Good Day For Aqua-runners!

While I couldn’t compete with this evening’s excitement in London where Mo Farrah and Galen Rupp (fellow HydroWorx users) went 1-2 in the 10,000m final, with Rupp’s medal being the first in the event by an American since Billy Mills, the events in Lisle ranked a close second in the track and field world.  I will have to compare my pool usage with theirs, as they seemed to be going a lot faster than I was, but for now I will continue to throw my hat into the ring with the training I have….

Today’s 800m went as well as could be expected.  I went out conservatively, conceding the early pace to race-favorite Scott Weeks.  Scott took off like a man-possessed and probably opened up a 20-30m lead in the first 500 meters.  I stayed relaxed with a chase group of about 4 other guys, going through the 200m in around 29 and the quarter in 60.  I stayed in the 5th position down the windy backstretch, then with some life still left in my legs moved out and ran a pretty strong closing 200.  I closed the gigantic gap on Scott a little bit, but was never a threat to him – he finished in 1:58-something and I crossed the line in 1:59.4.

Big picture (silver vs gold aside) it was just what I wanted.  I don’t think that it was an effort that will kill me tomorrow, but I still got a good race under my belt and finally got a check in the sub-2:00 box.  Not a huge feather in my cap, but something that will let me sleep better knowing I got done.  I got in a good cool down, stretch, ice, etc, and feel that I will be ready to go tomorrow morning when the 1500m goes off.  Luckily we will not be facing the horrid heat that today’s races were run in (mid-90’s) – the huge line of thunderstorms that passed through this evening will keep tomorrow’s temps in the 70’s and low 80’s – perfect.  After the 1500m will be the relay, but as much as I have been looking forward to it I’m taking it one race at a time.

Team HydroWorx!  Sure I won’t be mentioned in the same breath as the heavy-hitters in London, but I know my ‘teammates’ are anxiously awaiting this update so they can go to bed knowing how things went on this side of the pond.  Silver, just like Galen.  Yeah right…

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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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