Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Office Conversation

Colleague 1: Geez, Lam, you look like crap…
Me: Yeah, I got sick over the weekend. Don’t ask! And I’m supposed to run my marathon in two weeks…
Colleague 2: I can’t run a mile when I’m happy and well-caffeinated…
Me: Well, I hope I get better soon, I don’t want to go to Boston with fever and chills…
Colleague 1: Oh, the race is in Boston?
Me: Yeah, it’s the Boston Marathon. Don’t you remember me talking about it practically all last week?
Colleague 2: Well, if you don’t feel well, I think you should skip it.
Me: Skip what?
Colleague 2: Your ten mile marathon in Boston.
Me: But it’s the Boston Marathon and it’s 26.2 miles, not 10.
Colleague 1: Isn’t there plenty of races in New York? Why are you going all the way to Boston to run? What…like our roads here aren’t good enough for you?
Colleague 2: I agree. What’s the difference between a marathon here and a marathon there? They’re all the same anyway…

I couldn’t tell whether my head hurt more from the fever and chills or from being a party to this conversation. Luckily, a patient of mine came in and I had to leave.

34 comments:

D10 said...

Why are you going all the way to Boston and for a 10 mile run! Too funny. You just have to love people's comments sometimes.

Rest up. No worries you are going to be fine come race day.

Thanks for the allergy tips too.

Xenia said...

Haha! Gotta love the ignorant folk.

Hope you feel better soon, Lam!

Michelle said...

Colleague 2: Your ten mile marathon in Boston.

That right there is priceless dude!!!

I am giggling! Thanks for a good laugh. You rock!!

lindsay said...

hahaha. this is worse than "so how long is that marathon?"

Sun Runner said...

I had someone ask me how far my marathon (Cleveland) is going to be. I said, "26.2 miles." Their next question was, "You're going to run the whole thing?"

I just smile and nod.

Jess said...

HAHAHA. Loves it. This made my morning :)

Hope you feel better soon, rest up!!!

Vava said...

Tell them it's 42.2 kilometres - it just sounds longer!

Running and living said...

V funny! Since I live in Boston,all I hear is "Wow, you are running Boston" and already gain the status of superhuman:) Ana-Maria

J said...

so i am sitting in a study area here at college and i just asked 8 non runners if they knew what the boston marathon was and how long it was. they all knew so i just find it disgusting when people don't know about that stuff. I probably would have punched them in the face. (only figuratively cause I am a wimp!)

Vanilla said...

That's pretty funny, but if anyone finds a 10 mile marathon please let me know about it. I'd love to run one. ;)

aron said...

lol people are so funny sometimes :) i ALWAYS get "how long is this marathon" at work. yikes.

at least you didnt get sick next week! rest up, hydrate lots and take your vitamins! you will be better for boston!

Jamie said...

lol! have to love all the off the wall comments people come up with.

rest up for your 10 mile run in boston :)

Chic Runner said...

This converstation is too funny. You go out and kick that 10 mile marathon in the butt.

I got your questions and I think I'll be answering in my next post but I will address them again in the questions post! :) Glad it can be helpful to you and your practice!

X-Country2 said...

FAIL.

Seriously people, you've never heard of the BOSTON marathon?

Nitmos said...

I had one of these confabs a few weeks ago when a relative asked me if I was going to run the Such-And-Such Marathon again. Problem: The race is a 5k. I didn't have the energy to correct her.

Pilar said...

Get well!

bill carter said...

Hi LL

I was laughing and shaking my head at the same time. Aren't people ridiculous? I have tried to explain the marathon to enough people now that I have finally given up. Only we (the people who have lived through one) can understand the preparation and dedication that goes into being a runner and a marathoner. People who are not runners will always have this concept of a mile as being 50 to 60 seconds in a car. My experience is that a mile is even that much more difficult after running 25 of 'em.

You will be fine, my friend. You've trained so hard and put in your time and effort. Boston is going to be your victory dance.

Can't wait to see it, so get better!

Susan said...

Haha, definitely too funny. I love when people say things like, "Oh yeah, I did a marathon about a month ago...It was like three miles or something." 5k, anyone? Makes me laugh.

Hope you're feeling better...

The Happy Runner said...

AH! Too funny. I've heard similar things, although I've never been prepping for a race as prestigious and well known as the Boston marathon! Sheesh!

Feel better!!!

Spike said...

at some point, you are better off confusing them more. tell them you are not running the Boston marathon, only the Boston marathon. that should keep them busy.

Ms. V. said...

HAHA.

I think that's hilarious!

Irish Cream said...

How do I find this type of confusion so amusing (and shocking) time after time?! Ha, seriously . . . good stuff there!

Hope you feel better soon, Lam!

Cowboy Hazel said...

That's horrible. I wouldn't have been able to stand it. Today at the office, someone told me they were going to tie me down and force feed me chocolates until I got fat and couldn't run marathons any more... Take your pick. :-)

nyflygirl said...

haha...i know that all ain't funny but it is :) my favorite is the "10-mile marathon" part. Hey, at least they said double digits, they didn't say "3 mile-marathon" or something like that :-P

pchieng said...

Conversations between runners and non-runners are always going to differ. Hopefully you'll get better by the time the marathon.

runner26 said...

is it wrong that i laughed at this?!? i cannot tell you how many people i have encountered who are clueless about the whole running world! Whatever they say--do NOT skip it!! You will be fine. Rest up and hydrate.

ps. my fourth graders could easily tell you the distance of a marathon, as well as the fact that it's a slightly shorter distance than a 50K (which they could tell you is referred to as an "ultra") I do my part, lam. I really do.

carpeviam said...

WHAT THE F*CK?!

Funny that we had similar thoughts when posting yesterday. Maybe we're at the same stage in our taper tantrums. No, wait, I'm not sick, so we couldn't be (knock on wood). Just teasing! Get well!!

Maybe the cold is forcing you to just rest, which is what your body needs during the taper anyway.

Jeff Tse said...

Dude, You can always relate by saying the Superbowl is not another tag football game. Silly out of shape people.

Emily said...

Hilarious-

First off, I HATE it when people say *with concern* gee, you look awful. Wow, thanks!

Secondly- I just finished reading Outliers- loved it! Have you read his other books? I haven't but keep hearing how awesome they are...

-e

Marci said...

I have had a similar conversation before (well not about Boston, but why pay .. run this local race.. blah blah). I think Bill hit the nail on the head. Non runners don't understand, and its not something they can really understand unless they run marathons themselves.
I hope you feel better soon!

Scott Brown said...

Here in Japan all races are called marathons, 5K marathon, 10K marathon, the long one is just a marathon. But I've never heard anyone here mistake a 5K or 10K marathon with "a marathon."

I had my French boss tell me I didn't need to run anymore marathons after completing my first one, and my best friend from Australia stated on the phone the other week, "What's new?" I said "Just came back from running a marathon in Hawaii" and he said, "What else have you been up to?"

We have to face it most people care not for our passion, but yes they could at least know what a marathon is and ask how we did after a race ;)

Run For Life said...

That's too funny in such a sad way, haha. Sometimes I wonder what they're thinking but NOT voicing because I'm sure that would be ten times more hilarious/ridiculous!

Get better soon!

Andrew is getting fit said...

:) That cracked me up!

sRod said...

Wow. What scares me more about the conversation is that your collegues are doctors (I'm assuming). Which means they are well educated and should have some knowledge about them. And I'm assuming it's basoc trivia to know that all marathons are the same distance and they are all 26.2 miles.

 
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