For the next week and a half, as he gets ready for Run the Great Lakes, you can be sure Nick Adamo’s competitive juices will be flowing.
That’s why he races.
“When I don’t race for a while, I find myself getting bored with running,” said Adamo, 23. “When I know there’s a race coming up, it makes me want to train harder.”
It’s the same thing that kept him going as a long-distance runner in college.
A successful runner in high school in the 1,500m and 3,000m, Adamo finished 19th in the 8k at the ?Canadian Colleges Athletic Association’s national cross-country championships in 2007 while running for Keyano College, out of Fort McMurray, Alta.
These days, Adamo is back in the Sault, working for his father, Frank, who owns Primo Pizza and Wings.
He’s still running hard.
In the fall, Adamo turned heads at the Sault Ste. Marie (Mich.) Chamber Chase, where he ran his first half-marathon, finishing fast enough to place second behind Sault, Ont.-based competitive runner Nathan Mudge.
“Definitely I was hurting after, but I was still happy with my run,” said Adamo.
But, as he prepares for Run the Great Lakes on June 3, he has another distance in his sights - the 10k.
This will be Adamo’s second turn at Run the Great Lakes. The last time he did it, he did it on a whim, winning his event by finishing the 10k in 35 minutes, 17 seconds.
This time around, Adamo isn’t concerned with winning. He’s out to break a personal best.
“I ran a 33 (minute 10k) a few years back, so if I break 33, I’ll be happy,” said Adamo.
His performance during the first half of last year‘s half marathon in Sault, Mich., where he was holding himself back for the sake of endurance, has him feeling optimistic about achieving his goal.
“My first 10k was in 34 (at the Chamber Chase), so I figure I should be able to break 33 for just 10,” said Adamo.
Adamo has a fondness for the 10k. He has spent years running that distance, and when he was did cross-country in school, he got accustomed to the 10k’s cousin, the 8k.
“I feel like it’s long enough where I can relax, but it’s not too long, where I’m killing myself,” he said.
Adamo said his next challenge is a marathon (42k), perhaps at this year‘s Chamber Chase in September, though he said he may stick to the half for now.
He said he believes he could do a marathon, but finds the idea of doing it daunting.
“It’s a little scary, just because I also know that I would push myself harder than I maybe should,” said Adamo.
Registration for Run the Great Lakes takes place June 2 from 2-5 p.m. in front of the Athlete’s Foot In Station Mall. To pre-register, call the store at 705-942-3934.