Blizzard City

Weather-guessers hit it on the head this time – Central Park saw 20″ of snow yesterday and today, 6th biggest snowfall on record.  Yesterday was pretty brutal trying to navigate the city with the snow coming down horizontally, but today the winds had died down a bit and the sun was out.  Definitely made for a visit the kids won’t forget for a long time, the only regret my 5-year old had was that she didn’t bring her sled and snowsuit (too bad, because we had plenty of extra room in the suitcase for those things…..).

Got out into the park yesterday morning before the snow hit, got in about 8-9 miles.  Definitely felt the leftovers from Saturday’s 400’s so started out easy and ended up at a usual pace.  Spent the rest of the day on my feet hitting a couple tourist spots so the legs were pretty beat by the time we called it a day.  Woke up this morning to the blanket of white stuff, no chance of doing anything outside as the roads were still completely covered.  Got on the hotel elliptical for 50 minutes, not a bad day to have to stay indoors.  The legs probably appreciated the easy day after Saturday and Sunday.

Supposed to go back to Memphis tonite, heard on the news that JFK opened back up this evening at 6pm after being closed for over 24 hours.  Think I am scheduled to depart around 10:30pm or so, we’ll see if that happens or not.  Hotel mobbed with people whose flights have been disrupted by the storm – wouldn’t bother me a bit if my flight gets cancelled, but then again I don’t have any place better to go and I’m not paying for my own room.  Until I get out of the Northeast there could be alot of fitness machines in my future – the week’s schedule includes NYC again tomorrow, Chicago on Wednesday, then Boston on Thursday.  Not very often you look forward to a late December Chicago layover so you can get outside and run – gotta love the winter…

Update: Another night in NYC – flight cancelled, going in the morning (in an ideal world).   Won’t have to pull an all-nighter tonite and won’t have to come back here tomorrow, both of which are good things.  I don’t know exactly where I will spend tomorrow, but wherever it is I’m hoping there is dry (thawed) ground…  Score: Cold Miser 1 – FedEx 0.

Still Undefeated

Totally Overmatched


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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