Taking It Easy For Once

It’s been nice having a week+ off here at home, even after the week+ off down in Florida.  A warmup for the summer schedule hopefully, I just have to survive the next month or two where I’ll probably keep up the pretty hectic work schedule.  The time off here has been even better when you take into consideration the continued crazy-warm temperatures we’ve had.  If winter was mild, spring (is it actually even spring yet?) has been downright hot.  Our highs have been in the 70’s for the last 4 days, and those temps are forecast to last for at least another week.  Outdoor track teams across the northeast have definitely gotten their prayers answered…

We got back from Disney last Friday evening, and I turned around and put in an easy hour in the HydroWorx pool Saturday afternoon.  It was good to be back.  Sunday was spent driving back and forth to Philadelphia for the YMCA PA District Swimming Championships at LaSalle University.  I failed to mention in my post-Albuquerque blog that on that same weekend my eldest daughter was down to her last opportunity to qualify for her district meet.  She’d been knocking on the qualification door for about the last month, but had not yet hit the magic marks.  Sure enough, as soon as I miss a meet (and not even for a work conflict but a personal one) she doesn’t just sneak in the back door but kicked the front door down.  She qualified not just in one event but two, easily swimming PRs in both events.  Sunday’s meet was the fruits of her labors.  While swimming against the best of the best she managed to PR again in both events, but did not quite place high enough to advance to the state meet.  It was great to see her accomplish her goals though, as this was the first season where I could tell she recognized the correlation between hard work and results.  Not that it hasn’t been enjoyable watching the young kids swim for a ribbon or a post-race cookie, but getting over that hump with the oldest and now starting to watch someone actually enjoy competing is a whole different kind of fun – Berra fun…

Anyway, I digress.  Needless to say I didn’t get in any workout on Sunday, but didn’t really care.  It’d been a long time since I sat one out, so this one just made sense.  On Monday I got back in the pool for a bunch of uptempo stuff that really had no rhyme, reason, or purpose other than to just shake things out and get in one last little bit of a workout before Friday.  Ended up warming up for 20 mins, then did 10×60 seconds at maybe 80% w/30 secs recovery, followed by and easy fartlek of 5:00 on 5:00 recovery, 4 on 4 recovery, 3 on 3 recovery, and so on……  Cooled down for 10 minutes,  75 mins total.

32 minutes easy yesterday, felt pretty sluggish at first but ok by the end.  Rested again today.  Have been eating and sleeping much better than normal, if I don’t feel good by tomorrow I may go back to my usual bad habits of staying up all night and eating peanut butter and jellies like I do when I am working.  No reason not to be fresh by Friday evening for event #1, hopefully there will be event #’s 2 and 3 over the weekend….

I am flying out to Indianapolis tomorrow evening on the regular FedEx flight.  It doesn’t get in to Indy until almost 12:30 am, but it is a hassle-free non-stop flight that keeps me at home as long as possible.  I’ll get to sleep in Friday morning so with the evening gun time I don’t think the late bedtime will be much of a problem.  The plan will then be to drive down to Bloomington Friday around lunchtime when my wife arrives, to the stadium NLT 4:00 for my 6:30 race.  Have only gone longer than a mile once before in my track and field career, another 3000m about 20 months ago.  If Bernard Lagat can win the world championships in this event at age 37, I certainly cannot complain about being to old for this stuff at a mere 43.  9-flat or bust!

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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1 Response to Taking It Easy For Once

  1. Chris Simpson says:

    Good luck this

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