Easy Week Begins

Spent Sunday on the local roads.  Ran 8.0, let the pace be whatever felt casually comfortable.  Felt surprisingly fresh after Saturday’s little track visit, so the miles were easy.  Don’t mean to jinx myself or everyone else living in the northeast, but with March here and a 10 day forecast consisting of mostly temps in the 40’s and 50’s, the bitter stuff may be in the rearview mirror finally.  Not a moment too soon…

Spin this morning, almost didn’t answer the bell at 0500.  Class was pretty blah – didn’t have much to offer.  Straight home afterwards, then made it out to the track after lunch for some easy work.  3.0 mile warmup, then 6×200 in strider pace.  Couple miles to cool down, 6.0 total.

Will probably take tomorrow off, some miles on Wednesday, then out to Albuquerque on Thursday.  Would like to at least get in some miles and/or some easy track pickups once we get out there – kind of a crash course in altitude acclimation.   Looking forward to racing again, but it feels like an eternity since I’ve done anything real.   The lead-in to this event has been a lot different than I expected it would be and definitely less structured than I was before Hartshorne.  Going with the “just wing it” approach, only time will tell how that works out.  Hopefully I can spend the next couple days letting the legs freshen up and getting some good eats and sleep.  With that taken care of there isn’t a whole lot more I can do at this point besides coming up with a plan and trying to execute it Saturday afternoon.  Will discuss the top-secret strategy at a later date – like next Monday…

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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