t was 2013.
I was stuck.  Nothing was moving, I wasn’t improving, I felt like I was going nuts.
I hit a plateau in my running.  Between 2011-2013 I ran 20 5K races, and could no longer break 19 minutes.  What the heck?
“How can this be possible?”  I thought to myself, “If have broken 19 minutes in the past 25 years, why can’t I do it now?”

I had to face reality.  Despite my vibrant energy and handsome looks (some may say),  I was getting old. Family was confirming that fact as well.

My mind was telling me that because I was running slower, I was getting old.  My mind also made the case that there was nothing I could do about it.

Do you ever have conversations  with yourself?
I was having many, and at 44 it seemed that the odds were against me.  In my mind, this was out of my control and the only thing I could do was sit back and embrace ‘getting old’.

I was almost convinced that my running days and fast races were over.

Ah, life goes on right?

And then… it all changed!

Right before I was ready to ‘give up’, a friend recommended a nutritional system to me…Now, if you knew me back then, I would have NEVER tried any kind of diet, shake regimen or fast, because I associate all those things with weight loss, not necessarily lifestyle improvement.

I decided it was time to change my circumstance and gave this system a shot – out of pure curiosity and trust that this will help me on some level…

The Flood Gates Opened.

My running improved.  I broke 19 minutes again, but there were other benefits to doing something new, which I had not considered.  Because I became a part of a community who was invested in changing their lifestyles, I started meeting new, like minded people.  I was able to leave my comfort zone and reach out to new people and begin new ‘running relationships’. I even reconnected with the owner of a gym who helped me form my own running coaching business.  I became certified as a personal trainer in May 2015 and have since trained people on building confidence, endurance and speed. Through fitness and mindset work.

I even change my ENTIRE CAREER PATH and left corporate life for something more fulfilling.

This would have never happened if I would have stayed in my circumstance.  All I did was DECIDE an put the word out there that I wanted to change my situation.

Also, I was willing to SEE the opportunities presented to me and take action on them (my friend and the new nutritional / lifestyle system).
Doing something scary has definitely amplified my courage.

It has been 6 years, and I am kind taken aback by the big changes I have made in my life – which obviously affected my family as well (along the way I realized that the changes I make are not just about improving me, but also the people around me).

So, tell me, my friends, what is holding you back from changing your circumstance?
Sometimes, it just requires a small, tiny leap into something that makes you curious and peaks your interest…

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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