Why Do You Run?

People ask me all the time why I like running.  While everyone has their own reasons, my main one is that I really like to do it….and with people!  I love to run with people – it is a social thing I like to do and I look forward to my runs, once I get started (I do admit that sometimes half the battle is getting out of bed!)  The relationships I have made are worth every mile.

Why do I run?  I love the feeling I get at the end of the run, especially if I finish strongly after a short or long run and the satisfaction of finishing.

Why do I run?  I like how I feel when I’m in good shape, especially after a few good weeks of running.

Why do I run?  It is cool to be able to help other people with running as a coach or a volunteer coach for the town XC team and as a volunteer coach for my church.

Why do I run?  I do feel good when people ask me how many marathons I run and I tell them 23…. and the response I usually get.  I do like how I then tell them how I met a 74 year old runner who had run well over 150 marathons.

Why do I run?  I love the hot shower after a cold frigid weather run.

Why do I run?  I enjoy the priceless moments when my teen daughter asks me to run with her.

Why do I run?  I like the feeling of getting new sneakers…   and donating the old ones…

WHY DO YOU RUN?

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Where Have You Been?

You are questioning yourself…..  Those doubts…. I was injured and how can I come back?  I gained weight – how can I come back?  I was faster when I was 23 yrs old – how can I come back?  I am getting old – can I continue this?

Running is for FUN

We have to take stock sometimes that running is for FUN – the pressure we put on ourselves for PRs and records and statistics is meaningless if running has become a job to you.  Has it?

Everyone Has a Story

Your story may have been weight loss or disease or whatever inspired you in the 1st place.  Reach back to that place and get your inspiration back.  You did it before and you can do it again.  What is stopping you?

Just do it – this is your chance to get back what you had before.  You may not be what you were, but who cares….you are better than the original and that’s where you need to aspire to be.

Happy Running

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Nutrition Fuels Running….

When my running took a slower turn in my early 40’s I thought it was the final slowdown – we all get older and we all slow down….  In 2013 my wife said: “Nick, you’re just getting old”.  And you know what, it made sense…. my times had steadily gotten slower and I was trying to run more miles and more races….and nothing was working !!!

Flip forward to November 2013.  My friend posted her before and after weight loss post on Facebook.  I posted back – wow, how did you do it?  She said a word I had never heard before – Isagenix.   She then said that it could help me as an athlete.  Honestly, here I am at 145 lbs, saying…there’s no way I’m using a weight loss product to lose weight.  She explained that it was not a weight loss product – it is a nutritional system for everyone.  I then proceeded to talk to many people, most of whom had never heard of the system either.  My chiropractor and my personal trainer convinced me to try it and I jumped in.

Fast forward to April 2014 and I ran 18:58 in a 5K, 45 sec faster than I had run it in 18 mo.  Then I ran my 3rd fastest marathon 2 weeks later in Providence, RI.  A year later I ran my fastest Boston.  Then I ran my PR in the 20K (1:23:39) and 1/2 marathon (1:30:05) in my life in September 2015 and March 2016, respectively. Today March 26, 2017, I ran my PR in the 10 mile run at the GS10 at 1:06:36.  (Note added Dec 2016 – I ran 18:24 on December 4 and my 3rd fastest marathon in October [3:21])   I can tell everyone with conviction that this system made me a better runner and athlete.   I have also started strength training and this has allowed me to run fewer miles – with confidence I ran my fewest miles since 1998 in 2015-2016 – with better results.  I can’t tell you how excited I am – it has been years since I have felt such energy and running is fun again….well, even more fun than in years…almost like college….haha

My questions to all runners is then – what are you willing to do to get better?  And, how can I help you as a coach and with your nutrition?

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Is Going to the Gym for Everyone?

Obviously the answer is no.  But what are the alternatives that are cost effective and can have a huge effect that do not take too much time that you can do from your home?  Think about it?  Suddenly, the answers become shorter.  Maybe the gym has everything – a pool, showers, towels, weights, a turf area, etc.  However, you might want to do things on your own and on your own schedule and not worry about when things are open or who to go with.

Is Running for You?

This could be your sport.  You will walk to run, starting with only walking, and eventually running a little and then running more than you walk.  Same thing with working out.  Maybe you could do a 20 minute circuit at first and then eventually graduate to a 45 minute boot camp class after a few weeks – all in your house with videos and exercises that use your own weight to get in shape.

Transformation Tuesday…

This is transformation Tuesday…..time to get in shape for the summer, just 16 weeks away.   We are getting close and summer bodies are made in the winter.   What do you want for 2017?

Happy Running…..

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Running…the Cheapest Sport!

If you are thrifty like me as a former accountant or just looking for one of the most optimal workouts that gets you in shape the fastest relative to the amount of time you are putting into the exercise, then running can be for you.  There is no age limit, there is no place to limit you, there is no skill you need to know or learn to start and, other than a great pair of running shoes, there is no large up front investment

Positives…..

There is a relatively quick ramp up from walking to running, a quick increase in cardiovascular endurance and fitness; there is a large group of people who are all doing the same sport which generally welcomes newcomers with open arms;  there is a running partner for almost everyone…. People look at runners who have finished races with admiration.  You feel good when you are done and after you have been running for a while.

A Pair of Shoes….

That is all that is stopping you from starting.  Go to a great local running store….ask me for advice if local to Northern NJ.   What is holding you back?   Bring the shoes with you on vacation and business trips…. a pair of shoes and off you go.

Not too many sports are this easy to enter.  If you want to get better running gear, you can.  If you want to get all the gadgets, you can.  If you want to run races, you can.  If you want to run races away from home you can.  But nothing is necessary to just begin….  just a pair of shoes.

With only a handful of weeks before May and summer, this is the time to start.

Happy Running….

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On Fun Running…

I sit here at school watching 4th graders run around during gym class and I see the joy i their faces. It is such a nice sight to see and it sparks a smile on my face. This is what I am doing as I write this opening paragraph.

Fun Fun Fun…..

Don’t make it a job to exercise.  Try to make it fun…:  A great workout partner or group, a dedicated coach or personal trainer, an energetic class, a goal to do something you previously thought was impossible – all these things and more can make exercise fun.  Exercise early or late, inside or outside, with people or without – but try to smile every now and then.  Things should not always be so serious.

Are you getting paid to exercise?

No – I am almost sure most of you are not getting paid to exercise.  So why all the pressure and glum faces?  The more fun you have, the easier it becomes – trust me.

Think about Phoebe Buffay on the TV show Friends.  She ran with one of the other characters on the show and had a very distinctive style – see below.  However her style, she had a smile on her face and had fun while running.   Think about the kids, smiling and running for fun.

Being able to run with friends, with good music, on a beautiful day, etc. is a blessing, so please enjoy it – it may not last forever.

Happy Running

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2016 – A Year in Review – Your Mindset

A lot of runners get defeated by events during the year….  They have been trying to run as often as they can and kids, work, injuries, etc. get in the way.  Time goes by and there is no running and, therefore, all the benefits – feeling good, energy, weight loss, success – are no longer there.

Since it is the end of the year, it is time to make the commitment to “just do it”. Make it happen – when you run, the benefits are obvious.  My next door neighbor just told me 20 minutes ago that he wants to run because it makes him feel better and his clothes fit better.  These positive things are there for everyone….

So then, are you going to let 2016 get you down? Runningwise, that is?  Put a goal race on your calendar right now…..

What is your goal?

Think about it

Plan it

Execute it

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