And this is not with regards to Valentine’s Day….  Some runners thrive in running on their own.  The loneliness of a long distance runner.  Cutting through the heat and the cold all by yourself.  This is “Me Time”, when I can work through all my problems and come up with solutions to world peace.  IF that is you, then this sport was built for you.  You are stronger than most, and have the discipline to run when others fail because of the monotony or the repetition.

If you are like ME, then you like people and want to run with others.  I don’t mind the occasional run by myself, but I want my long runs to be full of conversation, with nary a minute to think of my legs, the weather or any other issue.

That’s when you need to begin your search. Much like dating, you try to find a running partner or partners that fit your style and time of day and everything else to make your runs fun.  Because that’s why you need to be here – running needs to be fun.  Otherwise, you end up like Ryan Hall, who ran 100 mile weeks for over 15 years and can no longer run.  He lost the fun part in all of the professional running.  Most of us are not professional runners, so why put pressure on ourselves to make our running not be fun.  So find a local park where people meet, join a club, find ways to connect on Facebook (there is a Bergen County Runners group near me in NJ), newsletters, twitter, Instagram, your company, etc.  People are always looking for other runners to meet up with.

I am willing to do what it takes to introduce people to each other running-wise:

I am on Twitter and Instagram @runcoachnick

I also have an e-mail communication that you can sign up for:

Happy running!!

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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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