On Answering “Those” Running Questions……

I’m sure you get your share of running questions from non-runners.  Which running question(s) were your funniest and what were your snarky or non-snarky answers to them?  🙂

“Are you crazy?” – This is a common comment I get when people find out I’m a runner.  Well, I guess then I am.  I like it – it is fun – I run with friends and I feel good with the results.

“I can’t run at all – good for you – how do you do it?” – I always answer this with, “Why not” – There are many answers like breathing, knees, injuries, time, etc, but I believe that I have heard them all.  Everyone was a beginner once.

“What about your knees?” – How about them?  I have had meniscus surgery, I have had various aches and pains – what can I do?  I like what I am doing and I try to give myself enough rest every week and I try to strengthen my legs as much as possible to lengthen the life of my knees. My running story is here at this link:  Click here

“It’s too cold / hot – you’re crazy” – It’s never truly the best weather – we do our best and it is too hot or too cold most days…..

“When do you have time?” – If I don’t do it in the morning, it usually does not happen.

“Have you run the NY City Marathon?” – Yes – twice – It was cool the 1st time and way too crowded the 2nd time.  I do feel like running it again sometime in the future…..

“Have you run a 5K Marathon?” – A 5K is 3.1 miles and a marathon is 26.2.  However people ask that a lot, so very often I need to answer.

“Did you run today?” “How far did you run today?” – Usually the answer is yes, although I have taken more rest days in the past 4 years than in previous years….

“How far is that marathon?” – All marathons are 26.2 miles, although I get asked this question every time I run one – 23 and counting!!



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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