Running from Challenge to Challenge

September 11, 2013

AdamWith thousands of miles under his belt, Adobe employee Adam P. shares his ultramarathon adventures and career journey. As a remote senior marketing manager for Creative Cloud Sales Enablement in Chicago, Adam gets to do what he loves best: running 100-mile marathons and selling the Adobe vision.

Pushing the limits
A natural athlete, Adam has enjoyed running since he was a child. “I started running marathons 12 years ago, and this year my goal is to run four 100-mile ultramarathons in one summer,” shared Adam. Running more than 50 marathons in his lifetime, Adam finds enjoyment in pushing his limits.

“Last summer I ran my first 100-mile—I didn’t know how I’d do, but I figured there was only one way to find out!” Aside from the health benefits and adrenaline rush, these marathons aren’t without cause.

Adam said, “I ran to help, a charity that supports orphans worldwide to find permanent homes in families. Many people aren’t aware of the cost of adopting a child—it can range from $10,000 – 50,000— and this charity helps by giving grants to families that want to adopt.”

Adam’s dedication to this cause is just as powerful as his dedication to Adobe. “I’ve been with Adobe for almost 14 years and have 10 years’ experience in tech sales. As a remote employee, I have flexibility. Due to the nature of my job in worldwide sales enablement, I find that I have no routine; no two days are the same!” reveals Adam.

However, he wasn’t always involved with sales enablement. “I grew up on Adobe tools and worked in design. I worked in print, web and multimedia, so I’ve always had a passion for this company and the amazing tools we create,” said Adam. From design to sales, Adam took on the challenge, just like he took on the challenge to run over 400 miles in three months.

Fear not
“If there’s one thing I learned from running, it’s to not be afraid. It might work out, it might fail, but that’s okay. As long as you see things through to the finish, you’re bound to learn something valuable.”

Whether it’s running or taking a kickboxing class, Adobe encourages the health and wellbeing of its employees. Adam shares this piece of advice: “Set a goal or sign up for an event, and do it with other people. Even though we’re all busy, if you truly care about your health, you’ll make the time for it.”


Sometimes it’s hard to unplug ourselves from our work, but finding that outlet is just as important as getting the job done. Despite working in technology for over a decade, Adam believes that disconnecting from technology is healthy and a way to recharge.

When not running or managing sales enablement, Adam spends time with his four young children, engages in photography and plays with the latest Adobe tools. What’s the next challenge for Adam? “My next running challenge will be to complete a solo 48-mile round-trip crossing of the Grand Canyon in October. I’ve never been there, but it’s been a dream of mine to complete a Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run in one day.”