What is your definition of success?  Think about it – what is your definition of success – as it pertains to your life.  Is it making $1 million by the time you are 40?  Is it becoming the president of a company?  Can it be getting married to the perfect person?  Is it getting your kids to school on time?  Or is it running 3 miles from the first time?

I say tomato….

I’m sure if I asked 100 different people that question, I would get 100 different answers….  This is because success is an individual thing.  That is the KEY point.  You can use others as inspirations, but in the end is what you want.  It is truly what you want.  Not what your family wants or your friends or your co-workers.  If you have different ideas of success, then stop comparing yourself to the person next to you!

As I showed in a previous post, with running there is always somebody faster, so don’t worry about them – their workouts are different than yours …..their pace is different than yours.  Your success with running is feeling better – it is fitting in a new smaller dress size – it is feeling more confident – it is moving faster than you did before.  It is getting that ‘mojo’ back – especially if you once also were a runner and are looking to get back into it.

Such easy small steps to success!  That means that running can lead you to a positive feeling –a good feeling of doing something….and you don’t need to win anything.  It’s just more steps forward in your life, both figuratively and in actuality.

Just start….

Starting is the hardest thing to do.  You feel that the end goal is so far away……but it really isn’t.  To come back to running or to become a runner can take as little as 9 weeks – for some more and some less.  Relatively in life what is a few months?

You can do this….you just need to get started with a friend or coach or your spouse giving you the time you need.

The rest is up to you.  Can you achieve a level of success?   I think so, most definitely!


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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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