Sometimes you don’t know if you have gone too far until someone tells you that you did.  The lines are blurred until you are told not to do what you thought was right.  When the time comes that you need to straighten out, it is how you react that determines the future.

What did you learn?

You can become reserved and sulk and not learn from the experience.  You can also take it all in and move forward, enriched from what just happened.  If you didn’t take the chance, you would not have known what the boundaries were in the first place.

One coach I admire tells his athletes to go out a little faster in a race than they would have normally if they know that they are running with people that can help them improve. Even if they end up slowing down, the experience of having run faster will help them in the next race.

How will you ever know if you can run faster if you don’t practice running faster?  That is why we have track workouts, tempo/progression runs and races.  Racing is good practice for racing again and racing faster, no matter what your pace is currently.  So have you tried to hit your limit today?  Did you try to learn something new to improve for next time?

Happy Running!

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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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