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, June 17, 2015

Music To My Ear

Recently I have returned to doing some of my runs with music. I was on a nice 6 month kick of running with no music, but went into a really bad slump. I tried many different tactics in order to get me back to just running and not over thinking, but nothing was working. My last resort was to turn to music. I had previously ran with music on, but started to hear horror stories of runners getting hit by cars and to be honest it kind of scared me. Now when I run with music I try to pick a course with little or no cars and I run toward the traffic so I can see what is going on in front of me. Maybe it is in my mind, but ever since I went back to the music I have started running better. I now don’t focus on the run as much, instead I am listening to the words being sung in my ears.

I thought I would share some of the songs on my playlist that I like to listen to while I am running. You will see that I like all different types of music and tend to not just choose one genre.

Thousand Foot Krutch- Untraveled Road

Hellyeah- Hush

All That Remains- For You

Common and John Legend- Glory

Burning Yesterday- Won’t Back Down

Escape the Fate- We Won’t Back Down

Rise Against- Help Is On the Way

Pillar- Frontline

Aesop Rock- None Shall Pass

Linkin Park- When They Come for Me

Black Star- Re: Definition

Immortal Technique- The Point of No Return

Bad Meets Evil- Fast Lane

P.O.D. – Boom

Eminem- Till I Collapse

Fort Minor- Remember the Name

Nothing More- Jenny

This is just a few of my favorite on my list, if you have time I suggest checking some of the songs out. Some of them are really fast, and hard and will get you pumped up. Feel free to send me some of your favorites so I can add them on to my playlist.


  1. That's a great playlist! It's very similar to mine. I like to switch it up too because if I'm just listening to one style, especially during a long run, I zone out too hard and don't concentrate as well.

    1. I usually switch my playlist every few months this way I don't get bored with it, and I always try to have some variety

  2. I also just started running with music but only for speedwork and on the trail. Have you ever run with music during a race? I have a 5K coming up and am debating whether music would help me run fast or if I wouldn't be comfortable if I don't hear what's going on around me.

    1. I use to always run races with music. It did help take my mind off the race but I found that sometimes the beat of the music was dictating my pace. I am running a race on this Saturday and next Sunday and I plan on wearing my headphones too see if I have figured out how to make it work for me in a race