Fighting A Cold – With Cold!

Pass the meds!!

Pass the meds!!

After spending the end of last week being a CDC flu statistic, I finally felt well enough to get back out there this afternoon.  I just started another week of the Arctic Express (Indianapolis – Ottawa) here in 27° Indy – might be the warmest temps I see for the rest of the week as I will not only transit between these two tropical paradises but I will end up in Ithaca on Friday for Saturday’s Hartshorne Mile.  Indianapolis, Ottawa, Ithaca – three places you won’t see on posters in the travel agency this time of year….  Five easy miles along the river and zoo after arriving this afternoon, it felt good to get back out there after a long 3 days off.  7 min mile pace felt just right, hopefully something to get the heart rate up just a little bit tomorrow – with the Canadian temps in the single digit range I’m thinking I might just be indoors…

Ottawa in June....

Ottawa in June….

I was just about to dial it back a little bit when my body succumbed to the dreaded uber-cold, so following 12 straight hard days it wasn’t the end of the world.  Easing back into things this week will also double as a “get-fresh” before the race, so I’m not worrying about it too much.  I’m also not worrying about it too much because approaching these races in a more casual fashion has brought a whole new perspective to the sport – pressure free, fun racing.  Getting the mile under my belt earlier this month at least let me know that I can still run 8 hard miniature laps, so I’m not worried about pulling up short.  How fast can I go?  Instead of targeting a hard time like in the past, I’ll probably just let it flow and see where the chips fall.  There are several “young” guys out there now that I’m sure will feel the pressure to make statements, so hopefully seeing the race from a different point of view will bring a different kind of race.  I’m sure the others will be disappointed that “Pace Car Berra” may be out of the race-leader business, but maybe “Back of the Pack Nick” will have a miracle or two left in his old wheels.  If I can just make it to race day without suffering hypothermia between now and then…

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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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2 Responses to Fighting A Cold – With Cold!

  1. Wow, fantastic weblog layout! How lengthy have you been blogging for?

    you made running a blog glance easy. The full glance of your
    web site is excellent, as smartly as the content!

    • Nick Berra says:

      Time flies – it’s probably been about 2.5 years now. It’s easy once I sit down, but finding the time to do that is sometimes the problem. I checked out your blog, looks like you have some good stuff on there. Will definitely follow it…

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