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 29, 2015

YMCA Turkey Trot Recap

WHEN: 11-26-2015 (Thanksgiving)

WHERE: North Shore, Pittsburgh Pa.

SWAG: Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
RACES: Kids 1 mile run
               5 Miler

COURSE: Both the 5K and the 5 Miler start on the same street, and basically run the same flat course. The only difference is for the 5 mile race you run around Heinz field after the start instead of cutting in front of it like you would for the 5K. Both races cross the Roberto Clemente bridge and take you into town. You basically run a loop and head back over the bridge for the finish. For the 5K you finish as soon as you get back to PNC park where as with the 5 miler you pass up the finish and run to the Science Center before turning around and heading back to the finish. This course is extremely fast and flat, but I warn you that it can be crowded at times.

POST RACE: Nothing really special, or at least nothing that is different than your normal post race snacks. You have your water, juice, and fruits.

MY RACE: When I woke up I didn't feel that good, but my dad and I have made going to this race some what of a tradition. After picking up my father we headed down to Heinz Field to get a parking spot. I know from previous years that you want to get there early because the lot will fill up quickly. I was surprised to see people tail gating for the race, but I guess since we finally had half decent weather for the race you might as well take full advantage. I find my dad a spot near the finish where he could set up his chair and then I headed off for a warm up run and some stretching. After my warm up run I watched the start of the 5K and then headed over to the start for my race. As I was stretching my friend Donnie came over and we discussed what time we were shooting for. We both agreed to start around the 8:30 pace group and then speed up. As the gun fired we both noticed the first mile was hard to pass people, but we were right on pace. Donnie and I ended up staying together the whole race and it made time go by quicker. I like having a person to talk too and keep my mind off the clock. We ended up finishing the race in 41:42.  We both wanted to finish around 40 minutes but I kind of slowed us down for a mile when I had some shin splint problems, rather than that though we both ran a good race and did what we wanted to do.

OVERALL: This is one race that I really enjoy doing every year because it is family friendly. You can run with your dog or you can compete and the competition is always good. The course is flat, and fast and some of the costumes people wear make it pretty funny. If you ever are in Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving I highly recommend this race.


  1. I am guessing by your time that you did the 5 miler? How wonderful that this has become a tradition for you and your dad. You'll be glad in later years that you got up & went. I agree that having someone to chat with during a race is an awesome thing. You have to love those flat/fast courses! Good job buddy!

  2. Oh yes I did the 5 miler. Not only is having a person to talk to good but I find when I am running with someone you I want to make sure they don't leave me so I will work harder to stick with them.

  3. Nice race Shaun! I always wanted to do this race and it was the first time I was able to do it. I had a great time running with my daughter (who beat me) we were way in the font so avoided a lot of the crowd. But - I see you point, there were so many people!

    1. I saw you and I was pretty sure it was daughter as I was standing watching the start of the 5K. I am a huge fan of this race even though I don't go for time

  4. So mad I missed the race. I was all ready to go then woke up and my back was killing me! I ran down the block and couldn't even take a deep breath. So annoying! Are you doing any other races this year?

    P.S. great job in the race! That's a great time!