"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!