New York Yankees – R.I.P.

$55 million for two guys in the heart of your lineup to hit under .150 for the series?!?  Looks like the Yanks just gifted me a whole lot of October sleep now that their feeble playoff run is over.  Time to jump on the Phillies bandwagon…

Now back to serious business.  I was surprised how well (less bad) I felt today after yesterday’s soreness – don’t know if it was the icing, the ibuprofen, or the fact that I might be starting to get back my road legs.  Whatever the case, this was good news with a sunny day to kill in Chicago.

Had another overnight flight last night from Newark to get here, got a pretty decent nap upon arrival so I was ready to go when I got up.  Had about the same mileage goal in mind as yesterday, was going to let my legs decide the pace based on how they felt.  The beautiful afternoon made it easy to get cruising.   Settled into about 6:40 pace, eventually decided on 8 miles which after yet another distance underestimation turned into 9.  Ended up almost right at 60:00 total – felt pretty good as long as the grade was either flat or uphill.   The downhills were miserable though – even the slightest declines felt like my quads were being shoved through a tenderizer.   Interestingly painful phenomenon….

Very happy I was able to come back today and get another good run in the books.  Body deserves and will get a little break tomorrow as I will eventually find my self back home after a midnight flight back to Newark where a car will be waiting for me to drive me to Enola.  Won’t be a complete day off though – that’ll be Saturday – but instead a nice long run in the pool followed by a much-needed aqua-massage.  Not counting the race on Sunday that will cap a 5-run week, probably about 40 miles – it’s good to be back.

Next week will be a little weird with the half-marathon on Sunday, will take a look at that as it draws near and see how that race is looking.  I’d hate to take too much time off for the race, especially if I don’t plan on running it hard.  If the legs get fresh and the runs are still getting easier maybe I’ll give it a whirl.  Plenty of time to see how this batch of mileage gets digested before looking forward…


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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