Heading down to Landover, Maryland for the 2013 USATF Indoor Nationals.  It’s nice that the meet is relatively “local” – traveling to Albuquerque and Bloomington the past couple years have been fun getaway weekends and good opportunities to catch up with the masters crowd, but there is still something to be said for knocking it all out in one day.  I am only running the mile this year, so my father and I am turning back the clock to our old barnstorming days and driving down the day of the meet.  Hopefully that will bring me some good mojo…

Had to bail on the 800m tomorrow because my oldest daughter Lindsay qualified for the YMCA state swim championships tomorrow so I will be watching that instead of attempting the weekend double.  I don’t know which race would be my strongest now based on my fitness level – I don’t really have the volume I’d like to have for the mile, but I also haven’t been tearing it up on the track doing speed work either.  I’m pretty sure I’ll actually get a chance to run a 4×800 leg after my individual race, so hopefully a little bit of each kind of training will suffice…

I did get in a good fartlek workout a couple weeks ago on the Stoney Creek trail (20 x 30 seconds over 9 miles) as well as visit my old stomping grounds at the Naval Academy for a track workout (3×800, 3×200) while laying over in Baltimore.  That plus a couple of tempo runs have augmented a whole bunch of water miles, both on the usual big unit as well as the X80 model over at EAP.  I’ve also kept up with the lifting and stretching program, so we’ll see if I’ve put in enough work there to start paying dividends.  I feel good, which is nice, so I’m just going to go out there and see what happens.

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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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