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.
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.