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:
- Feb.: #TwitterRoadRace (my results are here)
- Mar.: Smuttynose Palooza 5k (aka the "official" #ProjectAdam race)
- Apr.: B.A.A. 5k
- May: Westford Road Race
- June: Unscheduled. Hoping to participate in the Chase Morgan Coporate Challenge
- July: Harvard Pilgrim's Finish at the 50
- Aug.: Unscheduled
- Sept.: Unscheduled
- Oct.: Unscheduled
- Nov.: Unscheduled
- Dec.: Unscheduled. Most likely the Jingle Bell run in Somerville
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.