Get Out Your Popcorn (and Your NoDoz)

First some final weekend cleanup, then the week thus far.  After getting home and on a real computer, I collected and correlated all the videos and info from the weekend.  Anything pertaining to the 3000m race is only for those who at some point in their life changed my diapers (you too, dad), or for those who are doing hard time somewhere in an isolation cell – lets just say that 15 pretty much identical laps is not going to qualify me for an ESPN “Top Plays” nomination anytime soon.  If you want to see the track version of “dead man walking” skip to the last 300m – I’m there, just wishing I wasn’t…

Anyway, someone was kind enough (and had the patience of Job) to take my splits as well.  Like I mentioned, pretty consistent, and right about what I wanted to run.  Breaking down the numbers a little bit show a stronger finish than I would have figured (assuming I had the mental capacity after about 2500m to figure anything):

36.5/36.6 (73.1)/35.4/36.8 (72.2/2:25.3)/36.9/36.6 (73.5)/36.3/36.5 (72.8/2:26.3/4:51.6) 36.5/36.0 (72.5)/36.1/35.7 (71.8/2:24.3)/35.2/34.1 (69.3)/32.6

First eight laps in 4:51.6, “last” eight laps in 4:42.7 – I may have felt like I was barely moving but following Jeff Scott was a harder chore than I realized.  I knew that we were behind 9-flat pace (4:51 vs 4:48) at the mile, but didn’t realized we essentially closed  in 70.9/66.7, a 2:17 800m.  Can’t complain one bit….

2012 USATF Masters Indoor Nationals M40-44 3000m – Bloomington, Indiana

Think I had posted my 800m splits earlier, essentially 30/30/30/30 for those of you just joining us.  For your viewing pleasure, however, I present to you the masters track and field version of Seabiscuit vs War Admiral – our 3-man match race.  All we needed was a firehouse bell to get things started…

2012 USATF Masters Indoor Nationals M40-44 800m – Bloomington, Indiana

Since getting back home Wednesday afternoon I’ve felt pretty good.  I grabbed a good hour on the elliptical in my New Jersey hotel Tuesday evening, then on Wednesday I ventured up to the top of the “mountain” behind my house to get on the service road/trail for some miles.  This trail (labeled “Darlington Trail” on the map) is super convenient – it’s only be a mile from my front door, only I would have to climb probably 500-600 feet in that mile just to get started.  Works better with the Tundra.  Problem with this trail is it gets very wet – even when there are droughts there are puddles/ponds that almost close the trail, and it is very rocky.  Not just ‘watch out for that rock or you’ll trip and bust your teeth’ kind of rocks, more like unavoidable small rocks that you are eventually going to step on, you just hope you don’t twist something or bruise the bottom of your foot.  Wore my Brooks “Green Machines” to say the least.  Some of the pleasure of running in the woods is taken away since you have to pretty much stare down 4’ in front of you to plan every step.  Did I say this trail was very convenient though?

I survived with only a minor ankle twist, and got in a pretty healthy 45 minutes.  It was the best I have felt since before heading down to Disney, maybe it really is a “mind over matter” thing:  trees and trails = pleasure, highway = not so much.  Either way it was good to finally get a fun run in after a couple of weeks of ‘blah’.

Out to the high school today for the first of a hopefully regular series of track workouts.  Didn’t really have a plan as usual, but wanted it to be a little faster than normal without being a drop-dead session.  Opted for some 400’s and 200’s with decent rest.  Set out to do 4×400 in 65 w/3:00 rest, then straight into 4×200 in 28 w/2:00 rest.  Worked out pretty well…

80 degrees, pretty calm, we are truly spoiled rotten this winter/spring weather.  2 mile warmup, drills, some leg swings, etc.  Got going in order to finish before the high school team madness.  400s – 66.5/63.4/62.7/61.6  First one was just feeling out the pace, the other 3 flowed pretty easily so I was happy with the times and effort.  The 3 min active rest felt very long, hence the quicker times.  It was what I wanted to accomplish though so I was pleased.  200s – 28.6/28.3  Stopped after 2 because I don’t know if I am just super gun-shy or what, but I just didn’t feel comfortable (hamstring-wise) going fast after running the quarters.  If I ever hope to race a 400m again I will have to get used to the 25-26 sec pace, but maybe I’ll try these again fresh another day.  In order not to cut the workout too short I hit the bleachers for two sets (we have some big bleachers here at CV as football isn’t taken lightly) – probably a much better strength workout than the final two 200s would have been anyway…

Taking this weekend off from racing.  There are a couple late indoor meets still being run, but neither one really appealed to me.  That, plus I’ve just been away too much to spend another 4-5 hours in a car for a 2 minute race that I wouldn’t have super-high expectations for anyway.  If the weather holds up there will be some early outdoor stuff that might provide some good collegiate competition and hence a better opportunity to get in a good race.  More on that as things develop.  Drake Relays the only thing really written in stone right now, 4/27 in beautiful Des Moines.  Until then trails, track, pool, and roads.  Repeat…

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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