Keeping My Eye on the Prize

Beautiful day yesterday.  Hit spin class in the morning to make it a double workout day, then made my way out to Stoney Creek park for an easy 7 miler after Thursday’s intervals.   No real lingering discomfort (not surprising given the pace).  Haven’t gotten around to downloading the Garmin so I don’t even know what the time was, know each mile was coming in around 7:15-7:20 or so.  I seem to have figured out the slow recovery thing, hopefully the body doesn’t start recognizing this pace as “normal” and I lose the ability go out and run 6-10 in a comfortable 6:15 pace like I was doing a month ago..

Worked all night last night, ended up in Allentown PA and had a car pick me up and drive me home.  Arrived in time to quick change and make the U12 soccer match, then had a couple hours before the afternoon girls softball game.  Was dragging a little bit from the long night, but didn’t want to lose the day altogether.  Had a plan in the back of my head to get in 3 sets of intervals between last week and an upcoming meet next weekend, so I decided to use the pool today to act as the middle set between Thursdays 1000’s and hopefully another set of track intervals on Monday.

With the Jack Daniels formula still in my head, I again went with something longer.  After a 15 minute warmup, started with 5×5:00 with 2:00 jogging recovery.  Had the treadmill pegged for the entire evolution, increased the jets from about 85% on the first 3 to 100% on the last 2.  Never really struggled, felt good to be at that “threshold” point for a while without having to go anaerobic.  Don’t know if that is what “the coach” is trying to accomplish with all his Vo2MAX*DOT&#^% crazy talk, or whether I am just not pushing myself hard enough.  Further investigation is pending….

Finished strong, 12 minute cool down took me right to 60 minutes for the workout.  Great to have gotten this in, especially since the alternative would have been to just call the day a wash due to lack of sleep.  No way I would have had the motivation to hit the local streets let alone go out to the track, pool saved the day once again…

As I mentioned before, looking at possibly entering a college meet next Saturday night at Swarthmore College outside Philadelphia.  I vowed never again to drive 2 hours to run an 800m with college guys, this time I will have a plan that will prepare me for the inevitable demolition derby – maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t – either way it’ll make for an interesting story I’m sure.  It’s an evening meet, so that will make the commute a little easier – won’t have to leave the house before sunrise in order to make check-in and get warmed up.  Only problem thus far is my inability to find the meet’s registration web site, so until I plop down my Visa digits my meet plan is all talk and no walk.  Stay tuned..

After that meet I am looking at possibly a road mile over Memorial Day weekend in NJ, then either another road mile, a low key track meet, or an invitational masters mile in early June.  Then it will be a couple weeks of fine tuning before the “4 Main Events” of the summer kick off with the USATF Invitational 1500m in Eugene,  the World Outdoor Championships in Sacramento CA, my hometown Harrisburg Mile, then the National Outdoor Championships in Cleveland OH.  1-2-3-4, they’ll be here before you know it.  For now I am going to keep trying to take it hard but steady, nothing crazy but no lapses.  Sub 1:56.00, sub 4:00.00, sub 4:20.00 – it’s now or never…


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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