June 13, 1997

Hello Fellow Runner,

Here's an update on what's going on since Track ended, what's planned for this summer and a little nudge to get you out there and running in your "spare" time, not to mention to get you out for Cross-Country this fall (hey, we have a good time). First off, for those of you who don't know me, let me introduce myself to you (returnees can skip the following paragraph):

I'm Hank Lawson and I've been coaching X-C at Lynbrook since 1994. Before that, I coached at Gunn High School from '88 - '92 and ran there from '69 - '73. In between, I ran for De Anza JC, San Diego State, founded and coached the Hewlett-Packard Track Team in the SF Bay Area, worked and ran for Runner's World Magazine and my last stint was running/coaching at Maxtor Corporation. I'm very involved in Community Theater along with being a sound engineer at my kids school plays. Oh yes, I'm a programmer in my spare time, which also pays the bills. I still run and race competitively and plan to run with you all this fall.

OK that's me in a nutshell. This year I also hope to have Jennifer Johnson working with us as my Co-Coach. Jennifer and I worked together in the past and I hope we can do so this Cross-Country season. You can also do the "300 Mile Club" again this summer. This is where you have 60 days to run 300 miles (5 miles a day average). Just keep a log of where you ran and how far each run is. You can start any time between now and June 15th. Then, just turn your log into me at the beginning of school and you'll get a "300 Mile Club" T-shirt. We had a few runners do it last year, let's try and get some more this year. Los Gatos is having their standard "All Comers Meets" starting June 26th at 6:00 PM and going every Thursday until August 14th. It's $3.00 entry fee and you can run as many of the races as you want. All sorts of ages and caliber of athletes show up to these races and it's fun (plus, if you win your division, High School, you get your name in the paper the next day, usually). There are also a number of local Road Races that you can compete in, to get a listing pick up a magazine called "The Schedule" in your local running store, or if you have access to the web, they're at: "http://www.runningnetwork.com/members/cal_schedule/index.htm".

We start X-C training on Aug 25th at 9:30 (we meet at the Football shed out by the basketball courts). We'll start off with an easy 3 miles that day and then work our way up from there. By the end of the season, you'll be able to run 9 miles in the hills without breaking a sweat. Attached is a PRELIMINARY race schedule. I will have the workout schedule for you at the beginning of school so you'll know what to expect each week of the season. We'll have our standard Pizza Party, Rallye Run (if you bring this original letter with you on the day of the Rallye Run, it's worth 1 point), Hash Run, Ice Cream Run, and some others I hope. You need to have your HEALTH CARDS in before you can OFFICIALLY run for the team. So please get your packet and get your physical ASAP.

I'll be around most of the summer, trying to finish our house (Aug 15th is the projected finish date). I'll be running at the Corporate Nationals in San Diego and then at the Master's Nationals in San Jose. Then it's off to the Sierras for a week with the family. No shows planned but there are a couple I'll audition for this fall, if I get in one I'll let everyone know. Have a good time and looking forward to X-C. See you in the fall.