Redshirt ‘Senior’

I would say jumping in a cross-country practice reminds me of the good old days, but since I never ran cross-country in high school I’ll just pretend it’s just like I remember.  It had been a while since I joined our varsity boys in a workout, but when I got word that practice was going to be mile repeats I decided to save myself a valuable hour of my day (my own run) and just run with the guys.  I spent the afternoon up on my roof patching some damage caused by Irene, so by the time I got out to the high school I was hitting the Gatorade Prime and an energy shot to try to get a second wind.  Warmed up with the kids, did some light drills, then threw my hat into their ring to see if I could get some decent work in…

6 x mile on a fairly flat grass loop.  5:30 pace, about 4:00 recoveries.  Stayed with the lead boys, didn’t want to get in anyone’s way but was prepared to help them out if they needed it.  The first 500 meters or so had some longer grass, slanted footing, and tight turns, so each interval started out rough but eventually we always got into a rhythm.  The boys pulled me through as much as I helped them, the entire evolution was fairly uneventful – just what you want for an early season workout.  Everyone did a good job hanging in there on all 6, even the old guy not on the roster (I’m guessing there has to be a statute of limitation on high school eligibility, and 24 years is probably outside the window…).  Best part of the whole thing was the achilles was fairly calm the entire afternoon – after cooling down I stretched and iced it so I’m hoping it feels just as good tomorrow.  I figure a lot of that has to do with running on the soft grass – as much as I don’t like running on the thick stuff I might have to get out there a little more in the future.

Backing up a day, 45 minutes yesterday in the HydroWorx tub – easy tempo pace.  Can’t beat it – running in there is totally pain-free, and even if you go all day you are still ready to hit it the next day without any residual aches or pains.  It’s saving me right now – I think the fact that I was able to cruise through the mile repeats on land today is largely due to the spin and HydroWorx workouts I’ve been able to get in during my time off the past 2 weeks.  Moving forward hopefully I can gradually up the intensity on land and still be able handle things as well…

Going to Buffalo tomorrow morning to work a flight Tuesday evening that eventually ends up in Burbank, CA.  Should be back on Thursday morning, neither Buffalo or Burbank is on my top 50 list of running cities so there might be some elliptical action in my near future.  With the rain forecast here for the next month or two it’s probably agood time to get out-of-town and make some rent money anyway – that, or maybe I’ll buy a MegaMillions ticket on my way to the airport and just get rich quick via a couple lucky ping-pong balls….


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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