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#ProjectAdam update: Salsman runs Salisbury

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  January 17, 2013 07:30 AM

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I asked each of my Adams to give a little update on how their training is going now that we have all settled on a date for our race, are working on our #plankADay planks, and are generally ready to run.

I'm letting the fellas easy in to their training for now, but, as they will find out, they will slowly start ramping up what they think they can or should run in the next week or so.

Here's Adam Salsman's update:

None of you know me, but that's ok. I'm mildly OCD (though my family would argue otherwise), I enjoy a challenge, and I am most assuredly a pack runner. These will all be important across the course of this post.

In preparation for the coup de grace of #ProjectAdam, I took my Saturday morning, my black and tan coonhound, Calvin, and my iPhone up to Salisbury where the Smuttynose Palooza 5k will be taking place. What better way to prepare for any challenge than to learn all you can about it, right?

So let's start with the course: It's flat. Incredibly flat.

Having been an experience runner a lifetime ago, I can tell you, this is the kind of course a well-trained runner would kill for to get their time down.

But I get ahead of myself. As Julie Andrews once sang, "Let's start at the very beginning; A very good place to start".

At pistol fire: The beginning of the race, I think, will feel claustrophbic. At 9:30am, it was just Calvin and I in front of Joe's Arcade and the area still felt cramped. The runner in me wanted to bolt out of the blocks to jockey for a solid position; I think this will prove to be the wrong strategy.

When the field is full of runners, The first one-third of a mile is going to feel stressful and tight. I think the best way to go about this is to wait until the course takes a hard left turn and you have an open quarter-mile straightaway; that's the place to fight to move up.

Through the race: Just after the one mile mark, things will get tight again; There's a building in the way that breaks the road up into small lanes. Once you push past this, however, you have a full half-mile of wide-open straight, flat running. The course then takes a hard U-Turn and sends you back the way you came. The only difference on the return trip is that the building that disrupted you at the mile mark is far less intrusive for those leaving the beach area.

Getting to the finish: Once you get yourself back to RTE. 1A, you'll probably have somewhere between a quarter and a third of a mile. If you're a bad distance runner like me, you'll have held back far too much energy and have an absolutely amazing kick at the end. You're overall time will suffer, but you'll look awesome blazing down that final stretch.

While I don't know exactly where the finish line is, I can tell you that it can't be much past the starting line; after that, you're on the beach.

Overall: For my first 5k in 5 years, it'll be a great start. I think it will also give my nemesis, Adam XII a good sense of what a 5k really feels like. He's done the distance, but I don't know if he's had that competition.

My performance: This was pretty poor, to be honest. It was my first time running outside in nearly 4 years; nearly 5 since I ran in cold, damp air. Shin splints destroyed what could have been an amazing time on a practice run. It's been 17 years since I've felt them that badly. His dogness, Calvin, didn't help by needing to smell everything everywhere.

Playlist: My run's playlist was based on me trying to remember what I had done a few year's back the last time I decided to run again. It didn't empower me the way an exercise playlist should, unfortunately, but I think it's a good start. Here's what I had:

  • The Chemical Brothers: Come With Us
  • Propellerheads: Spybreak!
  • Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc
  • Prodigy: Breathe
  • The Bravery: An Cat Dubh
  • Thomas Dolby: Hyperactive!
  • The Police: Demolition Man
  • Bob Dylan: Series of Dreams
  • The Orb: Little Fluffy Clouds (7" Edit)
  • The English Beat: Mirror in the Bathroom
  • The Chemical Brothers: Galaxy Bounce
  • U2: I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight

Until next week, when I improve my playlist and go back in time to try to run my old cross country course.


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