Today I was at track practice and a couple of my runners talked to me about feeling bad during workouts and races.  This reminded me of my worst race.  Boston Marathon – April 18, 2005.  Easy to remember as it was the 12th anniversary of my father’s death and my first Boston experience.

It was one of the last 12 PM starts for the race and a beautiful 70 degrees….great for the spectators but not for the runners.  My family went on to say later it was one of the best days they ever had in watching me in a race.  However, for us runners it was brutal.  I felt overheated almost from the start.  At mile 8 I got a stitch in my side that I could not get rid of…..for 8 miles.   Finally, at mile 16 it went away.

……Just in time for the famed Boston hills – I crawled over them.  The last 5 miles were a slow slog – 10 minute miles. 10:11, 10:12, 10:26, 10:33, 10:31, 9:59….  I could not wait to get to the finish of the race.   Finally I turned onto the last straightaway and crossed that finish line.  My first Boston – 3:44 – 30 minutes slower than my qualifying time.  I had made it.

Later in the car on the way home at least 2 hours later I lay down in the back seat.  I felt like throwing up for over an hour until it passed.  I was so happy to be home that night.

Not the greatest experience, but I had made it to Boston and finished.    The last 18 miles I was not feeling great…

What is your worst running experience?

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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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