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, December 21, 2014

Training Dec. 15th - 21st

Last week was the first week in a while where I was able to get out and run without being sick, and it felt great. I was hoping that would carry over into this week. Unfortunately that did not not happen and I didn't reach my goals for the week.  Let's take a look back at this week and my training.

MONDAY: Since I did my long run on Sunday last week I decided to use this day as a rest day.

TUESDAY: All day at work I was thinking, I can't wait to get home and run. Well during the day at some point I was walking and my knee just gave out. Imagine talking to a customer and all of a sudden you take a step and drop like a sac of potato's.  There I am laying on the ground and I shout out the only thing I can think of "Sniper!!!!!" All day my leg was giving me problems, so when I got home I decided to pass on the running and try an ab workout on the TV. I have to admit the workout was awesome, but it had a lot of moving around and my knee was not up to it. I tried my best and finished the workout, but I would be lying if said I wasn't in pain.

WEDNESDAY:  I went to work thinking my knee would stop hurting through out the day. WRONG!!!! All day long, every step I took I could feel pain. This is nothing out of the ordinary. Usually once a year my knee will just hurt and give me problems. I am not sure what the cause is, but It may last one day or a few. All I could think this time though was, Fuck!!! I just beat a cold and now I have to deal with this shit. I knew running was out, so once again I found myself doing a core workout I found on the TV. who knew on demand had so many exercises that really worked and made you sweat.

THURSDAY:  My knee was still sore and as much as I wanted to run I was afraid I would do more damage. I decided to use this day as my second rest day.

FRIDAY: My knee finally felt a bit better and I was itching to run outside so I decided to hit the road. I did 9 miles. 9 slooooww miles. I wanted to be extra safe with my knee and I even pulled out the old brace. My leg felt good and I was happy with the run.

SATURDAY: I was still feeling good from my run the day before so I decided to carry the momentum. I headed out for a 10 slow miler. I felt good for the most part, but towards the end my knee started to hurt. 

SUNDAY:  Today I woke up and headed to the gym. I went into the circuit training room and did a half hour of the whole body, followed by monkey bar reps.  I am starting to notice that my upper body is becoming stronger. I already have my workout planned for 2015 and I am hoping it will help. I will share the plan along with my goals next week.



  1. Wow! I can't believe you just got over being sick and your knee gave out like that. Well, at least you got two good long runs in. Rest it up so you can hit the start of training in full force!

    1. That is exactly what I plan on doing. I am going to just take it easy and make sure when January starts I am ready for the hard core training