Where have you run?  What are moments that stick out in your running career that stay with you?  I have been blessed to have run in so many places, I don’t know where to start, but here are some highlights:

  1. 1987 Summer – Greece – Athens, Skiathos Island…..
  2. 1987-1991 – New York –  Rockefeller State Park for Pace University – many many nice memories with friends, scampering through the woods, on and off trails, dams, pipes, frozen lakes…..’
  3. 1989 – Summer – UK – classes at Bath University – a massive hill to the campus;  running in London, Wales, Scotland, Switzerland during end of trip
  4. 1989 – Ohio – around the Ohio University campus
  5. 1990 – New York:  Eldred – visiting my friend Dan’s house
  6. 1993 – Carnival cruise – running around the smokestack of the ship
  7. 1995 – Ireland – around Limerick…..
  8. 1996 – NJ – many new courses training for 1st NY Marathon
  9. 1996 – CA, NV – around LA, SD,
  10. 1996 – New York Marathon – I remember meeting my friend at mile 6 and running the last 20 together
  11. 1997 – Missouri – St. Louis – running on the Katy trail the 1st time
  12. 1997 – Mexico – Cancun – on the ‘7’ almost every day;  Wednesday suffered from a bit of heat exhaustion
  13. 1997, 1998, 2000 – VT – Craftsbury running camp – Mt. Pisgah, many many trails around
  14. 1998 – Greece – honeymoon in Paros, Mykonos and Santorini
  15. 1998 – NJ – running in my house with my new treadmill!
  16. 1999 – Pittsburgh Marathon – going up a steep hill at mile 13 and then the screaming downhill finish
  17. 1999 – Norway, Sweden, Denmark – One of the fjords’ roads was so steep, I got a great view but I was almost too scared to run back down….
  18. 2000 – Colorado – Denver – a nice 8 miler a mile high……
  19. 2000 – Yonkers Marathon – terrible day, but I remember running to the river to the finish where my mother and in-laws were waiting to take us back home
  20. 2001 – NJ – running with my oldest daughter with the running stroller
  21. 2001 – HI – in Honolulu and Diamond Head, etc.
  22. 2002 – NJ – Haskell – waking up at 4 AM to run with Tony Borsella from Haskell to Fair Lawn
  23. 2004 – NY – Niagara Falls – ran across the Rainbow Bridge to complete a bi-country run
  24. 2005 – Boston Marathon – 1st time
  25. 2005 – Switzerland – Basel – 4 month assignment, running in Spain, Italy, France and Germany;  also completed a tri-country 6 mile run through Switzerland, France, Germany and back into Switzerland
  26. 2006 (2007, 2008, etc.) – FL – Many runs around Orlando
  27. 2006 – LA – runs around New Orleans;  1 day was so hot, I definitely got heat exhaustion
  28. 2008 – Disney cruise – running 6 miles on a whole deck designated for running
  29. 2010 – Greece – Mykonos – roads so steep I was scared to run back down!
  30. 2012 – Switzerland – Basel – this was an 8-mile ‘reunion’ run back into old places I ran before
  31. 2013 – DE – 20 miler from Ocean View to Fenwick Island and back through Bethany Beach by myself
  32. 2013-2016 – Running with my teenager whenever she asked me to!
  33. 2016 – NJ – Morristown – Winter trail series 10K – cold, snowy, twisted ankle 2x and walk to the end
  34. 2017 – NJ – morning runs with UN crew – great conversations, friendly competition…..

I am sure there are more – what are some of your favorite runs and why?   I would love to run some of your courses…..

Trials of Miles,

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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