It’s Never Too Late…. A Tale of 3 Runners

I have had the privilege of running with 3 people who about 4 years ago all were not running at all.

  1.  Runner 1 – A man who was overweight and picked up running to stay in shape….. fast forward 3 years and he is a very fast regional runner – 17’s in the 5K – and he is in his 40’s
  2. Runner 2 – A woman who had taken about 8 years off from running and mounted a comeback…. fast forward 3 years and she is on the verge of making the Olympic trials…. also about 40 yrs old
  3. Runner 3 – A man who started running about 3 yrs ago….. fast forward 3 years and he is on the verge of qualifying for the Boston Marathon ….in his late 30’s


Not everyone will get these amazing results by starting to run or in making a comeback.  However it shows that you can get somewhere by making the first step to try the sport.  You will feel better and you will get a quick boost in energy and fitness.  If any of these people had settled on staying where they were, they would never had gotten to the place they are now.  And they inspire me every day – and I have been running for 35 years!!!!

As you think about those first steps, think back on other challenges in your life (1st days of school, 1st days of marriage, etc.) that you made it through.  This can be just another wall to break – what are YOU waiting for?

Coach Nick

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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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