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#ProjectAdam: Advice for the boys' first race

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  March 7, 2013 07:00 AM

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This is it.
The Adams and I (that would be Adam Salsman and Adam 12, and yours truly) will run a 5K this Saturday.

After months of ribbing each other about who is or isn't training hard (Adam 12!), who doesn't know how to work a treadmill (12!), or who busts out a bag of bubble gum during a training run (also 12), we are all as ready as we are going to be for this race.

And, since (*cue the sappy music*) we've all become a closer, more dysfunctional family through this little endeavor, I thought it would be nice if the three of us offered advice to each other with hours to go before race time.

So, without any ado at all, here's my advice to 12 and Salsman:
Advice for Adam 12:
1. Don't chew gum and run at the same time. It's a wonder you can talk in the studio and run a board at the same time, so please leave the Big League Chew at home.
2. Take the crazy energy you have on air and channel it toward your feet. You have an infectious spirit (and I don't mean in the creepy, disease-laden way). Hold on to that and try to harness it and focus it in to every stride you take.
3. Pick your favorite music and just rock. I have run in plenty of races now, so I am here to tell you that fist pumping is totally OK if you feel so inclined.

Advice for Salsman:
1. Do not focus on your time so much. I know you want to set a personal best; and while I will encourage and cheer you on in that quest, I want you to do something much, much simpler. Remember why you love running. Remember why you started running all those years ago. Remember that every step you take is one more than the person you were a few months ago would have taken.
2. Do not get inside your head so much that you don't take the time to look around and soak up the race day. Yes, I know you've raced before. Yes,I know you know what a race feels like ... But remember that every run is as unique as a snowflake. No two are the same. Even if this race is terrible, you're going to want to remember it.
3. If you trash talk me because I'm a slow stump I will make your work life miserable. I'm kidding. Mostly. (I know where you sit.)

Advice to Salsman and Elizabeth from 12:
Advice for Elizabeth:
1. Start your day with a slice of my Nana Jeanie's chocolate cream pie for breakfast. I heard something once about carbo-loading before a race, so yeah. Do that.
2. Remember to bring your riding crop for when Adam and I start losing steam. And quit acting like you don't own one; you're not fooling anyone.
3. Don't focus on your time, focus on having a GOOD time. This one's all about running with friends, remember?

Advice for Adam:
1. Take a pinch of my Big League Chew before the race. You'll thank me.
2. It's been while since you've run a race, so remember: If another runner edges in too close to you, throw 'em an elbow ... Shows the rest of the runners on the course you're not to be trifled with.
3. Whatever you do, DON'T FINISH IN FRONT OF ELIZABETH. She'll ditch the crop and use the whip. Seriously, you know she will.

Advice to 12 and Elizabeth from Salsman (who broke the rules and decided to do his in Haiku form!)
Advice for 12:
Stay Steady, Stay Strong
Strides like a gazelle, breathe
Be the Big League Chew

Pump your arms even
Don't let them cross your body
Maybe you'll beat me

Be aware of peeps
Always look around your feet
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Advice for Elizabeth:
5K may be quick
Do not dismiss the slowpokes
A win is a win

Challenge yourself more
Stay on top of your game now
Plank At Every Mile

The air may be cold
Dress in layers to keep warm
Don't swim on race day

Any more advice out there from our readers for this motley trio? Leave them in the comments below ...

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