Runner Questionnaire - Tyler Morrissey

When and why did you start running?

What’s your favorite race to date, and why?

I started to run seriously about 6 years ago. I started because it cleared my mind and made everything quiet. My favorite race is the Boilermaker 15k because the energy is awesome there and it’s basically a holiday in the city. 

What has been your biggest running adventure to date?

During the first Covid lockdown I ran 20+ miles every day for about 6 weeks straight. 

What is your approach to training? Do you follow a particular training plan, or do you work with a coach and if so, who?

I train with a coach, Mathew Nark, and his team. 

What is your weekly mileage in peak racing/marathon training season? What is your approach to the off season?

My peak mileage is around 100 miles sometimes more sometimes a little less. I’ve had some minor injuries the last 2 marathon training blocks, which lowered the peak mileage. 

During our cold winter days, do you brave poor weather conditions or stick indoors on the treadmill? If you do run outside, what safety measures do you take?

I always run outside no matter the weather. For safety measures I wear warm clothes and sneakers made for slick icy and snowy roads. 

List your PRs: Race, time, year

  – 5k: 15:48 (2021)

  – 13.1: 1:12:00 (2021)

  – 26.2: 2:41:00 (2020)

What was your worst injury and how did you get over it?

A fracture in my shin with multiple other stress fractures. I took some time off from running and did low impact cardio like biking and swimming.

Your favorite shoe for training and racing

  – Training: Nike tempo Next %

  – Racing: Nike Vaporfly/ Alpha fly

Ever run in a costume?

Yes, on Halloween I always run in a prisoner costume, and at Christmas I always run in a Santa suit.

Do you work with a dietitian to enhance your performance?  If so, who?


What are your favorite pre-race and post-race meals?

I love a nice piece of steak and potatoes or rice or both. 

What activities do you enjoy when not running?

I love staying active. I do a lot of weight lifting, hiking, swimming, biking, and love going to the beach. 

What challenges / races / adventures are you planning for the coming year?

I’m planning on getting a true marathon PR, since the last 2 marathons I ran I had some injuries which prevented that.

What is the greatest piece of advice you've ever received in the sport?

A marathon cannot be won in the first mile, but it can be lost. 

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