I really enjoy summer running, it is a great chance for me to slowly teach the new runners how to improve and increase their mileage. Summer allows me to start anyone new at 10 minutes a day until they tell me they are ready for more. That is when I know have them hooked, when they ask to run farther. If someone new comes out at the beginning of the actual season, I'm forced to hurry them along because I have to have them ready to run a race in 12 days.
Summer is also the time to form those important bonds between myself, the athletes and their teammates. I get to know what their goals are and what motivates them. There are so many chances to spend important group time together during trips out to Turtle River, frisbee football, or our camping trip.
During the season there just isn't the amount of time needed for me to get to know them as well. This is one of the secrets of our team's success over the years. This summer time of everyone bonding together and my chance to get to know them as a person not just an athlete.