Graduation and Post-Grad Work

Graduation ceremony at Elite Athletic Performance.  Think I got taller during PT...

Graduation ceremony at Elite Athletic Performance with Rich Harris.  Think I got taller during PT…

Well, I officially graduated from therapy several weeks ago, and am working on the fresh start.  As I had planned on doing, I stuck with Rich Harris and am now an official (workout) card-carrying member of Elite Athletic Performance.  I liked the program we started towards the end of my physical therapy so I decided to give it a shot at least through the spring and summer.  It is also nice to have the HydroWorx treadmills right in the facility, which makes it very convenient to get in both my strength/flexibility training and then a workout or just some mileage all in the same session.  I think today was my 6th session in the past 2 weeks, and I have to say I am feeling pretty good…

I’d be feeling even better if I hadn’t spent about 5 days last week on death’s front doorstep.  It was the same old thing I think I have contracted about 4 times in the past couple years – first the sore throat, then the exploding sinuses, followed by the lungs full of nasty green stuff.  No sleep, no energy, no fun.  Was totally benched for 4 days, then it took another 4-5 to feel ‘right’ again.  I eventually got to the doc and am almost through the course of antibiotics.  My training schedule was compressed to start with, so losing about a week didn’t help matters at all.  My expectations have been tempered just a bit – still sticking with the same schedule, but I’ll take what I can get results-wise.  Not expecting any PR’s or eye-popping times, just hope to compete and have these next couple races be stepping-stones to hopefully a good spring and summer.

Workout wise, I’ve been spending a bunch of time in the water the past week.  Got in a tough set of intervals on a land treadmill last night, the first ‘fast’ session in quite a while.  8×2:00 w/2:00 rest, one hour total.  Had planned on hitting the track for these intervals, and even had a willing partner lined up, but a 2:00am vomit attack (first of many) by my youngest daughter gave me Dad Daycare duties all afternoon.  What are you going to do – felt bad for her watching her hover around the bathroom all day so missing out on a sunny day didn’t seem like that big of a sacrifice.  HydroWorx on Sunday, Monday, and this morning, probably some uptempo road work Thursday and/or Friday.  My mileage hasn’t been as high as it had been during the winter, but hopefully adding a little more quality to the weights will reenergize my dormant ‘speed’.  With revitalized hamstrings and quads I’m counting on having a little more hop in my step and a lot less tightness and inefficiency – maybe that will help me avoid the dreaded final 100 meter shuffle of doom I’ve experienced too many times in the past several years – Drake Relays, 5th Ave Mile, Sacramento Worlds, etc..

So for the time being it’s me, the heavy iron (yeah right),  and a grey cotton sweat suit. Throw in a little dose of land speed and a healthy dose of underwater running and hopefully I’ll be back on track.  If you don’t recognize me next time we meet it’s probably because I’ll be so “Pumped Up!”

Getting pumped up like Hans and Frans

Getting pumped up like Hans and Frans

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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