Taking Lessons From A Horse

A little “on the fly” workout this afternoon – with more torrential rainfall hitting our area this afternoon (cross-country meet ended up actually getting cancelled), ended up in the pool for today’s session.   After the 9 miles or so I logged yesterday the pool was probably the right call regardless of the weather, so this was the likely the case of somebody “upstairs” ensuring I didn’t screw this up by doing anything stupid…

20 minute warmup, then 20 minutes at I would consider 10k pace – aqua equivalent of a tempo run, ‘efforting’ at around 5:45/mile.  30 minutes afterwards to cool down and get some extra mileage, 70 minutes total.  Long session with the massage hose to wrap things up, and since Seabiscuit was about to win the elusive Santa Anita Stakes on the pool’s “big screen” I couldn’t just leave – it ended the same as it always does, with good triumphing in Hollywood-tweaked drama.  Do jockeys who are 20 lengths back at the half-way point really ask each other how they are doing before dropping the hammer and stealing the victory?  Will have to consult my horse folks to get the answer to this one, think I know the answer.  This made me think – I wonder if Neil Fitzgerald did that to me at worlds while he was way back in the pack.  Did he pull up next to Brian Sax and say: “Hey Brian, how’s it going?”  Brian: “Not bad, how about you?”.   Neil: “Feeling pretty good.  Gotta go, see you at the finish”.  Cue the triumphant music, dramatic slo-mo, crowd going crazy, etc.  Hmmm…I gotta start being more like the ‘Biscuit….

Planning 45 minutes or so tomorrow, probably the same on Thursday with some striders or something.  Friday is an all-day invitational event at Lehigh University for the high school team, so that will probably be an easy day/day off.  Saturday – who knows, plenty of time to decide between now and then.  For now, it’s dinner time – think I’m going with the oats…

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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1 Response to Taking Lessons From A Horse

  1. kevinfforde says:

    If someone goes galloping by me towards the finish at Syracuse I’ll know it’s you…..
    Giddy Up!!!

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