Prepping The Icing To Put On The Cake

Two more days in the pool.  An hour yesterday at medium intensity, some intervals today with a guest runner.  Feel like I am stuck between trying to cram in some last-minutequality work to make up for all the time I spent the past 6 weeks babying my foot and taking it easy to prepare for the race.  Not that I ever really have a structured plan for any evolution, but this one has me consulting the magic eight ball more than usual.

Yesterday’s hour in the pool pretty uneventful.  Achilles actually felt pretty good waking up, hoping that is a sign of having turned the corner on it, if not for this weekend at least for the rest of the fall.  Massaged it and the rest of the legs afterwards because I could.

Brian Ober joined me in the water this afternoon as my interval partner.  Same drill I’ve done before, rotating on and off the treadmill – one rests while the other runs.  Ended up running 8×2:00/4×3:00 with about 90 seconds rest.  Worked the underwater treadmill and resistance jets eventually up to maximum speeds, getting to be old hat.  Brian actually gets props for his effort, hanging in there much more valiantly than most “guest interval-ers”.  On the last rep he conquered “max power” like an experienced pro….

That will probably be it for quality work for the week.  Had thought about hitting the trail for a little tempo work tomorrow, having second thoughts about that now.  Not that I need any more ‘issues’, but I started coming down with a head cold on Sun/Mon that is now in full bloom.  The initial symptoms were exactly like those I experienced prior to Boston ’10 and Albuquerque ’11, which would be a bad thing since those two bouts with a sinus infection wiped me out.  This one seems to just be your basic nasal faucet thus far, the energy level seem to be hanging in there.  Will be watching this closely…

Unless I wake up on death’s doorstep I guess I will enter the race tomorrow – have been waiting like usual to make sure nothing crazy happened schedule/health wise, so achillesand cold aside I suppose I am in relatively ‘good shape’.  Whether I am actually in good shape is yet to be determined – I guess the race clock and competition will answer that question for me Saturday morning….


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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