What are your future plans?  Not just your running plans but your goals and your plan on how to get there?  Do you have an idea or not a clue?

The Plan May Not Be Clear…

It’s ok to not have a clue at times, but you need to have an overall plan.  Whether it is to finish college and get a job, to get married or to buy a house, you need to have a path and plan to get through that path.  The path may be in the woods, in the desert or even in the mountains.  Rarely will it be across a nice even grass field with the goal in easy sight on the other side.

How does this help me with running?

So translating to running, unless you are a natural superior athlete, there is no easy way to almost any goal.  There will be obstacles in the way – weather, family commitments, vacations, injuries, sickness….  But stick to your goals and be patient.  Sometimes they may take longer to get to – and you may see the next people around you seemingly effortlessly getting every goal in their grasp.

Emulate those that inspire you…..

Remember – most of the time it is You vs You, so get the goals that are meant for you – not your friends on Strava!  Use others as inspiration, not as competition and don’t think you need to match other people’s workouts, although you can emulate them.  This is for all sports and workouts and all aspects of life, mind you.

Stay the course and plan your way……..

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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