Thursday, August 04, 2005

Scientific Analysis of My Running

(This is the actual text of an oh-so-sad attempt on my part to get my work colleague (a very fast, very very young runner) to tell me how great and fast and smart and clever I am.)

Here is the e-mail exchange verbatim (names have been changed to protect the innocent):

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeanne
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 8:41 AM
To: Young, Fast Work Colleague
Subject: What do it mean?

So I've been running an average of like 11:38 minute pace, except:

Monday:
11:22
11:10
11:23
10:39
Average: 11:08

Today:
11:30
11:00
11:22
10:35
Average: 11:07

----Original Message-----
From: Young, Fast Work Colleague
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 8:42 AM
To: Jeanne
Subject: RE: What do it mean?

I think it means....you're consistent :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeanne
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 8:43 AM
To: Young, Fast Work Colleague
Subject: RE: What do it mean?

Not that I'm getting faster? [ED.'s NOTE: I actually do realize how totally pathetic continuing this line of questioning is. Now. I now realize it now.]

-----Original Message-----
From: YFWC
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 8:45 AM
To: Jeanne
Subject: RE: What do it mean?

Ok, it means that the first mile you are kind of like...."Oh man I have three more of these, ugh"

The second, you are like, "This isn't so bad, I am almost half way done,"

The third, you are like, "Oh kill me now. Why am I doing this,"

And the last, you are like, "I'm awesome, this feels great, yay I am almost done, I kick a&*!

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeanne
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 9:07 AM
To: YFWC
Subject: RE: What do it mean?

That's hilarious! And so freakin' true! [ED.'s NOTE: See, I knew if I kept at her long enough, I'd grind her down and eventually receive the adultation I apparently so desperately crave. And, it worked.]

8 comments:

Bex said...

Oh, you just made me laugh! I would say you're getting stronger, faster, and hopefully more determined. I would also say that you're really starting to sound like a runner now, the way you scrutinize your per-mile pace.

Susan said...

This is hilarious...and so many of us could have had the same conversation! Keep up the great work!!

a.maria said...

you crack me up.

i love reading about another non-runner that, in spite of herself, is actually turning into a runner too. who'd a thunk it?! not me!!!!

Flatman said...

Very funny!

I wish someone at my work gave a crap about anything besides Krispy Kreme donuts!

Nothing like going it alone, I say...

21st Century Mom said...

Good job - Seems like not too long ago you were running 13+ min miles so obviously you have come a long, long way in a very short time. You go, girl!

Lara said...

Ahhh, clever. By posting this exchange you have garnered more adulation still! ;)

You are doing great!!

jeanne said...

(Lara: That was my fiendishly sly plan. Only you noticed though!)

And 21st century: I have come a long way. Today I came (went?) 18 freakin' miles, and let me tell you, it wasn't at any 13 min mile pace. it wa S-L-O-W! But I am seeing progress on these short runs, and that's cool!

Krispy Kreme Donuts, get thee behind me!

nancytoby said...

Just found your great blog! Toooo funny! Allow me to introduce my other running friend named Jeanne in the greater DC area: http://jeannelouwho.blogspot.com/ :-)