Happy New Year!


I was a little disappointed they cut me out of the team pic…

I am back from a long visit with the Dalai Lama, where I have spent the last three months solving all of life’s great mysteries.  Quality or quantity?  Dry land or aqua training?  800m or 1500m?  Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms?  The time was well spent, as I think I am on my way to getting back to a point of feeling good and hopefully being competitive.  I have missed writing about all this stuff, so I am looking forward to getting back to normal in more ways than one…

Of course....

Of course….

I’m about to finish up an Ottawa-Indianapolis trip to kick off the new year.  Yesterday’s run in Ottawa was a double-underwear evolution, as the daytime high was 1° F with wind chill temps well south of zero.  The river path was still partially covered in snow so I took it easy, but it was good to get in a comfortable 5 miles.  Hit the elliptical later that afternoon to kill some time and augment the mileage.  8 miles today in Indianapolis at a very reasonable pace – didn’t want to do anything crazy since I hope to jump in an indoor mile race on Saturday at Penn State.  It’s too early in the year to throttle back on the training for a race, but no need to go into it unnecessarily worn down…

With the New Year upon me I have made it a point to revive the blog.  It suffered last fall from my disappointment with how the road racing season ended up.  My week-on, week-on race schedule became a cycle of  1.) racing,  2.) being sore as hell, then  3.) recovering just in time to race again.  Repeat.  After the third time around (Hershey Half Marathon) I was tiptoeing around for 5 days when I realized that I was an idiot, and wasn’t accomplishing anything.  I sat out for about 2 weeks, then started from scratch.  That was almost 9 weeks ago, and since then all has been well….

Will review more of the last 9 weeks somewhere down the road.  As for now, I’m pleased with where I am and if the problems I encountered in October/November are the worst thing that happen to me I’ll consider myself lucky.  I hope everyone had a joyous holiday and are ready to make 2013 a happy and healthy year.  It’s good to be back!!


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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