I have a long list of things that fall into the category of velleities, and for years ‘running a marathon’ was one of them.
Then I ran one. Well, I say ran. I really ran a half marathon and then tacked a 13 mile walk on the end. Not my finest running hour. So I signed up for another, and bolstered my resolve to do more training by signing up for some coaching to go with it.
Which was why, at 9am this morning, I found myself at the start of Reading parkrun with 14 miles already under my belt. Needless to say, I did not run a fast 5km time. But I did run the whole thing. After which I called it a day and hobbled off to the cafe to trade parkrun tales with Ian, a Reading parkrun local and fellow parkrun tourist.
If ever you suspect that I’m thinking of moving ‘running an ultra marathon’ out of my velleity category, please, I beg you, talk some sense into me. Because effort like that, I can quite happily live without.
well done!! where did you start your 14 miler?
At the start of the parkrun. I ran 6 miles away from the parkrun, 6 miles back and then added on a couple of loops while I waited for 9am.
Great word. I hope to use it today!
… Probably won’t though
Ah the Great Giggsy! Between the two of you, you must have done most of the Parkruns by now?? Shame I missed you at Reading (hairdressing emergency) – but well done for your mammoth run! When’s the next marathon?
Intriguing. I have visions of collapsing Mohicans. Next marathon is in early November. Panic will no doubt kick in soon.
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Surely the aim to run a sub 5 marathon is effort to obtain entry into a certain ultra run?