To the Final

Two down, one to go.  After yesterday’s strange advancement rules (by straight time), today’s more traditional format made things much more predictable.  Top two in each heat advanced, along with the next 5 fastest times.  Being placed in the early heat once again, I didn’t feel like messing around and playing the “time” game like yesterday.  I got out with the leaders and lingered around 3rd or 4th through the quarter, then when things started getting a little crazy and the European arms started swinging I felt like getting boxed in (or knocked unconscious) were the biggest threats to my chances of advancing.  I moved outside with about 3oom to go, stayed with the top two as they started breaking away, then passed them both off the final turn to finish slightly ahead of the other two in 2:03.98.  We were 4 seconds faster then the rest of the 14 semi-finalists, but such is life.  Given a crystal ball would it have been better to run slower and save something for down the road?  Maybe, although running 2:08 and 2:04 shouldn’t break the bank.  Today’s effort was smooth, and when it came time to accelerate it came without much problem.  Friday will be a whole different story.  Don’t know how the race will start out, but that will probably dictate how I run it.  I feel like I have the legs and the conditioning to run it fast or slow, so I don’t want to script anything that might not be the best strategy at the time.  Either way the day of rest will level the playing field so Friday’s final should be a good race for all the marbles…

The family made it in to town this afternoon, and despite their long trip over they hit the ground running.  All over Budapest via foot, trains, trolleys, and boats, topped off by the evening right of passage – Fictiv Pub.  It didn’t disappoint (as usual), kids already booking it for tomorrow.  Twist my arm…

Danube River Cruise - Hungarian Parliament Building by night (photo by Lindsay...)

Danube River Cruise – Hungarian Parliament Building by night (photo by Lindsay…)


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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