On the Road Again

Another opportunity to rack up some hotel points – made it here to Cleveland, OH in one piece this afternoon.  It’s always nice to be able to drive to a weekend meet – the last four big meets (Sacramento, Albuquerque, Eugene, Sacramento) have all required flights, which not only means big bucks to bring my crew and rent a car but you are stuck with only a suitcase full of gear.  We grabbed everything but the kitchen sink for this one, filled the trunk and hit the road.  A shade over 5 hour drive, could have been a lot worse…

Have been asked several times how I feel/how I think I am going to do this weekend – I don’t feel like I am dodging the question when I say “I have no idea”.  I feel banged up, but I don’t know if it’ll affect my racing ability.  I haven’t done a track workout in almost a month, but maybe I’ll be “fresh”.  I felt like I was at the top of my game for the world meet and I’d give that performance a B-, so maybe taking a different approach will work out in the end.  Maybe it won’t.  The only thing I do know is that anyone who thinks they know how these things are going to work out is setting themselves up to look like a fool…..

After “taking one for the team” on Tuesday evening, I spent Wednesday and Thursday in the pool.  I called some of my medical consultants and got the scoop on a shin hematoma – best course of action seemed to be compression, massage, ice, and getting the blood flowing.  I found out that another (previously unknown) advantage of the HydroWorx pool is that in situations like mine running in the pool helps the recovery process due to the hydrostatic pressure that comes with having your lower leg 3-4′ underwater.  I didn’t need to be convinced, I just got in and started running.  It never really hurt to walk after getting hit – it just felt very tight.  In the pool it felt fine though, so I went 30 minutes on Wednesday and 45 minutes a little harder on Thursday.  Today I went out to the Baldwin-Wallace track and got in an easy shakeout session – 1.5 mile warmup, light drills, 2x200m striders, 1 mile cooldown.  At this point (72 hours later) the bump doesn’t appear as large and defined as it originally was only because the rest of my lower leg has swollen up around it – if my cankles get any bigger I might have to change my name to Hillary…

1:50 is race time tomorrow, I’ll be there with bells on waiting as anxiously as everyone else to see how I am going to do.  Know there will be a good field, so there will be no sliming by with an easy victory – just like at worlds, the winner will have to earn it tomorrow.  Feeling good in the road mile last week was a confidence-builder, but this will be much more demanding than that race.  Unlike the world championship 800m though I will sleep easy tonite – I don’t think that my approach is necessarily lackadaisical or casual, I just don’t feel like it is a do-or-die meet.  Time will tell whether I am physically and/or mentally ready for the task at hand – hopefully I am and I can finish up this gruelling (but awesome) 5 weeks on an up-note.  The final task is at hand, time to seal the deal….

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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. Pingback: Nick Berra Discovers HydroWorx Unit’s Therapeutic Value | HydroWorx Blog

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