Harrisburg Mile – Three Down, One to Go

Third leg of the 2011 summer series is in the books.  Good race last night – saw 4:23 as I crossed the line, not counting on ever seeing an official time because this race is traditionally run by Larry, Moe, and Curly and this year appears to be no different from past races.  The results in the newspaper show the winner finishing in 3:48, with 5th place in 3:55 – I think I was actually 5th (I beat the guy listed as 5th, then took him out for dinner), but guessing since I was entered in the ‘masters elite’ that was too hard for them to integrate me into the ‘overall’ standings.

More to follow, but in a nutshell I ran what I had hoped to run and felt pretty good doing it.  The conditions were challenging – headwind, hot as hell, very flat course (probably a little uphill start to finish) – so the effort was legit.  Some HydroWorx recovery miles today, then we’ll figure out the plan to prep for nationals.

Will add to this later this evening – gonna be 98 degs today, time for that backyard money pit to start earning its keep!

Addendum:  Quick race synopsis…  With heat and headwind, scuttled the plan to try to hang with the local stud who I figured would run 4:18 or so.  Opted for even 66 splits no matter where that put me relative to everyone else.  This year’s field was pretty deep, hit 63 at the quarter and 2:11 at the half and was probably in about 15th place.  Stayed the course, 3:19 at the 1200 mark with the pack still in tact.  I felt very relaxed hanging on to the back of the pack of age-group guys, with about 200 to go I moved outside a bit and started passing some folks up the finishing grade.  Ended up 6th overall, with the new results time ended up at 4:22.76.  Passed the last of my three CV protegé with about 15 meters to go, completing the student sweep.  One more year of bragging rights with the young bucks…

Happy with the results.  This was kind of a ‘tweener’ race – with only a week or so after a long hard weekend in Sacramento, I spent most of it recovering in the pool.  With another short week before nationals, I hope to get in one track session this weekend to prepare, but the heel/achilles will probably dictate how that plays out.

I had planned to get in the pool today for easy recovery miles, but forgot about cross-country practice.  Accompanied the team out to the Thursday evening off-campus trail run, logged an easy hour with the girls – probably 7 miles or so.  Definitely visiting HydroWorx tomorrow with the temps forecast to top 100 degrees and the legs still needing an easy day.  Saturday will be a travel day with FedEx (off?), so maybe something on the track on Sunday.  With “Operation Low Stress” still in effect, it’ll be what it’ll be – taking it one day at a time…


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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