Thursday, July 28, 2011

Q and A with Adam: Part 2 of 2

I’m back with the last installment of the Q and A blogging phenomenon! This series of questions ran the gambit with a few on my coaching, my training, and even some on how I roll in the bathroom. Oh, and one about boobs, which was nice.

This morning I headed to the track and went against plan and ran some speeeeeed. My plan right now has a bunch of slow boring miles. Good for endurance, bad for my sanity. So, before I snapped at my coworkers and started to scream over and over about how the debt ceiling is a myth, I planned for some fast miles. Today I did 6x800 at 5:47 pace with 400 rest in-between. 800s are TOUGH. They are short enough to run very fast but just long enough that you’re panting like a dog in heat afterwards.

But, I digress, just like the naked sleeping Alex Trebek would say, on to the answers!

Shawn asked: 
Did you burn those bad luck shorts yet????
Ugg, no. The poop shorts live on. I need to though. I either need to burn them or run a race with them on to hopefully shake off the bad luck. I'm sure running a race in them won't end badly....  Maybe I should just use bleach..... does anyone know of any good exorcist priests?

You were a bigger dude like I was for awhile...ever find yourself sliding back?
Yep, all the time. Now, I'm not like Calista Flockhart with a food scale or something, but I'm always thinking about making the right choices, doing calorie counts in my head, etc. I usually weigh myself about every other day to see how I am doing. I will say that I'm still hanging on to 5 to 7 pounds of sympathy weight from when my wife was pregnant. It is going to be winter soon - I gotta pack on my thin candy shell.

Doesn't everyone have a "token fat picture"?

Are you surprised at the number of followers you have.....does it make you fell like a "fitness" icon (insert snicker are a GOD in my books!!!)?
I am ALWAYS surprised at the number of followers my blog has collected. I think my blog fits a specific niche. Poop Humor.  While I take my training very seriously, I don't take myself too seriously. I don't talk 100% about runing, but instead try to post essentially what you would talk about with a friend on a long run. A little bit of running, a little bit of family, and enough Lindsey Lohan jokes to make us all feel good about ourselves.  (Really Lidsey??  $1,000 shoes to a court date where you say you can't afford a psychologist?  Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey) That, and I think that I'm a little bit of a guilty pleasure.  **Insert seductive porn music here**

Fitness Icon? I don't know about that. I'm kind of like the Bob Harper of blogging. Happy go lucky guy that is good in his own right but always playing second fiddle to Jillian.  I even tried to grow a Bob Style Beard.  Even the photoshopped version looked stupid.

Why the "Boring" in the header??? Your LL comments are the best ever!
Dang, I should have lumped this question in with the other time that I answered it. For the full explination, go here.

Tricia asked: 
Who is the biggest celebrity you are coaching?
Everyone that I coach is a celebrity in their own right. That is why we blog, right? Fame, fortune, naked ladies, and popularity?

Does the aforementioned celebrity actually follow your plan?
One of the main reasons to have a coach is to have his/her guidance on what runs are ok to skip and what ones are worth rearrainging your entire week to still get in. Life is what we do when we are not running. So, when life gets in the way of running, we kick life's ass and get it done anyway you reassess, adjust, and move forward without looking back.

If Ryan Hall started running in skirts, would you?
Who says that I wouldn't without him leading the way? Maybe I could start a trend of fashionable 30 year old men wearing skirts to run in. The extra air flow would certainly cut down on the swamp ass and ball-stick to leg.

If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?
It would depend on what was at the bottom I suppose.

Mrs G asked: 
How long did it take you to get to your pace that your are at now?
This is a hard one to answer because I think my pace is always fluctuating. I am ALWAYS trying to get faster. But, let's use the first time that I broke 3:30 for the marathon as the example. I feel that I could probably run a 3:30 marathon on most courses (even though I didn't on my last "real" non training non-shitty weather PR attempt - Marathon 2 Marathon). I started running sometime in 2006 and ran a 3:29 in May of 2009. So, 2.5 years or so?

Any advice (besides the usual hydrate, get sleep, train, fuel) for a first time marathoner? Im doing my first in December.
Congrats! The advice I always try to give is to know your body. I get to know my body 3 or 4 times a day! More if my wife is gone Really try to focus on the difference between "sore" and "injured". Being "sore" after long runs is fine, but it shouldn't linger much more than 2 or 3 days. You can run through being sore (I did this morning). Being "injured" is much worse and requires rest. Better to be 90% trained than 50% injured at race time, every time.

Fair Weather Runner asked:
i really don't have any questions. but you seem like a very energetic fella, so please tell me you are addicted to some sort of caffeinated beverage? lame, but i like to make myself feel better for my own caffeine addiction knowing others suffer too. so you know..
Oh yes, if heaven is a place, coffee flows like water. However, I can't have caffiene much after 3pm or so. I get heart palpitations and break out in sweats.

Average A asked: 
Since you spend so much time in the bathroom... how do you hang the TP? Over or under? HOW DO YOU ROLL, ADAM??
Ass out, laid back. That's how I roll (actually, I think that quote has a word in it that rhymes with "rock"  Over. I can't remember if this is better or worse for my son run rolling out the entire roll. Time will tell!

Bobbi Asked: 
I want to know what you think the best part of being a coach is?
Easy - showing people the confidence they've had inside them all along.

Does it make your own running more of a chore or less?
It is pretty independent from my normal running. I think that I could work full time at a running store and still love to crank out some early morning miles. It honestly does take a bit of time away from blogging, but I am 100% OK with that.

No hands!
I'm pretty sure you have to have mastered this to get into Kindergarten

And what has surprised you MOST about being a parent so far?
This will either sound horribly nieve or sound 100% like a guy, but I really REALLY underestimated the effort required to take care of the little guy. I'm not sure if there would be an autopilot button or what, but I never could have anticipated the 24/7 care that he requires. It is often overwhelming, but always worth it.

Brian Flash asked: 
What do you feel is your ultimate best time achievable in your favorite distance race?
Ohhh, tricky tricky. This makes me PICK my favorite race distance. I think I'll return the favor on your Q and A! While I have a 50 states marathon goal, I might have to admit that my favorite distance is the 5K. Based on having a full time job but focusing 100% on the 5K, I'd bet that I could pull a 17:45. In the back of my head I'd really like to break 18 at some point. Since I'm a dirty cheater, I'll do the marathon too. 3:03ish. I'm not sure that .I could go sub 3, that hurts my man berries just to think about.

At someone who left the Midwest but returned, I'd like to know if you would move back to or near your Midwest roots at some point?
Eventually, yes. Realistically, it wont be for years and years. If I could get family to move to KC, I'd move back there in a heart beat.

JojaJogger asked: 
Have you scheduled the Freeze Your Thorns Off 10K yet? If not, could you please schedule it during Rock N Roll weekend so I can participate and get one of those cool washer medals?
It'll likely be two weeks or one week before. You should come early! I'll run your taper miles with you.

XLMIC wanted  to know more about how I laid all of the wire/cable in the basement that I finished myself in my house in Kansas City.
Between you and me, it wasn't 100% up to code, but the house didn't burn down and I was SUPER proud of doing it myself. I'm handy! But I'm expensive.  I require large amounts of beer to get anything done.

She also wanted to know if we breastfed our son.
Unfortunately, we weren't able to get that to work quite well. My nipples got really really sore and the doctor said that we were going to have to start supplimenting soon anyway. So, we decided to suppliment 100%.

Finally she wanted to know if I am particular with the way I get ready to run.
I'm not too anal retentive with my routine, but since I'm a guy I essentially do it the same way every time. (That's what she said.) I get up, stumble around, put my clothes on, put my contacts in, wait for nature to "take it's course", and am out the door.

My brother inlaw and I doing some HVAC work
Well, it looks like he is "working" something else?

BabyWeightMyFatAss asked: 
More tips for overcoming downtime on the injured reserved bench? :(
Cross train, blah blah blah. You know all of that. For me the big thing was the worrying about how much fitness I was going to loose. What I can tell you is that, when you get back you'll retain more endourance than you ever thought possible. In Aug of '09 I had a stress fracture of my tibula. I took 3 months off 100% from running. I biked like 6 times to pretend like I was maintaining some level of fitness. I then trained for 8 weeks and ran a marathon that was essentially 10 minutes slower than I would have been prior to my stress fracture.  I know that you're going to be out even longer than 3 months, but hang in there.

Taken this morning. Soo many shoes
Erin asked: 
I meant to ask how you go about buying your running shoes?
A complex mix of math algorithms and wiji boards. Honestly, I first decide what "kind" of shoe I want and both go online and into a store and see what is available in that market. (Meaning: long run stability, race shoe, track spikes (which I would love to get))

Do you find a pair you like and get five of them?
I wish! Until I find a money tree or get the printing press in my basement to put in the security strip, I'll be the one entering as many blog contests as I can and trying to get my local running store to accept Suave Shampoo coupons.

Constantly monitor the reviews and have a variety of the highest-tech/newest options?
I do try to keep current on my favorite brands' newest models. I'm super excited for Brooks' natural running shoe line - even if the colors are just so/so. But, I normally try to save $20 or so and buy last year's model. I'm always a year behind, but I figure that the $20 saved can help a nice young gal get that much closer to "college" go towards a 5K registration.

Are you highly brand loyal?
In consulting, we have a saying that is something to the effect of: "Blame your rental car and hotel preference on your first project, because you'll never change". I started out with Brooks and they've been really good to me. However, I've also tried Sacuny and honestly really like the pair of Pearl Izumi shoes I reviewed a while back. They're my #2 favorite shoe (out of 5 or 6) right now.

Do you buy mostly online or in-store?
Honestly, about 50/50. When I get a bug and feel like checking out a new model of shoe I'll goto a running store and buy them there. But, if I'm buying shoes I've ran in before, online is where I go. is great, honestly so are a lot of the shoe manufacturers as well.

Do you love fancy inserts or think the ones that come in the shoes are good enough?
I've never ran with an aftermarket insert. I've never had any issues with the ones that are in there and am afraid to mess with them. Essentially, I live my life in constant fear of injury.

That's what she said
Annette@(running)In the Right Direction asked on a different post:
Question for you..with all these longer runs I've been getting numb on top of my ever get that with these long runs??
Well, that is certainly worse than sitting on your hand and playing "stranger"!  (Don't look that up if you are at work)  Without knowing your running history, it sure sounds like your shoes might be tied too tight.  When you run longer than 90 minutes or so, your feet really start to swell.  Turns out, mom was right! You really do need that finger's length of room in your toes.  You might try loosening your laces just a bit to see if that helps.  Not to the point of being sloppy of course, but just enough to still feel snug while letting your feet get a bit more blood.  If that doesn't help (not to be an alarmist) but you really should get it checked out.  Numbing in the extremities can sometimes mean a more serious cardiovascular issue.


Shawn said...

Swamp Ass and Ball Stick???? That just made my afternoon!!!

Thanx for the answers

Nobel4Lit said...

I've never tried 800's for training. I do my 400's at 2:00 right now... wonder if 800's would help, and if so... what kinda pace.

And by 400m rest, I'm assuming that you walk?

Fair Weather Runner said...

i now feel better about myself. if i drink coffee after 2p i'm like a lemur on crack. therefore i think you are good people, my kind of people; plus you posted a picture to go with my question, bonus.

XLMIC said...



Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

as always you never fail to make me laugh out loud and thus have people wondering WTF am I doing when I should be working... oh I work at home, ok so it's just the cats wondering

Tricia said...

Apparently I wasn't clear enough in my question. Thought the celebrity answer was very obviously....


well done friend

Mark said...

For your next round: How can I become as completely awesome as Adam? That's way better than any running goal I can think of.
Are you ever going to do another podcast?

Chris K said...

Adam said, "In consulting, we have a saying that is something to the effect of: 'Blame your rental car and hotel preference on your first project, because you'll never change'".

I don't get it. I guess that's why I'm not smart enough ever to be in Consulting. I'm the dumba@@ that hires you guys at a bazillion dollars an hour.

Alisa said...

I fully support the Bob beard.

Did you know that Jess over at Blonde Ponytail shortened swamp ass to swass? She is uses it as a hash tag over on twitter. (She also uses the swoob hash tag as well.)