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, November 8, 2015

Setting Goals And Looking Forward

I don't know if there is a real designated season for running since you can basically run a race every month for the entire year. I like to think the season starts in January and ends in December like the calendar year, so as the season comes to an end it is time to start setting goals for the remainder of this season and the beginning of next season.
As the cold weather starts to move in and the nights become darker faster I tend to not want to run as many races. I am not a cold weather runner. I would much rather run in the heat with the humidity rather than the snow and frigid temperatures. With that being said I only have one more race to wrap up this season. The 5 mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. I have ran this race the past 2 years and it is always bitter ass cold on race day, which made me never want to even attempt to go for a PR or anything like that. My best time was 40 minutes the first year and 42 minutes last year. This year though I had a great season of training and I learned to control my pace and was able to hit negative splits for most of my races. I think this year I am going to try and PR the race without really using a Garmin or anything. I am just going to go and run the race like I ran most races and see what happens. If I PR great if not then I guess it shows I need to do some work next season.
After the Turkey Trot there is one month where I will just continue to train the way I have been before going into full blown marathon training in January. The main goal is to just keep getting in some long runs so I am ahead of the game come marathon training and to stay injury free.

Next season will obviously start with the Kick Off runs for the Pittsburgh Marathon. I am planning to add a few more races before Pittsburgh this year. I normally will run the Just A Short Race in March and last year I added the Boston Trail Half Marathon in April. One race I am tossing around which I really want to go do is the Shamrock in Virginia Beach. I hear it is a flat and fast course and its a race that everyone should do. I am hoping to find a running friend from Pittsburgh that wants to do this and we can split the hotel cost. I am a pretty fun person to hang out with, just saying. 

Even if you are not planning on running many races I still suggest setting some type of goals. When you set a goal you have something to work toward and are less likely to give up.  Like I always said there is no goal that is to big, set them bigger and work harder.

"Shoot For The Moon, Even If You Miss You Will Land Amongst The Stars"
What are your "end of the season" goals?
How often do you set goals for yourself?


  1. Happy to hear you're doing the 5 mile! I'm also hoping to PR this race, which would be around 40:00 for me as well. We'll see what happens! I think that this year there are pacers for both races which should make it a bit easier to keep pace.

    1. Ya there is Pacers and I plan on using them for a bit. I just hope it's not super cold that day. A day like today would be just perfect for me

  2. I've been so tempted to sign up for the Turkey Trot. I don't think I'd all out race any distance, but it'd be fun as something to do. Maybe I'll see if one of my kids wants to tackle the 5K... give me a real excuse.
    I'm with you - I'm not a big fan of running when it's frigid. I used to think I was, but my personal stats have shown I get better gains in speed and strength in the heat of the summer. I don't know..
    As far as the end of season goes, I'm there right now and I'm just working on easing back into things and keeping up my fitness until the next training cycle. My goal early 2016 race is earlier in the year than usual so I'll be starting another round sooner than I want to think.

    1. You should definitely do the turkey trot even if you just do it for fun. What is your early race?

  3. I completely agree with having goals. They are what keep me motivated and out the door. I also am doing a Thanksgiving day 5k, though I am not fond of 5ks, but just want to be out amongst other runners. Thinking about adding a Christmas themed run in December to finish off the year, but haven't completely decided. I DESPISE cold weather running! As much as I dislike the "dreadmill," I will still choose that over running in below freezing weather.

    1. I agree I will take the dreadmill over the freezing any day of the week. I was also thinking of adding a Christmas race too.