No ‘Mile High’ Mile

Bad luck ruled the day.  I arrived in Albuquerque as planned Thursday afternoon after getting about 1 hour of sleep due to sick tossing and turning the night before.  The trip was pretty brutal, but I still held out hope that I would recover by the weekend’s races.  I had made arrangements to get in the HydroWorx unit at the University of New Mexico Friday morning to get a little shakedown workout in.  Many thanks to the training staff for sharing their pool – they said they use it non-stop to rehab their guys and gals so it was nice of them to squeeze me in.  I still felt like crud Friday morning when I got up, but went down there anyway figuring that if I couldn’t do anything on Friday I wouldn’t be any good on Saturday.  I went through the motions and felt ok but the rest of the day I felt like I had been in a car accident with a truck full of pollen.  The body ached and the nose ran, non-stop.  Went to bed holding out on the slim chance that everything could change overnight, but it was not meant to be.

Now that it is Saturday evening, knock on wood but I haven’t sneezed or coughed in several hours.  I do feel a little better, so barring a huge setback I am going to give it a try tomorrow no matter what.  Going home raceless after 4 days in Albuquerque would stink, and I figure gutting out 4 laps is easier than 8.  The guys who ran the mile looked like they had just run the Leadville 100 – the altitude effect obviously has to be experienced to be believed.  Again – I think (hope) that by the time it catches up to you in the 800m you are almost done, as opposed to the mile where you get to ‘experience’ oxygen debt for the several laps of your race. 

Albuquerque has been nice, but think that I am ready to run and get home.  I vote for indoor nationals to be run in the northeast from now on – the numbers don’t seem to be as large as you get at a national meet back east, probably because they don’t even run indoor track out west because the weather is too nice (tough problem to have).  11AM CT tomorrow is gun time I think, so with a couple more doses of the meds and a little luck I will be off with the field.  From there it’s anyone’s guess – could be a fast one, could be a dud.  Having only ran about 30 minutes in the last week probably won’t help my performance, but I’m going with the “glass half full” view and am going to consider legs ‘well rested’.  Stay tuned…..


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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