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Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Doctors, Demons, and Shoe-Slingin'

I never really thought that I would find myself in a seemingly perpetual state of cognitive dissonance doing something as simple as selling people running shoes. Thing is, it's become rather infrequent that I am actually fitting a regular runner in shoes. Generally those people already know what they want and ask immediately for it, or they don't come in at all because what they know they need can be found cheaper online...such is the struggle of brick-and-mortar businesses. Story for another…See More
Sep 16
Shannon Payne commented on Shannon Payne's blog post Rampart Rager and Why Riding Just Ain't Up There With Running
"Thanks Wendy! I miiiight just have to check it out..."
Sep 14
Wendy Stalnaker commented on Shannon Payne's blog post Rampart Rager and Why Riding Just Ain't Up There With Running
"I'm not sure if it's possible that no-one else has suggested this to you... (?!!) but I know the cycling discipline that you MUUUUST try. And you just happen to have the 'right' bike for it , and it's also the season for it!…"
Sep 12
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Rampart Rager and Why Riding Just Ain't Up There With Running

My college coach, God bless 'im, seems to believe that I am on my way to becoming a professional cyclist. The guy just loves a good rags-to-riches story, and has a keep-fighting-the-fight-and-never-ever-say-die attitude, which is a large part of why I ran so well under him years ago. When I told him several months ago that running wasn't going so hot, with at that time no light whatsoever at the end of the tunnel, and I told him I just made a terribly financially irresponsible decision…See More
Sep 5
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Carrots

I can remember a few years ago, hanging out in a hotel room with my then-BRC/Adidas race teammates following a Club cross country after party which was, as always, completely glorious in its displays of intoxicated-awkward-runner dance moves and even more awkward advances from Masters runners who prowled the bar and dance floor looking for some poor unsuspecting runner girl to attempt to seduce with an age group medal.Ah, like Springsteen says, "Glory days, they'll pass you by." Those were some…See More
Sep 4
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Mt. Washington for the fourth time...but not how you think.

I find myself sitting once more in Sharon's kitchen this morning in her awesome little house hidden in the Intervale, NH woods.Seriously. It's hidden. I get completely lost and turned around in literally one square mile trying to find the driveway every. Single. Year. All the neighbors know me now because of my annual pulling into their driveway with my brights on in the dead of night trying to determine if their's is the correct house. Miraculously, I haven't been shot at yet.Anyway, Sharon is…See More
Aug 22
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

New (Bike) Day

Apparently "New Bike Day" is a thing in the cycling world, and I got to celebrate it last week.I never thought I could feel drawn to any other pursuit in the same way that I've always felt drawn to running. Even in high school, at 14 years old and a total noob who didn't own so much as a stop watch, sports bra, or even a real pair of running shoes, I felt compelled to go out for the cross country team the first day of ninth grade. To this day I couldn't tell you why I felt so completely and…See More
Apr 18
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Restless Inclination

Are you going to let that skinny girl pass you?" I heard one guy rib another just in front of him as I trudged past them one afternoon on Manitou's infamous "Incline," a one mile stretch of horizontal planks that climbs roughly 2,000 feet in said mile. I smiled at his somewhat douchey but otherwise harmless comment and continued to the top, crossing the last step and taking a glance down at my watch out of curiosity, "26:47," as I started the descent down Barr Trail to do another loop.Before…See More
Mar 4
Shannon Payne commented on Shannon Payne's blog post Changing Plans
"Thanks Fred! Can't wait to see you and Donna and all of my New Hampshire pals in a few months!"
Feb 1
Frederick W Ross III commented on Shannon Payne's blog post Changing Plans
"Your a very talented writer! Drew Graham has a great attitude! Best advise I've ever heard is "concentrate on what you can do, not what you can't" Wishing you a complete recovery and no matter what you will still be the wonderful…"
Jan 31
Shannon Payne posted a blog post

Changing Plans

Sometimes when you think life is done throwing you curveballs for a while, the biggest one is yet to come. Please forgive my subsequent melodramatic musings. They're certainly not intended to be written with an air of self-pity and I hope they don't come across that way, but I'm a verbal processor and to write things out makes them make more sense sometimes. More importantly, I know that I have learned a lot from other people by listening to or reading about their struggles and setbacks when…See More
Jan 10

Shannon Payne's Blog

Doctors, Demons, and Shoe-Slingin'

I never really thought that I would find myself in a seemingly perpetual state of cognitive dissonance doing something as simple as selling people running shoes. Thing is, it's become rather infrequent that I am actually fitting a regular runner in shoes. Generally those people already know what they want and ask immediately for it, or they don't come in at all because what they know they need can be found cheaper online...such is the struggle of brick-and-mortar businesses. Story for…

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Posted on September 16, 2018 at 9:30pm

Rampart Rager and Why Riding Just Ain't Up There With Running

My college coach, God bless 'im, seems to believe that I am on my way to becoming a professional cyclist. The guy just loves a good rags-to-riches story, and has a keep-fighting-the-fight-and-never-ever-say-die attitude, which is a large part of why I ran so well under him years ago. When I told him several months ago that running wasn't going so hot, with at that time no light whatsoever at the end of the tunnel, and I told him I just made a terribly financially irresponsible decision…

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Posted on September 5, 2018 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Carrots

I can remember a few years ago, hanging out in a hotel room with my then-BRC/Adidas race teammates following a Club cross country after party which was, as always, completely glorious in its displays of intoxicated-awkward-runner dance moves and even more awkward advances from Masters runners who prowled the bar and dance floor looking for some poor unsuspecting runner girl to attempt to seduce with an age group medal.

Ah, like Springsteen says, "Glory days, they'll pass you by."…

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Posted on September 4, 2018 at 8:00am

Mt. Washington for the fourth time...but not how you think.

I find myself sitting once more in Sharon's kitchen this morning in her awesome little house hidden in the Intervale, NH woods.

Seriously. It's hidden. I get completely lost and turned around in literally one square mile trying to find the driveway every. Single. Year. All the neighbors know me now because of my annual pulling into their driveway with my brights on in the dead of night trying to determine if their's is the correct house. Miraculously, I haven't been shot at…

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Posted on August 22, 2018 at 7:30am

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