12 On The Trail

After taking it easy and lazy yesterday, got back on the proverbial horse today.  Drove out to the Stoney Creek trail, and with my “new” old trusty Garmin at my side I banged out a 12 mile out-and-back.  The weather in the morning was beautiful, but by the time I got out there it had gotten cloudy and the wind had picked up.  Still shorts and a tee weather though, and word is that today is supposed to be the “worst” day of the week.  Thank goodness, because after the mild winter and tropical March, we’ve been “forced” to endure typical spring weather throughout April – unpredictable, and always a little colder than you think…

Today’s run was good.  Targeted 6:40 pace, figuring that was hard enough to get something out of it, but easy enough not to be too taxing and hopefully keep me fresh enough to do some intervals tomorrow.  I tried to avoid hawking my watch during the run though, and tried to just ran like I felt.  I must have felt pretty good, because after the usual easy warmup miles I’m guessing I banged out each of the middle 8-10 miles in 6:15-6:25 pace.  I didn’t force anything, and when the typical 10+ mile fatigue started to set in it just felt right to ease it up just a little bit.  Guessing the entire evolution came in between 1:16-1:17, it felt good to get back out there after 5 days or so of dorking around…

I talked to my XC boss out at the high school and found out that the distance gang is getting on the track on Thursday so I hope to go out and join them then.  I’m planning on getting in a set of intervals in the pool tomorrow as well to make it a 2x week.  The water will be good after todays long run, because I’m guessing I will feel at least a little stiff in the morning.  I’m looking forward to getting my dad up in there with me in the upcoming weeks as well after the installation of his bionic knee this afternoon.  All signs pointed to a successful surgery, so once he gets the ok from his therapists I plan on dragging his butt to the pool with me to keep me company then get in some aqua-work of his own.  Warm water cures all!


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 12 On The Trail

  1. David Haas says:

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

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