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, December 16, 2015

2015 Year in Review

As the year starts to wind down I like to look at my goals I set at the beginning of the year, and see what goals I reached and what goals I fell short on. When setting goals I tend to set them almost unattainable. I have this theory that if you set unreal goals then you will work double hard to try and hit your goals. If I come up short on a goal, I don't get too upset because I know it was hard to reach, but it still gets me a little upset because I believe I can accomplish any goal I set.
After I went back and looked at my goals I kind of scratched my head and said "that's it?" I feel like I set goals that were very easy for some reason, which means I need to step up my game in 2016. (goals will be posted next week) So here are the 2015 goals:

STAY INJURY FREE: FAIL- If I had to choose one word that described my 2015 it would be, "recovering." I got a calf injury at the beginning of April and it lingered for a few weeks. Instead of sitting out a half marathon, I tricked myself into thinking I could run through the pain. My time suffered and it slowed down the recovery process. 2 weeks later I had the Pittsburgh half marathon and the pain came back and once again my time suffered. For most of the year I was dealing with shin splints or that nagging calf pain. Knock on wood this past month I finally started to feel like I am at 100 percent.

RUN A HALF UNDER 1:30: FAIL- This one is the one that stings the most. I honestly know I can run this and with the injuries it just wasn't in the cards this year. I ran a total of 3 half marathons this year and only 1 of the 3 can I really blame myself. This one will be back on the 2016 list, and I am saying this with confidence. I WILL REACH THAT GOAL.

DROP 1 MILE TIME: PASS- I only run two 1 mile races a year, so this one is harder than one might think. I don't really train for a 1 mile race. Last year my best time was a 6:01. This year I can say I dropped it by 10 seconds. I found out that on a track I am much better than a road race for 1 mile. I was able to use my old track tricks and let someone else set the pace and use my kick at the end to shoot pass them. I will probably still do both mile races in 2016 but I don't think I will worry about the time as much.

DO MORE OBSTACLE RACES: NEUTRAL -I didn't really fail at this goal and at the same time I didn't succeed at it either. At the end of last season I was all about the obstacle races and I thought they would be my new thing. Then something happened and my passion for running grew stronger and I realized I am a runner. Don't get me wrong I still like doing obstacle races, but I put my road races first. I did 2 obstacle races last year and I did 2 this year. I am already signed up for 1 next year, BattleFrog of course. I just don't make the obstacle races as important as I thought I once would.

My last goal was HELP OTHER RUNNERS REACH THEIR GOALS AND GET BETTER: PASS- I can say when I wrote that I wanted to help other runners I had no idea that I would be getting the opportunity to be the Running Specialist for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Even though it turned out to be more of Dick's Sporting Goods Brand Ambassador, I still was able to help a few people out. Even after the marathon I was having people ask me if I could make them up training plans and help them run a race. I didn't transform anyone into a super athlete or anything like that, but I did help people find a new passion and some people even hit some impressive PR's.  This is the one goal that means the most to me. I love running and I love the running community, I want other people to share my passion and see why it's such a great sport and why the people are so great.

Well I may have not hit every goal but I overall i would give myself a B- grade. Well out with 2015 and onto 2016. Hopefully 2016 turns out to be a year of nothing but high's and little to no low's.

How did you do with your goals for 2015?

1 comment:

  1. nice job tracking your goals. I am not that structured when it comes to that but I should be. And I LOVE that you had a goal to help others. So nice! Best of luck hitting your goals in 2016!