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 March 12, 2014 at 1:15pm

Hi folks.

Couple of updates for you. I've got two races lined up. Taunton half marathon on 6th April http://www.tauntonmarathon.co.uk/ - which is where I've run my two fastest half marathons, so I'm hoping the course and conditions will favour me again. But the race i'm really excited about is the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London in October. http://royalparkshalf.com/ A beautiful race through the main parks in central london in the Autumn! (and it's only a couple of weeks before the big 50)

Comment by Rich Warne on March 7, 2014 at 12:37pm
Cheers Robert!
Comment by Robert Burpee on March 6, 2014 at 11:28pm

Rich, you make us all want to go out on another run, congratulations on the clarity, visualization and detail of your Cool Impossible. Now Make It Happen!!

Comment by Lori Enlow on March 2, 2014 at 3:25pm
Good lookin' data! Keep going!
Comment by Rich Warne on March 2, 2014 at 12:49pm

Pleased with todays Phase 2 run, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/454154481

20 mins at 7:26 pace and 15 mins at 7:36 :-)

Comment by Rich Warne on February 10, 2014 at 12:30pm

Thanks for tip on Cardiff Mr F :-)

Comment by Andrew Frayling on February 8, 2014 at 4:24am
Cardiff's flat and fast if you're still looking for a half. Great support on the whole route too.
Comment by Rich Warne on February 7, 2014 at 6:48am

Let's start with some HM history:

3rd April 2011    Taunton Half Marathon 1:31:30 (debut at 13.1 miles)

29th May 2011 Plymouth Half Marathon 1:33:06

11th Sep 2011   Bristol Half Marathon 1:37:27

2012 - no HMs as I did London Marathon

7th April 2013   Taunton Half Marathon 1:28:29 (current PB!)

8th Sep 2013     Bridgwater Half Marathon 1:32:11


I think venue is important for me, Taunton has a nice balance of town and country and has a lovely 'feel' and great support from crowds and marshalls (although the crowds are small)

Bristol was dull - over half distance on an out and back dual-carriageway - not much support from crowd. I was fastest at Taunton and slowest at Bristol

So one factor I need to think of when planning for my #CI is venue - it's a big element of "visualisation" for me... hope to have some good news on the venue aspect at the end of this month :-)

Comment by Lori Enlow on February 6, 2014 at 2:26pm

love it!

Comment by Eric Orton on February 6, 2014 at 2:21pm

Right on Rich.  You make me want to go out for another run today!!!  

See 1:25 and let it happen!

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