathon?
Comment by Rich Warne on October 13, 2014 at 5:43am
thanks Eric, last mile test was 5:55. A 1:25 half remains my goal!
Comment by Eric Orton on October 12, 2014 at 9:35pm

Congrats Rich.  You went for it, and that is SUCCESS!!

Get some recovery and let me know what your last one mile or 1600m time trial(test) time was?

Comment by Robert Burpee on October 12, 2014 at 7:28pm

Congratulations Rich, by my calculations you ran 1.30.10, I can't get on the the Garmin site without a pass word. Well done champ, how do you feel about the race and your day.

Comment by Rich Warne on October 12, 2014 at 1:06pm

Well here is my Royal Parks half data http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/611267554#tab-stats

Splits,,,, 6:44, 6:34, 6:46, 6:52, 6:42, 6:58, 6:56, 6:57, 7:03, 7:08, 7:13, 7:05, 7:13

Comment by Rich Warne on September 18, 2014 at 5:47am
Ok then folks. Motivation is back on, mainly because I re-read Born To Run and Cool Impossible in space of a week or so. Have been doing my visualisation stuff, and got a mantra of Strong, Focus, Determination. Had a bit of sciatica but that's now passed. In August I was also having some left ankle pain, so I did my back to basics form checks and I reckon I was pushing off too much with my left foot and not lifting enough with my left leg, so having adjusted form accordingly it's now gone. My Kinvara shoes had a split after only 400 miles, so Saucony replaced them (:-)) but took a while to break them in which was a pain, but all sorted now. All travel is booked for race weekend, an for my birthday gift I'm booked into a very nice hotel in Knightsbridge, London the night before the race. Race number has arrived, bought some new socks and stocks of SOS, all my kit is OK. Arranged to meet some of the Oxfam folk on race day. Currently doing 3 runs a week, 1 x SZ, 1 x HRZ and mini race simulation runs on Sundays. Aiming for 7:00 or so pacings in training, with an aim of 6:30 on race day - the difference may seem odd to some, but I'm always faster on race day than in training, so it works for me. Just over 3 weeks to go, so already had a couple of weeks of no beer, an trying to cut out on processed and added sugar foods, and aiming to stay injury free!
Comment by Robert Burpee on August 28, 2014 at 4:56am
Yes Rich the 12 is a big day, third time lucky! Last year I entered & failed to run 2 marathons due to injury & illness. Though a big day & a long time coming I'm trying to keep my expectations in check & not be too hard on myself both in my training & on race day. I want to relax & enjoy the event, celebrate what I've done to get there.
Comment by Rich Warne on August 27, 2014 at 12:32pm
OCT 12 a big day then Robert!
Comment by Robert Burpee on August 26, 2014 at 3:29pm
Double Gulp!, a few weeks ago I realised the marathon in on the 12th of October not the 19th. The times rushing past now but with luck I'll be ready. Keep us up to date with how your training a going.
Comment by Rich Warne on August 26, 2014 at 2:06pm

Got to end of phase 1 a couple of weeks back, week 11 was a bit rough and motivation was a bit low, so with kids being home from school, and a family holiday in France I've taken a couple of weeks off, but now back on it and into phase 2. Race day getting close, October 12th (gulp!)

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