Final Push

Felt a little sore after the races on Sunday.  Monday was always going to be a long and easy day, got a chance to get in the pool so I opted to get it done in the water.  Ended up with an episode of NCIS on the wall TV that I had seen before (at least once – layover time killer….), ran until the end and finished with 75 minutes.  Nice long massage afterwards, found plenty of tender spots that got the hose.

Wanted to spin then get in some mileage today, dawn patrol didn’t work out however as my LA Fitness sponsor had other plans.  Ended up taking two 6-year olds to Hershey Park all day, probably twice the workout the bike would have been.  Like dogs, I think two kids is easier than one – keeps me off the countless variety of rides that just vary the mindless ways you can go around in a circle.  High, low, fast, slow, swings, spins, etc..  With a partner they are thrilled to “go by ourselves”, I was thrilled to hold up the nearest stretch of railing and just watch.

Got home totally beat, the crazy-good 75 degree temps probably the only thing that allowed me to get the shoes on and go grab a run.  Once out there I got a second wind, didn’t try to shuffle but just ran at whatever pace felt comfortable.  Ended up “cruising” – each mile in the 6:20 – 6:30 range.  All the stiffness that I felt waking up this morning seemed to be gone by this evening, run was a pretty easy one that felt good throughout.

I had originally entertained the thought of trying to get on the track on the second day after the race (today), but reconsidered and am going to go tomorrow.  I didn’t want to push the soreness and end up in one of those super-sore thigh conditions I have encountered a couple of times in the past 12 months that take 3-4 days to shake.  I felt pretty recovered this evening so I am counting on feeling good in the morning and getting the workout in tomorrow.  I think I am going to try the 4-mile workout again, tightening up the pace and the recovery a little bit since the temperature will be about 20 degrees lower than when I last ran it two weeks ago in Annapolis.  With a Wednesday workout I’ll then pencil in another one on Saturday morning, just before we man-up the truck for the Outer Banks.  Down there I’ll get in a hard tempo run early in the week, then ease it into the travel days and hopefully be sharp for Sunday (6/26) afternoon.

Will post the workout results tomorrow, if I can stay on top of it and remain relaxed it will be another big confidence builder as the big races draw near.  I don’t want or plan on it becoming a blood and guts test of strength – will save that for a day with a bib number and a crowd.  I hope it is just a long series of solid 69 second laps in a variety of distances.  If it doesn’t work out it won’t be the end of the world – I have a couple recent performances “in the bank” that tell me I am heading in the right direction, but I could use another step or two that way to help secure some hardware as the competition level begins to rise dramatically…


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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