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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:50 pm

Thanks again, Nick.  You are a sweetheart and your family is great!  Thanks for the fun time(s).
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Post  Mark B on Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:25 am

Congrats on Boston! Looking forward to the race report and photos.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:56 pm

Photos - hmm, we may not have many as we were covered up in throwaway clothes - well except for Nick who was out there in shorts and a singlet from the start.
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Post  Nick Morris on Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:02 pm

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Thanks again, Nick.  You are a sweetheart and your family is great!  Thanks for the fun time(s).

No Michele, thank you for letting me run with you and for showing me how to run the course. Hopefully we will get a chance to run together again sometime.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:45 pm

Can I pay you to come pace me at Columbus  on 10/19?
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Post  Nick Morris on Fri May 22, 2015 2:55 pm

Alright, I know that it has been a while since I have posted.  So, I figured that a little over a month since Boston, that it's time to write a race report.

Where do I start??  We flew into Boston on Friday before the race.  Once at the airport, we got our rental car and made our way to the get some lunch before the expo.  We ended up going to the the Prudential Center to eat in the food court for lunch.  As soon as I walked into the mall, I ran directly into the Schumachers.  Weird, huh?  After lunch, we went over to the expo, got our bibs, and purchased our swag.  Damn!!! I spent a ton on Marathon branded apparel!  After the expo we "raced", and I put raced in quotes as we hit rush hour traffic, out to our hotel near the race start line.  We had tickets to the Sox game, so the stay at the hotel was just a matter of minutes.  This is where our VIP status kicked in. When we made it through the traffic back into the city, we had a police escort waiting for us to take us to Fenway.  I am running stop signs and red lights just to keep up with our escort.  It was great!!!  When we got to the park, we had a reserved parking spot right in front of the home plate entrance to Fenway. Let's just say that it is good to know the Police Captain of the Fenway District Smile  We went to the game and the Sox won on a walk off hit.  After the game, we met the Captain by the Sox dugout and we got to go out onto the field and into the dugout.  It was one of the most awesome experiences that I have had on a baseball field.  Just the history of that franchise and that venue is unbelievable.  Then to top off the night, on our way back to the Mass Turnpike, Big Papi aka David Ortiz pulls up beside us in his Bentley!! 

Saturday we went back to the expo and I met up with some of the V-Team/365ers.  It was great to put faces with avatars and to just catch up with everyone.  I love to talk running Smile

Sunday it was back to Fenway for another ballgame, courtesy of Boston's finest.  On the way back to the hotel we stopped and ate some excellent Italian food to carb load before the race.  We were back to the hotel earlier and I prepared for the race the next day.  

Onto race day. Being out at the start line meant that I got to sleep in until like 6 or so, which is late on a race day.  I collected my stuff and we drove over to the Schumacher's hotel to meet up with them and Matt Wiltse.  We drove to the start line area together and rode the shuttle bus over to the start drop off.  Matt and Martin both stayed near the start, as they would be going out in the first wave.  Pete, Jenny, and I continued on to Athletes Village where we got in line to use the porta john and then met up with Michele at the coach buses.  From there, Michele and I left Pete and Jenny and made our way to the start corral.  One more stop at the porta john and we were off to the start. I ditched all of my warm gear before crossing the start line, which meant that I was only in my singlet and CX-W compression shorts.  All I was thinking as we walked to the start was that I hope my hammy can make it 26.2 miles.  (As most of you know, I had strained my hamstring 3 weeks out from Boston)  And just like that, we were off and running.  Soon after starting, the rain drops began to fall.  The pace was nice and slow...just what I was looking for.  Michele told me the pace range that she wanted to run and I was damn sure that we were going to follow them.  After Michele had a quick pit stop around mile 2, we were back on our way.  Even with the cool temps and rain, it was still enjoyable to just run.  Along the way, Michele would tell me about this part of the course or this is where she went to school.  It was quite enjoyable.  I was relieved to hit the 10 mile mark and my hammy still felt alright.  The rain stopped by around the halfway point, but by then I was soaked.  Next up was the dreaded Newton Hills.  I told Michele that I couldn't push it up and down the hills, as i did not want to risk pulling my hammy that far out from the finish.  It would have been a miserable hobble in.  We made it through the hills and I have to admit that those hills are nothing more than little risers.  I run much steep pitched hills in Madison, so they were really a piece of cake.  We went over Heartbreak Hill and started the decent into Boston.  We were still chugging along on a pace that we had picked up a little from the beginning of the race.  Then things got a little dicey.  Around mile 24, both of my hamstrings started to tighten and I thought that any moment either of them was going to grab.  I had to slow my pace down a little bit, and because we were into Boston, the crowd noise was too loud for me to tell Michele that I had to slow down.  I slowly saw her running away from me and I remember thinking that if my hammies went on me now, I would be ok and would be able to make it to the finish.  So I trudged on hoping that they would not go on me.  Magically, about a half mile later both hammies loosened back up and my pace began to pick up. This is when I thought that I could catch back up with Michele.  Sure enough, I could see her in front of me in the crowd of people.  I picked my way through and caught back up with her with about 1 mile to go.  Of course, at this time, she had slowed a little for me to catch up and started to cramp, herself.  We made our way closer to Boylston, side by side.  Once I turned onto Boylston, I ran a bit ahead of Michele, as I knew that my family would be standing near the Mandarin Hotel.  That is when I saw them.  They were right along the railing!!  I ran up to them and started to cry a little bit.  I gave them all hugs and by that time Michele had caught back up to me.  I said my goodbyes and Michele and I crossed the finish line together.  I so happy for so many different reasons.  It was just a glorious feeling.  My hammy held up, I got to run with Michele, I learned the course, I saw my family, I ran the Boston Marathon.  Just awesome.  Although, I must say, that 3:57:00 is a long time to run.  It is actually the longest that I have ever ran from a time perspective.  Whew...

We spent the rest of the week in Boston doing all of the tourist things; Sam Adams Brewery Tour, Freedom Trail, Legal Seafood, and trying to come down from the high I was on.  It was great to see everyone and learn the course. A big thank you to Michele for showing me the way!!  I can't wait to make it back and actually race the course.
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Re: I Think I'll Go To Boston...

Post  Julie on Sat May 23, 2015 4:18 pm

Are you going to start a new blog now?  Very Happy
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Re: I Think I'll Go To Boston...

Post  Nick Morris on Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:16 am

Julie wrote:Are you going to start a new blog now?  Very Happy


Haha...Yes, at some point I will.
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Re: I Think I'll Go To Boston...

Post  Nick Morris on Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:21 am

Running update.  My hammy has felt pretty good, but I have been slowly getting back at it.  Right now, I am trying to get back to a consistent running schedule.  This past weekend was the first time that I have put back to back "longish" runs together.

Saturday saw me finish 10.40 miles. Not so sunny. Cool, rainy, and a little wind. It reminded me of Boston. I had a revelation a quarter of the way into my run this morning. I realized that my stride had changed from last year. I noticed that I seemed to be running "flat footed". I am thinking that it stems from the winter training for Boston and wanting to be careful with my footing. So, I really focused on landing on my forefoot, as I used to do. It was like a switch went off. My pace picked up 20 or so seconds per mile. Looking at my stats when I completed, I found that my cadence improved around 2 spm. I am hoping that I found something and will have to monitor as I run more in the future.

Sunday, saw me head to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum.  I did one lap there, which totaled 6.25 miles.  It was a nice easy run on a cool late Spring morning, but at least the sun was out.

Today is a weight training day, followed by softball.  Cross training!!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:59 pm

Cross training - watch it with that softball as I'm sure you're not the least bit competitive.   

Have you decided to run a fall marathon to re-qualify?  That way I just might have to go back in 2017 as well (and I'll be 55 - so 4:10 for me).
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Post  nkrichards on Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:53 pm

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:  

Have you decided to run a fall marathon to re-qualify?  That way I just might have to go back in 2017 as well (and I'll be 55 - so 4:10 for me).

Hope you both keep us posted about your summer running/fall marathon goals/Boston plans!
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Post  Mark B on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:42 am

I've always thought of running the bases in softball as a great form of speed training. At least, the way I hit. Smile
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Post  ounce on Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:11 pm

It's been so long since I've ran on a baseball field, that I would probably not touch the base for fear of spraining my ankle.  On the other hand, I run so slow that there's not much chance of any stress on that joint. Embarassed
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Post  Nick Morris on Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:42 am

Mark B wrote:I've always thought of running the bases in softball as a great form of speed training. At least, the way I hit. Smile

ounce wrote:It's been so long since I've ran on a baseball field, that I would probably not touch the base for fear of spraining my ankle.  On the other hand, I run so slow that there's not much chance of any stress on that joint. Embarassed


All I know is, that you totally use different leg muscles on a baseball field than running through the park!
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:22 pm

Another good weekend of running, as I stretched it back out to 12 miles on Saturday.  I followed it up with another 6.77 on Sunday.  One more week until I start my next training cycle.  It's time to go for it again!!!!
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Post  ounce on Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:43 pm

You mentioned earlier about landing on your forefoot.  I've been working on landing on the forward most part of my heel bone, as it takes longer to complete a stride, if I do the traditional 'heel strike.'  It's not much change, but over many miles, it all counts.

So Miche1e asked which marathon you'll be firing up for and I didn't read an answer.

I guess your hamstring is playing nice with others, now?
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:30 pm

You are right, Ounce - he never answered - well, Nick????
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Post  Nick Morris on Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:10 pm

Sooooooo...It looks like I have a fall marathon chosen with a backup marathon to boot.  The plan is to run the Indianapolis Marathon on October 17th.  That means that Monday marks 18 weeks from that race and the start of my summer training program.  

I am feeling pretty healthy (knock on wood) and have been able to keep my weight in check, thanks to Boston.  I have put together a pretty intense training program.  The hardest program that I have had in over two years.  I feel that if I can make it thorugh this program uninjured, I have a great shot at a BQ.

If all else fails and I do not get a BQ in October, I will lean towards running CIM in December.  

I have so much going on right now and will update everyone in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, expect a new blog to start On Monday. Smile
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Post  nkrichards on Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:55 pm

Looking forward to following along Nick.
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Post  Mark B on Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:45 pm

Indy! You'll be well-positioned to have lots of nearby well-wishers. Good luck!
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Post  Nick Morris on Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:22 am

Alright...I am officially closing this blog, as I have started up a new blog to follow this year's training cycle.  Thanks everyone for following along with this blog.  Your support is greatly appreciated!!
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