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 4, 2014

A Look Back at 2014

     2014 will soon be coming to an end and it will be 2015. A new year with new goals, but before we start talking about our new goals let us reflect a little on the goals we set in 2014.  I had high hopes for 2014 and you will see some of my goals were a bit extreme but I always say, sometimes you have to make the goals extremely hard so you will work just as hard.  Here is my goals from last year.

1. Run 2 Marathons: GOAL MET -  I ran Pittsburgh in the spring and Columbus in the fall.

2. Run a certain time. I never stated what the time was in last years post, all I said was it would be a BQ: GOAL NOT MET- As much as I wanted to get my BQ this year things just didn't go right. I trained properly, but made some bad decisions. I knew Pittsburgh was going to be a hard one to get it in, but like a rookie I got over excited and didn't drink any water and got dehydrated.  In Columbus I went in armed and ready for battle with a water bottle in hand to make sure there was no Pittsburgh repeat. At mile 16 as I was on pace maybe not for a BQ, but for a great PR I got sick. Boston will have to wait a few years for me, but I will get there eventually. 

3. Run a sub 5 minute mile: GOAL NOT MET- Like I said earlier sometimes you have to set extreme goals. I have not ran sub 5 since high school, so I knew this one would be very hard.  Even though I did not reach my goal, I did almost 20 seconds faster than last year at the Liberty Ave. Mile. I plan on continuing to work on my speed and improving even more this year. One thing I needed to realize was, I am no longer in high school and I am not the runner I was back then. That doesn't mean I can't get back there it just means it will take a little more work.

4. Place in my age group for at least 50 percent of the races I ran this season: UNSURE ON THE GOAL: Before you ask how I can be unsure let me explain. Most races have a 3 person age group. Most age groups are also 5 year increments. If all the races I ran were like this then, yes I think I met the goal. However some races were not like this so no I did not meet the goal.  I will let you decide.

5. Help other runners along their journey: I would like to think I met this goal:  I have met many great people this year and I have talked to so many people that I have never met. I tried to help anyone that may have needed it along the way. Like wise I was helped along the way by some great people too. I am always here for advise if anyone ever needs it. Running isn't about who is the best or who is the fastest. Running is about crossing a finish line and sometimes people need a little help to get them there. This year I learned we are all alike, we want the others to succeed as well.

6. A injury free year: GOAL MET: I was able to run all my races and except for some minor aches and pains I was injury free.  As I get older I have learned that I need to do more to ensure I stay injury free. Hopefully this will carry over into the next year.

2014 was a great year. I tried my first obstacle races and got hooked. I met some great people and got to run for a charity with some friends. Even though all goals were not met I wouldn't change a thing.  Here are a few pics of some of my favorite memories through out the year.


  1. Congrats on meeting some of your goals! I agree, that sometimes you have to have big goals and it's ok if you don't reach them. You tried hard and ultimately got better because of it. Hope you have a wonderful 2015!

    1. Thank you and I hope you a have a great 2015 as well. Maybe we will cross paths at a race. I plan on doing a lot.

  2. Sounds like it's been a great year, maybe partly because you set such big goals & worked hard at them. Congrats on all that you accomplished!

    1. Thank You, go big or go home!!! Right. Next year I will set the hard goals again because I want to work that much harder to achieve it.

  3. Congrats on an injury free year! That is definitely on my list for next year!

    I totally agree - Go Big or Go Home! I'm looking forward to hearing about your 2015 goals!

    1. Thanks Amanda, I hope you have an injury free next season also. Hopefully we will run( not literally) into each other at a few races