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, August 17, 2014

9 Weeks Till Columbus

     The countdown is still going strong for Columbus. We are now 9 weeks away. This week I wanted to up my mileage on my weekday runs as well as my long weekend run.

MONDAY:  Shitty weather made me go to the gym. I decided to run 3 miles on the treadmill and do negative splits. I ended up with a time of 22.30.  After running I decided to hit the weights and do some chest exercises and some light AB workouts.

TUESDAY: I ran just a little over 7 miles at a medium pace.  I was starting to get some shin splints so I didn't want to push it to hard. After my run my shins were still sore so I tried some different stretches and some foam rolling.  I was still happy though that I got to put in the good mileage.

WEDNESDAY: I decided to step back just a bit from Tuesday and only go for 5 miles. My shins were still sore even after sleeping with my compression socks on.  The legs felt pretty good but about half way through the run I got hit hard with the bubble guts.  No toilet was in sight and I started to get the feeling this could finally be the time I have an accident while running.  I am happy to report I made it back to my car safe and sound.

THURSDAY:  I took this day off and decided to just throw on the compression socks and try to get my shins back to normal.  My shins are known to give me a problem here and there, but nothing thankfully has ever been really severe.

FRIDAY: I ran 5 miles at race pace.  If I want to qualify for Boston I am going to need to hold a pace of 7:30ish.  I felt really good for the 5 miles, but one thing I have noticed that I have problems with is that I have trouble finding my race pace during training.  In a race I can run a 6 minute mile and feel like I am running a 8 minute mile.  In training though I run a 7 minute mile and I am ready to die.  Hopefully come race day I get in race mode and don't over think the pace.

SATURDAY: Normally this is my long run day.  My wife asked me if I would come with her to Ligonier Pa and help set up a cake and a dessert table for a wedding she did.  Her boss also said since our anniversary is next week she would pay for us to stay in a bed and breakfast. This meant no long run, but i was excited to stay in a B&B since I never had.  What a great experience. The place was so cozy and the woman who ran the place was so nice and made our stay so enjoyable.  Unfortunately most of the shops were closed so we just grabbed some food at a local restaurant.  After we grabbed some wine and just hung out in our room.  The place was called the Colonial House and I highly recommend it to anyone that just wants to get away for the weekend.

     SUNDAY: By the time we got home today I had about an hour and a half to get in a run.  We were going to a birthday party, so this meant no long run again.  I did however manage to get a quick 6 miles in.  This week my wife will be working late everyday, so I will do my long run tomorrow and get back on track.  

This Saturday is the Run around the square and I hope to see a lot of my twitter friends there.  If you are running lets have a beer together after the race.

Also I am hoping to have a pretty exciting announcement this week at some point.  Just waiting to hear some things and then I will be able to discuss.

Also need to throw out a huge congrats to Stephanie @SWattenbarg for getting her BQ today. She put in the work and deserves this.


  1. Wow, I can't imagine running a 7:30 pace for a marathon! I'm sure you'll nail it on race day though since you're putting in so much hard work in training.

    Good luck and have fun at Run Around the Square! My friend is coming from out of town to stay with me this weekend, so I won't be running it.

    1. Have fun with your friend, we will miss you at the RATS. Is it weird that when I was away this weekend I thought finally I can post something cool like Jennifer does on her blog.

  2. You are made for greatness. If you want it bad enough (and I know you do) you will meet your goals. Don't think about the shitty days, shake them off. I know you can do it. Eye of the tiger.