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Post  Seth Harrison on Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:41 pm

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

Congratulations on the PR Nick!
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Post  Kenny B. on Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:39 pm

Great job on the PR considering the warmer weather this is a great victory.
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:18 am

Thanks Seth and Kenny...

Traveling back to Wisconsin today and I have a little baseball game to go to tonight (NLCS Game 2), but I promise to put together a race report shortly!!
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Post  jon c on Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:20 am

Congrats Nick on your PR! Yet another step toward sub 3! You're just beginning to stratch the surface on your potential.
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Post  Nick Morris on Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:23 am

Steamtown Marathon Race Report

Northeastern Pennsylvania in fall is supposed to be cool right??

Race morning, 10/9, I was up and eating my prerace nutrition by 4am. Steam town is a point to point marathon, so I had to be to the finish line early to catch a bus ride up to the start line. I got to the buses at 5:30 and took the 45 minute ride up to Forest City and the start line. once we got there, we were greeted by a bunch of kids at the Forest City High School. We were able to keep warm, stretch, and what not in the school's two gyms. I hit up the porta johns a couple of times and before I knew it, it was time to get ready to run, as 8am was approaching fast. I did some stretching and warm ups, then headed to the start line. The race gets started by the firing of an old civil war cannon and let me tell you this, it is loud!. I plugged my ears as they counted down and BOOM the cannon went off and the race began.

The first 8-10 miles of the race are downhill, so my strategy was to take it easy through this part to safe my quads. I got off to a clean start and before I knew it the first few miles clicked away. The race ventured down through the valley and I was cruising along at an easy 7:00 minute pace. Miles 4, 5, 6, 7, they all passed by with relative ease. I made it to mile 8, which was the first spot that I was going to see my family. I spotted my mother, ran over and gave her a high five, and continued on my way. Miles 9, 10, 11, 12 all flew by and I was still holding an easy 7:00 minute pace.

At the halfway point, the course started to flatten out, but I was still on pace to hit my goal. By mile 14, I hit the first portion of the rails to trails sections. The trail was a nice little change up from the asphalt that I had been pounding and it was also a relief from the sun that had been pouring down on us, as it was starting to get warm. The trails continued on for a couple of miles to where I saw my family for the second time.

After mile 17 the trails took a break for a mile and a half and it was back into the sun. I was still holding a 7 minute pace until I hit the trails again at mile 19. The last trail portion only last a mile, but my pace slowed to the 7:15 range and I knew that I was going to have my work cut out for me the rest of the way. The trails ended just short of 20 and my I was struggling to hold pace. That is when the heat started getting to me. I noticed on one of the bank signs (not sure what town) that the temperature was 68. I now knew that the last t10k was going to be tough.

So, 6.2 miles to go, mostly uphill, and the temperatures rising fast. I continued on 21, 22, 23, with each mile my pace slowed. By mile 24, I was fighting to hold an 8:30 pace. My over pace was steadily rising and I knew that my goal was in jeopardy. As I continued on, the gas tank was starting to empty. It was warm, I was drenched from sweat, and my goal was gone, but I continued on up the Electric Street hill. I passed the St. Joseph's center and headed towards the final hill on N. Washington. The hill just seemed to keep going and going and going. I made it to the crest and could see the finish line a little over a quarter mile away. Thank god it was all down hill from there. I let gravity do a lot of the work as I made my way toward the finish. I hit the shoot and crossed the tape. It's over!! And man was it warm out!! I looked at my garmin and it said 3:13:31...not the time I was shooting for, but still a substantial PR.

After collecting my medal, I grabbed some carbs and began to refuel. I made my way to baggage claim and then went and got a massage. The massage felt great, as my calves and hamstrings were tight. But on a good note, my quads were not shredded and felt great. I am glad I put in the hill work during my training...After the massage, I met up with my family and we took some photos and then head back to the hotel so that I could take a shower.

My official finishing time was 3:13:30, which is a 26 minute and 10 second PR for me. Although I did not meet the goal time, I still rain a fairly decent race. Especially considering that it was in the lower 70s when I finished...not the ideal race conditions. I will take this new PR and the experience that I gained and put it towards my next training cycle.

I want to thank all of the 365ers for all of your support along this journey!! I am blessed to be a member of this running community...THANK YOU ALL SOOOOO MUCH!!
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Post  healdgator on Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:01 am

Wow! That is awesome. Congrats!
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Post  Julie on Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:11 am

26 + min PR is awesome, Nick! Congratulations! Sounds like a sort of tough marathon to pace yourself on with the down hills at the start and hillier towards the end. Great work!

So overall, do you recommend this race? It's only about 1.5 hrs from my mom's family and if I were to go to PA for a marathon I probably should see them.
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Post  Nick Morris on Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:25 am

Julie wrote:26 + min PR is awesome, Nick! Congratulations! Sounds like a sort of tough marathon to pace yourself on with the down hills at the start and hillier towards the end. Great work!

So overall, do you recommend this race? It's only about 1.5 hrs from my mom's family and if I were to go to PA for a marathon I probably should see them.

Yeah, I would recommend this marathon. If you read any of the reviews of the race, that is pretty much what it is. The community is very supportive and the race is well managed/organized.
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Post  Nick Morris on Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:48 pm

Julie wrote:26 + min PR is awesome, Nick! Congratulations! Sounds like a sort of tough marathon to pace yourself on with the down hills at the start and hillier towards the end. Great work!

So overall, do you recommend this race? It's only about 1.5 hrs from my mom's family and if I were to go to PA for a marathon I probably should see them.

The PR is a little deceiving, because I got injured last year at Chicago. I was on pace then for a nice PR...
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:07 pm

10/17 -

I didn't want to let this blog die just yet. After taking the week off from running, which included a fun weekend trip to Vegas, I finally got back on the horse this evening. After hitting up the the gym for some weight training, I got in a an easy 3 miles. It felt pretty good to get back out there, even it it was only 3 miles. I completed a total mileage count of 3.05 at a pace of 7:36. Tomorrow I will probably up it to 4 miles or so.
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Post  Nick Morris on Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:32 pm

10/23 -

Ok, so this will be my final entry for this blog. Two weeks following my fall marathon and I got in a full week of running. Well, at least got back into the swing of things. I put in an easy 20 this week that was topped off with an 8.52 mile run today. My legs bounced back nicely, as my pace for all of the runs this week were in the mid to low 7s. Today's 8.52 miler was at a 7:34 pace. My plan is to put together an offseason maintenance plan within the next week or so. I will probabl;y start a blog that will cover my winter running and highlight some offseason discussion.

Next weekend I plan on pacing a running buddy's wife in a HM. She has never ran a sub 1:50 half, so I said that I would pace her to a PR.

In closing, thanks again to everyone that followed my running this summer and gave me the encouragement and kind words to help me along the way. You all mean the world to me!!!
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Post  Julie on Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:54 pm

We need some off season blogs around here! It seems like most of us have run our big goal fall races!

It was great following your training and I bet you have more PRs in your future!
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