Another Nike+ Milestone

We are now on the second leg, having flown from Dayton to Chicago on Christmas Eve. We were supposed to fly out on December 23 but our flight (the last one of the day) was canceled due to “flow control.” (Whatever.)

The voice of Lance Armstrong congratulated me on my longest run yet after my workout on December 21. That happened to be the run immediately following the Paula Radcliffe experience. Regrettably, I haven’t run since.

Sicko poster While still motivated, I’ve been sick. I contracted what turned out to be a severe chest and head cold during my travel back to Dayton, Ohio last week. Not wanting to get off track while on vacation, I figured I was well enough to run on Friday. TB and I went to a Dayton-area Bally’s—Bally’s branches offer 2-week complimentary guest passes once per year—and, following the compulsory tour of the facilities, we worked out about an hour.

I’m usually more energetic following a good run, but this time I felt horribly. Sure enough, I’ve spent the past 4 days medicated and (mostly) in bed. Being sick sucks.

We’re now in Chicago and I am feeling much better. If all goes well, I should be back in my running shoes tomorrow. I can’t let Paula and Lance down.

"Um, you don’t know who Paula Radcliffe is?"

This morning I completed my fourth run in five days. The Nike+ System is working well. Today’s run was both my longest (3.51 miles) and fastest (11’55” miles). I was excited while listening as the female voice recapped my stats when I finished running. I was surprised when I heard pre-recorded congratulatory remarks from some woman introducing herself as Paula Radcliffe. Ms. Radcliffe congratulated me on my longest run yet. I didn’t know who the heck she was but it was a nice touch. Fast forward about an hour and follow along as I recap a phone conversation I had with TB (my wife and the marathon runner in our household) who was returning home from the hairdresser:

TB: “Hey, I was calling to make sure you were up and getting ready to head out for our flight.”
Me: [Laughing] “Yeah, I’m up. Actually, I just got back home from the gym.”
TB: “Oh, you worked out?”
Me: “Yep.”
TB: “That’s great. How was your workout?”
Me: “It was good. I ran farther and faster than before. It felt good.”
TB: “Cool.”
Me: “In fact, the Nike+ system apparently has a feature where people congratulate you in their own words when you reach certain milestones.”
TB: “Huh?”
Me: “You know how after I finish a run, a computerized voice reviews my distance, speed, time and calories burned?”
TB: “Yeah.”
Me: “Well, today, since I ran faster and longer, some woman named Paula, I think, congratulated me for setting a new personal best. I have no idea who she is but it was kinda cool and unexpected.”
TB: “Who?”
Me: “Some chick named Paula. Ra-. Radcliffe, I think. I think she said her name is Paula Radcliffe.”
TB: [Chuckling] “Um, you don’t know who Paula Radcliffe is?”
Me: “Uh, no. Who is she?”
TB: [No longer chuckling] “She is an elite runner. She holds the women’s marathon world record.”
Me: [Crickets]
TB: “You know Paula. Paula RADCLIFFE? She has a distinct running form?”
Me: “Naw, I don’t.”
TB: [Crickets]

At this point in the dialogue, I mentally picture TB shaking her head partly in sheer disgust and partly in disbelief.

Shoot, I didn’t know Nike+ has a Trivia Pursuit feature as well. :sarcasm:

Anyway, a few Wikipedia articles later, I am now educated. I know who Paula Radcliffe is. She is indeed a phenomenal runner. Thanks, Nike+…and TB (sike!)

We’re heading back to the frozen tundra of the Midwest for the holidays. I plan to keep running and have already scoped out a few gyms since I am not an outdoor or cold weather runner yet. Here is a screen shot of iTunes which shows my Nike+ running stats so far.

Keith's workout results as of 12-19-2007

Happy Holidays!