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RE: The Summer of Greatness is Here - Episode 1 Get Off Your Ass This Summer
This maybe warrants it's own thread, I found out today my high school cross country coach Mr Mank (Evans) died over the weekend.
He was a very kind man and I was fortunate enough to become his friend in later years.
I'll be most grateful to him for encouraging me as a kid. I'll never forgot getting out of the van after a meet when I was I think a sophomore and thinking I had run pretty well and hoping he'd notice and say something. He did. That has always stuck with me. Not sure why I wanted his approval so much but high school kids are very impressionable.
Mr. Mank was also confident enough to work with John Kellogg and let John design all our workouts. A lot of coaches wouldn't have been wise enough to do this or had to big of egos, but not Mr. Mank. He let John do his thing and without either one of them, there wouldn't be a letsrun.
I was telling my mom about Mr Mank's death and I was talking indirectly about this thread and why I didn't run more over the summer. She said, "I wouldn't have wanted you running 5 days a week anyway!"
She pointed out I hit my stride at the right time. Maybe my body wasn't ready for it and I'll for people taking it easy in the summer and not burning out but I think most high school runners would be a lot better with a better summer base.
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