Two Weeks To Go

End of week which included a working “road trip”.   Status quo on the foot, nothing earth-shattering to report workout-wise.  Tuesday in Buffalo, Wednesday in Burbank, Thursday in Laredo – doesn’t get much more random than that.  It was hotel groundhog day out there – elliptical, elliptical, elliptical – just shoot me.  Got in an hour at each of the first two, the unit in Laredo was a little dated (think it was from the Jack Lalanne signature series) so I could only endure 30 minutes on that dinosaur.  Wouldn’t say that I made a whole lot of progress regaining my late-June fitness level, but until I hit the Diamond League qualifying standards and start making 6-figures on the pro circuit Laredo will be paying the bills.

Got home to flooded Harrisburg Friday afternoon, was beat from the long night of flying but was able to muster the energy to hit the pool for an interval session.  8×3:00 w/1:00 jogging recovery – something close to 1000’s, trying to hang out in the threshold area for a while.  Pretty pleased with how it went, upped the resistance after #2 and #5 to a pretty challenging level by the finish.  With the 10 minute warmup and 15 minute cool down it came in right at an hour.

Finished the week up with 60 minutes in the pool again today.  Had the Penn State game on the pool room TV so the time flew by – guessing there were 108,000 folks wondering why in the hell they painted their chests white after PSU’s lackluster showing versus a good Alabama team.  At least they’ll have about 7 hours to think about it as they are all stuck in traffic leaving State College PA due to the flood-caused road closures in that area.  Ugh…

Hoping to get on the track tomorrow for the first time in probably 9-10 weeks.  I’m guessing that it won’t help my achilles get any better, but I need to do something like this eventually if I want to compete so with time running out until race day (2 weeks from today) it’s now or never to see how it holds up.  Won’t do anything crazy – I feel that the aqua-conditioning has kept me fit, so tomorrow won’t be anything resembling a final exam but more of mid-term review.  I’ll get out there and play it by ear….


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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