3.29.2009

I am G.U.

Apparently Jess isn't the only one that's still got it.

During yesterday's long run with the Super Runner's Shop (come on free shoes!) I paired off with one of the regulars for the first five of my long run. I've talked to her a few times during runs, but since it was just the two of us we got into the more gritty details of life: where do you work, what do you do, where do you live, etc.

Half way through the run, she asks me my age and then starts talking about how she recently went down to Baltimore to see her family. While there she saw her nieces, who are close to my age. She telling me how she had found this good guy for one of them, he's really athletic and good looking, seems to have a good job and is really nice--but that the guy is GU (geographically undesirable). Then she starts telling me how this niece is really smart, a beach blond, got a full ride to college, teaches in the Baltimore area, and she's planning on coming up to the city in May.

It's about this point that I realize what's going on: she's trying to hook me up with her niece! See, I don't run with my wedding ring because 1) sometimes I run through sketchy parts of the city and 2) it's really lose on me and I'm afraid it might fall off somehow. And I guess I never mentioned that I had a wife while on runs with this woman.

I let her know I'm married, but that I'm absolutely flattered she would want me to go out with her niece. She apologies and laughs it off. I then start talking about Wifey, how we met in middle school, started dating in college, that she was an Anthropology major but now works in advertising, and how she generally kicks ass.

After another mile I separated from my running partner because she was cranking out 8:30 miles and I couldn't sustain that for 17 miles. However, the fast start (and the go boost) helped me out in the end. I finished the run with an 8:43 pace--all in hilly Central Park. To give context my Marathon PR is 8:47 and Half-Marathon PR is 8:41. I don't like to count chickens before they're hatched, but this bodes really well for the Great Bay Half-Marathon next weekend!!

6 comments:

The Laminator said...

What a story! For some reason, I thought this was going to be a post about fueling (from the title!) Damn, I didn't know i was missing out on more than free shoes when I don't run with that group anymore!

Irish Cream said...

HAHA . . . Hilarious! Who knew the Super Runners Shop group runs offered the potential for match-making as well? Anyway, I think you are ready to rock the Great Bay Half! I can't wait to read all about it!

Jess said...

Perhaps we can start a club :)

Steve Stenzel said...

HA! Funny!! That's great! And MY wife kicks ass too! Maybe they should get together!...

;)

Adam said...

I too thought fueling when I saw the post name. Or, rather I first thought it was about GI issues, then I saw that it was actually GU.

I'm glad to know that you don't run with your ring either. I never have liked to - but I guess I have never had the 'results' that you have!

RunToFinish said...

well let it not be said that it's hard to find a date!