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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cherish Your Passion

    Everyday I come home from work and I lace up my running shoes and I go out the door and start my run.  But I almost never think about what if I couldn't do that. What if something happens and I am unable to run.  Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to be able to do what we love. Two days ago I read a story in the New York Times about a girl with MS who still runs.  Inspired doesn't even begin to tell you how I felt reading it. After I finished reading it I started to think about how we all will complain about aches and pains. But hey that is just part of running, you get sore and you complain, you get hurt and you get upset and vent to whoever will listen. We are all guilty of doing it.  And honestly we will all still do it. But next time you do try to think about the people that can't even complain about the pain because they can't even run.  Think about the person who is watching you and wishing they were in your shoes.   Please read the story about this amazing girl who defies the odds and you will see what not giving up is all about.  And remember cherish every breathe you take, every footstep that pounds the earth, even every ache and pain you get because you never know how long you will get to have that feeling.


Thoughts on the story?

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  1. One of my favorites on Twitter has MS and runs. She is actually from Pgh, but just moved from Boston to Seattle. She decided that she isn't letting MS control her life, and MS is going to have to abide by HER terms. She's amazing.

    I always think about not being able to run anymore. I think that's why I am so careful when it comes to where I run, (traffic, danger, etc). It can be taken away any second, so like you said, cherish every run.

  2. Anyone who continues to run or do anything physical while having MS is a beast in my book. I think not being able to run is one of my biggest fears and like you I think I tend to be more careful because of it