Getting to Know Hans Martin Payne Age 14
We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance:
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
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
Brooks Ghost 12
Favorite type of course:
Flat, grassy course
Favorite running weather:
Running resources used:
Books on running at the library
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
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.
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.
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.