Author Archives: Nick Berra

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!

Vacationing, Track Style

After punching the two world record tickets on my first two tries, a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  With the US Indoor Nationals this weekend, then the WMA Indoor World Championships in late March, there is still … Continue reading

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Look What I Found… (times 2)

Re-reading this title one could be led to believe I was referring to this blog.  I actually wasn’t, but I guess it could serve as a double entendre.  (I’m not going to admit how many tries it took for spell … Continue reading

Posted in 5th Avenue Mile, Aquatic Fitness, Competitive Races, Hartshorne Mile, Hydrotherapy, Masters Running, Masters Track, Millrose Games, Running, Uncategorized, Underwater Treadmill | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Order Restored

Well, all’s well that ends well.  I am happy to report that after receiving requests to review the matter from both me and Peter Brady, New York Road Runners shot us an email this evening that said that they would … Continue reading

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Fifth Avenue Mile

Fast forward five short weeks since the Pentathlon.  Nobody missed anything.  I took a week off because everyone says you should do that every now and then, I felt worse after the break than I did beforehand.  Then took it … Continue reading

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GTPC Runners Pentathlon Recap

Well, not only did I survived the race onslaught yesterday at Germantown Academy, but I stumbled upon a late comeback and managed to sneak away the individual champion.  The sprints turned out to be manageable interruptions of my distance event … Continue reading

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Five Times The Fun in Philadelphia

Nothing marks the end of summer like the annual rite of passage held in Fort Washington PA – the Greater Philadelphia Runner’s Pentathlon.  I believe this is the fourth annual running of this event, third time I have been involved. … Continue reading

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Still Drinking From The Fountain Of Youth

Well, the hits just keep on coming.  In a year I had all but written off six months ago, I continue to ride the victory wave.  In yesterday’s GNC Live Well Liberty Mile I had what it took to top … Continue reading

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