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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Columbus Training Week 2

    I headed into week 2 of training for Columbus with the mind set, nothing is going to stop me.  All week during training I kept that positive attitude and it really paid off for me. Last week I ended with 20 miles for the week. This week I wanted to end up with like 22 or so.

MONDAY: Did 4 miles at a 9 min. pace.  This was the first time I wore my new Mizuno shoes. After the run I can say I am very pleased with them.

TUESDAY: I did 3 miles on the track. I would sprint the straight away and jog the turns.  I struggled with this, for some reason my right hip was giving me a problem. I think I need to go to the chiropractor and get adjusted a few times a month just to be safe. I usually can tell when my problem is coming from my back and I am pretty sure this is a side affect of that.


THURSDAY: After work I was unable to run because me and my wife had to go somewhere. When I got home it was to later to run so I decided to just be angry that I missed my workout. I knew it would be hard to make up. Thank god its early in the training.

FRIDAY: Woke up early and ran a little over 6 miles.  Man did I feel good. I ran a new course downtown and I felt really good for the entire run.  I actually was mad that I didn't just keep going and see how far I could of went that day.

SATURDAY: Normally I would go for at least 10 miles for my long run. I had yet another wedding to get ready for so I knew going real long was going to be hard. I was able to get 7 miles in though. I was happy because I finally got to use my new water bottle.  I don't know how I managed to do long runs without one in the past.  It was so nice to not have to worry about dehydrating myself.

SUNDAY (TODAY): I went to the gym and rode the bike for 6 miles, followed by some circuit training.  I am sore and hurting but I just keep telling myself this is all worth it.

So for the week I ended up with 20 again.  Not what I wanted but I felt really good with my runs and I can see improvements. This week looks like I will be able to get in more runs and hopefully I keep feeling this good. 

     I know that going to Columbus and getting my Boston qualifying time is going to be hard. I know the training has to be amped up. I also know that their are people that don't think I can do it.  Listen there are always going to be people that doubt what you can do.  Don't ever let someone tell you can't do something. Whether it be in running, work, school, or life if you want something go get it. Stop at nothing until you accomplish your goals.  Weak minded people always want to pull people down to their level. Be stronger than them.
     You may fail 9 times out of 10 but if you never give up and keep pushing forward you will get that 1 time and make it all worth it.
     I will be honest I may not get my BQ but hopefully as you follow me on this journey you will see that I am dedicated and doing everything in my power to get there.  If I fall I will pick myself up.  I believe if I stay focused and keep pushing myself the card will fall into place.
     I hope you too can look at yourself in the mirror and see a person that is willing to give it their all to overcome the obstacles we face. 
     Believe in yourself, because I believe in you!!!!!!


  1. Love the positive motivation. There are always naysayers, forget about them. Like you, I pour my heart into whatever I'm doing and shoot for the stars.

    1. Always good to see another person that isn't afraid to lay it all out there. Go big or go home!!!

  2. Such an inspiring post. The book I'm reading, Mind Gym, is all about developing a positive attitude, visualizing yourself meeting your goals, then putting in the effort to make it happen. This post reminds me of that book. With your attitude, you'll get your BQ!

    1. Thank you!!! I think I am going to have to check that book out. I think for a lot of races I had a little doubt in my mind and that is what kept screwing with me... Now I tell myself nothing or no one can stop me and I am like a beast during workouts