Running has been a part of life for Mark Casas since he was a kid.
He’s run all the distances, from the track to the roads, and coached many runners along the way as well.
Coaching High School Runners
Mark had the opportunity to coach high school track and cross country at his alma mater shortly after finishing college, and having the opportunity to impact the lives of thousands of kids over his time there is something that was very special to Mark.
He continues to hear from his former student athletes to this day, even though he’s been out of the high school coaching scene for over a decade.
So clearly he’s made an impact in the lives of many young runners, and they’ve made an impact on Mark as well.
Once a Coach, Always a Coach
When Mark left track/cross country coaching behind, he definitely didn’t take off the coaching hat completely.
He still enjoys coaching runners on an individual basis, and helping his runners work towards their goals.
Mark and I agree on a lot of points about coaching and running, especially when it comes to the importance of not running hard all of the time. There is a time and a place for running hard during training, but easy days are important and regularly undervalued by many runners.
We also talked about the roll that social media has in the running community today, and Mark voiced his concerns about some aspects of social media.
If you’re looking for a hashtag to follow on Instagram, look up #runalways.
Mark has been using the hashtag for a few years now, and he inspires runners to share their individual stories about how and why they run.
In addition, Mark creates t-shirts that are sold with all profits going toward raising funds for Mark’s charity of choice (Kaboom).
If you want to check out the t-shirts and support the cause, here is the link to the store.
Mark also has some big hopes for the future of Run Always, so stay tuned for future updates (and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop on my end).
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