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 13, 2014

Motivational Monday(Kristy's Story)

I was going to hold off until tomorrow to start posting peoples stories about why they got into running, but after reading some I have decided they are great for motivation. Here is the first story and hopefully we get a lot more coming in. The point of this is to read these stories and realize everyone started out from the bottom and worked their way up. It may have been for losing weight or to just see if they could run a certain distance, but they had to start somewhere.

     I got into running because I wanted to run a marathon, by the time I turned thirty. I had never ran more than 7 miles, and that was before I picked up my pack-a-day smoking habit, which was going six years strong. I finally started training for my first marathon, November 2007, seven months before my thirtieth birthday. I didn't follow a training plan, and I had no idea what I was doing. In May of 2008, thirteen days before my thirtieth birthday, I completed the Cleveland Marathon in 4:19:59. After that marathon, I was hooked, I ran 6 marathons my first year. I quit smoking, June 2010, because I was so motivated to qualify for the Boston Marathon. After a heartbreaking miss of a BQ, by 12 seconds in 2011, and a horrible injury (4 stress fractures in my proximal tibia), I finally qualified at that same marathon, the Shamrock, a year later, on only six weeks of training. Today, I've ran 16 full marathons, 17 official half marathons (1 virtual), and countless other races, and I have no plans to stop! - Kristy @ PghRunner.com
     Let me start out by saying I have nothing but respect for Kristy.  Anyone who qualifies for Boston gets my respect.  I have not done this yet and I am striving to do it very soon.  Also, nothing like some good old running to get you to quit smoking.  Great story and I think this shows that you have to start somewhere and that the sky is the limit.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks! Running a marathon is one of the best things that has ever "happened" to me. It changed my life, and continues to do so.