The Dog Ate My Blog?

I’ve run out of excuses.  I have no idea how I ever used to manage to find the time to blog 4-5 times a week – every time I tell myself that I am going to start updating this regularly again 8 days fly by and I am right back in the “delinquent boat”.  Same thing this time – with FedEx trips surrounding Christmas (Merry Late Christmas by the way…) I have again been pretty busy, but still – nine days!?!   Ouch.  Time flies.  Maybe I will add this to my growing list of New Years resolutions.  (Early Happy New Years though in case I don’t do this again until mid February..)

We had a nice holiday, then an immediate 12th birthday for my oldest daughter on 12/26.  Took the cell phone “leap” with her, made her look up the phrase “enough rope to hang yourself” before activating it for her.  Vegas has the over/under on her losing it (physically or summarily) at 27.5 days, action is apparently heavy on the under.  I then hit the road that Monday afternoon, and have spent the last 4 days hauling all of Santa’s “goofs” back to Amazon and  I am definitely looking forward to getting home in the morning.

Not much has changed “running” wise since the last post, so I don’t feel super-bad about being busy/lazy (depending on how you look at it).  I’ve gotten in some quality volume every day (60 mins +), just not bad on the roads yet.  A lot of pool work when I’ve been home, elliptical when in the hotel.  Today marks 3 full weeks since my Stony Creek calf failure, thinking about giving it a shot this weekend at home.  I’m sure it’ll feel a little weird getting back out there, but I’m guessing if the term “like riding a bike” is commonly applied to something that takes an actual skill-set, remembering how to run should be fairly easy.  The big mystery/fear is what I’m going to do if it flairs up again – I’ve been 100% symptom free in the pool and on the devices, so if  3 weeks of pounding “rest” doesn’t do the trick I could be up the proverbial creek sans rowing device.  Have faith that I’m gonna be good to go, so after that hunch has been confirmed I will eventually test my conditioning to see where the cross-training has left me and then see if I am ready to dust off the spikes for some indoor fun.  The Hartshorne mile is a mere 3 weeks away, could be a stretch.  Hopefully it won’t be 9 more days before the verdict is “read”…..


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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