I’m Back, and Soggier than Ever

Just got back from the high mountains just outside Katmandu, where I went to re-find my direction with the help of the Dalai Lama.  We meditated, did some intervals, then played a round of golf (a big hitter, the Lama), and I am happy to report that I have fully recovered and am ready to move forward.

I actually did not go to Nepal (but I did go to Fort Myers), and am happy to report that I have not suffered any sort of irreparable mental or physical damage from the loss in Sacramento.  As I said I was planning on doing, I’ve spent the week collecting HydroWorx frequent-runner miles, logging 45 minutes on Wednesday, 60 minutes on Thursday, and 55 minutes in the pool this morning.  I ended up taking off Tuesday and Saturday – Tuesday was a long post-race travel day from Sacramento, and yesterday was a travel day from my Florida FedEx trip that was filled with softball games.  While on the road I did get in a 10×3:00 workout on the elliptical Friday afternoon – would have preferred to have done it in the pool, but I had to get it done on Friday so I was forced to use the hotel machine.

I am approaching the race on Wednesday with a very casual attitude – trying something different, plus it is just a little “hometown race” instead of a world championship.  This easy week will be good for me I think – I started to develop some pain in my left heel a couple of weeks before Sacramento that has not gone away and I am watching it closely.  I also ran my butt off getting ready for the world’s 800m, and I don’t really think there was much more I could do to get ready for these last two events.  I plan on more pool miles on Monday, something easy or off on Tuesday, then see if I can improved on my 2010 time (4:25) on Wednesday evening.  I will be wearing me HydroWorx jersey for the race, so it’s appropriate that I will have been water-trained leading up to it….


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!
This entry was posted in Aquatic Fitness, Competitive Races, Harrisburg Mile, Hydrotherapy, HydroWorx Exercise Pool, Interval Training, Outdoor World Championships, Running, Training for Runs, Water Running and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to I’m Back, and Soggier than Ever

  1. kevinfforde says:

    What is the Dalai Lama’s handicap these days?????

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s