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#ProjectAdam: Thoughts from one Adam with our race just a week away

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  February 28, 2013 07:00 AM

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I asked Salsman to share an update on how he's feeling with just days to go before our first official race together. His post follows.

This is me.

More accurately, as Doctor Who might say, this is me at a very particular point in space and time.

On some level, we all long for the days when we were a bit younger, a bit thinner, and even had a bit (ok, ok, a lot) more hair.

But I've come to realize that none of those are the reason I'm getting back in shape, none of the reasons I agreed to do #ProjectAdam. No, my goal is far more simple.

There's a hill near my house that my sometimes faithful K-9 Calvin and I trek up most days on one of our many walks. It's not particularly steep, nor long, but I am always a bit winded when I get to the top. Calvin, in his puppy-ness, just looks at me, wanting more, wanting to keep going.

If I can't walk a dog up a small hill without breaking a sweat, well, I view that as a monumental problem for a 32-year-old.

After almost two months of running, walking, #PlankADay, and attempting #100PushUps, I can safely say I no longer end up winded thanks to the camraderie and competition of #ProjectAdam, the support of family, friends, and a bunch of strangers crazier than myself on The Twitters.

Goal achieved. Time to pack it in, right? Dead. Wrong.

One goal is great. A series of goals is better.

I've mentioned this on RadioBDC a few times, but my next goal is to run one 5k a month, with the hopes of also running a 10k in September. Right now, here's a tentative schedule:

My finish goal for the Smuttynose 5k is between 25:00 and 25:30. That will be about an 8:30 min/mile. I wanted to be at an 8, but after the #TwitterRoadRace, I need to adjust my goals to be a little more in line with reality.

Will I ever be back to the 5:30 min/mile that the young, thick-haired Adam at the top of this post was able to run? Maybe not.

Does it mean I shouldn't try my best and be proud of the successes I do manage? You bet I am proud.

The wit and wisdom of Jack Farley

Finally, I want to take a moment to share a few of the things I learned all those years ago from my track and cross country coach Jack Farley. Adam 12, Elizabeth, and all the racers will see me pull most of these during the race.

  • After every turn, kick hard for 10 yards. You'll psych your opponents out.
  • When you crest a hill, kick hard for 20 yards. Your opponents will officially think you've lost it. (The Smuttynose 5k is a flat course, but I'll be pulling this out in May)
  • The finish yard is 10 yards after the finish line. Always.
  • No one beats you in a kick to the finish. No one.
  • Most importantly, never stop running. Even if it's a dead man's jog, you don't walk.
  • Finally, take everything you've got inside and leave it on the road. Let it drive you.
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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