Shea Finnerty – Featured Runner of the Week
In our 30th edition of our favorite weekly post, we decided to wrap up March with another great local runner, Shea Finnerty and I am thrilled to spotlight him this week. The aim of having a Featured Runner of the Week is not to necessarily single out any individuals, but we want to feature runners who through their uniqueness may one day inspire you to run or reach for new running highs. Every runner has broken down their own barriers, whether it was the big obstacle to take the first running step or entering a race. Each runner will have their own story and to most these stories to others are very inspiring. Shea Finnerty – Featured Runner of the Week is a great way to kick off our weekend!
We welcome your feedback and nominations of runners who you feel deserve to be featured here. Our Featured Runner of the Week is selected at random on a weekly basis. Every runner deserves to be mentioned and we will do our best to select a wide field of runners to bring their stories for you to enjoy.
Let’s take a few minutes and get to know Shea this week!
Name: Shea Finnerty
Where are you originally from? I grew up in a small town in Wyoming.
What is your favorite distance to race? Why? I don’t know if I really have a favorite, but I have been enjoying the smaller ultras, like 50k, or long distance relays. They are more relaxed for me and it feels great just to finish instead of racing a clock for a pr.
What originally got you into running? My buddy Andrew Mooney. When I first came to Beaufort I was a little on the hefty side and could barely run the timed 1.5 miles required for my job. I was really out of shape. I noticed his workout routine and I jokingly said I wanted to be just like him when I grew up. It turned out, I wasn’t joking. We set off on an adventure to complete an IRONMAN together, and we DID! Since then we have been tighter than a ticks ear, completing multiple long and short distance races together… He still has yet to beat me, wink face…
What is your main motivation to keep going? It is truly addicting and I love how running makes me feel. I have also met so many other runners who inspire me with their accomplishments, and willingness to push themselves to incredible feats. They keep me going, and consistently pushing myself, to see how far, how fast and how long I can go. There are times that I don’t quite make my goal or even finish, but that is just one more reason to keep trying.
When you’re not running, what do you do? When I’m not running I’m spending time with my Wife, two boys, and puppy. We enjoy the outdoors, and travel as much as possible. On any given weekend you can find us doing anything from trying to find new camp spots to getting on the water and fishing or just relaxing on the sand bar.
What is your next race? I have a 50 miler in May… thanks for that Stephen Noble.
Describe your perfect run: Hot weather, pain free, good company, and don’t have to do anything the rest of the day.
What piece of advice do you have for someone who is just starting out? The hardest part is getting your shoes on. Once you have committed to that, the run is easy. Distance and time doesn’t matter.
What has been the single greatest thing you have gotten back from running? There are too many great things to say the “single greatest” but, I can say my health for sure and another great way for my wife Terra Finnerty and I to bond.
Goals for this year? Finish the 50 miler!
Thank you for taking the time to tell us your story this week Shea. We wish you the best this year in meeting all of your training and racing goals! #staygrounded #runbeaufort #runwithpassion
Grounded Running Beaufort
864 Parris Island Gateway, Unit B Beaufort, SC 9906