What is it about running a marathon that makes it so hard for you?  It is a huge effort to train and, while there are some people who cherish the training, for most of us there is some kind of dread in thinking of the long-term effort over many many weeks with the culmination in a long tough race.  It is easy to get off track, there are many distractions that come your way and the weather might not be your friend, whether you train in the winter or the summer.

What does a coach like me do for you?

  1. Give you a 12-18 week schedule that is day by day, telling you how fast to run and how far and on which days to get your rest.  This takes all the guesswork and doubt out of it – follow the plan that is given to you and it becomes far easier.
  2. Help you track your progress:  Tracking how you are doing is just as important as telling you what to do.  The feedback that the coach gets is used to plan your next phases of your schedule.   This again helps you because it is less you have to think about.
  3. Assist with nutrition:  Runners worry about what to eat and when during training runs and, of course, THE race itself.   While training, you get assistance with how to get ready for your runs and how to recover from them.
  4. Psych you up:  There are down periods in training where you need help in getting past a mental or physical barrier.  This is what a great coach can do for you – running is 80% mental and that is what a runner needs almost more than any schedule – the belief that someone has in you to accomplish your goals!

I have used coaches myself and these benefits are what I want and expect from having one, particularly with running marathons.

If you are ready to make your marathons easier, I recommend that you use a coach to get it done.

Happy Running,

Coach Nick


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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