Who Am I?

I am an avid runner and have been running since I was 15 years old. I began running low to medium distances while on my high school track team, running the 800 meter and 1600 meter races (I was a sub 5 miler and a 2 minute 800 runner). In addition to the track team, I also joined the cross country team. After high school I still wanted to run and decided to start doing road races. I have probably ran a couple hundred 5k races (16.29 PR)along with many 10k's as well. In 2009 I decided to step up my game and try to tackle my first marathon. I will be honest; the only reason I did this was because my father ran a few and I wanted to show him that I could do what he did. I trained poorly for my first one and regret it. If you are going to run a race, train like you want to win. I still continue to run marathons and other distances as well, and every race is a chance for me to better myself.
I started this blog to hopefully communicate with other runners and to shed any knowledge I may have about the sport that can help other runners. I believe running is the best sport and can be a great stress reliever. I encourage all runners to spread the word of our sport and show people why running is so good and why the community of runners has such great people. You can follow me on twitter @byrne1324 or find me on facebook- Shaun Byrne

Monday, December 30, 2013

Motivational Monday: Running Blind

       This year while running the New York City Marathon I witnessed a blind person run pass me with a human guide.  I was taken back by this at first because it was new to me, but as I passed another one or had one pass me I became inspired. Here is a person that is not only running 26.2 miles which in itself is a feat, but this person is doing it without being able to see what is in front of him or her. They can not see the crowd and be motivated the same way I can. Yes, they can hear the cheers, but sometimes you need to see a child waiving or a sign to help motivate you. I still have trouble wrapping my mind around how hard it must be to train. You are not only running, but you have to listen to your guide for instructions on where to go. During the race at one point I was unlucky and got mixed in with a crowd and had my legs taken out from under me. As I was trying to stand back up another runner who was trying to jump over me landed on my hip and sent me back to the pavement.  I laid there for a minute or two with runners jumping over me in order to prevent a jam up.  It was a wheelchair participant's guide that was able to hold people off just enough for me to get up. When I began to run again I knew something was wrong. My hip was in extreme pain and with only ten miles left I was forced to walk.  I thought about quitting a few times, but every time I did I would see a blind person running and I would think to myself that if this person can overcome so much and push their bodies to the limit then so can I.
       Runner's World recently had an article called "The Blind Side". I encourage you all to read this article and be inspired. Sometimes you need to see what other people don't have in order to realize what you do have.


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