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Happy Valentine's Day #ProjectAdam

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  February 13, 2013 01:11 PM

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In this week's installment of #ProjectAdam (you know where I beat up encourage my coworkers and friends Adam Salsman and Adam 12 as they train for their first 5K with me), I decided to bring the boys together.

Usually, the Adams work out separately and then Thursdays on Adam12's RadioBDC show at 2 p.m., we all compare notes about how things are going.

But since it's Valentine's Day I decided the three of us should have a little fun exercising together here in the good 'ole Globe gym.

That, however, is where my idea of a love-fest stopped because my boys are clearly getting a little too comfy with me calling the shots.

Allow me to illustrate this point:
Exhibit A:
When the boys and I made a plan to run together on treadmills at the gym here, Salsman replied with a "sounds good" and even blocked off time in his outlook office calendar for a half-hour run. Adam 12, on the other hand, sent me an e-mail asking "can you come get me, I don't know where the gym is." WHAT?
Winner of exhibit A: Salsman.

Exhibit B:
Since I am all for encouraging good behavior, I, like a good friend schlepped to the RadioBDC studio and walked 12 down to the Globe gym. I have to give Adam 12 credit, he showed up, in gym clothes, proper sneakers included. And then, he and I proceeded to WAIT for Salsman. EXCUSE ME? Mama bear doesn't wait well. Never show up late to a workout. Never.
Winner exhibit B: 12

Exhibit C:
When we *finally* got on treadmills, I encouraged the boys simply to "run" (simple command really, I wasn't specifying speed, incline, or otherwise since I am not a trainer or expert by any means and I am just a gal trying to help her friends get fit). Salsman responded by immediately punching in 6.0 as his speed on the treadmill. Adam 12 turned to Salsman and said, "I never run on treadmills, how do I make it go fast?" I kid you not. I have Salsman as witness that 12 actually uttered these exact words. Plus, 12 broke out a pack of "Big League Chew" bubble gum to keep him hydrated during his run. BANANAS! Here's proof:

Exhibit C winner? Salsman. But where is the LOVE for me?

If these boys don't step it up I'll be carrying them across the 5K finish line. The good news? At least Salsman is doing a 5K dry run next weekend with me by participating in a Twitter Road Race (#TRRPlankADay5K) (where runners participate virtually by running their own routes and posting their times after they've finished) over on my buddy Doug Cassaro's blog "I run because ..."

Any words of encouragement for the boys? How can I help them step it up?!?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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