More Self-Imposed Torture

by Andrea on February 15, 2012

It seems like just yesterday I made myself shlog through the last running event I was silly enough to sign myself up for.

Ah, the memories.

Ferndale, CA 1998

Ferndale, CA 1998 (Photo credit: inkknife_2000)


I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to sign myself up for another event. The Foggy Bottoms run is on March 11! I signed up for the four-mile option even though Husband said I should go for the ten-miler. Given I know he’ll be safely spectating from the sofa, I couldn’t much see how he had any say in the matter.

Plus I think I might end up in the hospital if I went for a ten-miler.

The Foggy Bottoms run takes place in Ferndale, California. Ferndale is an odd little Victorian town surrounded by cows. They say Ferndale has more cows than people.

I am pretty sure that’s a true statistic.

The first running event I every signed up  IN MY ENTIRE LIFE for was the Foggy Bottoms back in 2007. Husband and I trained and did the four miler together. It was the first time in my life that I had ever run that far. Four miles, at the time, seemed like two marathons, back to back. At least in my head that was the case. [Recall I was the child who thought up every excuse in the book to get our of P.E.  and dreaded the monthly 1.5 mile required gym runs in junior high. I hated them so much I surely would have feigned illness to get out of school, should I have been able to anticipate which day would be the miserable cross country day.]

Anyway. In 2007, four miles was a Big Deal. I had never gone that far before. I wasn’t sure if I could even do it even though we’d been “training.” Long story short, I pretty much had an anxiety attack and ended up walking a bit toward the end. My legs were like cement and I couldn’t breath. Husband was mortified at how slowly we were going. [He went to high school in Ferndale and was already suffering through dozens of run-ins with old classmates he hadn't seen in decades...the poor guy, ironically a former football star, was pained to be seen jogging so slowly with his putzy girlfriend. Oh well. Such is love.]

Five years later, I know I can do four miles NO PROBLEM, even if I do go slow…which I most surely will.


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Shauna February 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Alright, another run, good luck. I think this is great to put goals out there and actually achieve them.

On another note, you are cracking me up over the “two Ryans.” I just clicked on the link and was dying-too much. I personally think Ryan Reynolds is very handsome and so charming. You’re so funny, this is starting to happen to me more and more because we don’t have television. So I’m not too familiar anymore with any shows or junk news.

So you read US Weekly? I read it once in awhile at the gym, but I’ve recently started reading The Economist and I really like it. Have you ever read that? I’d be curious to know what you think. Because, on one of your answers you listed that you would take Fox news away if you could-Amen.

Talk to you soon,
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Kat February 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I love it. And I totally sympathize with the feeling. What feeling? The one where I finished my first 5k and felt like I had won the Olympic Marathon. That being said, I think that we should all take that amount of glee to the finish line no matter which line it is.

AND, it sounds like the scenery should be beautiful! Maybe take some snaps on the course?
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Marie@feedingfive February 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

4 miles sounds perfect. After running 6 I am so ready for breakfast, there is no way I could run more, unless there was a breakfast break.
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Ameena February 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

I’ve lived in CA for most of my life but I have never, ever heard of this town? How interesting.

At 36 I can walk 4 miles. But my knees can’t handle running anymore. So sad. :(
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