Living Well – Energy and inspiration

Wayne Little interviews a 9 year old runner to see what motivates him.

Sam Adamson

Sam Adamson

There are many ways to find inspiration. From people on TV, friends, family, co-workers, or people you read about. Many people I meet in the fitness world inspire me, but I met a young boy a few months ago who really inspires me.

We were out for a group run one Saturday with the club and this young boy named Sam Adamson joined in for a 10 km run. At only 9 years old, I was very curious to see how well he would do. I carried his water bottle for him, but it turned out he didn’t really need it, I’m not sure he even broke a sweat keeping up with rest of the group. In fact, after watching him tie up his loose shoelace and then sprint to catch up to the group, I knew that they were in actually slowing him down.

I had a chance to do an interview with him for this month’s article and is is what he had to say.

LW: Congratulations on running the 10k at the boogie the bridge on Sunday. What was your time?

SA: 52 minutes, 30 seconds.

LW: That’s a great time. I know many adults who struggle to get under one hour for the 10k. How did the race go for you? What was your favourite part?

SA: The music.

LW: How long have you been running?

SA: Four years.

LW: How did you get into running?

SA: Wanted to spend more time with my father Dave, who is also an avid runner.

LW: Who inspires you?

SA: My dad.

LW: What other sports do you do?

SA: Soccer,  karate and I also swim.

LW: What do you enjoy about soccer and karate?

SA: Soccer is great exercise, great sportsmanship and teamwork. Karate, to defend myself and because I enjoy it.

LW: What are your plans in the future?

SA: By the time I’m 12 I would like to do a full marathon, and maybe a triathlon.

LW: What is your opinion about so many children in US and Canada being obese?

SA: I thinks it’s very sad and parents should be getting their kids to exercise at least an hour a day.

LW: Do you agree that the Ashcroft area is a great community to enjoy recreational activities like trail running, etc?

SA: Definitely, because of the hills and great weather.

LW: Anything else you would like to say?

SA: Running is awesome!!

LW: How do you feel when your running?

SA: Like I’m invincible and I could go forever.