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 Lori Enlow on March 27, 2014 at 1:38pm
Let Walter worry about it, run free..."just go for it!" Remember, get the bar, miss the bar...you will still land safely on the other side, it's what you do in between that matters. So jump, and relish the time between the platform and the bar (start-finish time goal)
Comment by Rich Warne on March 27, 2014 at 7:54am


Update time folks – recently posted a picture of my race number for Taunton Half on April 6th, Robert Burpee posted in reply “Hi Rich, how's your training going, I've been wondering how you’re going given your so close now you can probably taste it.”


I’d been meaning to post for a while and Robert is right I should probably be able to “taste it”, but for last week or so it just didn’t feel right. I’m doing the runs, and the short fast splits show I can reach the pace I need (and better) over short distance, so it should be easy to scale that up to 13.1 miles, but something wasn’t sitting right. Walter was having a field day!


Then I saw a post on Twitter from Scott Jurek, which simply said


"Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?' The answer is usually YES." —Paul Tergat


You know what that’s spot on, it dawned on me when I was getting ready for work this morning – this is all about running (or rather not running) in your comfort zone, it’s so easy on a run to settle into a mindless zone where you just coast along with no real effort (my zone for that is around 8 min / mile mark)


I know I can do this, I just need to kick myself out of the running comfort zone.


I’m not much of a hip-hop fan, think I like about two hip-hop songs and that’s it, but one of them goes like this….


Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted. one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?



Bring on the 6th, and thank you Robert for the kick :-)

Comment by Rich Warne on March 20, 2014 at 1:01pm
thank you for your support and encouragement Eric :-)
Comment by Eric Orton on March 19, 2014 at 12:10pm

Love it Rich - you are on your way.

Comment by Robert Burpee on March 16, 2014 at 4:27pm
Rich well done, given your first 30' felt "slow", great result. I can only dream of those numbers. Forget 1:25, 1:20 is in your sights!!
Comment by Lori Enlow on March 16, 2014 at 3:51pm

That's awesome Rich!

Comment by Rich Warne on March 16, 2014 at 1:52pm

So there I was doing my Sunday morning long run, ran 10.94 miles in 1:24:50, and I thought "so so". But there again the first 30 minutes was at max of HRZ3 so was "slow" - then I checked my Garmin data when i got home and turns out (excluding races) this was my 3rd fastest run over 10 miles - and the 2 faster runs were 'balls out' with no warm up periods - so all in all a pretty pleasing Sunday morning run :-)

Comment by Rich Warne on March 15, 2014 at 4:08pm
Thanks Lori
Comment by Lori Enlow on March 13, 2014 at 8:15pm
Best wishes! Hope the weather cooperates! Whatever it is, savor every moment and let us know how it goes!
Comment by David Tepper on March 13, 2014 at 4:57am
Sounds great, good luck :)

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