You might remember where you started – that first track meet, that first step….somehow you became a runner.  But you all have friends that say, “I’ll never be able to run like you” or “I hate running”.  The truth is, I think that everyone can become a runner if they want to.

Before you start any new program, please talk to your physician.  You may have something that is in your medical history that may delay your enthusiasm.  Otherwise, you just need to be able to walk.   And walk you do for a while.

After a few days, you introduce a few minutes of running, all while keeping the walking going.  Within  9 weeks, you should be able to run for 30 minutes.  You may not be going fast by any means, but you can run.

Combine the training with better nutrition and rest – get in some light gym workouts to strengthen the rest of your muscles, and you are on your way to becoming fit.  The whole process may take over a year, but it all takes wanting that first step – and that is in a walk, which most of you can do…..

Find a friend to walk with….or find a local club to have some company….

Download my Becoming a Runner in 9 Weeks program and see if you can do it in time for a 5K in June.  You can do it!!

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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