Taking Things Up A Notch (Distance-Wise)

In Syracuse for tomorrow’s Masters 5k National Championships.  Been an uneventful week – got in a couple of quality workouts early in the week, but spent Wed-Fri just bagging some mileage on the bike and in the pool.  Have no idea what tomorrow’s race will bring – I don’t feel as strong or confident as I’d have hoped I would, similar to how I felt before 5th Avenue last weekend so I learned my lesson there about selling myself short.  Last weekend’s issue was a perceived lack of good training  though – not that my training for this has been anything special, but with a 10 day cold still lingering and just an overall feeling of malaise my uncertainty this week is more with the simple lack of hop in my step.  The race forecast is low 40’s and rain, so that won’t help matters either.  However I feel at race time though, my plan is to go down swinging, unlike last week were I had post-race regret.  The race brochure said the course is marked every 100om, so the plan is 3:10 x 5 = 15:50.  Even splits, nothing fancy – run them til I drop….

As usual, will update tomorrow after the race, assuming my fingers haven’t frozen solid.


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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