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, January 25, 2015

Training Jan. 19th Thru Jan. 25th


Last week I ran 18.62 miles and set a goal for this week to hit 23 miles. Besides hitting the 23 miles I wanted to get more outside runs in.

MONDAY- I was planning on bringing my clothes to work and run some new courses, but I ended up coming home and running from my house. One thing about where I live is if I want to run from my house you have to go up a monster hill. Normally I drive up the hill and start my runs from the flat ground. I decided this would be the day I really see what my lungs had in them. I started with 2 monster hills before hitting some flat ground. My first mile split was a 10:23 and I was breathing heavy. I however kept calm and got back on track and ran 4.32 miles in 40:12, 9:19/mile splits. I felt really good after the run and was really happy my lungs were starting to get back to normal.

TUESDAY- I had to work a bit late so running outside was tossed out the window. Last year if I worked late I would have probably just skipped the run. Not this year though, this year I am heading to the gym at 9 at night to get in my run. I ran 5 miles in 45 minutes. 9:00/mile splits. Besides getting yelled at by the workers at the gym for wrapping my hoodie around the machine so I couldn't see the time, all went well. When I was finished I noticed my shins were a bit sore. My shins and the treadmill just don't get along.

WEDNESDAY:REST DAY - With my shins being sore I figured this would be a good day to take it easy.

THURSDAY- Another late day at work and another night at the gym. I had every intention of doing speed intervals. The plan was 1 mile at a 7:00 minute mile then drop down to 9:00 minute miles for a half mile. With in the first 2 minutes I knew my shins were not going to let this happen. The pain was almost unbearable. I managed to finish the first mile in 7 minutes and even finished my half mile. I knew doing anymore was out of the question.  Instead of just calling it a night I headed to the bike and did 4.5 miles in 20 minutes.

FRIDAY- I got out of work early and was pumped to be able to run outside again. I tried a new course around my neighborhood. It was mostly flat with only 2 hills. I ended up running 5 miles in 47 minutes. Not a great time but my lungs felt good, and my shins didn't give me any problems at all.

SATURDAY- I had to go to UPMC and give a presentation with some other people on running. I really learned a lot from the other speakers. I believe there is another one in February. I suggest if you go to these. You will learn a lot and meet some amazing runners. I was talking about gear and what you should wear in cold weather.

SUNDAY-TODAY- I was really excited to get up early and head to North Park and run with a few people. I only did 6.2 miles, but I used this run as my first long, slow run. I finished in a time of 58:53 with a 9:22/ mile split. Not to shabby for a slow run. I also was wearing my NIKE Pro Combat HyperThermal shirt for the first time. I am hooked on this shirt. Normally I would be wearing a t-shirt a compression shirt with long sleeve running shirt over it and I would still be cold. Today all I wore was a light t-shirt with the pro-combat shirt over it and I was warm and I stayed dry for the entire run. I don't even care that it was so bright you could spot me a mile away.

TOTAL MILES RAN 22.1 not going to harp over less than a mile

GOAL FOR NEXT WEEK: 25 miles with a full speedwork 

How did your week go?
What do you normally wear in the cold weather?


  1. Awesome for getting to the gym at 9 after a long day at work! I can't imagine doing that. 9 is my bedtime!

    1. I am very dedicated to this training session this time

  2. Nice week! You are seriously dedicated - I cannot imagine going to the gym that late! I have no problem rolling out of bed at 4AM, but 9PM is a no-go!
    Keep up the good work!

    1. 4 am is basically the same thing as 9 at night it shows you're just as dedicated