Feeling Much Better

Forecasted rain and wind arrived as predicted yesterday, didn’t make much difference to me as I was planning on one more easy day in the pool anyway.  Turned the resistance jets up a little bit and got a little more of a sweat going as I now feel almost totally recovered from Sunday’s race.  I know it takes more than 3-4 days to fully recover from a race of that length, but its nice not to be crawling down stairs and over curbs on aching thighs anymore.  Got in a solid hour, pretty standard lately.  Have started re-watching the Band of Brothers series these last couple of days, so the time has flown by on these long runs watching Easy Company fight their way towards Germany.  The only thing better than the actual film is the interviews with the actual unit members, led by Central Pennsylvania native Major Dick Winters.  One tough bunch of soldiers…

Got out with the high school boys this afternoon as they prepare for our District championship meet next Wednesday.  They got in about 30 minutes at an easy tempo pace, I finished with them then got in a little more to round it to an even 40 mins.  Felt pretty good for the first time back out, will plan on getting back into a regular land/water routine next week after the dust settles from this weekend.

Beat Army!

My Naval Academy class of 1991’s 20th reunion is on Saturday, and my academy roommate and family are coming up tomorrow from Camp Leujune NC to visit and then go down there with us.  I got him in the pool the last time he was up here and he was impressed – when I asked him today if he wanted to go for a run when he arrived he said he’d like to get back in the water if he could.  HydroWorx intervals are therefore on tap for tomorrow, will try to put a little hurtin’ on the USMC lieutenant colonel.  I ran track at Navy while he was an All-American wrestler (heavyweight), so I’ve been on the wrong side of many abuse sessions over the years – I have to take advantage of these opportunities whenever I can….


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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