On Saturday, April 19th, Rob Adams will lace up his running shoes and hit the pavement in Louisville, Kentucky. He’ll be running the 26.2 mile Louisville Kentucky Derby Marathon to raise money for the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic.
Adams, son of clinic founder, Dr. Garrett Adams, says that he wanted to raise money for an organization that he felt was important, yet not highly visible. “I wanted my run to count for more than just running a marathon. I know the need at the clinic is great, and I wanted to do all I could to support the great work that the staff are doing.” Adams says he grew up running around Beersheba with his family and cousins and is pleased at the chance to give something back.
There have been a few surprises along the way. “I know it’s stupid,” he says, “but I didn’t realize at first that running a spring marathon meant training in the middle of winter. And this has been a heck of a winter!” One recent training run was a 12 mile run in temperatures fluctuating between 3 and 8 degrees. “I could feel a little bit of ice building up on my eyebrows every time I exhaled,” he reports.
The weather should be warmer in Louisville by the time the actual marathon comes around. “I’m excited about the run,” he says, “But it’s a little intimidating. I’ve never run that far before.” Still, Adams is packing on the miles. He estimates he’s run upwards of 500 miles so far in training for the marathon and is now averaging between 50 and 60 miles per week.