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 11, 2014

Virtual Running

I don’t know about you but December is not only the month of Christmas, but it is also my off season of racing and training.  I will still run, but I am not so hard pressed to make sure I don’t miss a workout. Towards the end of the month I will start to get what I like to call the off season blues. I will start to crave a race and the training again.  Yesterday as I was on Facebook I got my daily messages from the Battle Frog Field Team, and there was a virtual race.  I have never done a virtual race, not because I dislike them but because usually I am training for a race and doing a virtual race just seems like something that isn't a top priority.  However now that I am in the off season for a few more weeks I have decided to sign up and tackle my first one. 

The Battle Frog Virtual 5K will take place from January 9th thru the 18th. The registration cost was 40 dollars but you can use the promo code BFFT and save 15%.  Everyone who registers will receive a medal, a shirt, and 25% off a future Battle Frog Race.  The good thing about this race is 50% of the proceeds will be going towards the Navy Seal charities. 

Even though the dates of this race are at the beginning of my marathon training, I will still just be getting into the swing of things so a nice 5K will be good.  One thing about the virtual race is there is no age group, or overall winner. You just go and run a 5K, turn in your time and that’s it.  Some races don’t even require you turn in your time. I am not sure if this will or not. It’s basically the honor system.  Feel free to sign up as well and get yourself another medal. I mean who doesn't want more bling to show off. If you are in the Pittsburgh area and register let me know. We can all meet up and do our 5K together. We can make it for the afternoon and change into dry clothes and go have a beer afterward. You don’t have to twist me arm to get me in a bar. First round is on me.

Just click on Battle Frog for the link to sign up.

What are your thoughts on the whole virtual races? and have you ever done one and would you ever do one?

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