Frustration Continues

I think that I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed 3 years of relatively good running health since giving this masters track thing a go back in 2009.  Some aches and pains have sidelined me for a week or two here and there, and the hamstring strain last year took some rest and rehabilitation, but other than that I certainly can’t complain.  Maybe I have become spoiled by this run of good luck, because it seems like I can go all the way back to the world meet in mid-July to remember when I have been really healthy.  After today, I’m not sure good times are coming anytime soon…

After Tuesday’s run got cut short by the calf ‘knot’, I got on the elliptical yesterday to give my leg the day off.  It was very sore all Tuesday night, but by Wednesday the discomfort had gone away so things were looking up.  60 minutes on the machine, nothing special but better than nothing.  I was delaying my decision on racing on Saturday to see how it felt on Thursday – the weather was supposed to be nice and I had been ‘given’ the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving in Indianapolis by FedEx.  I woke up this morning, stretched a little, and got out to see if the leg would pass the test.

Nope.  Felt fine for about a mile, then the exact same ‘sensation’ struck.  Don’t know how to best describe it, but it’s a show stopper.  Walk of shame got me back to the hotel, got 45 more minutes on the elliptical which didn’t seem to bother it too much.  Can’t see my cross-country debut happening on Saturday after this, don’t know what to think about anything anymore….

Will get with my PT consultant when I get home – hopefully it is just some sort of triggered tightness that can be fixed with some massage or acupuncture.  If not I may just hit the HydroWorx pool religiously for an extended period and let the body just get well.  I’d take a rest period if I thought that would help, but I think getting in the pool and  getting the blood flowing is almost better than straight rest.  We’ll see what the professional says and go from there….

With all this lamenting aside, it is Thanksgiving and I certainly can’t complain with all the blessings I enjoy on a daily basis.  I hope everyone has a wonderful day with family and friends, and if you are planning on celebrating at the downtown Indianapolis Steak and Shake I will see you there.  Nothing honors the tradition established by the Pilgrims and Wampahoag Indians like a Chipotle Steakburger and a root beer float.  Hopefully I will get home on time tomorrow morning, and all I can say is there better be some leftovers!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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