Of Deer and Bison…

ASICS hat and blaze orange pants - the running hunter and his quarry

In my informal planning mind, I had set Monday aside as a 12 hour hunting day – perfect for a running day off out of both necessity and reality.  Well, I guess I have a blog following member of the Odocoileus virginianus family – the deer I asked to show up for me at 7:30 am was not only prompt, but even a little early.  Let’s just say that venison chili will be on the menu next week (life is good), as my hunting day was over before the clock struck seven.  Did stay out at the farm the rest of the morning though, hoofing it all over creation trying to help my dad and brother bag one – no such luck.  Got home in an exhausted state around 2:00 in the afternoon.

Ended up catching a second wind, got the running itch so I ended up getting in the pool as much for the soothing warm water as for the exercise.  Killed two birds with one stone – a truly therapeutic workout.  Ran on the treadmill for 45 minutes, nothing crazy, then just sat on the back steps which double as a spa.  Could have fallen asleep without much effort – ahhhh……  Just what the doctor ordered.  Hadn’t taken a day off in almost a week and a half, but don’t think that a workout like this has much impact on the joints and muscles that need relief every now and then.  I feel fine, so will just continue to press on until I feel like I am getting run down or experience soreness that I interpret as a sign I need a rest.  Mixing in the HydroWorx runs (both pace and interval work) with the track and roads not only keeps everything somewhat new, but gives the legs a change of pace which I think keeps them pretty fresh.  So far so good, will certainly pay close attention to catch any early signs of injury or fatigue as the season is too young to risk having something small become something serious.

Basic local loop this afternoon, 6 miles in a cool drizzle.  Felt pretty good – didn’t intend to push the pace and my average energy level made it easy to oblige.  Heading out to work tonite, a three day trip that gets me home with barely enough time to grab a couple winks before heading out to race Saturday afternoon.  Submitted an online entry to the Bison Opener, the first meet on the schedule at Bucknell University here in Lewisburg, PA (about 70 miles north of home).  Was back and forth between entering the mile or the 800, the latter went off 90 minutes later so I chose the half instead – that extra sleep could be important given the less than ideal schedule.  Will probably try to get in decent work tomorrow (Philly), probably a little lighter on Thursday (Chicago), then we’ll see how I feel on Friday (Boston) – that will be over 2 weeks without a break, so with the meet the following day I don’t feel like I will be sacrificing too much long term to back it off a little bit in preparation for this race.  As usual, everything is subject to change, so once I start the hotel shuffle I’m sure things will work themselves out.

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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!
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