Forging On

Four days down, thirty-one to go.  All major parts still attached, haven’t lit the world on fire by any stretch of the imagination but happy that the body seems to have remembered how to put one foot in front of the other.  I am benefitting from mankind’s original case of muscle memory….

I am knocking off the dust on the blog as well as my ASICS, realized yesterday that in all the catching up I didn’t even remember to log what I did that day.  Not that it was anything exciting, but I did finally break out of the “easy” rut on the aqua-treadmill and push things a little bit.  55 minutes total, spent the last half-hour or so approaching the zone I will need to live in during the coming weeks.  Massaged the left lower leg for a while afterwards.  I still have some leftovers from the ‘softball strike from hell’, which makes pin-pointing the achilles pain difficult since the whole leg is sore.  Good workout, a step in the right direction.

Did double-duty today, which I also hope to make a regular thing.  Spin class this morning, gave maximum effort since I realize I have a lot of catching up to do and this is a workout that I can push and not stress the heel.  After lunch I got back into the HydroWorx pool, knocked out 45 minutes at an average pace.  Don’t know if it was the lack of lunch, the warm temps, or second workout of the day, but by the end of the run I was really dragging.  Was glad to get in the work and the post-run massage, but I hope that I am not so out of shape that a double workout is enough to kick my butt like this.  Will find out soon enough as I hope to get in another one tomorrow…

I got my schedule for September and it allows me all the time in the world to run, bike, or do whatever I want to do.  It’s unfortunate that I have to baby my leg, otherwise I think I could have gotten in some great miles as the temps cool down and really have been ready for NYC.  As it stands I will have to be patient, keep my eye on the prize, and avoid any unnecessary pounding – hopefully end will justify the means.

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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