Author Archives: Nick Berra

About Nick Berra

I am a 45 year old masters runner from Central Pennsylvania. I have been participating primarily in track events since turning 40 in 2009. This season has produced marks that I have not run in several years, I believe primarily due to starting a strength and flexibility program here at Elite Athletic Performance - I've felt stronger and faster than I have in a long time. That, coupled with lots of underwater running, has kept me healthy and fit - at this age those are things I no longer take for granted... I run USATF events with a team out of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Track Club. They are a great group who have played a big part in making the sport enjoyable for me again. I also run local races for HydroWorx Track Club, supported by HydroWorx here in Harrisburg PA. Their underwater treadmills and training center has proved to be a crucial part of my training, rehabilitation, and recovery programs. I set personal records in the 800m (1:56.06) in 2010 and in the 1500m (4:02:63) and mile (4:23.48) in 2011. Despite the fact that I am not getting any younger, I nearly PR'ed recently and set the M45 indoor world record in the 800 meters at the New Balance Armory in New York City. I ran 1:56.10, besting the 9 year old record by less than a second. I feel like there are still more big things to come... I am married and have two daughters. I am an assistant XC coach at my alma mater, Cumberland Valley High School here in Mechanicsburg PA. I am also a 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy, currently working as a pilot for FedEx after serving 10 years on active duty flying in the Navy. Beat Army! Beat Army!

Fifth Avenue Mile

Fast forward five short weeks since the Pentathlon.  Nobody missed anything.  I took a week off because everyone says you should do that every now and then, I felt worse after the break than I did beforehand.  Then took it … Continue reading

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GTPC Runners Pentathlon Recap

Well, not only did I survived the race onslaught yesterday at Germantown Academy, but I stumbled upon a late comeback and managed to sneak away the individual champion.  The sprints turned out to be manageable interruptions of my distance event … Continue reading

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Five Times The Fun in Philadelphia

Nothing marks the end of summer like the annual rite of passage held in Fort Washington PA – the Greater Philadelphia Runner’s Pentathlon.  I believe this is the fourth annual running of this event, third time I have been involved. … Continue reading

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Still Drinking From The Fountain Of Youth

Well, the hits just keep on coming.  In a year I had all but written off six months ago, I continue to ride the victory wave.  In yesterday’s GNC Live Well Liberty Mile I had what it took to top … Continue reading

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‘Living Well’ in Pittsburgh

As I mentioned yesterday (in a very long-winded fashion, according to my mom), I am here in Pittsburgh for the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile later on this evening.  This race has been designated by the USATF as the Masters National … Continue reading

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Summer Summary

Well, whatever momentum the blog had built up following the Des Moines 800m didn’t last very long.  I’ve had a pretty good summer since then – took a little vacation out west, ran a couple of races, worked when I’ve … Continue reading

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If You Can’t Beat Them, Read Them

I wanted to get yesterday’s entry “in the mail” before I hit the sack, so I tried to keep it about the race and the day (and under 2000 words).  There were other things I wanted to mention but felt … Continue reading

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This Is Why I (We) Do It

Running isn’t always fun, and to achieve any measure of success on the roads or track you know before you even get started that you are going to hurt.  Bad.  There is no way to run a great race in … Continue reading

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Three Words I Never Thought I’d Say – “Back To Des Moines”

Or is that four words?… If I were Jack Bauer from “24”, my absence would be described as “going dark” or “off the grid”.  If I were Rocky Balboa you would have just assumed I went back to Siberia to … Continue reading

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Everyone Needs A Pool!

As a longtime HydroWorx user and masters track athlete, I have made the underwater treadmill the cornerstone of my training program for several years now.  I have found that at my age my body just isn’t able to sustain the … Continue reading

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