Making XC Practice

Got out for 5 easy miles yesterday morning before a long day of kid softball.  Still don’t feel totally right, but hoping it’s just a matter of time before all the soreness goes away.  I am willing to be patient to let the body/legs get fresh, but at the same time if that takes 4-5 days there won’t be much time left to get in any good track work before it’s time to start taking it easy again.  The training cycle Catch-22….

Back out at the softball tournament again this morning, 3 more games before getting eliminated in the semi-finals.  Upside to the early end to the day was that I was able to get home and then over to the high school for the summer XC workout.  I volunteered to help coach the summer softball team, so of course the practices have been on the same nights as XC, making my presence there erratic at best.  Being able to get out for the occasional Sunday night runs have been good – it at least keeps me in touch with everyone until softball is over next week.

Guys and gals ran some mile repeats this evening.  I didn’t want to do anything too tough due to the aforementioned soreness issue, but the paces were pretty comfortable – the workout was made challenging by taking away the rest.  5×1 mile, 6:20 pace, :90 secs rest in between.  Ran a 6th with the girls after the boys were done, all in all pretty easy.  I think a normal 6 mile run would have been at the same pace (without any rest), so this was a good way to get in mileage that I might not have done, with the added advantage of being able to do it with the kids.  Body felt pretty good, will still take a couple Advil before going to bed and will see how the legs feel in the morning.  2 weeks til relay time, getting excited…


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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