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, May 14, 2015

Shield Yourself

Over the next 8 weeks Medi-Dyne will be showcasing 2Toms products. The products include SportShield, ButtShield, BlisterShield, StinkFree Spray, and StinkFree Detergent. Be sure to follow #Runchat so you can retweet and have a chance to win a sample pack of these products. Medi-Dyne will be sponsoring Runchat this Sunday May 17th.

You can also go under the Medi-Dyne page and take the 2Toms Challenge and find out for yourself just how good these products are, if you have never used them. If you have used them you can tell them why you love 2Toms for a chance to win a gift certificate.

I currently have been using the BlisterShield on my long runs and I can honestly say that it really works. I have a wide foot so my one foot tends to rub up against my shoe, causing huge blisters. I will be honest I was skeptical at first because nothing has worked for me. Band-Aids, nope!!! Blister rub, nope!!!! wearing 2 pairs of socks, nope and it made my feet sweat. So you can see why I had my doubts when I first received the BlisterShield. I started out using it on short runs just to be safe, and found that it was working. Next step was to really test it and go for a long run, it worked like a charm. I have used it since and plan on staying with it. Recently I ran a half marathon and I really got to see how good it was. I was sore, and beat down from the race but my feet felt great.
The SportShield is another product I can say is worth using. You may remember in the fall when I wrote about needing something for the chaffing before the Columbus Marathon. My Vaseline was not up to par and I decided to contact Medi-Dyne and see if they could help. Sure enough they were able to get me the SportShield and I ran the race with no chaffing. One thing I really like about this product is, it goes on with no mess and doesn't have you walking around with your hands all sticky and messy. I will be trying the other products soon and look forward to reviewing them for you.

Recently I just posted about supporting the companies you see on twitter, because they are the ones that really care about you and want to see you succeed. Well Medi-Dyne is exactly that kind of company. Their products are made with the athlete in mind and they really do want to see you succeed while being pain free. Be sure to check in with Runchat this week and you can learn more about this great company.

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