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, September 23, 2015

No excuse

On Tuesday of this week I headed to the track to do my normal speed workout. When I arrived at the track I noticed there was a cross country meeting being held. I figured since I can’t run on the track (it was being used as part of the course), I might as well watch the meet and cheer some kids on. The meet had already started so I was a little confused as to who was winning the race and where the course all went. After I stood there for a while I was able to see the course was a giant loop and the kids had to run this loop a few times. I don’t know the exact number since I didn’t get to see the start. Anyway, as I see the top 2 runners coming down this hill to the track I hear a lady scream “only 300 more meters to go.” Ten feet behind the top runners was a small kid who looked to be struggling, but I thought he is in third so who cares. I came to realize this kid had just been lapped and still had to do the whole loop one more time. I kept an eye on him for as much as I could his last lap, and he struggled most of it. The more important thing though was he never stopped, he just get moving along. As he passed me I said “You got this” to the child and watched him finish the race in last place. 

I have never met this kid and have no clue what his name was, but watching him really inspired me. Imagine you are in a race and you get lapped and still have one more lap to go while others are finishing. That right there is enough to make people just want to drop out and call it quits. Throw in the fact that you are dead last and no one else is around you is a whole other reason to want to quit. Yet here is this warrior ( I am calling him a warrior, because anyone that shows his heart is a warrior in my book) tired, hurting, and just beat down pushing though until he crossed the finish line. I heard the kid talking to his dad after the meet, and he was so proud he ran the whole race without having to walk. It really showed me when you want something you don’t stop until you reach your goal. That day that kid had the goal to finish the race. It didn’t matter what place he came in, what mattered was he never gave up. He never once stopped, he just kept pushing forward. He was able to leave the meet that day without making an excuse on why he didn’t finish or having to walk.

 One of my favorite lines is “Excuses are like assholes, everyone has one and they all stink!” When something goes wrong in a race we tend to find a reason outside of ourselves to put the blame on. The weather played a factor, it was too crowded, there wasn’t enough water, excuse after excuse we give but we never say it was me. I have been guilty of this many times. I would blame anything except the real reason I failed, Me! What is that saying? The first step towards recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well I will be the first to admit I had a problem. I say had because this training cycle I finally looked at myself and said enough with the excuses. If I want something bad enough I will figure out a way to get it and I will figure out a way to get around any obstacle that stands in my way of my goal.

 Have you ever met a person who constantly is saying I want to lose weight, but does nothing about it? They will tell you every excuse in the book, they don’t have time, and it’s too hard to get into a rhythm, No!!! The simple fact is you don’t want it bad enough. If you really want to change you will find a way. I read a story today about a boxer who worked night shift then slept in his van outside the gym so he can get there as soon as they open. He did all this so he could be home in the day and take care of his daughter with spina bifida. Do you know what he does today? He is the heavy weight world champion. I know I have said this before on here and I am saying it again. We have to all start being accountable for ourselves if we want to succeed.


  1. Ouch!!! I really needed to hear this. I use work a lot as an "excuse" not to do my planned training. I know I could improve so much if I would just tell my brain to "shut the hell up" and put a stick of dynamite under my ass and get going! Great post Shaun. Kudos to the little guy who finished.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post. Like you I need to tell my brain "shut the hell up". You almost always hit your goals so you must be doing good at it

  2. I was just there myself in the 26.2 I ran a few weeks ago.

    It was an 8 loop course where I bonked at 17 and as I was about to finish loop 7, the pace group I was with began to lap me.

    With the crowd cheering and these runners about to BQ, I still had 1 loop to to go. Let me tell you it sucked and a part of me wanted to quit but I had invested too much time, money and sweat.

    Quitting would have sucked much worse so I pressed, on although I had to walk.

    So while I didn't achieve any of my goals, it was still a PR and I learned a few things in the process and will be all the stronger the next time out.

    1. Congrats on being able to push through. A marathon would really play a mind game seeing the group you started with finish. That is one reason I try to stay away from looped courses. I don't know if my mind would be ready for that. Kudo's again

    2. Thanks Shaun. If my wife and a friend weren't there to push me on I'm not sure I would have kept going.