Back Home in the Water

I traded a trip in order to free up a couple days next week, the downside was it changed my Saturday from an easy ride home to a test of strength. Left Allentown for the last leg of the week Friday night, flew it back to Memphis. Then, instead of catching a flight back to Allentown to get my truck and drive home, I now had to work a trip to Cleveland then Indianapolis. From there, over to the terminal to catch a USAir flight to Philadelphia then Allentown, where I then got the truck and hit the interstate to Harrisburg. Left at 8:30pm, home at 4:00pm (the next day). If it rains on Monday and Tuesday (my new days off) I am going to be really mad….

Despite the long night, was able to muster the energy to get over to the pool to rid my legs and body of a days worth of travel. 30 minutes easy – as much of a therapy run as a workout, but good to have gotten in at least a little mileage. Sat in the spa for a couple minutes afterwards, probably could have fallen asleep right there and woke up a prune in the morning.

Got up early on Sunday, back to the pool for an interval workout. Nothing new or exciting – 12×2:00, 1 minute active rest. The intervals at this pace and resistance are getting more and more doable so I am trying to increase the volume a little bit. This was a good workout – probably more like a fartlek session than a tough track workout, but 25 minutes hard definitely took its toll by the end. With 15 minute warmup and cool down ended up coming in a little over 65 mins total. Some strength right afterwards, then on to a typical Sunday of games, games, and more games. Two softball and one soccer game, home by 4pm. Burgers on the grill afterwards as a little summer tune-up…

I ended up entering a road mile in New Jersey on Memorial Day – the date works out well with the summer preparation, and I enjoy mile road races so hopefully my June schedule will allow me to get up there for it. The race (Ridgewood Run) came highly recommended, so despite the drive I am looking forward to it. With that race being on Monday, will probably try to get back on the track on Tuesday hard and then maybe Thursday or Friday for something easier. I don’t want to interrupt things too much for something like this, but then again I’ve said that if I am going to race I like to be sure I am prepared to do well. 1500m in Eugene is 5 weeks from today – sub 4:00 or bust!


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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