A Hotel – Deja Vu All Over Again

After 48 hours of darkness in Enola, the power was finally restored yesterday evening. The wonderful silence of 35 portable generators being simultaneously shut down was music to everyone’s ears.  We left this afternoon for the drive over to New Jersey, presently positioned in Paramus for tomorrow’s mile.  Having committed to this race before really researching the logistics, I quickly realized that with a 3 hour commute not even a road warrior like myself could do this all in one day.  Ended up turning it into a family road trip, complete with the usual 39 “are we there yets” from the backseat gang – wouldn’t be a trip without those.  There is a purse for the masters race, so hopefully I can throw together a decent race and maybe offset some of the expenses – hotel, gas, meals, etc.

The whole Ridgewood Run extravaganza has received great reviews from some guys who have done it in past years.  Heck – the masters record is held by 1500m World Champion Marcus O’Sullivan, so it’s obviously a little bigger event than your run-of-the-mill PTO fun run.  The course has been changed this year, but since I didn’t ever see the old one I don’t anticipate that affecting me much.   I drove 3 hours and pretty much sacrificed a pool-perfect weekend to run this because it fit nicely into my schedule and I think it will be a good prep for the Eugene 1500 in 4 weeks.  It did end up disrupting my training schedule a little more than I would have hoped, but with a long work travel day and the power debacle at home it just couldn’t be avoided.  I ended up taking off Saturday, 5 comfortable on Saturday, then never got a chance to get out today.  Two days off out of the last 3 is not ideal, but at least I won’t be able to complain about being tired for tomorrow’s race.

I don’t know if the masters will run separately tomorrow or with the rest of the elite guys – hopefully the latter but we’ll have to see.  I hope to be aggressive and set myself up for a decent time, but at the same time with some dollars on the line I don’t plan on running like a maniac only to cross the finish line on all fours.  I don’t think sub 4:30 is too much to ask, sub 4:25 would be awesome.  Goal is 2:15 at the half and then be strong enough at the finish to close with some gusto.  For now I will enjoy my night in a hotel with the gang – they think this is the coolest thing since sliced bread, I can’t stop thinking that I am late for my flight…..


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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1 Response to A Hotel – Deja Vu All Over Again

  1. Suzan says:

    Good luck Nick, you are in our old neck of the woods,both kids were born in Ridgewood, NJ. In fact 35 years ago I was in Ridgwood hopital,having just given birth to Josh. Who bythe way was on skis all his past week…working!

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