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, November 16, 2014

Training or Lack of Week

     If you read my post last week you would know that I was sick and wasn't sure just how training would go this week.  At the beginning of the week I still felt pretty bad. I was wheezing pretty bad and had a horrible cough.  As much as I wanted to get out and do some running I knew it would do more damage than good.  Wednesday was the first day that my throat felt better and I actually could tell my cold was starting to dissipate. However since I have asthma I knew running was still not an option.  I did manage to do some light stretching a few days, but I really wanted to just use this week to rest and start fresh this week coming up.  I also had a wedding to attend Friday night and the rehearsal dinner on Thursday, so that was at least 2 days I would be losing for any type of training.  I am finally about 80 percent back to normal now and today I will be going to the gym to do some light lifting. Tomorrow will be the first day I actually go and run. I will probably play it safe and use the treadmill until I am back to 100 percent. The cold weather and my lungs do not always agree with each other and it can wreak havoc with my asthma.  I will not have less than 2 weeks to train for the Turkey Trot 5 miler.  I am starting to think a PR may not be doable since the last month has been a lot of weird runs.  A marathon followed by 2 weeks rest then a 24 hour run which I did 35 miles followed be getting sick with less than 2 weeks to train.  I am not sure how this race will go, but I am going to go for it and see if I can get my PR.  Go big or go home I guess. This week I am going to try and get in at least 3 short runs and one long run with some cross training thrown in.
     Here are a few pics of the wedding I attended Friday night. It was at the Priory Hotel in Pittsburgh and it was a very nice hall. We ended up getting a room and staying and the hotel had a very old feeling. It was pretty awesome yet pretty scary. Every time I walked around the hall I kept thinking a ghost was going to come out in front of me. I had a great time though and the wedding turned out to be great.  I drank some beers, ate some good food, danced, and drank some more. Great time with great people.  Here are a few pics of the evening.

Mike and Tara

No clue what we are doing here

Amanda and I

Shay and I


  1. Don't think you won't get a PR just yet. You have all your marathon and obstacle course training and races behind you. Go for it!

    1. Thanks Jennifer, I have been think that and hopefully it will carry over for this race.. As long as my lungs hold up I might have a chance