Velleity (noun): a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain

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.


About abradypus

A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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6 Responses to Velleity (noun): a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain

  1. plustenner says:

    well done!! where did you start your 14 miler?

  2. abradypus says:

    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.

  3. Great word. I hope to use it today!



    … Probably won’t though

  4. 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?

  5. Surely the aim to run a sub 5 marathon is effort to obtain entry into a certain ultra run?

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