Kicking This Thing Off…

Monday:  YMCA                                                                                                                         Tuesday:  7.0 Spokane Centennial Trail                                                                                    Wednesday:  60 minutes elliptical Spokane hotel                                                                      Thursday:  5.o easy locally

Another apology required as I think I accidentally sent this early again.  I have to remember the computer’s ‘tab’ button is like that big red button in the jet that says “Do Not Push” – so tempting….

Started the week out with another freezing rainy Monday, my great plan of going to the track was thwarted by mother nature.  Heck, why go now anyway – what’s another week?  This ‘streak’ is getting ridiculous.  Opted instead for an indoor activity, went to the YMCA during the girl’s swim practice for 45 minutes on the elliptical for some mechanized base work, then finished with a Tabata set on the recumbent bicycle to punish myself for not going to the track.  Waddled out to the truck afterwards….

Worked Monday night out to Spokane, Washington.  It’s a long flight for a cold layover – not exactly the formula you are looking for when you bid your monthly trip schedule, but Spokane has a great running trail so it gets some bonus points.  There was some residual patchy snow and ice on the trail from the previous week’s big storms, but for the most part it was well maintained and with some more big flakes falling it made for a nice run.  Went 7 miles or so through the big cedars and evergreens and along the campus of Gonzaga University and the Spokane River.  Almost worth the 7+ hours of flying….

Spokane's Centennial Trail

Left Spokane early Wednesday morning, set the alarm for 3:45am (6:45am EST, right?) and got in an hour on the hotel elliptical before sitting in the cockpit for the rest of the day.  Have been using the new iPad and a Netflix “introductory” offer to kill time in the gyms – streaming the final season of “24” and getting in to “Mad Men” as I pedal away – definitely makes the time go by faster.

Easy 5 yesterday before today’s race.  Feel pretty good, but it’s been a long time since I have been so clueless as to what kind of shape I am in.  Not racing is one thing, but not running fast at all is another.  Missing the deadline on the earlier PSU mile is really coming back to haunt me, especially since next weekend’s race might be tough to make with my February flight schedule.  I wouldn’t be worrying about it as much if it was just my races that were up in the air, but I have been awarded a leg on Greater Philadelphia’s Distance Medley relay at the Milrose Games in 2 weeks.  The 1200m leg would fall right into my wheelhouse under normal conditions, but this year has been anything but normal.  This relay is going to be even more challenging since there is no “Masters” in the event description – GPTC has collected some very competitive “young” guys, and this will be an open event.  Time to man up and get this stuff sorted out because there won’t be a single person on the track that day that will be worried about what I am going to do or how I am going to run (except maybe me).  Relays always add additional pressure because if you spit the bit you are letting other guys down, so I have that going for me as well, which is nice….

Leaving for Penn State around noon, start time 4:45pm.  One way to determine where I am is to just get out there and find out.  Really hope to run a smooth race under 4:30.00, wouldn’t be that surprised if I run 4:25.0 or 4:35.0 though.  We’ll see.  Hopefully it feels good, and I can use the next 2 weeks to work on what I need to tweak to be ready for the race with the young guns.  First thing to tweak may be the greying hair – Grecian Formula anyone?…

Might need a touch to go undercover as an 'Open' runner


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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