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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I'm running, I'm shopping, I'm emailing, I'm working, I'm cross-training, I'm AthFesting, I'm parenting, I'm fundraising, I'm blogging, I'm myspacing, I'm baking.... AAHHH!!!
More to come... The wheel keeps on turning, I think I can hold on 'til the Holiday's are over...
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This should make you at least smile... a little... if it doesn't, then I don't know about you.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
No, I didn't end up officially breaking any records, except my own. I ran the 10K portion of the Double Pump faster than I've ever done a 10K before. Whoo!! Hoo!!
Place Bib Name Age City Total 5K 10K
159 4186 Andy Payne 37 M Athens GA 1:25:55 27:20 57:50So what, I ended up 159th out of 265 people. No where to go but faster, I hope.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
What you do to do the Double is run a 5K over the river, then turn around, and run a 10K back over the river twice, ending up at the same finish line. 5K - 27:20 and 10K - 58:something.
It was the best race I've run so far... tons of fun. But I felt like I was cheating. Wearing the TEAM in Training jersey gave me such an advantage; people cheering for me, getting waves and shouts of "GO TEAM" from other TNT runners. It just gave me the biggest lift. I met most, if not all, of the Savannah TEAM; what a bunch of totally nice people.
Today I was running for a kid with leukemia that my good friend Tanner Shultz was a bone marrow donor for. (talk about being heroic) And I really want to thank Tanner being the biggest donor I've had so far, and his company Eli Lily does a 100% matching donation. Whoo!!
The most important thing that happened to me though was during the ascent over the bridge for the third time. I was feeling it big time, and had slowed to a walk at one point. All of a sudden I heard a voice in my ear, "Remember who you are running for" A man ran by me, and he pointed at me, and said, "They didn't quit, you can do it too" It was like a rocket being strapped to my back; I took off and passed all kinds of people, and made it up the last part of the bridge. After the recovery on the back half, you have to run through the flat part of the finish, but there is one more not that tiny hill to conquer. No problem!
I sought the man out after the finish and gave him a big hug and introduced him to my sister, Trellis, who'd run the 5K. He told me that he had been involved with TEAM in training for seven years, and just when he had stopped, his grandson was diagnosed with AMS. So, he knows what the society can do. He knows how it helps people and families diagnosed with cancer. It was a humbling and uplifting experience at the same time. That little voice of encouragement came at the best time and was such a powerful motivator, I felt like I was cheating, like I had taken a hit of some performance enhancing drug or something.
So, keep plugging away, keep running, if not for someone else, just do it for yourself. More pictures from the race and a few more stories to come. What a great day!!!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I have gotten lots of support already from random people that I wouldn't expect, and I do appreciate it.
Tonight's run was on the treadmill again, 5 miles. And I did it in honor of our TEAM's honored hero, Oliva Cheek. Much more on her later.
Monday, November 26, 2007
So, I decided to run on the treadmill today. Once I got going it went really well. I ran 10K in about 57 minutes, which is a record for me. I know the treadmill is way easier than the road, but still.
Tonight, I thought about Michelle, a friend of mine. She sent me a quick email and told me about her family and their struggle with cancer. Four of her Aunt's: Nell, Shirley, Cricket, Margie, all died from it. So, tonight's run is in honor of them.
If you want to donate to my TEAM in Training cause and our fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma you can click on the link to the right. You can also go to my TNT webpage, or the society's, and learn more about what they do and how your donation will make a difference.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I set out on my 10K run this morning, thinking of my Mom, Sandy. Today's run is in honor of her. She has been a great devoted mother to me, and she has fought off liver cancer twice. I remember that day in the hospital in Thomasville, when the doctor came in and said, "It's Cancer" Truly one of the worst days in my life, but we and she got through it, twice. So, I thought of her often as this run progressed. Today was not easy; it started pouring down rain, I broke down and had to walk some, and it was really hard to start back up each time and try to finish, if not strong, then just OK.
I feel pretty good now, and I'm about to go to Dublin to spend Thanksgiving with both sides of my family. And I'm going to give my Mom a bear hug when I see her.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
But one of the TEAM in Training video's I've seen had a scene in it where one of the coaches was telling everyone that the first mile sucks (everyone laughs), but it doesn't suck nearly as much as what someone battling cancer is going through. I thought about that as I was pulling in the driveway, and I thought, "All right, you are going to go inside, throw on your shoes, and do your 5K" And the run tonight felt like nothing. It was one of the easiest runs I've ever done. I didn't stop, I didn't take water with me, I didn't fade at the end, I just ran, and it felt great. It's the getting going in the first place that is the hard thing.
As I was running, I thought about an email that my Daddy sent me. He told me that my Grandmother Payne, who died of cervical cancer, would be proud of me for supporting this project. That led me to think of all the other people that I know personally or know of who are the real heroes.
So, I'm going to dedicate every run from here on out to someone I know who has fought or is fighting cancer. I may run out of people, we'll see. If you want me to run in honor of someone that you know, send me their picture, or tell me their story. I'll do the run, and I'll include them (if you don't mind) in an email or a blog posting. Having those thoughts running thru my head as I'm going are much more motivating than my ipod or the cool new shoes I felt I deserved.
If you get a chance, please check out my Team in Training Website. You can donate to the cause, and help support my Marathon training. You can also follow the links to learn more about TEAM in Training and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Oh, yeah... Did I mention that I'm running a marathon next year, and that I would love you forever if you helped out and donated to this cause. My TEAM webpage is the perfect place to go to. Every dollar will make a difference. Please help me reach my goal and help fight cancer at the same time.
I'm going to run three miles tonight and 5 more in the morning. I'll report back how I'm did.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I'm sending out my first email about the TEAM and actually asking (and hoping for donations). Fingers crossed. This first effort is just going out to family and friends. I want to put a few dollars in the tip jar before I start going whole hog.
If you want to check out my TEAM website and donate anything yourself, Here's the LINK. It really is for a fantastic cause, which I'm going to elaborate on and on about I'm sure.
We had our first GTS (Group Training Session) with the TEAM this Sunday. I stayed out way too late on Sat. night, and totally struggled to make the 7am meeting time, but it was so worth it. Thirteen of us showed up, plus Tammy and Kathy, and we ran 3.37 miles together down Millege, on Prince, around the hospital and back to Millege. It was the first time I've ever run in chilly temps, but it wasn't that bad. Kathy, one of our mentors, gave me some great advice on how to layer properly, and it worked out great. Cold before, perfect during the run, then hot leading into the cooldown afterward.
It was also the first time I've ever run with anyone, except in a race which really doesn't count. I really liked the flow of everything; I'm definitely going to do as much group training as possible.
I know my competitive nature is going to help push me further and faster than I've been doing on my own. Let's go TEAM!!
The other really cool thing that happened was that I met up with some quote unquote real runners. One of my neighbors, Greg, is extremely fast. I caught up with them near the end of our run, and then ran into his group at Jittery Joe's afterward. He, Lisa, and the rest of the "real runners" were very gracious to me, and I really felt like a runner.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I'm going to do the Double Pump in Savannah on Dec 1, so I'm doing a quick two week ramp up for that. I want to do more than just finish this one; I really want to do well. Runner's World online has a really cool training program; you can put in your parameters and it will custom generate a fairly specific training schedule for you.
Monday, November 05, 2007
On Sunday, I completed a 10K trail run outside of Watkinsville, GA. It was EXTREME - people falling in the water, gashing their hands on trees, tripping and falling uphill and downhill. I finished in 1:05:51 - which was a little faster than my 10K in March in Charleston. So, I feel pretty good about that, because this thing was re-donk-ulously hard. Thanks to the drought, I made it over all the water crossings and stayed dry. I stumbled over a couple of rocks and roots, but never went down.
I've attached a post race picture. It was so cool wearing the Team in Training jersey; I had several people come up and ask me about it. It really felt like I was a part of something. I can't wait to start the group runs, and really try to improve my speed and stamina.
My next big challenge is doing the Double Pump over the Savannah river on Dec 1. I'll do the 5K, then turn around and do the 10K - three times total over the bridge.
P.S. - Yes, I know I am a huge squinter... Note to self: Buy super cool running sunglasses.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Hi, what’s up at work? The answer is quite clear. You’re weary, man, I can tell! But take your time, you’re not the only one. Do you know that it grew up to a disaster, it’s being counted by millions already. Why? What would you expect with a life tempo like that? YOU ARE TO EARN THE MONEY. It’s all your headache. Of course you tired.
Add here, ecology, food and others. To sum it up? You prefer to conk out instead of making love. Your battery is simply dead . No wonder no one is by your side any more, your girlfriend is on her way to pack up her stuff and bog off.
But what would you say if I tell you that. I can provide assistance. You can manage that, feel renewed, feel you CRAVE and YOU FITTED. And WE’LL GIVE YOU A LIFT. And I’ll bet it works.
I’m sure you know what’s what.
You think that it’s costly.
Then I’ve got something pleasant to tell ya! Check out the prices, hot deals now!
Tempting ha?! It’s real, there’s just no need to overpay for the license which drugs stores simply do have to pay for the right to sell it out.
Be strait up, buy strait ahead.
And have a nice one!
Monday, October 08, 2007
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Thursday, April 05, 2007
One new feature here at PPTS will be Spam Poetry. I'll be putting up some of the beautiful words that are included along with a Viagra/Cialis/Bigger, Stronger Stock Tips email just to get it through spam filters. It's interesting how much effort the spammers go to get our attention and/or evade prosecution.
So without any further ado, I bring you Spam Poetry:
Monday, February 05, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I went to see "The Lemonheads" last Saturday. They played at the fabulous 40 Watt, here in Athens. I got pseudo-put on the guest list, and was able to go for free along with one of the best Plus One's I could have picked to go. We had a blast, stayed sober, people watched, sang, etc.
Oh, how was the show? Was Evan Dando still a "hottie"? Not that great and No! One girl that we were talking to was like, "Of course, I'd still do him!" but he seemed really incoherent and strung out. He only played for 45 min or so, with some lame excuse that he "didn't really like long shows" I think he felt like these photos look. People were into it, cheering, singing along, and everything, but several songs just fell apart, he did all kinds of crazy psychedelic guitar solo feedback stuff (which may have sounded awesome to him) and then just took off. No encore, nothing. We looked over and the bassist, who looked just like Jack White, was talking to some people and putting his jacket on. Oh, well; show's over folks. If I had paid $30 for both of us to attend, I would have been upset. But it really was a great evening overall, and he was pretty entertaining when he was playing. He did "Drug Buddy", "The Outdoor Type" and a few other hits, but no "Shame About Ray", no "Mrs. Robinson", no "Stove".
It was interesting to see a guy do what he truly wanted to do though. He was performing for the music sake and for himself. If himself had been a little more sober/clean it may have been better for everyone, but the show did have some flashes of inspiration and emotion that were enjoyable.
Here's a little bit of the show: (quality=poor but I think you'll get the idea)
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I made a stab at a pound cake today... A little too done, and I used the receipe for a pound cake pan, not the bundt one that I used. So, it came out a little on the small side. One thing I definitely learned is that I miss the KitchenAid stand mixer. There really is no substitute for it; I think I'm going to have to get another one before too long. Every time I try a new technique or receipe I find something else I need, just like when I do a woodworking project... Hey, it's an excuse to go to the store, right??
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I pretty successfully adapted this entree for myself and the boys today. Green beans from a can, noodles from a bag, but the chicken was from scratch and delicious. I used the Kitchenaid chopper my Grandmother gave me for Christmas to finely chop the pecans for the crust - Henry and Will ate every bite of their chicken, and I have to admit it was awesome. I used this new technique I learned of pan frying with a little olive oil on the stove and then finishing in the same pan in a 450 degree oven. Crispy and golden brown chicken tenderloin... Yum-Mee!!
But I did let them watch cartoons while I made dinner, so I still have room for improvement in the Super Dad category.