If you had to summarize your running year in one word, what would it be? Mine would be “Almost”.  I ran my 3rd best Manchester Classic, finished in 2nd or 3rd in a race three times, could not get under 40 minutes for the 10K and ran my 2nd-best 1/2 marathon.  Although I did run my lifetime PR in the 20K and my fastest 5K since 2010, it all felt a little hollow for me. So what was it for you?

In order to have a good goal for next year, you need to assess the current year.  What kind of year was it for you? Once you can figure that out, then you can see what went right and what went wrong.  Examples:

  1.  Injuries
  2. Exhaustion
  3. Overtraining
  4. Boredom
  5. Races finished too slow/fast
  6. DNFs
  7. Not enough time to train and race

The plan you come up with for next year could involve many steps.  Think of what you need to get to your goal.  Is it a coach?  Is it a new running group or a different place to start running?  Is it a different time of day to run?  Whatever it is, change something up – changes in running keep you fresh and motivated.

What is your goal for 2017?

Think About It

Plan It

Execute It !

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Nickolas Joannidis
Nickolas Joannidis
I have been running for over 35 years, having done practically every possible racing event or distance from the 100 meters through the marathon. I competed in varsity high school cross country and track at Saddle Brook High School in the mid-1980's, varsity cross country and track at Division II Pace University and finished well over 200 road races since then, including 20 marathons with a lifetime best of 3:14:50. I was the president of the Hoffmann LaRoche corporate running team for 7 years, growing the team from 25 to over 90 during his tenure. I coached many of these runners to achieve their goals, whether they were beginners or advanced. In 2011 I was an assistant coach for the Fair Lawn Recreation track team, helping the 10 to 14 year old group. I am currently personally coaching dozens of runners, from beginner levels to advanced levels and getting them to be prepared to meet their goals.

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