One For The Thumb

1500m gold this morning – 4:04.35, almost exactly what I ran last year (PR at the time) at the outdoor national meet.  Good way to end a crazy season, proving my theory that if you ever think you know how the day will play out you are setting yourself up to be surprised.  I had hoped to run an evenly-paced race, targeting the 4:06 range, but in the end I felt better than I expected and finished strong.  Will add more details when I am not on my iPhone, but in a nutshell I patiently trailed by probably up to almost 15 meters, but my plan worked out in the end as I made up the ground to win on the homestretch.

After coming up short yesterday this was a fun win.  It pretty much wraps up the track year, and gives me my 5th national title – a nice round number that if I am never fortunate enough to add to will be just fine.  Cleveland to LA tonite to start a week of work, will fill in some details at the next opportunity. Send all spelling suggestions to 1-800-APPLE!


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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