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, January 6, 2016

Knock Out Your Resolution

As the new year gets on its way, many gym's are being flooded with the resolution people. You know the people that say this is the year they are going to stick to it and drop sound pounds. The truth is about 8% of people actually will stick with it. I came up with a few tips that might help a person beat the odds and not end up being a statistic.

Invite a friend- I found when I workout alone my mind will wonder all over the place. People seem to forget that the physical part of working out isn't the only thing, there is a mental part as well. Your mind will tell your body to stop way before your body is exhausted. Having a friend will take your mind off things and it will also give you someone to talk too as the time passes. Another positive with working out with a friend is you can motivate each other to do better.

Deflect the haters- By this I mean don't let these meat heads at the gym scare you away. One thing that pisses me off every year around this time I start seeing posts from people putting down the newcomers. You pay the same amount of money as they do and have every right to be there. If someone makes a rude comment just ignore it. If you want to shut them up, still be there working out in a few months.

Don't eat the pizza- I am talking about that one gym that gives pizza out the first Monday of every month. I am all for a gym that doesn't judge you, but I find it weird that they are being counter productive by doing that. That pizza basically is wiping out your workout for the day. Remember why you are there and pass on the pizza.

Be You- Today while I was at the gym a lady got on the treadmill next to me. First thing she did was look to see how I was doing. I was a half hour into my workout and was closing in on 4 miles. She then walked away from the treadmill and looked around for another open one. Since it was crowded she had no choice but to use that one next to me. I had just started my cool down when she got on. She looked at me and says "I hope I can get to that point one day. My goal is to run a 5K in the summer." I said good luck and told her she had plenty of time to train. She then tells me that she just wants to make it 10 minutes today. I gave her a few tips and told her to try the walk/run method until she felt comfortable with running. After I left I realized that I should of told her was just be herself and don't worry about what the person next to her is doing. Whether it be lifting or running we have all been at that point where we struggled. You don't think people just can lift tons of weight and run long distances without putting in the work, do you? Focus on you. Start with small goals and work your way up. Setting extreme goals at the beginning could actually be bad for you. When you don't see results you are more likely to give up and quit.
Be Positive- The sooner you realize that everyone has days that just don't go as planned, the better off you will be. How you overcome those days will define you. Stay positive and keep moving forward.

Any other tips that you think may be able to help out someone trying to better themselves with their new year resolution?

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