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Post  John Kilpatrick on Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:58 am

Go. Kick. Ass. Look forward to seeing your results - you have sure put the work in to get there!

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Post  Jim Lentz on Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:40 am

@John Kilpatrick wrote:Go. Kick. Ass. Look forward to seeing your results - you have sure put the work in to get there!

What John said ^.
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Post  Julie on Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:05 am

Yep! Your training has been great, you're going to do so awesomely well!
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:11 pm

10/3 -

Cross training

At the gym tonight working on some core exercises and I rode the bike for 30 minutes. It's weird, but I have not suffered from any of the Taper Madness symptoms that I normally have in the past. I have been cool, calm, and collected over the last 2 plus weeks. Of course, there are still a little over 5 days until race day.
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Post  JohnP on Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:38 pm

Nick, when are you heading out east?
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:08 pm

@JohnP wrote:Nick, when are you heading out east?

The flight leaves Friday morning and I get into Scranton at around 3:30. I plan on driving the course Saturday morning and then hitting up the expo in the afternoon. Running the race on Sunday and heading back home on Monday.
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Post  Nick Morris on Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:19 pm

10/4 -

3 miles

Just an easy 5k tonight. It was pretty nice this evening, with the sun shining and temps around 70. I completed an easy 3.10 miles at a 7:15 pace. Today I started my carb intake which will hopefully get the glycogen storage at MAX. It's almost go time...
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Post  Julie on Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:04 pm

You're going to do great! I hope the weather is OK for it.
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Post  Diego on Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:00 am

Good luck in the race Nick. I think you'll have a great time.
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Post  Mark B on Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:28 am

Enjoy the carb-loading, Nick! I hope you have a great race this weekend.
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Post  Jerry on Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:49 am

Race smart and hard, captain. Beat Jim. I think finally I have my break through in my form that I can beat Schuey in the fantasy point, not the time heehee, now that he needs to carry Chris.
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Post  healdgator on Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:39 pm

Good luck, Nick!
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Post  Nick Morris on Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:44 pm

Thanks everyone for the well wishes...I'll do my best...
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Post  Nick Morris on Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:51 pm

10/5 -

8 miles w/ 4 @ MP

So, I took some peer advice from Martin and decided to run 8 miles tonight with 4 at MP. One last MP run to let my body know exactly what I am going to be putting it through. I used the first two miles to warm up and then the middle four were at pace, followed by a final two for cool down. Unlike Chris, I was able to stick pretty close to my goal pace of 7:03. Mile 3 @ 7:01, Mile 4 @7:01, Mile 5 @ 6:58, and Mile 6 @ 6:59. It is going to be key for me to stay at pace and not try to push it in the early stages of the race. Especially since the first eight miles have a pretty steep decline. If not, my quads are gonna be shredded by mile 17.

Overall I ran 8.13 miles @ a 7:15 pace...two easy miles tomorrow, an off day/travel day on Friday, two easy miles on Saturday morning to get the blood flowing, and then race day on Sunday...
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Post  JohnP on Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:43 am

THis is the year, Nick. Sounds like you are as prepared as can be. Good luck on Sunday!
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Post  T Miller on Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:22 am

Go get em Nick, best of luck!
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Post  jon c on Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:20 am

Hope all goes well this weekend Nick, and that you are able to put it all together for a great race day and experience!
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Post  Nick Morris on Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:45 pm

Thanks John, Tim, and Jon!!
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Post  Nick Morris on Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:47 pm

10/6 -

2 miles

Two easy miles tonight. So easy that I barely broke a sweat (I probably wouldn't have if it wasn't 78 degrees). No watch for this run. Just me and the pavement. I put in enough to get the blood flowing...Travel day tomorrow!!
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Post  mul21 on Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:42 am

Hope the travel goes smoothly for you today Nick.

Good luck Sunday, and don't be afraid to drop the hammer in the second half of the race and go sub 3:00!
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Post  Nick Morris on Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:41 pm

10/7 -

Travel day

Today is a travel day as I head on out to Pennsylvania. Currently, I am stuck on a layover in Newark...Hopefully, I'll be leaving shortly for the short puddle jump to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...


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Post  Nick Morris on Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:43 pm

@mul21 wrote:Hope the travel goes smoothly for you today Nick.

Good luck Sunday, and don't be afraid to drop the hammer in the second half of the race and go sub 3:00!

Thanks Jim,

I am just hoping that the hammer is there to go sub 3:05...Have fun in Chicago!! Say hi to the Schumachers, Mr. Strubbe, and the rest for me Smile
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Post  Julie on Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:15 pm

run Nick, run! You will do great!
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Post  Nick Morris on Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:50 am

10/8 -

Couple of miles (easy)

This morning I decided to run a couple miles along the "rails to trails" portion of the race course. This way I was able to get a feel for what the trails portion would be like. I ran almost 3 miles (2.87 miles) at an easy 7:56 pace.

After getting in a short run, I wanted to drive the entire course. So, I started at the start and followed along the 26.2 mile course (they give some good directions online). The course is definitely downhill, but most of the end is slightly uphill with two large uphills at 23 and 25. The uphills will definitely test me, because of their location on the course. If they would be at the beginning, there wouldn't be a problem...

So now it is time to go get my race packet and rest up...8am start tomorrow morning Smile
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Post  Nick Morris on Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:19 pm

Race is complete!!! Unofficial results 3:13:31...I'll post a report later
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