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Shoe Review: Salomon XR Mission

Well folks, we’re a little over a week out from the big day, are you still in the hunt for the perfect trail shoe? Are you in a bind? Is simplicity and versatility your jam? If so, check out the…Continue

Started Aug 11, 2016

Shoe Review: Salomon Speedcross 4

There are three weeks remaining till the Big Dance with the Peak, and if you’re still struggling with the question, “But what (shoe) should I wear?” Well, like your fairy god mother, I’m here to…Continue

Started Jul 31, 2016

Salomon Shoe Review: Sonic Pro

While Salomon has a long and illustrious history in trail and mountain footwear, recent months have seen advent of a road running shoe line for the brand. Although relatively few models have hit the…Continue

Started Jul 25, 2016

New Race to Take to the Streets of Colorado Springs
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Brace yourselves, Colorado Springs runners, there's a new race on the docket for this fall, and it's gonna be big!The Colorado Springs Half Marathon and 5k, sponsored by Penrose St. Francis…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clint Knox Feb 6, 2014.

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Getting Real About PB&J

Sometimes you’ve gotta get real with yourself.You know, I think that it’s like, you “enter your thirties” and just like that, you’re old(er). Just kidding, I still feel quite young and spry, and I still giggle at jokes whose target demographic are 12 year old boys. But as I was saying: just like that, you’re older, and perhaps a bit more comfortable in your own skin and with that, less reluctant to admit things to yourself that you maybe used to deny, because it didn’t fit the mold of who and…See More
Apr 3
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Running and Writing

I like to write things. That fact is likely made clear by the existence of my nonsensical rambling via this blog.For one thing, writing things down is extremely cathartic. Any positive feelings or negative feelings or really just anything at all that needs to be “dumped,” if you will, out of my brain is quickly purged out by writing them down. Dumping these thoughts out of my head often provides a strange sense of closure for things that I processed and overanalyzed to death and really just…See More
Mar 24
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Jellyfish

So around Christmas time, I had the very excited revelation that my Demons had “come out of hibernation,” so to speak, and that I was thus hopping back into the saddle to gallop forth into the glorious sunset to set PR’s, run better than ever before, and CRUSH all races (but only uphill ones, and only at certain grades, and preferably nothing technical. I’m a bit persnickety nowadays).That’s right: Payne…See More
Feb 26
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Pikes Peak and the F*** It Moment

What. A freakin’ weekend.Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent is arguably the biggest deal in the Colorado Springs running ‘hood, and it was a blast being totally immersed in it all weekend long working the expo. Then later seeing old and new friends kic…See More
Aug 22, 2016
Shannon Payne posted a discussion

Shoe Review: Salomon XR Mission

Well folks, we’re a little over a week out from the big day, are you still in the hunt for the perfect trail shoe? Are you in a bind? Is simplicity and versatility your jam? If so, check out the Salomon XR Mission.Touted as one of Salomon’s most versatile door-to-trail shoes, the Mission can accommodate a variety of surfaces. While the lugs on the outsole are aggressive enough to tackle more technical trail surfaces, they’re not so terrain-specific that one should be deterred from taking this…See More
Aug 11, 2016
Shannon Payne posted a discussion

Shoe Review: Salomon Speedcross 4

There are three weeks remaining till the Big Dance with the Peak, and if you’re still struggling with the question, “But what (shoe) should I wear?” Well, like your fairy god mother, I’m here to help. You’re welcome.One of Salomon’s most tried, true, and iconic shoes—the Speedcross--has seen an update. For those familiar with this classic model in Salomon’s line, the fourth version sees nothing but improvement.The outsole remains more terrain specific than many other models, with 5 mm lugs that…See More
Jul 31, 2016
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Salomon Shoe Review: Sonic Pro

While Salomon has a long and illustrious history in trail and mountain footwear, recent months have seen advent of a road running shoe line for the brand. Although relatively few models have hit the shelves thus far, those that have had made a splash, showing promise that in spite of their history of off-road exclusivity, going forward, Salomon is likely to maintain their best-in-class status not only on the mountains, but on the asphalt as well.Yeah, yeah. I know. You’re training for Pikes…See More
Jul 27, 2016
Shannon Payne posted a discussion

Salomon Shoe Review: Sonic Pro

While Salomon has a long and illustrious history in trail and mountain footwear, recent months have seen advent of a road running shoe line for the brand. Although relatively few models have hit the shelves thus far, those that have had made a splash, showing promise that in spite of their history of off-road exclusivity, going forward, Salomon is likely to maintain their best-in-class status not only on the mountains, but on the asphalt as well.Yeah, yeah. I know. You’re training for Pikes…See More
Jul 25, 2016
David Mulligan commented on Shannon Payne's blog post Back on the Mountaintop
"Shannon, I think you've provided inspiration to more than just a few people through your blogs as you persevered and worked through the injuries. Congratulations on getting back on the line and on the mountaintop!  Stay healthy!"
Jul 11, 2016
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Back on the Mountaintop

The summer’s going by in a whirlwind and with it, mountain running season. While I’m not big on meticulously recapping, dissecting, and picking apart every race—I don’t want to bore anybody to tears after all (like, my mom and maybe the one or two other people who read this)--given that I haven’t had the pleasure of doing so in quite a while, I’m going to allow myself to indulge in that for just a few minutes here. So, forgive me.I was sort of surprised to find myself back at the summit/finish…See More
Jul 10, 2016
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Shoe Review: Salomon Sense Pro 2

With the snow finally melted off of the summit of Pikes Peak and with the Ascent and Marathon bearing down on us in just a smidgeon over six weeks, now might be a good time to consider your footwear options for tackling America's Mountain this year.While Barr Trail is not overly technical and seasoned Ascent and Marathon veterans might find a road shoe to be adequate enough to serve their ascending and decsending needs, the overwhelming majority of runners can benefit tremendously from the…See More
Jul 4, 2016
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Poking the Tiger

Since returning to Colorado, running motivation has increased from about 5% to approximately 1,857%. That’s good news, and I didn’t really realize that it had in fact dwindled down quite so much until recently, when I noticed that I am actually pumped to get out the door every morning versus simply finding time to get in a run so that I had something to write down in the training log that day so that I didn’t feel like a loser. I had been chalking up my sluggish miles everyday to having no…See More
May 28, 2016
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Bubbles

I looked at the calendar, it’s almost May, and I can’t believe the crazy whirlwind that’s comprised the last 6 months. Life in rep-land is a little like a weird time-warp; you’re always planning for a million things and/or going somewhere and before you know it a month has gone by and it feels like a week.One great thing about time feeling as though it has elapsed in fast-forward motion is that finally--and I say this as I knock on wood—running is pain-free again! It wasn’t long ago that any…See More
Apr 24, 2016
Tim Bergsten commented on Shannon Payne's blog post Adventures In H.O.O.-Ville
"Love this ... "Just do it and do it well and get it out of the way and move on with your life."  Can't say it much better than that."
Jan 12, 2016
Tim Bergsten replied to Shannon Payne's discussion Colorado Runners Convene at Club Cross Country Championships
"Great report. Thanks!!!"
Dec 4, 2015
Shannon Payne commented on Shannon Payne's blog post Adventures In Biomechanics-Land
"Ha. Who said anything about not going stir crazy?! Thanks for reading and good luck with your recovery and rehab! If you need any good PT referrals I have a mountain of them! Hope you too are hammerig some pain free miles again in the very near…"
Nov 7, 2015

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Getting Real About PB&J

Sometimes you’ve gotta get real with yourself.

You know, I think that it’s like, you “enter your thirties” and just like that, you’re old(er). Just kidding, I still feel quite young and spry, and I still giggle at jokes whose target demographic are 12 year old boys. But as I was saying: just like that, you’re older, and perhaps a bit more comfortable in your own skin and with that, less reluctant to admit things to yourself that you maybe used to deny, because it didn’t fit the mold…

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Posted on April 3, 2017 at 12:30pm

Running and Writing

I like to write things. That fact is likely made clear by the existence of my nonsensical rambling via this blog.

For one thing, writing things down is extremely cathartic. Any positive feelings or negative feelings or really just anything at all that needs to be “dumped,” if you will, out of my brain is quickly purged out by writing them down. Dumping these thoughts out of my head often provides a strange sense of closure for things that I processed and overanalyzed to death and…

Continue

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 10:30am

Jellyfish

So around Christmas time, I had the very excited revelation that my Demons had “come out of hibernation,” so to speak, and that I was thus hopping back into the saddle to gallop forth into the glorious sunset to set PR’s, run better than ever before, and CRUSH all races (but only uphill ones, and only at certain grades, and preferably nothing technical. I’m a bit persnickety…

Continue

Posted on February 26, 2017 at 9:30pm

Demons

“So, what do you think is the most important mental quality someone needs to have—that can’t be coached—to be a successful athlete?”

My long-time friend Corey Kubatzky posed this question to me as we conversed on an especially slow Sunday afternoon at the running shop we worked at a couple of years ago. Corey was about to take over as the head women’s cross country coach at CU-Colorado Springs, where he had formerly been the Graduate Assistant during my senior season there several…

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Posted on December 18, 2016 at 7:30pm

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