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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BattleFrog Season Is Here

The snow should be melting soon and warm weather should be upon us shortly. With the change of the weather also brings the start of the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) season. One race that I am very close with is the BattleFrog Series. Last year I ran my first Battle Frog race and was instantly hooked with the race and the brand. BattleFrog is ran by former Navy Seals, who designed the course to be one of the toughest and challenging courses out. As each year passes more and more races are trying to make a name for themselves. BattleFrog’s field team members do a great job of promoting and getting people to sign up for races, but they have decided to add some other things to make sure they stay on top. For the first time ever 16 college schools made up of 64 athletes will compete for college championship. You will be able to watch this over the summer on ESPN. Where was this when I was in college? In my mind I would have destroyed everyone. In reality I graduated high school weighing in at a whopping 150lbs and was 5’4”. For some reason I didn’t hit a second growth spurt until my first year of college, but I digress. Secondly BattleFrog has brought in some of the best athletes in the world to be part of their team. Ryan Atkins who came in second at the Obstacle World Championships and first at the World’s Toughest Mudder is a BattleFrog team member. If you have ever been to a BattleFrog race you would know that the elite runners take the course first, so if you get there early you can watch some of these great competitors compete for the cash prize. If you think you are up for it, you too can pay the entry fee and run in the elite heat. This year BattleFrog announced that they would be giving over 1 million dollars in cash prizes. No other race has yet to put up that amount. The main event will be a championship event held at the end of the season. In order to be eligible you must compete and do well in five different city races.  With this race getting bigger and better more cities have been added just check out the BattleFrog website. Using my Code BFByrne will get you 15 percent any race except the elite heat and the tadpole.  Tadpole is a race designed for young kids. Battle Frog wants to encourage the youth to be active. They even added Cross-Fit champ Shawn Ramirez to the team to talk to children about the importance of being fit.
If you have ever wanted to try an obstacle race this is one you would want to do. Last weekend was the kick-off to the season in Miami. Ryan Atkins once again proved he is a force to be reckon with. Miami already has another date set for November. If you use my code you will get 30 percent that race. Next weekend is Central Florida and my code is good for 20 percent of that race.  
Do yourself a favor and take a look at the BattleFrog webpage and see why they are so great. I hope to see you at a race. I will be doing the Battle Frog Extreme Race in Pittsburgh Aug. 8th.  6 hours to see who can do the most laps.. HOOYAH!!


  1. My husband is interested in this event. How would you advise someone who isn't regularly training for a running event to train for something like this?

    1. The running is the least of your worries... You don't need to be that good at running. Since you are running obstacle to obstacle you have time to keep your legs fresh. The main thing is having upper body strength. the main problem I had on my first one was being able to control my breathing, if you can control that you are good to go. Tell your husband he needs to do this one, especially Pittsburgh's race.. It's the only one where you do part of the race underground in a mine shaft