2015 Goal Setting

Jan 2015:  Last month I talked about setting goals.  There is nothing wrong with setting too many.  But be true to yourself and be realistic.  If you have never run more than 5 miles, qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2015 is not realistic.  But perhaps running your first 10K or running faster in the 5K are doable.  If you were injured, factor that into your 2015 goals.  Whatever the goals are, always split them into 3: stretch, doable, safe.  For most of the marathon runners I train, we set a time goal that is somewhat aggressive, one that is based on their training and a safe one (usually, that is just to finish).  Set your goals now, before the year starts and come up with a plan to get you there.  If you need my help, that is why we are all here and you should get in position to meet your goals.  Happy New Year and have a healthy 2015!


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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