Fifth Avenue Mile, Take 3…

Fifth Avenue Mile Eve – since this will be my third running I feel like a seasoned veteran.  I know I am definitely a veteran of running this race dinged up – hamstring in ’10, achilles in ’11, now hamstring again in ’12.  I hope to draw off both sets of experience tomorrow morning, and hopefully the results are more like 2010 than 2011.

All pool work since the last post, I did manage to get out to the track yesterday for a couple 200m’s just to make sure I didn’t waste 20 gallons of gasoline on the drive up to New York City.  The leg felt a little tender, but then again it has been tight since about 1993 so I didn’t sweat it too much.  I shut it down as soon as I was satisfied with the pace, figured no sense in pushing it – another two days of rest is two more days of recovery, and recovery is good….

When I won the masters race in 2010, I was coming off a more serious hamstring pull than this year, but had much more time to rehabilitate it.  The week prior to that year’s race I tested it out and although it was tight I was able to run.  I remember wearing a wrap to the race, removing it just before toeing the line.  The injury played no part in the race, and I was able to do whatever I needed to do to win in 4:22.  Last year I had a nagging achilles injury throughout the summer and babied my training big-time.  I got to the race with very low expectations, and by the time I hit my very conservative 800m split the leaders had opened up a huge lead and the race was essentially over.  I finished strong, which was almost worse than limping it in because I realized that I had sold myself short.  I vowed that I wouldn’t ever do that again.

So here I am, 1 year later.  Once again I’ve had a less than ideal “run-up” to the race, but I feel like I’ve played it both ways in my previous two runnings.  For the third consecutive year I am coming into the race almost exclusively pool trained, but like 2010 I am going to trust the power of the pool and get after it, planning for success.  2011’s disappointment will serve as a lesson learned – there will be no 2:15 splits tomorrow, no selling myself short.  I don’t know what kind of field there will be, but I know that for as long as the leg holds up I will be near the front.  Hopefully I can hold my own, finish strong, and if the stars align maybe bring another crown back to Enola and the folks at HydroWorx.  Lord knows I wouldn’t be here ready to go without them…

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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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