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, January 27, 2014

Motivational Monday

     Every Monday I search the web for a quote that hits home for me.  When I found this one I knew this was going to be the quote for today.  Anyone who has ever talked to me about running usually will ask me if I am nervous about going into a race.  The respond they most likely will get is "No, I am not nervous I know I am not the best in the race but I also know few people can withstand the pain I can and few people are willing to push their body to the limit. One thing I do know is I will not quit I would rather die trying than back down from a challenge."
     Over the years I have over come some really shitty experiences in races, and I always walk away knowing that I gave it all I could that day.  Every time we run its a new experience and some days you got it and some days you don't.  The days when everything is going right, you feel like nothing can stop you.  The days when you just can't get into your rhythm and you feel like nothing is going right, well those are the days that define us.  You have 2 options: the first is you quit and walk away without trying. The second is you dig deep in your sole and you find a way to push through everything and you finish.  Win or lose if you give everything you have you will walk away stronger.   If you quit once who's to say you wont quit again.
    I am sure many of us have been running a race and looked over and seen a person just struggling, the person basically looks like death in shoes.  But then you look at that person and you see them still trying, still giving every once of fight in their body to finish the race.  If you are like me when you see this you give some words of encouragement and try to help them.   I have never looked at that person and said "Hey you should just quit."  Not giving up and enduring the pain is what lets us know we are alive, it makes the finish line mean that much more.



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