Somehow it seems like the running culture has us all having a beer after our runs.  Many races have beers served right after the finish line.  There are beer races (where you drink every mile), the beer mile (you drink before every lap) and they might as well have a race where you hold a beer while running….

Yesterday a local informal running group got people together for a Runners and Beers night at a local watering hole. It was a resounding success, as about 30+ people came and we hung out for more than 3 hours. Many different local running clubs were represented, and we had fun talking about anything and everything, and some running as well. Three weeks later another group of us met, this time in a bar with an outside area – another 30 runners and few beers later, and we had some more new friends!

We should all do this more often – relax with our running and enjoy the company.  On Sunday I ran 6+ miles of my 20K race with a member of an opposing club.  We paced each other perfectly.  What a great way to run a longer race?  This week I forced myself to take a week off and I’m back to running again tomorrow.

I am going to plan other running get-togethers in the near future – the more we make running fun, the more we like to run!  And people are what make it all work the best in my view.

Happy Running!

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I’m third from the right…..



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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