Mike Morgan /Hanson-Brooks
Mike Morgan /Hanson-Brooks
Mike has been with the Hanson-Brooks project for around a year now. He also came from a small Division III college with less than 2,000 undergraduate students (like Josh Moen). While at Nebraska Wesleyan, Mike was a 3 time all-american. Read on to find out about Mike's impressions of his past year at Hanson's.
RM: Mike, after cracking 30 minutes at the Reed Lake 10k you topped off your latest training block with the top-American placing at the Boilermaker 15k, edging out a large contingent of your teammates. How did the race play out and how had your training been going heading into the race?
MM: This whole segment has been very successful. I have had a nice stretch of consistent mileage and some tough workouts dating back to early March when I finally came off an Achilles tendon injury. Heading into this summer, we put some of our "signature" strength work to the side with the intention to hit the track and try to get a little bit quicker.
Boilermaker is a very tough race because of the high level of competition and the challenging hills. I got out conservative with Luke Humphrey and Jeff Gaudette and got to work about half way through. From there we dropped our pace and started picking off some of the international runners as they fell off the lead pack. I wound up 14th and the rest of our crew filed in right behind me placing all 7 of our runners in the top 22.
RM: You were a pacer at this past years Boston Marathon. What was the experience like and when do you see yourself doing the full marathon distance?
MM: Being a pacer at the Boston Marathon was unbelievable! I got to experience the whole marathon experience minus all of the pain that comes with the last 10k.
I will always remember tucking away a $10 bill in my shorts so that I could catch a train back to the finish line. On the train we stopped at Fenway Park to pick up all the drunk baseball fans, and here I am sitting on the train with my racing uniform number and all looking lost. I had a good time with some of them, telling them that I was cheating and taking a short cut. It was a great time and I will never forget my first Boston experience.
I will be taking a stab at completing the full marathon this October in Chicago. I am very excited to give it a try, I feel that the marathon is eventually going to be my strongest distance.
RM: How do you feel about your first full year at Hanson's? Was the training with the group better than you thought it would be? Was the environment what you thought it would be? I guess this is the time to help give those people looking at joining a post-collegiate group a chance to hear about Hanson's.
MM: I am very happy with my first year in Michigan. I got off to a bit of a shaky start last fall, then I got banged up a bit in the winter, but now that my body has adapted things are looking and feeling better.
The training is fantastic. Even better, my teammates are good guys to be around. It is great to see some of the workouts that we accomplish when we have a group like this. It is a lot better than training on your own.
RM: Looking back two or three years, did you think you would be where you are now doing what you are doing? Now that you are doing what you are doing, what are some of your goals?
MM: Two or three years ago I had a goal to qualify for the Olympic Trials, obviously that is still a goal, but now that I am here that goal has become a lot more realistic. I absolutely did not see myself living in Michigan, but I had to take the opportunity. I fully plan to return to Nebraska when this chapter in my life is over, but for now I am trying to stay focused and see where running may lead.
Right now, I have a goal of 2:15 in the marathon. It's kind of hard to set a marathon goal being that I have never run one, but you have to start somewhere. Also next spring I am hoping to lower some of my track times. I have some of the worst PR's on the team in the 5000m and 10,000m. Thanks for the great interview Mike! (Interview conducted by Nick Cordes)