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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

It's not Christmasy - but it is pretty cheesy

But I don't care... for some reason, I love this. Happy Holidays

but I wonder... does Andreas know that Elmo isn't a real boy??

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Most Important Thing I'm Doing Right Now

CAUTION!!! Watching this video has been known to cause a lump in your throat and/or watering of the eyes. Side effects may include donating to help me or another of my TEAMmates reach our goals.

The Way I Feel Right Now

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

The Evil Look

My step-mother SueAnn, who always sends truly good stuff, sent me this the other day. Then, maybe, a half dozen other people have forwarded it also, so, I figure I have to post it as well.

This should make you at least smile... a little... if it doesn't, then I don't know about you.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Fun Quirky Song

I can't wait to get a "real" camera... It is killing me!!!

Funny T-Shirts I Wouldn't Wear

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Savannah Race Update

Greetings Record Enthusiasts!!!

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 57:50 
So what, I ended up 159th out of 265 people. No where to go but faster, I hope.

Here are a few more pictures of the race:

Did I really go over that thing THREE times???

I love this shot

My Super Trooper, Trellis.
She was sick as a dog with some sort of mystery throat infection,
but she came out for me and ran the 5K. I loves my sis'!!!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Double Pump

Real quick... I finished the Double Pump (15K) over the Savannah River Today. It is the "Toughest Bridge Run in the South" The bridge is a 5.5% grade.

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!!!