36 Second Laps All Night Long

Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse, University of Indiana

Here in Indianapolis after an uneventful flight last evening.  Got to bed late as I knew I would, but was able to sleep in so lack of rest won’t be an issue.  With the 6:30pm start time, maybe pushing the day back a couple hours will help make the evening gun time seem a little less strange for the body.  Doesn’t really matter whether it will or won’t, or is good or bad, because it is what it is.

I got in the pool yesterday for an easy 30 minutes of drills and light jogging.  I still had some soreness that I cannot for the life of me figure out how it came about – my left butt/hip feels like I got hit with a hammer.  It feels fine while running though, so I purposely got in the pool yesterday not just for the aqua-shakedown, but more for the use of the massage hose.  After the run I worked the tender area, it feels a little better today but is still there.  I’m guessing it just continues to recover as the weekend progresses, but I brought “The Stick” with me so I will keep massaging it lightly to hopefully get the discomfort to go away.

As has been the theme this season, what happens in the race tonite will be a complete surprise.  I feel like I am in pretty good shape, which hasn’t always been the case this year, but the distance is not a normal one for me.  At least when I ran the 1200 at the Millrose Games it was a race that was in between two distances that were familiar to me – you could argue this one is definitely uncharted waters.  When I ran my other 3000m in 2010, it was part of a multi-race event – the GPTC Track Pentathlon.  I think I ran something in the neighborhood of 9:10, but it was the first event of 5, so it wasn’t quite an all out effort.  I remember feeling pretty good, but that was the year when everything felt good.  This go-around I will be obviously going for broke, but I am 2 years older and probably not in the same kind of shape as I was coming off a very successful outdoor season.  I do think I have done more distance work than I did that year, so we’ll see how things balance out.  I would love to break 9:00, but nothing would surprise me.  I don’t really know anyone else in the field, so hopefully there is a pack of guys with the same goal as me.  I’d be disappointed if I didn’t challenge the other leaders, but again, have no idea what wins an event like this.  Like I have said (too) many times this year, I guess we’ll find out after the dust settles…


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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