FKT: Jeff Friedman - Heritage Trail (IA) - 2021-04-24

Route variation
one way
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Total time
3h 13m 28s
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This route was always on my list of runs I always wanted to do.  As a native Dubuque resident, I've run on the Heritage Trail many times.  My goal was to average under 7 minute pace, ideally running all of my miles under 7 (going thru the marathon point in under 3:00) to break 3:30 at the finish at Bee Branch.  This trail is very flat (rails to trails) so there are no hills to contend with.  I ended up hitting the marathon in about 2:55 and finished the last 3 miles about the same pace.  This was a very solid morning for me and I'm glad I did it.  

I started around 6 AM in Dyersville.  My girlfriend dropped me off then met me at Bee Branch at the finish.  I carried 3 UD soft bottles in a Naked brand running vest.  With the mild temps I only ended up drinking 1.5 bottles.  For fuel I utilized mostly Meurten or Huma gels.  I ran it completely unsupported and received no outside help from others. I carried my water and gels, and did not stash any supplies along the way.  The ideal weather made it much easier.