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, December 18, 2014

A few gift idea's

One week until Christmas, and if you are anything like me this means you have about 10% of your shopping done. If you are looking for a few late minute gift idea's for the runner in your life then I have a small list that may be able to help you. Now most of these will have to be ordered and probably won't make in time for the holidays, but they are all worth the wait.

Bib Coasters: These neat little things can be purchased from gone for a run. You send them a picture of one of your racing bibs and they will make a replica bib and make coasters out of it. The price ranged from 12.99 for one coaster with replica bib up to 39.99 for a set of four. The set of four is the bib broken into four different sections.

Range Roller: Everyone knows injury prevention is key to running, so why not help that with this gift from Medi-Dyne. Unlike your big foam rollers the range roller is smaller and designed to get deep into the muscles. They have a 16 and 19 inch that goes for 25.00 and a XL one that is 25 inches for 40.00. This is great for traveling with it being smaller and easier to fit in your luggage. You can customize your roller with 12 colors to choose from.

Running Drinking Pints: This is great for that person that loves to run and have a few drinks to unwind from the intense training. Cafe Press has many different glasses to choose from. The average price seemed to be 24.99 and they even have pints that you can personalize.  If you are not a big beer drinker maybe a shot glass is for you. The average price was 20.00 and they also have ones that you can personalize.

Go Pro Hero3: If you have been to a road race or obstacle race recently then you probably have seen these things around. I guess taping your runs is the new thing. These are a bit pricey, but if that running person in your life is looking for one of these they will be very grateful. You can find these at Dicks Sporting Goods stores. Besides the camera they also sell different attachments. What I found pretty cool is these are waterproof so can tape in any weather. The price for this one is 299.99, but they do have more expensive ones for the serious tapers.

Medal Holder Rack: Who doesn't want to show off all their bling. These are great to display all your medals you have earned over the years. The price range is from 28.99 to 35.99. What's nice is you can pick different quotes to put on your display, and choose the color. Running on the wall also carries a bib display for 33.99 which holds your bib and has a few hangers for some medals.  If you have a lot of medals then you may want to order the medal and bib display combo. This one will hold your bibs and a lot of medal. The price ranged from 44.99 to 55.99.

Hopefully these can help you out if you are in a pinch. If these don't help you can always go with shoes or a race entry. We all love those. There is always a virtual run so the person can get a medal. The Battle Frog 5K has a nice medal. You also get a shirt and 25% off a future Battle Frog race.   You can use promo code BFFT for 15% off the virtual race. 

You can also sign up for a Battle Frog race anytime using code BFByrne for 15% off. If a person has not done an obstacle race I recommend this series.  


  1. The race bib coasters are a great idea. The Go Pro would be pretty cool.

    1. I like the coasters a lot. I have thought about getting a go pro but I still don't know how I feel about running with something else attached to me.

  2. I vote for the coasters as well. Very cool, novel idea.

    1. You should do that with your Boston bib this year.