Return of the Jedi Blogger

This probably sums up my meager internet existence better than anything I ever could have written myself.  This being said, however, I am back!  The breaks between posts seemed to get longer and longer as my frustration grew over my lack of good health, until I finally just seemed to throw in the towel.  I was fat, tired, stiff, and sore.  I had no races on the horizon so nothing pressing me to get my stuff together, which I probably couldn’t have really done anyway since every time I tried to hit the roads or trails there seemed to be another leg malfunction kicking me back to the curb.  Boo hoo, woe was me….

I still can’t run, but am ready to get started again.  I am not even going to attempt to catch  this thing up on where I’ve been literally or figuratively in the last 3-4 weeks (lost track of how long it’s been…), but lets just say that I have only run on land 6 times in the last 4 weeks, and 4 of them ended up with a walk of shame back to “base”.  I have also suffered through 2 sinus infections, the flu, and a couple bad hangovers (can’t really attribute them to bad luck…).  I am currently on an 8 day hiatus after shutting it down last Friday after 3.5 miles on the Stoney Creek Trail.  I had a little “work” done on my calf by my musculoskeletal guru that I thought had gotten me “right”, but after a couple of pain free runs and a lot of pool work the same issue arose again.  Since then I have been straight pool/elliptical/recumbent, but with renewed focus.  I’ve also broken the carb spell and have gotten back on track training-table wise, and have started to regain ground in the battle of the gut.  Calf aside (granted, that is a big “aside”), I feel better than I have in months, and hope to keep the momentum going in the right direction.

I am planning on getting out to the HydroWorx “campus” tomorrow for a run and to see some of the folks that I have not visited since I went underground.  I hope to get in some intervals, which would probably be the first uptempo thing I have done since Halloween – not good, but that is in the past.  If I could just get this calf “knot” thing taken care of I would be ready to finally start looking at a limited indoor schedule.  Until then I’ll just try to get the conditioning level as high as possible and not force anything on the roads.

Hard to believe that my last post had a big plate of turkey on it, and now Christmas is right around the corner.  I am such a fair-weather blogger.  I have been busy and pissed, so I know there is no excuses but if there was that would be mine.  When I logged on today I saw there were 9,999 hits on this thing, so whoever is number 10,000 expect an enormous prize the likes of which you have never seen (I can guarantee this because I am confident it’ll be my mom and she will expect me to renege on my promise…).  I apologize to all those folks who have wasted their precious time checking this site only to see that same Thanksgiving meal – I could have at least left everyone with a picture of a swimsuit model or Hawaiian sunset to see on a daily basis.   For now it’s back to work – masters track 2013 is right around the corner….


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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One Response to Return of the Jedi Blogger

  1. Gail says:

    Yep, It was your mom!

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