Getting to Know Hans Martin Payne Age 14

“Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”-the last part of any race is just painful, there is no way around it.

“Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”-the last part of any race is just painful, there is no way around it.

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance:

perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 5:3-4

Hans stumbled upon running at age 12 when he decided to try out track and field at his new school.  At the first practice he was instructed to run a mile and he remembers being surprised by his time of 5:50.

A few days into practice he came to the realization that it may be worth his while to hang up those stinky soccer cleats and trade them in for a pair of running shoes.

Two years later Hans is so glad that he pursued running as his sport.  Hans is an 8th grader at PCA and is currently ranked #2 in the state of South Carolina.

His fastest 5K time is 17:52 and I have reason to believe that this young man is still unwrapping and processing his gift.  Hans is as polite as they come and I so enjoyed talking with him.

Interview Questions and Answers

What are some of your training habits:

No sodas and work hard

Running shoe:

Brooks Ghost 12

Favorite type of course:

Flat, grassy course

Favorite running weather:

60 degrees

Running resources used:

Books on running at the library

Racing Superstition:

When I have a good training session, I will wear the same pair of socks for my race

What accomplishment are you most proud of:

I was the overall winner for a local 5k race this past summer

What has been your biggest disappointment thus far in running:

Last season I set a goal to run the mile in 5 minutes and I missed my goal by 1 second

Pre-race routine:

I don’t like warming up too early. 40 Minutes before the start of the race, I will jog a mile followed by stretching.  

10 Minutes before my race I change from being talkative to quiet-mostly due to nerves.

Post-race routine:

For 15 minutes after my finish I am too tired to move but once I recover a bit I will cool down with a one mile jog.

Advice for younger (and older) athletes:

Stick with it even on the days when you don’t feel like training.  On those days I like to motivate myself by thinking about my competitors.

Role Models:

1. My dad. He works hard every day. He was the one of the top soccer recruits coming out of high school

and played for Clemson

2.  Hamilton Blair, a senior on my team who runs a sub 16:00  5K.

Lessons learned from running:

Persevere to the end-finish it out.

**Hans thanks his coaches Dale Hoover and Dondi Hewitt for all of their help.