Today I am thankful for John “I’ll run in any weather” Manier.
My buddy John Manier is temporarily laid up due to a running injury. With weather like today it would have been very easy to say “screw it,” and hop on the dreadmill instead. But two things got in the way of a long run to nowhere.
First, I can sometimes be a complete moron and try to test fate and Mother Nature. Second, John would be out running in this if he could. If John would do it, why shouldn’t I do it?
I’ve seen John running through all types of weather including extreme heat and extreme cold. I’ve seen him running in dark, in rain and in fog. Pretty sure I remember him running in a thunderstorm. If memory serves, I’m pretty sure it was when he was running through a tornado that he met chuck Norris for the first time, but I may be mistaken.
John is insanely dedicated to running and he is a motivation to all of us who run. It sucks that he’s out of commission for a little while, but pretty cool that he can continue to help be a motivator.
There’s more to the story that makes it even more interesting. I still remember a comment that John made that Becky had shared. When talking about me running a marathon there was a comment along the lines of “if Mike can do it, I can do it.” It’s pretty neat how that comment has come completely full circle as I was running outside in the freezing cold today. Several times I keep thinking, “if John can do it, I can do it.”